MOTORCYCLE racing fans will be seeing pink over the coming months – it's the striking colour chosen by the new international DCR Racing team to promote awareness of Cancer Research.
The team was set up by bike racing enthusiast Denise Chenoweth, from Leek, who has been fighting breast cancer for two years.
DCR comprises Denise's businesses partner Richard Stubbs, from Endon; TT legend Jim Hodson, from Wigan, and promising novice Richard Stubbs Jr, from Stone.
Stubbs senior has returned to the sport after a 24-year absence and opened the 2014 season on an optimistic note at Aintree on his 750cc ZX7R Kawasaki, before exiting halfway through the Forgotten Era class race.
The veteran said: "Lack of fitness let me down – otherwise, I feel confident I would have finished in the top five.
"My arms began to feel the strain of handling the bike at speed, so I had to pull out."
Possibly, the 45-year-old was still feeling the effects of competing in the recent London Marathon, which saw him raise £1,700 for the Rainbow Trust charity.
Stubbs is a veteran fund-raiser and holds the record for holding the biggest 'whip-round'.
The big Manchester United fan made a bucket collection of £22,000 from supporters outside the Old Trafford ground for the 2005 Tsunami disaster fund.
DCR Racing has a big exciting month ahead in June.
Team leader Denise explained: "We have got all three lads racing at Aintree on June 14.
"Jim will be looking to achieve another great race win and Richard Stubbs senior will be looking to improve his fantastic return to racing, trying to beat his ninth position, while Rich Stubbs junior will be tackling the course for the first time.
"We are then off to tackle Oulton Park with Thundersport GB, where both Richards will be competing in the Golden Era superbike class.
"We then close the month down with a double at Darley Moor."
Before then, DCR will have a presence at the TT races on the Isle of Man, where Holton made his debut back in 1983 and has since raced many times.
Hodson ranks inside the top 10 for both number of TT races started and finished.
Denise, a practice nurse, added: "While his podium days are behind him, he can still be relied upon to post 120mph-plus laps and is expected to comfortably added to his haul of 41 replicas."
Hodson's one podium finish at the TT was in 2002, when he finished second in the Lightweight 400cc class.
DCR are taking two thousand pink flags to the TT meeting next week to promote Cancer Research.