Name: Mark Goodings

Date of Birth: May 14th 1992

Place of Birth: Doncaster, UK

Nationality: British

Races competed: IoM TT, S100, UGP, NW200, Olivers Mount, Aberdare Park, Armoy & Cookstown.

Twitter: @mark_goodings

Facebook: Mark Goodings #17

Getting into biking:

“My dad is an ex-racer and while I was growing up my brother raced, so much of my childhood was spent at race tracks. I had my first race in 2005 as an eager 13 year old at Elvington Park and have stuck at it since then.”

Mark started racing in 2005 at the age of 13 with Club Auto66 coming 2nd in the championship in only his second year of racing, he continued to race with this Club progressing to the 400cc class in 2007 where he won two championships on the 400cc machine.

After the success he had on the 400cc bikes Mark moved up to the 600cc class in 2008 whilst still competing on the 400cc machine, where he again lifted the title of 400cc Road and Track Champion.

In 2009 Mark raced in the 125cc and the 600cc championships where he had good results throughout coming in 2nd and 3rd in the championships against very stiff competition.

Goodings’ first Isle of Man appearance came at the 2011 Manx GP, where he competed in the Senior, Junior and Newcomers A races, coming in 49th, 58th and 23rd respectively. All of these races were competed on a 600 Kawasaki, with his highest average speed coming in the Senior MGP at 98.478mph.

First bike:

“My first bike was a PW50 but my first race bike was an Aprilia 125cc.”

Racing Icon:

“It would be David Jefferies on the roads and Barry Sheene on circuits.”

Career Highlights:

“To date it is lapping the Ulster Grand Prix at 128.5 mph.”

Goodings continued to race in many classes with the Auto66 club competing an both the circuits and the roads including Scarborough’s famous Oliver’s Mount circuit where he won on board the 400cc machine.

In 2012 Mark continued his long standing relationship with the Auto66 club winning races at Scarborough on the 125cc bike, and he also won a 1000cc heat at the same circuit by beating Ryan Farquhar. In addition, he earned pole position for the 600cc race there at the Ian Watson Spring Cup.

Mark’s first TT appearance came in 2015, placing a credible 40th in both the Senior TT and Superbike TT, whilst also coming 42nd in the Superstock race and 45th in the Supersport TT 1. His highest average race speed was 117.725mph in the Senior race, which was won by John McGuinness.

The 2016 TT saw Mark place 49th in the Superstock, Supersport 1 and Supersport 2 races.  Goodings also placed 37th in the Senior TT, which was the year he joined the 120mph club.

In 2017 Mark finished 35th in the Senior race riding a IPG Kawasaki ZX-10R, with the race being won by Michael Dunlop. Goodings recorded a DNF in the Superstock TT, but achieved 37th in the Supersport 1 race, to take home two bronze replicas.

Favourite course/track:

“It’s a tough decision between Oliver’s Mount and the Ulster Grand Prix.”

Aspirations:

“To be a front runner at the TT and win a Gold Cup race at Oliver’s Mount.”

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • TT debut in 2015, has now competed in 14 races and won two bronze replicas
  • Best TT finish of 35th, 2017 Senior with a new personal best lap of 120.602mph
  • 7th, 2015, Southern 100 Solo Championship
  • 9th 2014 Southern 100 Solo Championship
  • 10th 2017, Southern 100 Solo Championship, new personal best lap of 109.753mph
  • 14th, 2015 Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race
  • 15th, 2017 Ulster Grand Prix Supersport race
  • Fastest lap at Ulster Grand Prix, 128.592mph (2017)

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