The name Simon Reid will probably need very little introduction to those who even loosely follow the world of British motorcycle racing. Taking to two wheels at a young age, Reid has also conquered the world of motocross and even freestyle BMX in his journey to the top.
He now races with the Silicone Engineering Racing Team in the Supersport 600 class of the Bennetts British Superbikes championship, on a Yamaha R6 equipped with EBC Brakes’ GPFAX pads and X-Series floating discs.
Simon is not the first member of the family to proudly sport EBC components on his bike, following closely in his father, Brian’s footsteps – previously an extremely successful road racer (you can read much more about this Reid father-and-son duo by clicking here).
Following a long and grueling lockdown period amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Simon was finally unleashed and back on the track recently in the form of a testing day at Derby’s Donington Park Circuit – helping him to prepare to tackle the rescheduled BSB calendar that is set to begin once more in August.
Below are Simon’s thoughts after the successful test session…
“It’s been a long four months through lockdown, but I’ve kept myself very busy, turning a negative situation into a positive. I spent a lot of time training, clocking up 1500 miles on my bicycle, along with my gym work and motocross, so I’ve never felt more prepared to go racing, both mentally and physically! Hopefully the hard work pays off.
“Now with the new Bennetts British Superbike calendar out, we know we are going racing and can start to prepare properly. The first round of the championship will be on the 7 August at Donington Park. But prior to that, we have an official test day on 17 July at Silverstone.
“I just had a very exciting weekend, though: the first test day on the new bike and after four months off I was very keen to get out there. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Everything ran so smoothly, and Charlie my mechanic from Kickstart Motorcycles did a fantastic job with preparing the bike.
“I surprised myself with how comfortable I felt on the bike from session one, and maintained a steady progression the entire day, getting back up to speed and adjusting small things like levers and positioning with the bike.
“I came away with some real positives, feeling strong and getting my mojo back – a great starting point.”