Forbes local has won the 350cc category in an Australian championship

Local motorcycle racer Neil May has taken out a national title in the Australian Historic Road Racing Championships.

The championships are an annual event hosted at Wakefield Park, Goulburn, between November 9 and November 12.

Competitors take the track on replicas of classic motorcycles, this year more than 350 classic motorcycles competed in six major classes based on the vintage of the motorcycle.

May entered two motorcycles into the period three class which represents motorcycles made between January 1, 1946 and December 31, 1962.

Over the course of three days and 12 races, May came first in the period 350 cc category and claimed third place in the period 500 cc category.

Both of May’s bikes are replica Manx Norton Featherbeds made by Molnar Precision in the UK, built with modern improvements which include lightweight frames and increased horsepower. They’re also fitted with race compound tyres to increase grip and lean angle.

This is the first time May has won a national Australian championship, edging out 20 other competitors to claim the title.

He has been a runner up in previous years and holds state titles throughout Australia including Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.

May started competing in flat track motorcycle racing and riding Enduro events after leaving school. He transitioned to Historic Road Racing 15 years ago.

As well as racing across Australia, May has competed in events across Europe and England including the gruelling International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race.

May said there are eight to 10 historic road racing events in Australia each year for those keen to compete and willing to travel.

It does require him to keep fit, with regular training at the gym and plenty of riding on the push bike as well. 

Motorcycle racing is not without its risks however, as May has had several broken bones in his hands and feet and a shoulder reconstruction.

The Island Classic at Phillip Island is the next major race meet in Australia and takes place over the January long weekend.

This race is one of the largest motorcycle races in Australia and has many riders coming from around the world to compete.