Champ pushing himself to limit

Daniel Tomlinson in action (s).
Daniel Tomlinson in action (s).

Motorcycle racing champion Daniel Tomlinson is pushing himself to the limit as he continues to exceed his own expectations.

The speed demon, born and raised in Clitheroe, won the Pre-Injection Championship last season by 26 points having accumulated 81 points out of a possible 90 on his Suzuki GSXR 600.

The Ribble Valley racer, who culminated the Newcomers Championship in fifth spot in his debut campaign in 2013, finished comfortably clear of Leigh’s Martin McGrath who won the Steel Frame Championship at Three Sisters.

“I wanted to make sure I was as prepared as I could be,” he said. “My bike had a new engine fitted and it was set up better. It also had a new colour scheme.

“Throughout the six-round championship there were 12 races and I won half of them as well as setting the fastest lap in seven, showing my desire to not be beaten.

“I won the championship at round five, with round six still to go, but I still went out to the grid for the final round to race. I won it to prove my dominance in the final standings.”

Tomlinson, who also competed against Clitheroe’s Edward Hosker, then made the step up to the Formula 600 Championship to test himself against more powerful bikes.

Having set a target of finishing in the top five Tomlinson went on to register the runner-up spot on the podium.

“I far exceeded my expectations that season on the oldest bike in that class,” he said. “I set myself a target of a top five finish in the championship but with a consistent ride while collecting points I finished runner-up which was a huge bonus.”

Tomlinson, who is now aiming to gain his National Road Race licence, would like to thank his team at Black Dragon Racing, Team Hosker, fiancee Natalie, dad Steve and his company Telsa Sheet Metal, his uncle Richard and WD40, brother Stephen and sister-in-law Nicola, Sutcliffe’s Motorbodies and Grafx.