THIS WEEK IT'S JUNIOR SUPERSTOCK CONTENDER, SIMON REID, WHO JOINS OUR HOST, DAVE NEAL, FOR A CHAT ABOUT THE HOTLY-ANTICIPATED SEASON AND HIS CAREER SO FAR
Northern Irishman Simon Reid came to tarmac racing late compared to some of his rivals but has wasted no time in getting to grips with the British circuits and the cut and thrust of Junior Superstock racing. It's a class that provides no-holds-barred racing from a field of riders all keen to make their mark on the sport. Alumni of the class include Joe Francis, Kyle Ryde, Brad Ray, Tarran Mackenzie, Lee Jackson and Jake Dixon to name but a few.
A career that began on the Motocross tracks of Ulster brought success for the son of multiple TT winner and World Champion, Brian Reid, as he won title after title on the dirt. BMX was always a passion for Reid and played a big part in his personal development after his MX career ended due to injury. A 'date' with Rihanna in Belfast and touring Europe as part of a Freestyle BMX team gave Reid a different perspective on life before the tarmac called.
Reid is the first to admit that it's been a steep learning curve stepping in to the STK600 Championship on British circuits and also the cut and thrust nature of the racing within. A successful transition to circuit racing in Northern Ireland saw Reid gain success almost immediately before taking the decision to pit his skills against the best the UK has to offer around circuits he'd only watched at.
It's a fascinating story and not one of privilege or a bottomless wallet. Reid's path has been one of necessary success to help progress to greater things along with the invaluable personal sponsors and even for 2021 it was a fine line between racing or staying at home before a chance phone call put the wheels in motion for this season and concerted challenge for the Junior Superstock crown.