Stephenson targets podiums after first Isle of Man TT

Heysham rider Colin Stephenson on his CS Racing 650 Supertwin Suzuki at Ginger Hall. Picture: Rod Neill
Heysham rider Colin Stephenson on his CS Racing 650 Supertwin Suzuki at Ginger Hall. Picture: Rod Neill
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A Heysham racer is targeting Isle of Man TT podiums after completing his first festival on the island.

Colin Stephenson said his first trip was about building for the future and was pleased with the progress made by his CS Racing team.

Fans watch in awe, as Colin Stephenson steers his 600 Yamaha between the hedges and walls of the Barregarrow section of the TT course. Picture: Rod Neill

Fans watch in awe, as Colin Stephenson steers his 600 Yamaha between the hedges and walls of the Barregarrow section of the TT course. Picture: Rod Neill

The 27-year-old was 43rd in the first Supersport race last Monday, June 2, before finishing 38th in Tuesday’s Superstock race, 33rd in Supersport 2 on Wednesday and 17th in Friday’s Lightweight TT race.

The former Queen Elizabeth School Kirkby Lonsdale pupil, who works with dad Andrew at CS Tuning in Melling where he was brought up, said: “It was good.

“We didn’t get as much practice as we were expecting to get because running three bikes with a small team was quite difficult.

“I just wanted to improve on the speeds I’d done at the Manx Grand Prix and put stuff together that could help us in five years time.

“I’m a racer and I’m never pleased if I’m not finishing first but we learned what we needed to learn and made good progress.”

The team had targeted a better finish in the Lightweight TT but were hit by mechanical problems.

Stephenson said: “I thought we’d be battling for a podium on the supertwin this year.

“We wanted to finish a lot higher but we had a few mechanical problems.

“The speeds we were doing at the Manx Grand Prix last year would have put us seventh but we were only able to do two laps on the bike.

“But in the grand scheme of things we were there to try set ups.

“We could just think we’ve got it right and race over and over again but we tried one thing and went out, tried another and went out and so on and so on.

“It was all about next year where we’ll have a bigger team and more money behind us.”

The Team Hairy Snid-supported rider is now looking forward to a busy rest of the year and will be back out in July before targeting a possible trip to the Macau Grand Prix in China in November.

Stephenson said: “It’s not finalised but we’re pretty confident about it and we’re setting things up like we’re going.

“We don’t want to be caught out.

“It would be a fantastic experience.”