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MOTORBIKE racing took a step closer to its return at Oliver's Mount in Scarborough last week as ACU officials made their first course inspection.

General Secretary Gary Thompson led a group of inspectors in a tour of the track before announcing changes must be made before competitive action returns.

Two Four Three Road Racing Association bosses including financiers Eddie Roberts and Mick Grant, revealed the return of bikes to the North Yorkshire roads circuit early last month and began to put the renovation process into motion.

Ahead of the first event, due to run in July, ACU chiefs including Thompson took stock of what needs to be done to bring the venue up to scratch.

And while Thompson, who is also the Clerk of the Course at the Isle of Man TT, admitted he was happy to see plans for bikes to be back, he knows change still need to be made.

"It's great to see road racing is going to return to Oliver's Mount," he said. "The ACU is very supportive of this new venture and will support Mick and Eddie to ensure competitive road racing continues in the safest manner possible.

"There will be some changes, there has to be some changes to improve safety and that is what we are now working towards."

Roberts added spectator and rider safety is the priority, and believes it only made sense to involve the ACU early on for a clear view on necessary changes.

"We've been in discussion with the ACU since the end of last year, and Shaun [Dalton, chief marshal] has been working tirelessly throughout," Roberts revealed. "We had a hugely interesting day walking the track and discussing every aspect from marshal positions to safety fencing."

Bolstering the crew's eyes was 1946 Marshals Association chairman Dalton, who said he and the group had been extremely thorough in their inspections.

"We didn't leave any stone unturned," Dalton added. "We've already acted on some recommendations and have the full backing of the council who will assist in the future.

"The track will essentially remain the same, with improvements for rider and spectator safety."

North bike racers who have already announced their intentions to return include Daley Mathison of Stockton, Joey Thompson of York and David Bell of Chester-le-Street.

The first of the Two Four Three club's events, the Barry Sheene Classic, is set for July 27-28, while the season finale Gold Cup will bring action back on September 27-29.

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2019
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