Having already announced his ride with Binch Racing in the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race, the 28-year old has confirmed he will also ride a 350cc Craven Honda and 500cc Craven Manx Norton for Ted Woof Racing in the Locate.im Junior Classic TT and Bennetts Senior Classic TT Races respectively.
In addition, he’ll be on board the Kraus/PreZ Racing Kawasaki ZXR750 in the four-lap RST Superbike Race and is sure to be challenging for race wins in all four of this year’s races.
Whilst it’s a first-time appearance in the Lightweight Classic TT Race, Coward is no stranger to the other three classes having contested them every year since 2013. Having already taken five podium finishes, three in the Senior class and two in the Junior, he’s well placed to increase that tally.
Coward took his first podium in the inaugural year of the Classic TT in 2013 when he placed third in the Senior Race behind Olie Linsdell and the late William Dunlop and, since then, he’s been ever-present at the top end of the leaderboard.
Indeed, further podiums in the Senior class have come in the last two years on the Ted Woof Craven Manx Norton, with a second-place finish to Josh Brookes in 2017 and the same result again twelve months ago, where once more he finished behind Roger Winfield’s 500 Paton but with John McGuinness on board that time.
Runner-up in this year’s Bennetts Lightweight TT Race by just 1.3s to Michael Dunlop, Coward has been the man to push the dominant Winfield Paton the most and in chasing Brookes two years ago, he not only became the quickest rider to lap the Mountain Course on a British single cylinder machine but also the first to lap at more than 110mph, with his best lap currently standing at a superb 110.057mph.
He’s also come close to winning the Junior Race on more than one occasion and having finished second for the last two years, lapping at close to 104mph on the 350 Honda, he’ll be desperate to go one better this time and finally stand on the top step.
Meanwhile, it will be his second year on the Kraus Racing 750cc Kawasaki after five previous seasons on a similar Mistral Racing machine. Although he’s yet to finish in the top three in the Superbike Classic TT Race, his best finish of fifth came just last year and was achieved despite having to make an additional, unscheduled pitstop at the end of lap one due to a clutch issue. A best lap of 123.522mph more than proves his credentials and ensures he’ll be amongst the race favourites in all four races.
Arguably one of the most underrated riders currently competing on the TT Mountain Course, Coward has been enjoying an excellent year so far. As well as his second place in this year’s Lightweight TT Race, he also finished in the top ten in all of the other five solo races on the PreZ Racing machines.
Those results saw him deservedly win the 2019 TT Privateer’s Championship and the Dunlop Senior TT saw him break the 130mph barrier for the first time, which, in the process, made him the fastest rider ever around the 37.73-mile course on a Yamaha machine.
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