FORMER Thundersport Supertwin champion and Manx GP Senior winner John Simpson will return to the Aberdare Park Road Races this summer.
Simpson, who last raced the park back in 2012, will pilot Paul Jinks’ newest piece of Supertwin kit when he heads to Wales in July.
The Antrim rider, who had been planning to contest the now-postponed Welsh Road Races with Jinks’ Trickbits outfit, has now decided he fancies mixing it at the unique South Wales venue once again as he returns to the UK after a season in the Argentinian Superbike series.
Last time he appeared at Aberdare, it was back in 2012 in preparation for what would be a very successful Manx GP debut, and he dominated the event, setting a new lap record as he racked up the wins aboard the Trickbits Triumph.
But this year he will be appearing on Suzuki machinery as he bids to pick up where he left off six years ago.
“John has decided he wants to race at Aberdare Park again, which is perfect for us.” Paul Jinks revealed to UK Clubsport.
“He will be riding our new SVR 18 Supertwin in all of the races as part of our ongoing development programme. This whole season is about developing the new bike in preparation for 2019, where we plan to contest all of the international roads races”
Jinks and Simpson have previously revealed they also plan to enter other events this season with the new bike, and could pop up in other roads and short circuit races as the year rolls on.
But Jinks admits he’s particularly looking forward to Aberdare, as it’s an event which has served them very well in the past.
“John has always enjoyed racing at the park, and as a team it’s one of our favourites, with lots of good memories.
“In 2012 he won the Welsh Open and then went on to win the Manx GP Senior race as a newcomer, so it’s a special event for us and one which will be both useful and good fun.”
*Main image: Supplied by Trickbits
*Side images: Colin Port