For just one weekend a year, the usually tranquil surroundings of Aberdare Park is filled with the noise of motorcycle racing at the annual Aberdare Park Road Race sees riders descend upon the South Wales town from across the UK.
With a gap in their 2017 schedule, the Pro Bike Racing duo of James Evans and John Price also found themselves amongst a handful of riders making their Aberdare debut over the weekend.
Riding the team’s #68 Kawasaki ZXR400, John was entered into the Golden Era and Lightweight classes, whereas James would pilot the Yamaha R6 in the Park Challenge. Both would be using the treaded ContiRaceAttack Comp.
The event would also provide a rare opportunity for the Shropshire duo to race one another, as both riders joined the grid in the Welsh Open.
With three podium finishes from three races, the Golden Era class proved to be a happy hunting ground for John who gradually picked up speed around the 0.9 mile circuit. The fourth race in the Lightweight class eventually yielded another podium as he finished a close 2nd to Aberdare regular Jay Bellers Smith, and well ahead of Rob Bowden in third. John would finish 3rd overall in class on aggregate.
A packed Park Challenge grid meant for a highly competitive introduction to the event for James, who found himself up against the likes of Dan Cooper and Matthew Rees, both well known at Aberdare and elsewhere. As was also the case with his teammate, Evans increased his pace and confidence race by race and moved from 9th to 7th, and eventually up to 5th in the final contest to take 5th overall on aggregate in the Park Challenge.
Competing against one another in the Welsh Open, John and James were closely matched despite the difference in power. Evans would get the upper hand in two of the three races to ensure he held bragging rights over his teammate on the drive home as they both finished well inside the top ten.
Both James and John are fighting for titles with the Crewe and South Cheshire Club and Tonfanau this year, and we wish them luck in the final meeting of the year over the August bank holiday.
Photo credits to Steve Snelling.
Find out more about the ContiRaceAttack Comp here.