Here is the latest May news from some of EBC’s assisted motorcycle racers:
This month’s feature includes race reports from Phil Morris Racing, Team Sorrymate.com, Max Alexander, TeamMTR,
Cormac Conroy and Royal Air Force Classic Racing Motorcycle Club:
Phil Morris Racing
The Phil Morris Racing Team, as in previous years of EBC assisted racing, have an action packed season ahead. The team are using a mixture of racing brakes on their various bikes including the ever popular GPFAX brake pads, EPFA brake pads, Double-H™ Sintered Superbike brake pads and Organic motorcycle brake pads.
Here is their latest race report:
More bikes, more riders and more events – it’s another packed season for the Phil Morris Racing team.
The Oswestry based team’s expanded fleet of MotoGP bikes will be exhibited at a host of events with demonstration duties in the hands of some of the sport’s top riders. New names have also been added to the roll of supported racers while additional sponsors have come on board to make it all possible.
The team now boasts no fewer than five MotoGP bikes, the entire fleet from Paul Bird Motorsport. Three of the bikes are PBM machines to full MotoGP prototype spec while the remaining two are Aprilia CRT machines. For good measure, the fleet also now includes the Speed Up Moto2 machine that Sam Lowes rode in 2014.
With riding duties being undertaken by a squad that includes John McGuinness, Steve Plater, Ian Hutchinson, Peter Hickman, Nick Jefferies and Lee Heeson, the bikes will be in action up and down the UK and beyond with demonstration events including the Parade of Racing Exotica at Tonfanau on July 2nd, The Sixty Year Hailwood Commemoration at Castle Combe on July 8th/9th, and Aberdare Park Road Races on July 29th/30th. The bikes will also be on display at the Llan Bike Fest on August 5th/6th as well as at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Among the racers being supported by Phil Morris Racing this year is Stefan Hill. The 19 year old from Coventry will be tackling the World Supersport series on board the Profile Racing Triumph Daytona 675.
The youngest of the PMR supported riders will be nine year old Jonas Brown who will be racing in the 85cc category of the Welsh Schoolboy MotoX Championship.
The PMR/Dulson Moto X team, managed by former Moto Xer Steve Dulson will feature as its riders Shaun Pearce and Zac Stanley while Welsh road racers Matt Rees and Alex Smith remain part of the PMR stable as does Steve Ferguson whose programme of races includes the Classic TT as well as classic short circuit racing on 350 and 500cc Honda.
Confirming their 2017 plans, team principal Phil Morris commented:
It’s great to hear so many people tell us how much they enjoy seeing the bikes but none of it would be possible without our sponsors and all the people who give up their time to help me make things happen. I have a nine strong team working with me including sponsorship director Derek Smith and I have to say a massive thank you to all of them.
Of course we must wish our good friend and team member John McGuinness a speedy recovery following his mishap at the North West 200. I am sure he will be out and about on events before too long signing copies of his new autobiography. We are always pleased to welcome people onto the Phil Morris Racing stand wherever we are to take a close look at the machinery, talk to the riders and pick up a goody bag. That’s why we are there!
Sorrymate.com Endurance Team
Here is the latest news from the Sorrymate.com Endurance Team who are achieving great results this season. The team are using GPFAX brake pads for full control and endurance on the track.
Mark Parry who is responsible for helping Sorrymate.com to prepare ahead of race meetings has sent EBC some team news as follows:
Colin and Gaz are performing really well together at the moment, and with the addition of BSB Superstock rider Dan Drayton for selected rounds, the team is on a high with another win at the weekend in the 6 hour race at Donington Park that took place on 20th – 21st May 2017.
We’re pushing hard for a championship win this year, and that would not be possible without the help EBC have given us, so once again thank you!
Congratulations to the guys on a brilliant 1st place at a very wet Donington Park.
Qualifying was challenging to say the least due to red flags and delays in getting out on track, which meant Gaz couldn’t record a time, so was issued an aggregate time based on 150% of the fastest time in his session, dropping the team down to 30th on the grid, despite solid qualifying from Dan and Colin.
Monsoon weather, broken bikes, drying track, all meant for a busy day for all involved, but consistent quick laps from all three riders brought them home first, a full lap clear of the next 600 team and 6th overall. Well done Colin, Dan and Gaz, fantastic effort.
Max Alexander’s season is hotting up as he continues to gain excellent results with help from the high performance GPFAX brake pads he has installed on his BMW S1000RR 2015.
Here is the latest race report from Max:
For a change we ventured down south to the North Gloucester Racing Club meeting at Donington Park National circuit, this would be the first time for me riding Donington minus the Melbourne loop. I have to say I really enjoyed this configuration as it’s just so fast and flowing. We were also lucky enough to have the weather on our side with warm dry conditions which allowed us to make some real progress with the bike through a weekend where again we very much exceeded our expectations.
We got the weekend off to a steady start during practice where I was able to get a good feel for the bike during this session and post a time of 1:14 which I was quite happy with for what was my first time on the BMW at Donington and my third race meeting of the year. Come the qualifying race we were able to progress further posting a 1:12 which put us second on the grid for the afternoon powerbike race.
Unfortunately during the race we had an issue with gear selection, a problem which has been hampering us this season and meant that I was stuck in fifth gear from the second lap onwards. After contemplating pulling into the pits, I realised that being stuck in fifth wasn’t the worst gear to be stuck in and the torque of the BMW allowed me to finish the race in second place with a lap time of 1:11.
We worked hard that night trying to solve our issues with the gears and came up with a couple of ideas (thanks to Mark Fincham and Charlie Flett for your help). After a few changes were made to the bike we were able to minimize the gear problems and we were ready to go again on Sunday.
For the third time over the weekend we started second on the grid after finishing the Sunday qualifying race in second place. The bike felt much better and now with new Pirelli Supercorsa SC 2’s on for the afternoon race I was feeling a lot more confident. From the start I was able to push much harder and hang on to a slick shod Josh Day feeling quite comfortable for the first half of the race, however a couple of missed gears allowed Josh to start edging away, at this point I realised it would not be possible to fight with him for the win so had to settle for another second place.
Unbeknown to me on lap two the pace had been pretty quick where I managed to set a new NG Racing Club Power Bike lap record of 1:09.4 averaging over 101mph. This felt amazing being my first ever lap record, I was delighted to end the weekend on such a high! I am now looking forward to the next round at Knockhill reverse where I hope to continue to build on the confidence I have found in the bike this weekend.
Thank you again also to EBC Brakes, the performance from the GPFAX pads is second to none! Thank you also to the NG Racing club for making us most welcome and organising such a great event.
Welcome to TeamMTR’s latest newsletter for the 2017 season. Round 3 of the Ducati TriOptions Cup was held at Oulton Park, followed by Round 3 of the EMRA Championship at Mallory Park. Michael Tustin uses GPFAX brake pads on his DUCATI PANIGALE 959.
TeamMTR Race report follows:
Ducati TriOptions Cup
Round 3 of the season came only two weeks after the successful Round 2 at Brands Hatch. Mike and the team were keen to continue their progress up the field, and gather some more championship points.
Mike qualified a disappointing 19th on the grid. Having missed out on the official BSB test day 10 days earlier, it was clear to see that the riders that did attend the test day were already well up to speed and had a clear advantage over Mike in their overall bike setup.
EMRA Superstock Championship – Day One
After missing Round 2 of the EMRA Superstock Championship in April, TeamMTR were back in action at Mallory Park for Round 3 of the series. After finishing 2nd and 1st in the first EMRA meeting of 2017, Mike was looking to grab some more points for the overall Superstock Championship, and consolidate a top 3 finish at the end of the season.
After making a mistake on the tyre choice for qualifying, Mike started race 1 in a lowly 16th on the grid. A good start saw Mike into the top 10 after the first lap, and he continued his progress to finish 6th, adding to the championship points tally
Due to the race 1 result, Mike was able to start from 10th on the grid, giving the team a better chance of a podium finish. Another good start allowed Mike to move up the field, and into 2nd place. Mike held this spot until the bike suffered its first ‘minor’ mechanical failure of the season. This forced Mike to run on at 2 of the corners, therefore moving him down to 4th where he finished.
As for the EMRA Superstock Championship, it was another solid points scoring result, and was a great way to add to the team’s overall championship standings.
The next Ducati TriOptions Cup meeting is at Snetterton 300 on 30th June-2nd July.
Once again, TeamMTR would like to thank all their partners for their continued support during the debut season in the Ducati TriOptions Cup.
Ducati TriOptions Cup-12th, 22 points
EMRA Superstock 1000cc-3rd, 36 points
EMRA Superstock Championship – Day Two
Having struggled with bike setup all weekend, the aim was to simply get some points to continue the team’s impressive start to the season. With some big bike changes made overnight, Mike was determined to move up the field and gain some important points. A good solid race, and a slice of luck due to some fallers up ahead, Mike crossed the line in an impressive 12th.
With Race 1’s result from the previous day, this elevated Mike to 11th on the grid, making it the team’s best grid position. With Race 2 being shown live on Eurosport, this was a great opportunity for Mike to try and get into the top 10, and gain a bit more coverage. A good start elevated Mike into 10th place, and he was able to maintain that position for the first couple of laps. However, his pace dropped off, and he unfortunately dropped back down to 15th, taking the last available championship point.
A difficult weekend at Oulton Park was followed up by a much more constructive meeting for the EMRA Championships. Having made the best of a difficult race meeting, being able to continue TeamMTR’s impressive points scoring in every race was the only real highlight of a frustrating weekend for Mike and the team.
It was clear to see that Mike had lost out on some valuable track time at the official test meeting a couple of weeks before, but due to the team’s stretched budget, it was simply something that the team couldn’t afford at this point in the season. This realistically put TeamMTR a good couple of steps behind the opposition when it came to the race meeting taking place. This is something that the team will try to address for future meetings, but as always with these kind of things, a lot depends on the team’s budget for the season.
Cormac Conroy competed in the first round of the FIM European Classic Endurance Championship which took place at Donington Park with GPFAX brake pads on his DUCATI PANIGALE 959.
Cormac Conroy’s Race report follows:
The first round of the FIM European Classic Endurance Championship took place at Donington Park last weekend. Cormac teamed up with Patrick Banfield on the French ‘Team Classic Racer Nice’ P&M Kawasaki.
The team got off to a great start finding a good bike set up during free practice and qualifying. Due to the fact the bike has no starter motor, Cormac started the race from the back of the grid regardless of qualifying times. On times Cormac qualified 10th but lined up for the ‘La Mans’ start in 46th position from the fifty starters.
The four hour race ran from 1500hrs – 1900hrs and when the lights went out Cormac got his usual lightening start overtaking 31 bikes on the first lap to cross the line in fifteenth place. He continued to progress well and at 44 minutes Cormac pitted for the first stop in an incredible 5th place. Patrick took over and consolidated the position with fast consistent laps holding position in a tight group lapping at a very similar pace. Two more near perfect pit stops and rider changes followed and all was running like clockwork.
At two and a half hours into the race while holding 4th position the bike developed a misfire causing a forced unscheduled pit stop. The team worked fast changing battery and coils and the bike was back on track losing only ten minutes. Unfortunately the bike was back in pits one lap later still misfiring. Again the team worked hard, changing the ignition box and spark plugs.
Returning to the track in 28th place, the bike was flying again. For the final forty five minutes Cormac was the fastest bike on track and pulled back up to 15th overall and 8th in class. It was another Trojan effort by the team, unfortunately it could have so easily been a podium but for the mechanical gremlins but that’s the highs & lows of Endurance Racing!
Royal Air Force Classic Motorcycle Racing Team
The Royal Air Force Classic Racing Team have been busy competing in rounds of the CRMC at Pembrey on 15th – 16th April 2017, then again at Mallory Park on 20th – 21st May 2017.
Here is the Royal Air Force Motorcycle Racing Team’s race report:
2017 Round 2 – PEMBREY
Easter saw the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club at their usual venue of Pembrey at this time of year. It was intended for seven RAF racers to make the journey to what is considered to be one of the best circuits in the country, always offering close racing. Unfortunately only four of the Team made it to the track with Sergeant Andy Green attending but being unable to race and Sergeant Tom Flynn and Corporal Chris Bartlett failing to leave Lincolnshire due to van issues. Or so they say, the rest of the Team think they just “bottled it”.
Squadron Leader Symon Woodward was on his 250 & 400 and a borrowed Honda MT125. Corporal Gav Heggs was on his “in development” 250 and Flight Lieutenant Jim Dickinson and Chief Technician Mick Rudd made their first appearances of the season on their 250s. Heggs continued his “season of despair” only managing to make it to the finish line once.
Rudd arrived at Pembrey for his first race of the season optimistic that developments to his bike over the winter would have a positive effect. This did not last long as the bike developed a mechanical fault two laps into Saturday morning practice. Investigation of the fault showed that both pistons had been destroyed and he was fortunate not to completely seize the engine. Rudd, with the help of ex-Chief Technician Roy Dale spent the rest of Saturday stripping and rebuilding the motor. This gave Jim Dickinson some extra track time in comparison. His bike ran faultlessly (makes a change after last year’s teething problems) gaining a 6th and 5th on the Saturday, with Jim raving about his impressive front brake since fitting EBC GPFAX pads to his Lockheed caliper.
Woodward enjoyed some close racing on the 250, battling within the top three he finished 2nd in both Saturday races, the second race saw him only 0.064 seconds behind the winner and only 0.2 seconds in front of third. The close results continued on the Sunday with Woodward being edged into 3rd in race 3 by 0.05 seconds and beaten into 2nd by ½ second in the last race.
Rudd was able to test his bike on the Sunday morning and managed to make the grid for race 3 of the weekend. Starting from 26th on the grid Rudd made a good start and by the end of the first lap he was chasing Dickinson. Unfortunately the gap was too great to bridge and he finished 7th but happy the bike had completed a race. Race 4 saw Rudd start 10th, one place ahead of Dickinson (slightly faster lap time). With similar lap times this set up a great race for the two team members and also two other competitors. With positions changing every lap it was a good even battle. Rudd was unable to secure 5th place on the last lap but managed to beat Dickinson by 0.2 of a second for 6th. So much for Jim’s extra track time on the Sunday.
Woodward experienced some teething problems with the borrowed 125 failing to finish on the Saturday but gaining a couple of podium finishes on the Sunday. These results were still better than his 400 which suffered terminal engine failure, a result from damage sustained from the issues he experienced at Snetterton, oh the joys of racing 40 year old 2-strokes!
The next round at Mallory should see all nine 250 riders out on the track, with 13 machines in total entered. What could possibly go wrong???