John Neate (founder of Neate Racing) has been involved with motorcycle racing for over 35 years. It started with an apprenticeship job at a local bike shop and after attending a race meeting with his uncle the passion for race bikes was born.
John prepared his own race bikes with modest budgets but always turned out a good bike and was able to compete with a lot of success in Club, National & European level championships.
As well as racing, John also prepared bikes for some of his friends and competitors including the likes of Ray Swann, Roger Hurst, Geoff Fowler and Kenny Irons. Infact John was one Kenny Irons' mechanics at the inaugural World Superbike meeting at Donnington Park in 1988.
John has ridden and worked on a wide variety of bikes including Honda CB900, Yamaha LC350, Suzuki RD250, Kawasaki ZX400 & 750, Honda RS125 & 250, Yamaha YZF400, Honda CBR600, Yamaha OW01, Suzuki GSXR1000, Rotax Super-Mono, plus many more aside.
In more recent times John has built bikes for his two sons, Steven and Sam. Both the boys have raced successfully in British, European and World Championships and
are actively involved in Neate Racing, preparing their own bikes.
Younger brother Sam has followed in John's footsteps and after two years of working with PTR in the World Supersport championship as a chassis technician now works for Paul Bird Motorsport in the BSB championship. Sam was also part of the Padgett's team that made IOM history with Ian Hutchinson in 2010, when he won a record 5 TT races in a week.
Both John and the boys do a little less competing these days and focus more on building and running bikes for others, however they do still participate in the occasional Club, National and
European race meeting. For the past few years the three of them have raced as a team in the Classic Endurance Championship on-board their Harris Magnum RSC100 which they recently raced to 4th
place in 2014.