ROAD racing fans will have plenty on tap to see, hear and do this weekend as Aberdare Park chiefs prepare for one of their busiest events ever.
This weekend, the Welsh circuit plays host to a number of returning champions, who have admitted that the lap records could fly with new tarmac to play on.
Event organisers have recently overseen the completion of a resurfacing project on the 0.9-mile circuit, and along with the new groundwork, they’ve invested thousands of pounds in safety improvements – including brand new Recticel bails.
For spectators, the excitement won’t just be on track – not only will Isle of Man TT superstar John McGuinness be in attendance, but club officials have also organised a bike show on the infield for the first time ever, which will include a couple Joey Dunlop SP1 Hondas, Max Biaggi replicas and even an RG500, among other pristine machines.
Returning for another stab at glory will be reigning champ Dan Cooper, former winners John Simpson and Jay Bellers-Smith, along with event rookie Joey Thompson, all of whom expected to turn up the heat in the Park.
Event boss Derek Smith says he’s excited to see what riders think of the new circuit, and is convinced this could be one of the Aberaman Motorcycle Club’s biggest years yet.
“We’ve put thousands and thousands into track repairs and bought a lot of new Recticel to keep up with Health and Safety demands,” he told UK Clubsport. “The way racing is going at the moment, from my view, the bikes are getting faster and faster, so if we don’t get ahead we’re in danger of killing off our sport.
“With the operations we’ve done to the track, Dan Cooper has already said, ‘my record is going’. John Simpson will be back and Paul Jinks is bringing a whole team down so that’s going to make it rather exciting.
“Dan Sayle is coming over from the Isle of Man, and it’ll be his first time at Aberdare. With all the riders that are planning to attend, it’s going to be a year to remember.
“The local and Welsh government have been great as ever this year helping us out and seeing the benefit of what we bring in. They have a lot of faith in the event and we’re looking forward to working with them for years to come.”
For more information and tickets, visit aberdare-park-road-races.co.uk
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