ROAD racing ace Craig Neve is already beginning preparations for next year’s Isle of Man Classic TT after destroying records at Snetterton this weekend.
And as he ramps up to his maiden Macau Grand Prix appearance in just under four weeks’ time, the Lincolnshireman says he’s just trying to get as much seat time as possible.
Following his best Isle of Man TT to date earlier this summer, where he scored an 11th place in the blue riband Senior race, Neve headed back to the island for the Classic TT in August, but retired after early hopes of a rostrum finish in the Superbike battle – where his team-mate Andrew Dudgeon took fourth.
But after chalking up four wins in Thundersport’s Golden Era Superbike ranks this weekend, along with destroying the lap record by over a second on the Alasdair Cowan Racing Kawasaki, Neve admitted he’s hungry to make amends in 2019.
“This is all off the back of the Classic TT,” he told UK Clubsport. “The bike is the same one I rode there for Alasdair Cowan and the bike is so fast, but we had a few little issues because it was a new build up until the Classic.
“I knew I could get a podium there this year, but it just wasn’t to be with all the stoppages during the fortnight. So I asked Alasdair if I could do my own testing, and then we’ll arrive at the 2019 Classic TT in a much better position.
“To be fair, anyone on this bike could’ve won this weekend, that’s just a testament to the bike. Hopefully we can do a couple of Thundersport rounds at the start of the year and then we can have a fresh build from Slick Performance and arrive at the Classic in a good position.”
Neve also revealed that while he hasn’t been riding much since late August, other than a win last weekend at the four-hour Jurby endurance, he feels it’s important to keep his track time high as he heads off to the Far East next month.
“There’s not a lot on now, but it keeps us bike fit for Macau. I did Jurby last weekend but since the Classic I’ve not done any riding.
“The boys at Macau will have all been doing BSB, so I need to do something. That’s where we need to be, I just haven’t had the finances to do it. But hopefully next year we can be there.”
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