As we prepare to welcome NG Road Racing back again for the Motorcycle Grand National later this year, we find out how they're doing as they prepare for the first rounds at Brands Hatch...
The 2019 NG Road Racing season sees eight rounds staged between March and September at all of the UK's premier circuits with Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Donington, Cadwell, Pembrey, Anglesey, Castle Combe and Oulton on the list.
This great spread of venues means that the very best riders end up as class champions.
At each meeting the season long championship runners are joined by wild-cards that dip into the series for one off outings to spice things up nicely.
This meeting sees Brands Hatch host the traditional NG season opener. Brands can be a daunting prospect if the temperatures are low. This will set the scene for the year, but as any rider will tell you the championship cannot be won at the first meeting for the year.... but it certainly can be lost !!!..... points are at a premium to kick off 2019.
Has all the winter preparation paid off ?..... Let's get on the grid and find out !!!!
The long winter months working away in the garages all over the country by the UK's hard core club and national level riders is now done, the wait is over, it's time to get back out on track. The lucky ones will have been down to Spain to test, the not so lucky ones will have been to Mallory Park or Pembrey for a finger freezing test session. What ever your pre-season prep.... today you find out if all the work has paid dividends. Last seasons form book is ripped up and everyone has the chance to make a name for themselves.
Last seasons top man was Josh Day on his ZX10 Kawasaki, but a host of new challengers on new machinery are out to topple last years Open and Powerbike double champ. Social media has been awash with riders announcing new plans for 2018 so it will be great to see who can turn talk into wins and points. Many of last years champions are back to defend, but some have taken on the challege of new bikes.
2019 will see Philip Atkinson going for his fourth 250cc National Championhsip in five years, and he stays with the Declans Team for another year. He will have a few new names to take on this year as the likes of young Joey Thompson who has sated he is out to contest as many rounds as possible.....and will be on the grid to win !!
Rather than me make predictions (.....big cop out !!!) lets se how things pan out in 2019. One thing we can be sure of it full grids, great racing, great paddock atmosphere a little bit of drama and a few spills and thrills.
As many of you will remember last years Brands meeting was called off due to the arrival of the Beast-from-the- East, so it's a big fingers crossed that we get a positive weather forcast for this seasons opener. Lets get the season underway, but remember as any seasoned racer knows,...."you cannot win that championship at round one, but you sure can loose it !".... very wise words.....now, lets get racing.