DOMINIC Herbertson will add another machine to his stable for this year’s 2019 Isle of Man TT in a tribute to the late James Cowton.
The Northumberland rider will bolster his Davies Motorsport arsenal with a Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin run by the team of one of his best mates, who died while competing at the 2018 Southern 100 Road Races.
Cowton had been regarded as a Lightweight specialist after bagging a podium in the 650 race during his 2014 IOMTT debut, before going on to take a fourth and two more top-10s in the class.
The squad revealed that it was a difficult decision to return after such a painful season, but they decided it was a fitting tribute to his memory to head back competitively in 2019.
“2018 was an incredibly difficult year for all of us at Team Cowton Racing,” they said. “Losing James was heart breaking and we miss him very much.
“James was an amazing rider, son, boyfriend and some boy to many people. James always dreamed of winning the TT and running his own race team, so Fran, Neil and Chloe discussed the team’s future and decided to take James’ dream on board and run a team in his memory.
“This was not an easy decision. There was a lot to think about and take into account, but after eight years of visiting the Island and everything we have learnt, we knew that this is what we wanted to do and what James would have wanted.
“Cowton Racing would proudly like to announce that we will be returning to the TT paddock as a team along with a very special friend of James, Dominic Herbertson, on board the Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin. James and Dom have been very good friends for many years and we know that James would have approved of Dom riding his bike at the TT.
“Dom told us that he felt honoured to be asked to ride for the Cowton team and we are looking forward to having him on board.”
*Image: Paul Deighton