Roy’s ready to hit the road

0913018 SSFF roy houston 'Roy Houston on his Race Bike with the Kirkcaldy Kawasaki team behind - launch of Roy Houston Race Bike at the Queensferry Hotel, North Queensferry
0913018 SSFF roy houston 'Roy Houston on his Race Bike with the Kirkcaldy Kawasaki team behind - launch of Roy Houston Race Bike at the Queensferry Hotel, North Queensferry
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RACE ace Roy Houston is hoping to continue the progression which has seen him become one of the hottest properties in Scottish Superbike Racing.

Houston, who races with Kirkcaldy Kawasaki, started in the sport back in 2006 and went on to earn himself the ‘rookie of the year’ award for the Melville Club.

He continued to turn heads in the sport, racking up a stunning 20 wins out of the 24 he raced in 2007, before snapping up the opportunity to race in the British Championships at Knockhill a year later - finishing a credible 30th.

After meeting Kirkcaldy Kawasaki ZX-6R partner Brian Neilson at a Scottish bike show, Roy, also from Kirkcaldy, decided to team up with the group and now has his sights set on bringing further success to the town in 2013.

“This year we’ll definitely be doing at least one BSB (British Super Bike) round,” he told the Press.

“I’ve done BSB before but not on this bike bike or class, so that’s another progression, but still it’s all about having the money to do it.

“I want to get a lot more race wins this year in the Scottish Championships and go on to win them because I’m capable, I just need to really go for it this year.

“Last year was a bit of a learning curve for me on the bike.

“We had a few problems to start with but it’s had a bit of engine work done to it.

“Nothing massive, but it’s got around five more horse power and some new suspension on the front.”

Roy has a team of around half a dozen behind him at Kirkcaldy Kawasaki and is also backed by his mum and dad.

In 2011 he claimed the Scottish 600cc Championship title and also won the 2012 Steve Hislop Memorial race.

Roy’s season was launched at a function on Friday where the media and sponsors were given the chance to see his bike and discuss the season’s hopes with his team.

But it’s down to business now as the new season will shortly be underway.

“The first race is the first week in April, that’s nothing to do with the Scottish Championships, it’s more of a test, but we’ll be pushing for race wins there as well to get off to a good start.

“And then we have the first race of the Scottish Championships after that and we want to hit the ground running.”

If you’d like more information on Roy, or are interested in sponsoring him, please visit www.royhoustonracing.co.uk.