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EBC off-road racing brakes give season of high performance!

EBC off-road assisted racers have been continuing their season of high performance using the range of EBC off-road brakes available to suit a wide variety of off-road racing styles.

 

Catch up with the latest race reports from some of our talented racers:

Natalie Kane

Natalie Kane is continuing her very busy schedule and has been racing in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th round of the SM Swedish Championship and also the 3rd, 4th and 5th round of the Women’s World  Championship.

 

This season Natalie is equipped with EBC motocross brakes such as MXS series brake pads, Carbon X or TT brake padsMotocross Contour discs or CX Extreme™ Motocross discs for all her racing endeavours.

 

Natalie Kane in action!

Here are Natalie’s race reports:

Round 4 – SM Swedish Championship

The 4th round of the SM Swedish Championship turned out to be a very wet and heavy weekend leaving the track pretty technical with lots of slippy square edge bumps, ruts and stones coming out.

Saturday warm up, I had yet again another bike probe, so I had to change to my training bike for but I still got the top in qualifying with 1st pick of the gate.

We found the problem with the race bike, which was the fuel injection filter, but  the warning light was still flashing so instead of taking the risk to ride the race bike anyway, I decided to race on my training bike all weekend.

Natalie Kane in action!

 

Moto 1 – I had a good start, by end of lap one had got myself in the lead and pushed hard for a few laps trying to make the gap, which I did by 12 seconds.  A a result I could just focus on my lap times and ride my own race. I won the race by seven seconds in the end, as I got stuck with a lapped rider who crashed just in front of me.

Moto 2 – I started in 3rd but made a lot mistakes trying to pass on the 1st lap ending in dropping back to 6th. But then in lap 3 I somehow made all the passes back and got into the lead and again, I just put my head down, focused and rode my own race winning by around 20 seconds.

Natalie Kane in action!
FRANCE GP – Round Two of the world championship (France and Italy).

The weekend past was the 4th round of the Women’s World Championship this time in France at the circuit of St Jean D’angly. I think this track was the best prepared and watered track so far this year.

Normally I struggle a little on this kind of track as I do not love tracks that lie on the side of a hill, but I was feeling good. In warm up I just went out to learn the layout of the track and try to get used to all the jumps. I ended up 9th best time in that one!

Natalie Kane in action!

Qualifying  Again was feeling better than before so could still feel where I was losing time and being a little bit too cautious, but still happy with getting 6th best time for the gate pick.

Moto 1 – I made a terrible start out of the top 20, but I had a good flow going making so early passes and by lap 3 I had got myself to 7th position, battling hard to gain 5th – 6th position. I hit further bad luck with a technical issue and had to retire out of the race.

Moto2 – I started a little better in top 15, but again I had such a good flow easily made my way to 5th position early, battling with 3rd and 4th for most of the race to gain a small problem with the rear moose spinning inside the tire causing me to lose traction. I had be careful that the tire did not pop off leaving me to lose one position and finish in 6th.

This was another unsatisfying weekend with a lot of small problems again, not showing the results we could had gotten or improvements made, but I was happy with how my speed was coming on as well my confidence. I am now seventh overall in the championship and will keep working to the next round and hopefully the luck will be on our side.

Natalie Kane in action!

BORÅS SWEDISH CHAMPS – 2nd Round Swedish Championship

Second round of the Swedish Championship was held at the Borås Stadium, which is very close to Bergmans Motor AB, the shop owned by my team BRT Racing, so it was an extra long weekend with a lot of people there to watch us.

Qualifying – Went well, setting the pole position and 1st gate pick for the races, so I was happy and felt good for the races coming up.

Moto 1 – I got the holeshot and basically rode my own race having a nice lead to be able to ride the track how I wanted ending with a win! I was happy to finally have a fun race with no problems.

Moto 2 – I got the holeshot again and pulled a nice lead, then I hit some technical problems, so I had to adapt my riding technique,  which was not easy, but I kept it together and won Moto 2 but by only a very small gap of 2 seconds!

Anyway it was 1-1 and more points gained over the rest and I was happy with my riding, so thank you again for sponsoring me because without it , I wouldn’t be able to ride!

Natalie Kane in action!

ITALY GP

Italy was the 5th round of the Women’s World  Championship at the circuit of Mantova. I had never rode here before but I liked the look of the track and how they had prepared it so I just hoped for a solid weekend.

Qualifying – I posted 6th best time which I was happy with as it provided me with the pick of the gate for the races.

Moto 1 –  I got such a bad start but was passing quickly into the top 10. I was feeling really good and kept pushing until I had made it up to 5th and was catching up on 3rd/4th when I hit a wall.  Basically I had burned myself out as it was 37 degrees, no breeze and I had slow it up to finish in 5th, almost passing out after the race!

Moto2 – I had a little better start with a top 10 and again made passes quick to 6th position, but by this time again the front five had made a pretty big gap from me to them. I was catching up with the rider in 4th position when unfortunately again I had a bike problem. The bike came to a complete stop so I could not finish the race.

I am still again very happy with how my riding is improving, but the bad luck seems to keep following me. Anyway I am still 6th overall in the World Championship standings even with not finishing 2 races.

Natalie Kane in action!

ÅRSUNDA SWEDISH CHAMPS

During the 3rd Round of the Swedish championship based at Årsunda, the terrain was a very rough deep sandy track. Also the weather was not good with rain all day Saturday to just make the track that extra bit harder.

Qualifying – I managed to get pole position lap in just before my bike stopped which turned out to be not so bad only too much wet sand stuck in the chain, so that was a bit of a relief.

Moto 1 – Just before the race it had been raining hard and kept on raining so the track was rough, rutted and very wet so it was going to a hard race for sure but I felt good and I don’t mind the wet races.

Natalie Kane in action!

 

Unfortunately as the gate was about to drop, my fork also dropped out of the air leaving the front of the bike complexly stuck down, I had no suspension and the bike also was sitting very much down at the front and so high at the back. To add to the problem, my start control had stuck on, so I had to go into the pit area to get help by getting it to release. By the time I had done all this I was last and half a lap behind.

I was determined not to give up, so I went out and rode the best I could and I just hoped to score some points, as every point was important for the championship. It was not easy and I had a small crash, also in the middle of the race, but I still made it the whole way back to 8th position, which I was very surprised with. To be honest, I never knew how I rode so fast with the front forks completely collapsed.

Moto 2 – This was finally a turn around for me with getting the holeshot to start off, then pulling a nice lead to able to ride my own race. No problems either other than I was riding pretty tight and nervous because of all the other issues, I just wanted to have a good race. This time I did, took the win and still made it on the podium in 3rd position.

Natalie Kane in action!

 


 

Chris Bailey in action!

Chris Bailey

Young talented enduro racer Chris Bailey has been gaining some more excellent results this season with EBC  “R” Series brake pads fitted, that are specially formulated for enduro racing bikes.

Here are his latest race reports:

Round 4 – RaceXC Championship

Chris Bailey in action!This was the 4th race with Enduroland’s race XC, after a last minute venue change due to the farmer not clearing the harvest. We headed back to Ivinghoe from round two.

The race started with a nice dry morning but damp under foot. This venue is a chalk based track so this would make an interesting race as it can be very slippery when wet.
As normal all the bikes lined up on the start line – 125 then 85 big wheel all the way down to the tiny 50cc riders, another good turn out with around 35 racers.

The 125 set off first, followed by Chris in the 85 big wheel class. This time Chris had a very poor start, 5th into the first corner, so had some ground to make up. After the first five to six corners, he had passed the other riders, but still had rider 41 Nathan Upton to catch.

Chris Bailey in action!This didn’t take long and by half a lap he had caught and over taken him, so now first in class. But Chris being Chris he started to go after the 125 riders. By the time he crossed the start on lap one, he was 33 seconds behind the overall race leader. By the end of lap two Chris had taken a massive chunk of time out, the gap now down to around 16 seconds, he could now see the race leader on the track ahead. Chris kept pushing on corner after corner, you could see him pushing himself and the bike harder to catch the leader.

By lap four Chris had done it he was now the race leader, for the next couple of laps he continued to push, until he had pulled a comfortable lead of around 90 seconds. By about 50 minutes Chris came in for a quick drink, so I also added a splash of fuel to the bike just to be on the safe side, didn’t want him to run out after all his hard work.
By the end of the 90 minute race Chris brought home the win and still held on to his 90 second lead.

Some great riding but also another 1st in class and 1st overall.

 

Winner Chris Bailey

Round 3 – RaceXC Championship

Chris Bailey in action!This weekend saw the first trip with Enduroland RaceXC to Chacombe for the 3rd round of the RaceXC Championship.

The race started with 35 kids on the start line, as always 50cc to 125cc were lined up. There was only one 125cc racing this time, so was added to the 85 BW class. We thought it would make an interesting race.

9.30am – The flag dropped with the 85 BW off first. Chris got a cracking start even though he struggled to keep the front wheel on the ground for the first half of the start straight, but still got the hole-shot into the first corner, followed closely by the other riders.
Chris Bailey in action!The race was on! Chris lead the race from this point on, taking lap after lap in his stride, his consistent lap times again helped him increase his lead over the 90 minutes of the race. All the practising he’s doing was really starting to show. The track is relentless, one of the harder tracks they ride, with no time to recover due to the hilly and technical terrain the track consists of.

Chris had built up a good lead so he decided to stop for a quick drink, top up of fuel and was soon back out. Now with a lead of around three minutes he stopped pushing and found his groove, he kept this till the end of the race. After 90 minutes the flag dropped, he had increased his lead to 4.45. Chris brought home his 3rd win of the season and the 3rd 1st overall. Well done Chris, another great win!

Winner Chris Bailey!

 


Robbie Hollis in action!

Robbie Hollis

Here is the latest race news from Robbie Hollis:

Robbie Hollis in action!

The 3rd of April was the 2nd round of the Kensworth Championship at Weedon. It was my first club meeting of the year where I secured a 5th overall with the results 4th, 9th and 5th. It felt good on the bike but had a silly crash in race two.

The 10th of April was the first round of the Northampton Club and South Midland Centre Championship at Badby race track. The track was really good and I went 4th, 6th, 5th and 4th.

17th of April was the 2nd round of the MXnationals at  Pontrilas where I really struggled  against the calibre of riders and the conditions, because we had heavy rain and it made the track difficult. There were only 31 riders who attended the meeting and I had a 26th, 28th and a DNF due to two crashes. I couldn’t start the bike! I really appreciate all the support and the products you have given me, the results will come soon as I’m training really hard in the gym and on the bike mid week.

 


 

Zen Pro Racing in action!

Photo credits: Will Bame & TJ Bee

Zen Pro Racing

The Zen Pro Racing Team are continuing their season of excellence with EBC off-road racing brakes.

 

Here is their latest race report:

zen.7.16.10Our featured rider Jackie Young, who currently rides for the Zen Pro Racing girls team, currently is the points leader in the women’s class with just five more races for the championship title. She races the Paradox MX series in New York and has come a long way since beginning her racing career, just four years ago.

My fiancé and I started riding together about five years ago and haven’t stopped yet! He taught me how to drive a standard shift vehicle, ride a street bike and a dirt bike. We started with a Honda CRF230F then I got my first CRF250R and a Yamaha 2005 YZ250F.

zen.7.16.9As an avid horse trainer and rider, I have taken my riding skills and applied it to riding motocross style. I feel motorbikes have a connection. I apply my horse riding techniques and incorporate it with my racing skills. I’m able to grip the bike better with my legs, because I’m used to using them to balance while riding my horse. A horse is a live animal over which you have limited control and can be very unpredictable, however, both require confidence and consistency in perfecting your skills.

I look up to pretty much all professional motocross racers. I know what it takes to compete at such a small level. The dedication, money, and sacrifice they make is really incredible!

zen.7.16.11I’d definitely want to credit my dirtbike skills to my fiancé TJ. He taught me how to ride and always believed that I could do it. He is always right by my side for races and I am for him. We are our own team, and he is always giving me tips to improve. In addition, he provides most, if not all, my bike maintenance and very grateful for that.

Also I credit my current sponsors Zen Pro Racing and EBC Brakes for assisting and allowing me to fulfill my passion with motocross racing.

Jackie Moon in action!

Photo credits: Will Bame & TJ Bee

Jackie Moon in action!

Photo credits: Will Bame & TJ Bee

Jackie Moon in action!

Photo credits: Will Bame & TJ Bee

Jackie Moon in action!

Photo credits: Will Bame & TJ Bee

Jackie Moon in action!

Photo credits: Will Bame & TJ Bee

Jackie Moon in action!

Photo credits: Will Bame & TJ Bee

 


 

 Greg Melka in action!
Greg Melka

Long term EBC assisted racer Greg Melka has a news update as follows:

The 2015-2016 Florida Trail Rider (FTR) Harescramble Series, that runs from September to May typically, is in the books. Greg took the “W” in all seven Senior A class races he competed in and had a number of 2nd and 3rd overall finishes in those events, including one overall win. The Senior A Championship however was not possible, having missed a few rounds due to the road race schedule. Greg prefers the EBC Carbon X brake pads on his 2016 350xcf for the off-road woods racing.  “I like the control and feel the softer carbon pads provide and in the woods, we are on the brakes a lot. Not always super hard, but on the brakes a bunch, so less heat generated by these EBC carbon pads is ideal”

The 2016 Roadracing Championship Cup Series is in full swing and Melka is leading the overall points chase for the coveted #1 plate in not only the South East region, but the Mid Atlantic region as well on his Yamaha R6. “With the help of Michelin tires and EBC Brakes, I have been able to stay up toward the front of a lot of races, and have more wins this season, than any season before. The EBC EPFA Sintered Fast Street and Trackday Pads are my choice, for my style of riding”. Melka has a hefty point lead in the South East, with over 100% more points than the next rider in the standings, and over 30% more points than 2nd place in the Mid Atlantic. His ‘performance index’ is a staggering 962 and 930 in those respective regions (1000 being a perfect win percentage). “I sure hope to bring home a pair of #1 plates for EBC and all my sponsors this season.”

Greg Melka


 

More EBC off-road brakes product information:

EBC MXS brake padsEBC MXS series Moto-X race brake pads are a great choice for use in all weather conditions, be it wet, or dry as found in motocross racing. This is because of their highest rated HH friction for maximum performance and stopping power. The double H formula also ensures these race specific brake pads have a long lifetime of use. Read more about MXS Series Race Pads here.

 

‘R’ Series Sintered Brake PadsEBC ATV "R" Series brake pads or ATV sintered brake pads are one EBC product that are designed with a high density sintered copper material that offer very high durability and a high resistance to water, mud, sand and are excellent at coping with all manner of off road racing conditions such as those found in ATV racing.

Read more about ATV sintered race pads here!

 

EBC Carbon X brake padsEBC Carbon X or TT Brake Pads

Also known as Carbon Enduro formula pads, these brakes have the unique benefit of having lower heat transfer and generation, although they don’t have the same life span as that of a sintered copper brake pad.

Read more about Carbon X or TT Brake Pads here!

 

EBC Oversize MX disc brake rotors

EBC Brakes Oversize MX Disc Rotors are fully floating with 280mm optimum diameter. Fully floating rotors are perfect for motocross racing as the rotors resist warping better and handle heat loads more efficiently. They are British laser profiled and built with precision engineering and are lightweight with a contoured profile rotor blade that aids self cleaning outside profiled curves.

The rotor blade is manufactured from German mill rolled stainless steel and the centre hub is decorated with the EBC logo that looks great on any bike.

Read more about Oversize MX Disc Rotors here!

 

EBC CX Extreme disc brake rotorsEBC CX Extreme Motocross Rotors

CX Extreme motocross rotors are the latest and the greatest motocross brake disc rotor. Designed in a lightweight profiled contour, this motocross brake looks great with the vee design, they self clean as well as give great performance. Manufactured from heat treated and tempered stainless steel.

Read more about CX Extreme™ Rotors here!

 

Motocross MD Series Rotors

Motocross MD Series rotors are manufactured from durable and tough heat treated premium German milled rolled stainless steel in the new Northampton based EBC plant. The diamond ground surface finish is heat treated to give longer lasting performance the type of which is of vital importance during motocross racing. Read more about Motocross MD Series Rotors here!

 

MotocrossEBC Motocross Contour disc brake rotors Contour Rotors

Motocross Contour rotors are great for motocross racing as they are an ultra lightweight profiled contour series rotor ideal for OE replacement. They are manufactured from durable heat treated stainless steel and given a zinc coat for rust prevention, making them tough and resilient in all types of terrain.

 

Read more about Motocross Contour Rotors here!

 

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