With new bikes and a new sponsor in tow, a Kilham road racer has revealed his plans for the coming season.
This week, James Cowton revealed his deal with Chris Lennon of Radcliffe Butchers, based on the Isle of Man, who have stepped up their sponsorship of the 23-year-old who has been racing for six seasons already.
Under the banner, Cowton Racing by Radcliffe’s, will be racing a BMW 1000, a Honda 600 and a Supertwin at the four local rounds at Oliver’s Mount as well at Irish dates and of course the all-important TT.
It is stark contrast to what he admits was a nightmare 2015 season with deals and bikes falling through and he was not able to compete at the level he is used to.
He told the Times and Post: “I am putting that behind me and looking forward to the season and making all the planning worthwhile.
“They believed I could do better than I was if I had solid machinery and it is good that they have given me the break.
“Being on one bike then someone lending me another, we were starting from scratch all the time with set up and you are constantly up against things.
“It was quite hard to keep motivated and not being in the position we would like to be in.”
The position Cowton says he would like to find himself in this year is finishing all seven TT races he is down for.
With Guy Martin out of the running and being on the emerging BMW, Cowton says he has gained a place already.
He added: “At the TT last year I rode the BMW and enjoyed it. I see a lot more potential in the bikes. Michael Dunlop was the first on one and Milwauke have gone to them instead of Yamaha.
“All the races are important but the TT is the one we are working up to.
“The most enjoyable races for me are the Southern 100. It is not a big meeting but I really enjoy it and that is what it is all about.”