Son of double world champion Brian Reid to make racing debut

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20 year old Simon Reid has inherited his famous father Brian’s love of speed. Reid senior was a double Formula Two world champion on the roads in 1985 and ’86 and now Simon will follow in his wheeltracks on ER6 Kawasaki in this year’s Ulster and Irish Supertwins short circuit championship.

The former schoolboy Ulster and Irish motocross champion competed in the 2015 BMX Freestyle world series before being turning his attention to tarmac racing.

“Racing is in the blood and nothing puts a smile on my face like riding a motorbike.” Reid said as he announced his 2017 plans at the NI Motorcycle Festival at the weekend. Never having raced on tarmac before, the novice is realistic about his goals.

“I need to learn and build confidence.” he said.

“Ultimately I would like to work my way into British Supersport and maybe BSB but I won’t do the roads.”

That news will help calm his father’s nerves.

“I am nervous about Simon going racing but he had a great talent in motocross and hopefully he can convert that across to tarmac racing.” Brian said.

“Simon will make his debut at Bishopscourt at Easter.” new sponsor Adrian Fegan of Crossan Motorcycles explained.

“He certainly has the pedigree to succeed and it will be great to be back out racing again after a two year break with a young rider making his debut.”

Stephen Davison

By Stephen Davison

Biographer of John McGuinness & road racing's foremost writer & photographer