Back on a CB500 after 16 years

1998 CB500 Cup race at Donington

1998 CB500 Cup race at Donington

Yes, it’s true, 2015 will mark sixteen years since I last raced a CB500 – and 7 years since I last raced anything at all. I cut my racing teeth in the 1998 and 1999 Honda CB500 Cups, finishing 4th overall as a novice in what was then a British championship and then winning my first CB500 Cup race in 1999. It should come as no surprise then that I have a huge soft spot for the 500cc Honda twin.

The series is now a part of the Thundersport GB championship, a club widely regarded to have greatest depth of field in the UK, and there seems to be no shortage of competition in the (now re-branded) Thundersport 500 category.

For me, 2015 will be a learning year, I’m rusty as hell and no spring chicken any more, bah humbug! It would be nice to score points from the start and then get in amongst the top-6 before the end of the season.