CHRIS Burns is poised to pen a new page in the history books next weekend as he makes his Oliver’s Mount debut.
The former world championship contender, who is making his comeback this season after nearly a decade out of action, will become the first MotoGP rider to ever race at Scarborough when he hits the circuit for the season-opening Spring Cup.
Burns, who raced for the WCM grand prix squad in 2003 and 2004, is set to be the first modern-era GP rider to tackle Oliver’s Mount.
While the North Yorkshire hillside was a hotbed of talent back in the days of 500cc grands prix, with the likes of Barry Sheene, Mick Grant, Jarno Saarinen, John Cooper, Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood and more taking on the 2.43-mile course, no current or former full-time MotoGP rider has ever raced there.
But with Burns set to make his debut in his first competitive appearance with Wilson Craig Racing, that record may be about to change.
The Geordie will have a team-mate in rising roads star Davey Todd next weekend, who last raced at Oliver’s Mount during his debut at the 2017 Barry Sheene Classic.