Belfast Telegraph

Rainey and English the men to beat

By Paul Lindsay

British Superstock 1000cc Championship leader Josh Elliott will be a guest at the Enniskillen 100 Revival today at St Angelo airfield, which will also see a full Irish Superbike race programme take place.

Ryan Rainey and Robert English are both newcomers to the St Angelo circuit, but with Yamaha mounted Rainey having won three of the last four Irish Superbike races and English six of the last seven in the Supersport class aboard his Triumph - the IFS team-mates will undoubtedly be the men to watch in County Fermanagh today.

Rainey's friend and racing mentor Eugene Laverty will also be in action this weekend at the Marco Simoncelli International Circuit in Misano. The Power Electronics Aspar Honda rider, who set the fastest Open Class time in free practice yesterday, will be hoping to finally secure his 2016 plans before he leaves Italy tomorrow.

Laverty signed a two-year deal with Jorge Martinez's team at the beginning of last season, but contract discussions have been put on hold, with the Spanish team reported to be considering a switch to a one-rider only line-up next year.

This would almost guarantee an early exit for the Monaco-based Ulsterman who is currently in talks with a number of World Superbike teams as a back-up plan.

The famous Scarborough Gold Cup also takes place this weekend at Oliver's Mount with Yamaha mounted Dean Harrison - who is reportedly looking at other options for 2016 - one of the leading contenders.

Harrison will have close friend Lee Johnston to deal with in both the Supersport and Superbike races. Racing gets underway today and tomorrow at 1.30pm.

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