The Reid name is renowned in the motorcycling world, and racing most certainly runs in the blood of this particular family.
Brian Reid and son, Simon, have used EBC Brakes products for many years. In fact, Simon’s used them throughout his entire career, and states that it is a brand that him and Brian both have great confidence in.
Brian began his racing career in 1976, achieving two World Championships, five Isle of Man TT wins, nine Ulster Grand Prix wins, as well as a North West 200 win.
In 1982, he created history by becoming the first person to win three Irish road race championships in one year: taking the 250cc, 350cc and 500cc titles. 1983 saw him crowned Irish Motorcyclist of the Year, which he won again in 1989.
In 1984, Reid turned his attention to the Formula TT World Championship racing, sponsored by Mick Mooney of Irish Racing Motorcycles on a privately-entered 350cc Yamaha. In that first year, Reid collected a bronze medal (but for a breakdown at the Ulster Grand Prix, it could have been a gold). Reid made amends in 1985 by taking gold with wins in Portugal, Spain and at Ulster, and repeated the feat in 1986 to be a double world champion. He also had the first of his five TT wins in this year.
1989 saw the launch of the Regal 600cc Championship, which Reid dominated from the beginning, taking the title on the Budweiser-sponsored Yamaha. He retained his title in 1990 and won his second TT in the Supersport 600cc. Reid went on to take TT wins in 1992, with a double in the Supersport 400cc and Junior 250cc, and in 1993 with a Junior 250cc win.
Brian had fantastic success using EBC’s brakes throughout his career, now his son Simon naturally follows in his footsteps.
Simon began riding on just his third birthday, onboard a Yamaha PW50, but it wasn’t just riding that interested Simon – it was racing.
Turning six and under the guidance of Brian, Simon competed in his first schoolboy motocross race, winning his first race that very season.
The following season, Simon – now aged seven – won every race he competed in, becoming the Auto Ulster champion. This was a trend that was only going to continue.
Jump a few years on, and Simon had won five Ulster Youth Championships, three Irish Youth Championships and accumulated five international and British wins.
Moving on from motocross, one of Simon’s hobbies was freestyle BMX. This turned into his profession, competing and riding at demos across Ireland and England at events in front of thousands of people. One of the highlights was being involved in Rihanna’s music video filmed in Belfast. Simon finished 27th in the World Championship in Cologne, Germany in 2014.
Simon couldn’t ever replace the buzz that racing gave him, though, so he returned to the Tarmac in 2017, and in his debut year raced in the Irish Supertwin Championship onboard TheVisorshop.com’s 650cc Kawasaki, and the KMR Kawasaki of Ryan Farquhar. 18 podiums and four wins helped Simon secure the Irish Championship in his first year, against seasoned riders.
2018 saw Simon move into the Irish Supersport class, once again supported by TheVisorshop.com and now with the addition of Silicone Engineering Racing. With 12 wins and two lap records under his belt, it was another big step in Simon’s career.
With only two years’ short circuit experience, Simon moved to the British Superbike Series, in the 600 Superstock class, onboard the Silicone Engineering Racing Yamaha R6. This was another large step for Simon at this stage of his Tarmac career – with a new bike and all the tracks to learn, it would be a steep learning curve in a very competitive class.
Simon achieved three top 10 finishes and a best qualifying position of seventh. Alongside this, he also clinched a wildcard third place finish in the Irish Supersport class onboard his stock machine at the International Sunflower Event.
2020 plans were to have a second year in the Superstock 600 class in BSB, with a lot more knowledge of the circuits and how things worked. Simon was very excited to carry the momentum into this season, working extremely hard through the winter and having a great test session in Spain through February and March with some great pace.
Hopefully we can get some racing in 2020…