Aaron Mellish

Road-racer Aaron is looking forward to the most important event of his racing career so far as he is making his debut at the Isle of Man TT course in August. The talented rider, who has only been racing for a couple of years, is determined to fulfil a life ambition and compete at the TT and is working towards that goal.

Aaron’s route into racing is interesting because he completely skipped what many would see as an essential stepping stone to racing – he never did a trackday. Having ridden bikes since the age of 17, Aaron knew he wanted to race so simply got his licence and went straight into road racing.

Aaron at Oliver’s Mount

First full season

Aaron started racing in March 2015 and obtained his Clubman licence by June but then had a break from racing until the following March. In June 2016, Aaron obtained his National licence and went road racing, debuting at Oliver’s Mount.

In his first full season racing, he achieved a 5th and 6th in steel-frame 600 championships, won two 400cc races on track, scored a couple of 5th places at Oliver’s Mount, and 4th overall in the Northern Clubman Championship.

Perhaps most impressive for a newcomer was his top 20 finish at the Southern 100, a race which demands skill and bravery in equally high measures, riding an RVF400.

2017 plans

This year, Aaron will be competing on his 2006 CBR600RR and 1990 CBR400 NC29 at various events including Cadwell Park, Oliver’s Mount, the post-TT Southern, and the Southern 100, as well as a few other Irish road rounds.

The Manx

The most famous bike race in the world is the big target for Aaron and he will be racing in the Newcomers A & Junior A rounds in August on the Manx TT course at the Festival of Motorcycling which runs alongside the Classic TT. Doing the Newcomers race is an essential prerequisite for those wanting to do the TT so Aaron will be hoping he makes the cut and has the opportunity to race at the TT in 2018.

So far, Aaron has ridden round the course a few times on his road bikes (GSXR600 & FZ1) to get an idea of the layout but wasn’t going for any lap records as it was normal days with regular traffic and they frown on that sort of behaviour when the course isn’t closed to the public. He’s also been taken round in a car for sighting laps on the Newcomers weekend in March and he’s looking forward to his first opportunity to ride it on closed roads, how it’s meant to be ridden – wide-eyed and flat-out.


Superbike Freaks is excited to be supporting and following Aaron throughout his 2017 racing season. If anyone is interested in contributing any amount towards his ongoing racing costs, please contact Aaron directly through his Facebook page below.

AM Road Racing

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Aaron and Dean Harrison racing at the Southern 100

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