STOCKTWIN riders at the North East Motorcycle Racing Club (NEMCRC) can now battle it out in a new championship designed to encourage new racers.
The club has introduced the John Webb Memorial Championship Trophy to mark the 40th anniversary of John Webb winning the club’s 500cc championship, which will be run as a supporting series within the Stocktwins class.
The class has long been one of the NEMCRC’s most popular as a solid entry-level class and thanks to its affordability, tends to retain a lot of more experienced riders.
The aim of the new trophy is to encourage entry-level riders into a class which can be dominated by these experienced racers by giving them their own title to fight for.
Only riders who have not previously won a NEMCRC championship are eligible for entry and to help keep it as an incentive for new riders, John Webb Trophy winners will not be eligible to enter again.
John ‘Webby’ Webb is one of the club’s most successful riders. During the 1970s, he raced against the likes of Barry Sheene, Ron Haslam and Neil Tuxworth and he was the winner of numerous NEMCRC championships.
John died after a short illness in 2015, and now his family and friends have donated a trophy which will be presented annually. They also plan to gather a prize fund to present at the club’s awards night.
Alan Pacey, one of his fellow competitors said: “This is a great tribute to a great guy. John Webb as a rider was very competitive and gave his all when the flag dropped and was also a true gentleman, a well-respected person at all the paddocks he visited.
“This trophy is a great tribute to John and his family, never to be forgotten. Well done friends and the NEMCRC.”
*Images: Supplied by the NEMCRC