Road Racing Daily - November 2018 News

Road Racing Daily Jamie Coward - photo by RC Photos



Popular road racer Jamie Coward has announced that he will mount a supertwin assault for the international meetings next season. 


The Englishman will ride the KW Electrical Services CMS SB Tuning Kawasaki Z650 at the Isle Of Man TT, North West 200, Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix. 


Coward enjoyed some stellar results this season with a superb brace of second places at the Classic TT and this latest exciting news follows the announcement that he will be the riding for Prez Racing next season on Yamaha R1 and R6 machinery. 


Jamie Coward


“Well ladies and gentleman. I’m pleased to announce that I will be riding the KW Electrical CMS SB Tuning Kawasaki Z650 at the Isle of Man TT, Northwest 200, Southern 100 & Ulster Grand Prix. Can’t thank Tony Morris, Kevin Watret, Simon Bleasdale and everyone involved enough for this opportunity on one of the best supertwins on the grid. Really looking forward to riding in the supertwin / lightweight class again. Can’t wait to get going in 2019.”

Road Racing Daily Tom Weeden pictured here with team principal John Burrows



Derek Sheils and new signing Tom Weeden will spearhead an exciting revamped Burrows Engineering Racing line-up in conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing in 2019.


Businesswoman and road racing enthusiast Charlotte Richardson grew up with motorcycle road racing with her sister on the Isle of Man. She hails from a family with a motorcycle racing heritage and is looking forward to supporting the Burrows Engineering Racing team for the first time next year.


Dubliner Sheils has a long and successful association with ex-racer John Burrows’ Dungannon-based outfit, while 24-year-old Weeden from Kent is the latest in a string of promising young riders to join the Burrows Engineering Racing ranks.


The new-look team will focus on the major international road races next year, including the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix, in addition to a selection of Irish National meetings.


Sheils and 2016 Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Weeden will ride the latest-spec 1000cc Suzuki machinery, while Weeden will also compete on a Yamaha R6 in the Supersport category.


The team bids farewell to Davey Todd, who made a huge impression on the Burrows Engineering Racing machines in 2018, and team principal Burrows has also placed on record his thanks to outgoing title sponsors Cookstown.


Team Principal – John Burrows:


“We are embarking on a new venture next season and the team will be known as Burrows Engineering Racing in conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing. We are getting fantastic support and it is something that I am very excited about. I’m delighted to have Derek back on a full-time basis for the three internationals and selected Irish National road races, plus Macau. Derek unfortunately didn’t have a great international run with us in 2017 at the TT especially, and that will be a major priority for us next year and we want to give Derek the chance to show what he can do. I believe there is a lot more to come from Derek and the top ten at the TT is not out of is reach.


“Tom Weeden is new to the team and I have spoken to him a few times in person. I met Tom over at the NEC Show and we are looking forward to welcoming him into the team. Tom won the 2016 Senior Manx Grand Prix and lapped at over 121mph, which is a tremendous speed for a 600cc machine. We hope Tom can make good progress with us next year and although his career has not taken off the way he would have hoped – with a crash at the TT in 2017 putting him on the back foot – I am hoping that we can put the spark back into his career and he is certainly a quality rider.


“Looking ahead to next year, as a team we will be competing in a reduced Irish National race programme and at this moment in time, I have pencilled in Cookstown, Tandragee and Armoy. Davey Todd will be moving on to new pastures next year and we wish him well. Davey is a cracking lad and maybe we will have the chance to work together again in the future. We also say goodbye to Cookstown, who were with me for the best part of 10 years. All good things come to an end at some point and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for us as a team. We decided through mutual consent to part ways and now we are looking forward to a new venture with Richardson Kelly Racing.”


Charlotte Richardson:


“My sister and I were born in the Isle of Man and we grew up with road racing. My dad, Mike Kelly and our step-dad, Eddie Crooks, both raced in the Manx Grand Prix and TT in the late 50s and early 60s. We wanted to give our support to a road racing team and to help some riders progress on the roads.


“My family have grown up with road racing and now we would like to give something back. I’ve been following Tom since before his Manx Grand Prix win, so it is nice to be able to support the team that he will race for in 2019.”


Derek Sheils:


“I’m back riding for Burrows Engineering Racing full-time in 2019 and it’s a team that fits me very well. No one takes themselves too seriously and we have a bit of craic too, but when it comes to the racing everything is prepared down to the last detail and it’s a great set-up. I’ll be riding Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike and Superstock machines for John, although I may look at bringing in a 600 myself, like I did this year.


“I feel like we have done all that we can do at the Irish Nationals so the main thing for me now is to concentrate on the international events. The TT is a big thing for me and hopefully next year we will get a run of luck over there, which has been missing a bit over the last few years.”


Tom Weeden:


“I’m really looking forward to joining the Burrows Racing team for next year and I can’t wait to get going. It will be fantastic to have the chance to ride the big Suzuki and I’ll also have a 600 Yamaha. The team’s reputation speaks for itself when you look at the young riders they have helped to bring on, such as Davey Todd this year, plus riders like Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and Dan Kneen. I hope to absorb as much of John’s knowledge as I can and hopefully learn from him.


“It’s going to be fun to cut my teeth at the Irish Nationals meeting a bit more. I did Armoy for the first time last year and absolutely loved it. The internationals will be the main priority but I’m looking forward to doing the likes of Cookstown and Tandragee as well for the first time. I just want to keep improving and progressing, and going faster than I’ve done before.”


Picture: Pacemaker Press



Southern 100 Racing are pleased to confirm that Manx Radio will continue to be the Official Broadcast Partner for the Southern 100 International Road Races up to and including the 2025 event.


As Official Broadcast Partner Manx Radio will also continue to broadcast live the Pre-TT Classic Races and the Post TT Races during the same period as part of the agreement.


In addition, the National Broadcaster will also provide live coverage of the Southern 100 Racing’s Annual Media Launch, which takes place in February.


After signing the contract, Club Chairman & Race Secretary, George Peach said: ‘The Club are very pleased that we have been able to agree to continue Manx Radio’s superb coverage of our three races held annually on the Colas Billown Course for the next six years, when the current broadcast licence expires.


‘Manx Radio first broadcast the Southern 100 in 1964 and have provided live coverage every year since, which enhances everyone’s experience of the ‘friendly races’, be they around the course watching or listening on their radios or these days various app's not only here on the Island, but nowadays worldwide.’


Anthony Pugh, Manx Radio’s Managing Director replied: ‘Manx Radio is particularly proud that it is about to build on its 54-year relationship with Southern 100 Motorcycle Racing Limited with this new 6-year commitment to motorcycle coverage in the South of the Island. Motorcycle coverage has always been at the heart of our service to listeners and we are delighted that this new agreement with the Club will ensure these superbly organised race meets will continue to be available to a worldwide audience via Manx Radio’.


When Manx Radio started in 1964, they broadcast the Southern 100 Races live with Jack Quayle as commentator at the start-finish. 1981 saw Peter Kneale take over the ‘mic’ on the Castletown By-pass, with Maurice Mawdsley filling the hot-seat in 1988, continuing up to 2016, handing over to Tim Glover in 2017 who now sits in what has been described as ‘the best commentary position in road racing’!


With live coverage secured for the next six years, 2025 will see Manx Radio celebrating a 60-year association with the southside races, as the Southern 100 will celebrate its 70th anniversary.


Southern 100 Racing are saddened to learn of sudden passing of Dick Cassidy on Sunday 4th November 2018.

Dick joined the team of Travelling Marshals on the Billown Course for the Pre-TT, Post TT and Southern 100 Races in 1999, taking over as Chief Travelling Marshal in 2004, after the then ‘chief’ Des Evans stood down.

Dick continued in this role until the conclusion of the 2012 Road Rac- ing Season.

Prior to taking up official duties at the ‘friendly races’, as a 22-year-old in 1975 Dick made his racing debut at the Southern 100 on an Aermacchi picking up an unwanted DNF. 

Returning in 1976, 1977 and 1978, riding Yamaha machinery, his best result was a 10th place in the 250cc race in 1977.

On the Snaefell Mountain Course the then Douglas Electrician made his debut in the Junior Manx Grand Prix finishing in 38th position. His second attempt in 1977 saw him finish eighth in the Lightweight Manx.

The following year with a double entry the Junior resulted in his first Mountain Course DNF, finally raking 48th in the Lightweight race after experiencing machine problems.

He also took on Travelling Marshal duties for the TT and Manx Grand Prix.

Dick Cassidy was a true friend to everyone during his time racing and officiating on the ‘Southside’ course and was a regular face at the races after his ‘retirement’ including this year.

He will be missed by all involved with the Southern 100, as Southern 100 Racing extend their condolences to Dicks family and friends at this sad time.

Photo: Southern 100 archive.



Southern 100 Racing have confirmed that Moto3 racing machines are to be included in both the Colas Post TT Road Races and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races for 2019.


The 250cc Moto3 machines were previously included in the 125/400 races at the July meeting and it was proposed and approved that they be included in the 250cc/650cc races not only at the Southern 100, but to include them in the Post TT Races as well.


Clerk of the Course, Peter Oates said: 


‘The Moto3 racing machines are a relatively new class which has attracted a small number of en- tries to date and the club has decided to include them in the 250/650cc races at both the Post TT and Southern 100 races, hoping the entries will continue to grow.’


Regulations for both the Post TT and Southern 100 International Road Races, along with the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races are currently being formulated, prior to ACU approval and will be available via the club’s official website, early in 2019.


The dates for the 2019 Events on the Colas Billown Course are:


Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races 


Friday, Saturday & Monday 24th, 25th & 27th May


Colas Post TT Road Races 


Saturday 8th June


Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th July



- North West 200: May 12th - 18th 

- Isle of Man TT: May 25th - June 7th

- Southern 100: July 8th - 11th 

- Ulster Grand Prix: August 5th - 10th 

- Classic TT: August 17th - 26th 

Road Racing Daily Matt Stevenson on his way to winning the Senior Manx Grand Prix

The Manx Motor Cycle Club has announced rule changes which relax restrictions on entries from former TT riders who wish to enter the Manx Grand Prix. 


The 2019 Regulations will now state that a rider cannot compete in both the TT and MGP in the same year, or have won a TT bronze replica in 2018, or have won a TT silver replica in either of 2016, 2017 or 2018.


In addition the Club will consider entries from previous Manx Grand Prix winners from any year, including 2018.


None of these changes will effect riders or passengers who have competed in a Sidecar TT, or riders in the Classic TT for whom there are no existing restrictions.


Manx Motor Cycle Club Chairman Peter Maddocks commented “Our aim is to improve the quality of the entry in the Manx Grand Prix by retaining our most talented riders longer before they make a decision to move to the TT. Also, should those riders find that their move to the highly competitive TT is a bit premature, they will find that there is now a route back to the MGP without having to put their racing careers on hold for a few years.” 


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Road Racing Daily Isle of Man TT live on TV in 2019?



Hollywood TV entrepreneurs plan multi-platform future for TT


2019’s Isle of Man TT Races could be the first to be watched live around the globe as a new broadcast deal looks set to revolutionise the way fans interact with the 112 year-old event.


Two Hollywood-based companies have formed a new Isle of Man company Global Motorsports Ventures to develop content for TV, film, online streaming and gaming platforms.  


Pilgrim Media and Digital Circus have partnered in the new company to produce a comprehensive coverage package of the TT, including the groundbreaking live broadcast of the 2019 event.  


Pilgrim is run by Craig Piligian responsible for hit series including American Chopper and Fast N’ Loud and the CEO of Digital Media Circus is former Discovery Channel President Clark Bunting whose many credits include The Cold Blue and Yellowstone Live. 


The partners have reached agreement with the IOM Government’s Department for Enterprise in a deal which appears to add to the existing post-event highlights that have been broadcast in recent years on ITV4 and various international channels. 


No confirmation of the channels or media for the live or highlights packages in 2019 have been confirmed at this stage. A new contract to distribute TT TV coverage was signed with NorthOne Television in July this year after a tender process that commenced in May 2018.  NorthOne sold exclusive UK TV rights to ITV4 from 2009 to 2018.


Isle of Man Government Department of Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly told website that the new deal with Global Motorsports Adventures, while significant, would not cut across existing agreements: “the Department will continue with all the existing rights contracts in place – such as those to produce the highlights programmes and distribute these globally.”


Mr Skelly also confirmed that Global would not be receiving any financial aid from the Isle of Man Government. In an interview with Manx Radio, Mr Skelly described the deal as giving the company a year to bring their plans to fruition.


The feasibility of broadcasting the TT races live has always been severely limited by the nature of the 37-mile TT circuit. The challenge of transmitting live images from multiple remote locations and a helicopter has so far been seen as the main commercial, as well as technical, hurdle.



But a comprehensive and successful test of transmitting live pictures from the most challenging TT locations and the helicam during TT2018 has illustrated that live coverage can be viable. The 2018 tests using the latest broadcasting technology, were conducted by the consortium responsible for TT TV production, at no cost to the IOM Government, during each day’s racing and witnessed with some amazement by guests in the VIP hospitality unit.


Peter Duke, CEO and founder of IOM video company Duke Marketing and a founder director of Isle of Media, who has been involved in coverage of the races since 1985, commented, “This is a very exciting development for the TT.  Live broadcast of the races is a game-changer for the event that can take it to the next stage in the sporting world. Modern technology has delivered us two catalysts for this change. First the ability to transmit broadcast-standard pictures wirelessly and cost effectively, and second the ability to watch coverage at any time on multiple devices. This latter advantage largely overcomes the inevitable risks of delays and postponements that effectively preclude live TT broadcasts from traditional TV schedules.”


Mr Duke added “I am delighted for the TT that we have come a full circle since I funded the first video and TV highlights coverage in 1985 to now having serious players taking it live on multiple platforms and with plans to massively increase awareness of the event outside the UK.”


The contract for filming and producing coverage of the TT and Classic TT from 2018 was awarded to Greenlight Television as leaders of a local consortium comprising Duke Marketing (operators of the website) and SES Satellite Leasing.


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