Motorcycling: First in class felt ‘like race win’ for Coward

Jamie Coward
Jamie Coward

TT rider Jamie Coward didn’t take the chequered flag first on the Isle of Man, but his special ‘first’ felt just like a race win.

Coward didn’t have the best practice week. Indeed he managed only three laps by Thursday evening.

That left limited time to set up the bikes for the opening 500cc Classic TT. Despite the less-than-great preparation, Coward finished fourth and was the first single cylinder machine home.

“For me and the team it was like a race win,” enthused Coward.

On the Monday, the 350 was running second in the first race coming towards the end of the first lap, but Coward had a mechanical failure.

“It was a bit annoying,” admitted Coward. “The bike was going well and I felt I had good pace for podium or even the win.”

In the Classic F1 race, Coward managed a sixth-plae finish, and he joked:

“That doesn’t sound good but I was up against Isle of Man TT winners and professional riders, so to be mixing it with them and doing so well – I was very happy.

“Lapping at 122mph on a bike which was 23 years old is some going.”

Next up for Coward is the Scarborough Gold Cup which is the last road race meeting of the year, so he will be hoping for a good finish to the season.