Goodwood Revival Win for McWilliams and Avon Tyres
Former grand prix rider Jeremy McWilliams took the overall win at the classic event, in a field dominated by machines on Avon Tyres.
McWilliams said, “The Goodwood Revival is an event not to be missed. We were second last year to Steve Brogan but this year I knew I had to set pole for that psychological edge. In the first race Cameron Donald and I were close but a technical problem for him gave us more advantage than we deserved. Cam won the next day and we simply rode around to win it in very dodgy conditions. With no wet tyres and the track being slick from oil dropped by cars, the Avon Tyres performed very well. It’s nice to finally take the win I’ve been chasing for the last four years!”
This wasn’t the first time McWilliams has raced and won on Avon Tyres. In fact his career has been bookended by wins on Avon rubber, as at the start of his career he also raced on them. He recalls, “I used Avon tyres in the early 1990s. They’ve always been good people at Avon and they were willing to help me back then when I needed more help than anybody! I got on with the tyres very well and won a couple of races on them before I thought racing would ever become my profession, so it’s nice to be able to win on them again.”
All but two of the 30 machines competing at this year’s Revival were on Avon Tyres. Sharing the winning Manx Norton 500 with McWilliams was Duncan Fitchett, while in second were Mick Grant and Gary Johnson also on Avons fitted to their MV Agusta triple. In third place were Keith Amor and Luke Notton on the unfaired Manx Norton 500 that Notton took to this year’s British Historic Grand Prix Championship Series win.
All riders should be congratulated for skilled riding, which meant that the safety car was not deployed during the two days, despite being used a number of times in the four-wheeled events.
Last year a new soft compound of Roadrider was launched in the 90/90-19 fitment as well as a medium compound in the 100/90-19 size being made available. Both dominated classic racing. These tyres fit classic racing machines such as the Manx Norton, AJS 7R and Matchless G50. Smaller machines like the BSA Bantam and Greeves Silverstone utilise the 90/90-18 size of Roadrider which are available in two compounds.
The success of Avon Tyres at the Goodwood Revival comes at a time when Avon Tyres is celebrating its Centenary year. Since beginning production of motorcycle tyres in 1911, Avon Tyres has won 13 Supersport and four Production class championships on two wheels as well as Isle of Man TT victories on both three and two wheels.