CLASSIC TT rider Steve Howard has admitted he’s itching to get back to the Isle of Man this August and make up for a retirement which forced him out of the top 10.
And while he says the races at the 2019 Festival of Motorcycling will be the focal point of his season, he’s planning a bumper campaign in the clubs to keep sharp.
The double champion, who all but dominated Aintree’s 350cc GP and 500cc Single Cylinder classes, is set to defend both titles after kicking off his charge with the Wirral 100 Club in March.
But Howard is determined not to let the same mechanical gremlins strike when he heads back to the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT later this summer, where in 2018 he dropped out of contention in the Lightweight scrap with a gearbox issue.
“Our season will kick off at Anglesey with the Wirral 100 Club followed by Round Two at Oulton Park, depending on championship positions.,” he said.
“And we will also be at all five rounds of the Ace of Aintree championship on both machines to try and defend both titles we won last year.
“But the main event will be the Classic TT. I’m desperate to make amends for last year’s DNF while I was holding a top 10 position.”
*Image supplied by Ste Howard