Sabden speedster Alistair Haworth has moved in to the top 15 racers in the Duke Road Race rankings.
Haworth, who competes in the lightweight class on his Yamaha FZR 400 motorbike, has had a storming 2014 season after being crowned the UK road and track racing champion - his first ever national championship triumph.
Competing in a 12-round championship against 26 other riders at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough and Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, Haworth recorded a podium finish in all seven of the races that he entered which included five wins, a second place finish and a solitary third.
“I did so well at Oliver’s Mount that I didn’t have to race at Cadwell Park,” he said. “The championship brings both disciplines of road racing and short circuit racing together but I excelled on the former.
“It was very comfortable in the end. I ended up with 87 points in the end and the runner-up, Justin Waring, finished with 34 points. To win a national championship is superb and it’s a great feeling. I’ve won club championships in the past so this is all building towards my CV.”
Haworth scooped the Manx Grand Prix championship - which takes place on the 37-mile Isle of Man Mountain course - after eight years of trying during the 2013 campaign. And he’s delighted to add yet another landmark: “The Manx Grand Prix is incredibly prestigious because of its history and the circuit that it’s run on. This is another milestone in my career and I’m proud of it.”
Haworth, who earned the fourth and fifth international victories of his career at the Southern ‘100’ event in July, also landed the Phil Mellor Trophy at the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup International meet at Oliver’s Mount - the penultimate round of the term.
“It’s another piece of silverware to add to the collection,” said Haworth. The worst I’ve finished all year is third so I’ve had a very good season. I’ve won everything apart from two races.”
Racers such as Dean Harrison, James Cowton, Michael Dunlop, Dan Kneen, Guy Martin and Ivan Lintin continue to dominate Duke Road Race’s top 10 - which takes in to account lower profile events as well as the Isle of Man TT. the Ulster Grand Prix and the Macau Grand Prix in Hong Kong.
“I’m in the top 15 and I’ve only covered seven rounds,” Haworth beamed. “The top 10 is boxed off with some incredible guys. There’s some big names up there. It’s good to be recognised and among them.”