JAMIE Lyons returns to the serious business of life in the support classes of the British Superbike Championship this weekend after a day of fun at Mallory Park last week.
The Omagh lad teamed up with his British Talent Cup rival, Harry Leigh, in the Plop Enduro event, riding a Honda Cub c90 built by Laurence Evans.
On the machine, which is more suited to fast food delivery rather than short circuit racing, the duo managed to complete 210 laps in just under seven hours to finish third overall against around 100 other teams, and second in class.
The ‘British Talent Cub’ team endured a fair few issues during the event, but managed to impress against a host of World and British Supersport Championship riders, including Luke Stapleford, with whom Jamie had an epic tussle.
“It was brilliant fun, the most I’ve ever had,” beamed the 14-year-old Omagh Academy pupil.
“We were expected to be top three, but we had three mechanical failures and Harry was taken out on the first lap, but it was good to get back to second because the team that won had Luke Stapleford from World Supersport.
“I had a good battle with Luke for about 50 minutes, during which time he got the lap record and I was only two tenths off him, so we were both going well and had good fun too, riding flat out!”
After that weekend’s fun, Lyons will make his HEL Performance Motostar British Championship debut in the standard class on the C&M Motors Moto3 Honda NSF250R before the British Talent Cup returns at the end of the month.
However, despite having never raced at Oulton Park before and having only ridden the bike a handful of times, the tenacious youngster is aiming high.
“I am looking forward to it because anyone I’ve spoken to has said Oulton Park is an amazing track. I can’t wait to get to ride around it,” he exclaimed.
“A lot of people go over and say ‘we’ll try to finish’, but I’m not like that.
“I’d like to try and put an aim for me and although I can’t really set any goals just yet, a lot of the BTC [British Talent Cup] riders are in it, so a top 15 finish would be good and to get above some of the BTC guys.
“But I’m not going there to bed in, I’m going to try to score points.”