Herbertson gets spot in Davies Honda team for 2017 Classic TT| Mike Nicks | TT and Roads
Rising roads star Dominic Herbertson has been recruited to the podium-winning Davies Motorsport Honda team for the Classic TT in August, where he will ride a 500cc four and a 350cc twin.
The 26-year-old forester from Northumbria lapped the Mountain Circuit at 126.8mph in the Senior TT in June, when he finished 18th, in his best ever TT finish, on a BMW S1000RR. John Davies, head of Davies Motorsport, also fields William Dunlop and Alan Oversby on his Hondas, which are based on the CB500 road bike engine, and the 350cc K4 motor.
“This is a fantastic opportunity,” Herbertson said. “Davies Motorsport is a big name in the classic world, and the bikes are more than capable of doing the job. You can spend all your money on a modern bike, but it’s good to get back to the basics.
“It takes a real rider to handle a classic bike. You have to get into things like compression checks and carburettor adjustments, and there are no tyre warmers. You head off down Bray Hill on cold tyres.”
Herbertson has already impressed the team by riding the CB500 to third place in the 850cc class at the Pre-TT Classic races on the Billown circuit. Oversby and Dunlop have already scored runner-up spots in Classic TTs for the Honda team.
Now Davies has completed headwork on the 500cc engines to boost power to over 70bhp, fitted a dry clutch to reduce engine drag and keep the oil cleaner, and lightened the bike by about 6kg with different hubs, and more titanium components, including a 3kg-lighter exhaust system made by Oversby.