Here is the latest news from some of EBC’s assisted superbike racers who are progressing well using EBC racing brakes:
This month’s feature includes race reports from Davy Morgan, Max Alexander, Daley Mathison, Cormac Conroy, Leon Jeacock, George Stanley and Phil Morris:
Davy Morgan continued his season in good form in Tipperary at the Faugheen 50 Road Races on Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd July 2017. This is a great follow on from the positive results gained previously at the Skerries 100 and the race win at the Isle of Man International Southern 100 Road Races for DM71 Road Racing. Dave has GPFAX brake pads installed on his Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha and Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki.
Here is his latest race report:
It was the long haul to the Faugheen 50 Road Races in County Tipperary for the first time since 2008 for DM71 Road Racing and an appearance as a Newcomer. As the team headed off with the ZX10 and R6 onboard, it took around four and a half hours to reach the village located in a spectacular setting.
It started raining about twenty miles from Faugheen and by bed time it was lashing down and there was some concern about track conditions for practice the next morning. However the worry was unwarranted as the team were greeted with warm sunshine and dry roads. Although Davy woke not feeling great, he thought caused by a dodgy take-away, he did plug away and after doing his mandatory Newcomer Session Davy managed to get through free practice and then qualified 6th for the Open Race and Grand Final on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki and 9th on the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha for the 600cc Race.
The sun was shining again on race day and Davy was feeling much better so it was all systems go. First up was the Open Race on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki. After a decent start Davy found himself in a battle on the road but he eventually saw off his pursuer and came home in an excellent 5th place. The Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha was next on track in the 600cc Race and Davy once again struggled to be competitive on the faster parts of the circuit, but he kept pushing hard and just managed to bring it home in tenth.
After a break the Grand Final was the final race of the day and again Davy made a decent start despite one of the riders behind him jumping the start. He got into a rhythm, set his fastest lap of the weekend and had a race-long battle with Graham Kennedy just losing out at the chequered flag, but still an impressive sixth place finish on the Angry Bee ZX10 to complete another good day at the office.
Speaking afterwards a tired Davy said:
I picked up the flow of the circuit quite quickly, but I had forgotten how bumpy it was and especially the run back to the village where I was lock to lock at times. On the whole I enjoyed the weekend as I normally do when the sun shines. It was brilliant to have untimed and timed practice sessions on the Saturday, but the races being cut to six laps was a bit of a downer when the circuit is only two miles long.
Max Alexander Racing
Here is the latest news from Max Alexander who has been competing in the fourth round of the Scottish Championship which took place at East Fortune on 15th – 16th July 2017. Max has GPFAX brake pads installed on his BMW S1000RR 2015.
Max’s latest race report:
Entering round four of the Scottish Championship at East Fortune following his great performance at Knockhill, Max knew he would have work to do this weekend. It also left his mechanical team having to test the bike during a wet practice and qualifying as this was their first run out since the crash and an extensive rebuild of the bike.
Following the first session even though conditions were not ideal, Max felt quite confident the bike was pretty much okay with the exception that he was having an issue with overheating, which turned out to be a small problem with the radiator that the team eventually managed to pin point on Saturday night.
As practice was wet Max was a little tentative as it was the first time he had ridden the BMW in the wet and was a little wary of finding its limits, however it was no bad thing as qualifying was also to be wet.
If I’m honest I have to say I was pretty pleased to have managed to put her fifth on the grid as I was still a little nervous, although it has to be said, the wet weather pace set by the riders in front was pretty impressive!
Race 1: The track had now completely dried up and Max was looking forward to a good race, unfortunately after a good start as he selected second gear he found neutral instead which meant he dropped back through the pack ending out the first lap in position 15.
Max was gutted as he knew he would not see the leaders again this race, however he got his head down for what turned out to be a very enjoyable race where he managed to salvage fourth place.
Race 2: This race was a big improvement, Max managed to get a much better start and for the first time on the BMW he brought it home for his first ever Scottish Superbike race win. Although the race went well Max felt the front end had some more to give and following a discussion and a few adjustments by Russell Brown at ECS Motorcycle Suspension Services, he was feeling quite confident for Sunday’s races.
Race 3: Max got another flyer off the line and after the first lap he knew the bike was perfect. Max was comfortably able to set a fast pace setting a consistent low 59 second lap timing throughout the race, even managing to dip into a 58 second lap and took his second win.
Race 4: The final race was a bit more difficult as Max was pushed all the way by championship leader Bruce Birnie who managed to put a pass on Max on lap six. Fortunately he was able to fight back the following lap and was able to use back markers to his advantage and achieve his third race win.
This was more than I could have ever hoped for at the start of the weekend and I’m absolutely delighted, but it could not have happened without the help and support of my amazing team and sponsors.
Massive thanks to George, Dawn, Daniel, Thomas and Jack from Why Aye Motorsport for their help and commitment and thank you again to EBC Brakes for the ultimate in stopping power GPFAX race pads. Thanks also to the medics, marshals and officials at East Fortune and a speedy recovery to all the riders who were injured over the weekend.
Daley Mathison returned to Oliver’s Mount for the third time this year equipped with GPFAX brake pads on his Suzuki GSXR-600 and Stobart BMW bikes to race in the next round of the Cock o’ the North Race Series which took place on Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th June 2017.
Daley’s Race report follows:
Having not long returned from his solo journey to the Southern 100, it was time to pack again and rejoin his team to take on Oliver’s Mount for the third time this year.
A firm favourite of Daley’s, the familiar route was driven with ease and a smile on his face, knowing that he was once again returning to his home track for another round of racing.
Friday saw the team setting up whilst still celebrating Daley’s 26th birthday. With unsettled weather forecast for Saturday’s race, the team headed off for an early night as a long weekend of racing loomed.
On Saturday morning the team woke to heavy rain and low fog, which caused practice to be delayed. When practice finally started it was brought to a stop as one of the classic machines covered half the circuit in oil making it unsafe to continue. The North Yorkshire Fire Brigade batted with the oil until mid afternoon when finally proceedings were able to continue. By this time weather conditions had stabilised with only a few damp patches here and there. Daley took to the track, qualifying front row in both classes.
As time was rolling on, race one was due to start – Junior A (600 race). Daley took an early lead into the first corner and sustained the lead for three laps. On lap four Jamie Coward took the lead and seemed to be opening a gap. But Daley wasn’t going to give up and decided with two laps to go that he could still win the race. After closing the gap into the last lap the pair traded places three times. Jamie was leading as they made their way down the jumps for the final time. Daley’s determination showed strong as he pulled off a fantastic manoeuver mid flight on the final jump, holding first position to the finish line.
Darkness was closing in as they approached the final race of the day – the Open Solo. Daley rolled up starting in pole position and was quietly confident as the track conditions had gradually gotten better. Daley again took the lead into the first corner and pulled out a huge 2.5 second gap from the rest of the pack.
He slowly increased this to a massive eight seconds then backed off the pace and maintained a gap, using his pit board. On lap eight Daley crossed the line 6.5 seconds ahead of the rest to take 1st place.
Due to the massive delays on Saturday, the organisers revised Sunday’s schedule to compensate for the missing events. Weather wise it had rained overnight, however, the roads were rapidly drying as the first few support races took to the track.
Daley’s first race of the day was to be 2nd leg of the Junior A 600 race. After making drastic suspension changes overnight Daley was hoping today’s race would be a little easier than the hard fought battle on Saturday. The Suzuki GSXR-600 rolled up on pole position for the start and again Daley’s blistering starts continued, leading into turn one once again.
Daley started to slowly break away at a rate of 0.5 second per lap. Lap four saw Daley land heavily over the jumps and unfortunately burst a fork seal, which in turn leaked suspension fluid onto the front tyre causing him to gracefully slide out of the lead. Fortunately he was uninjured and the bike wasn’t damaged.
Daley was quickly cleared by the doctor and back on the grid for the start of the Senior. Daley’s confidence wasn’t to be dampened as he launched the Stobart BMW into the lead and again, with Jamie Coward close behind, it took him five laps to break the tow, finally taking the chequered flag and crossing the line 3.6 seconds ahead.
The second leg of the Open was to be the last race of the day as the second leg of the Senior would to be abandoned due to weather issues later that day. The Open saw Daley confidently take control at the front and push ahead of the field where he remained for the full duration of the race. His BMW performed perfectly as he maintained his position and crossed the line once more in 1st, 6.2 seconds in front.
Daley and the team were proud of their achievements and adding to their 2017 winning total. They are now preparing for their next outing at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Cormac Conroy has just competed in the fifth round of the CRMC Championship which took place at Croft Circuit on 8th – 9th July 2017. Cormac has GPFAX racing brake pads on his DUCATI PANIGALE 959.
Cormac Conroy’s Race report follows:
The fifth round of the CRMC Championship took place at Croft Circuit last weekend. With three races in each class scheduled over the two days and the sun shining the team were looking forward to a great weekend’s racing.
The Brendan Ryan Triples were fueled and ready to go. The practice sessions were used to find a good suspension setting to deal with the bumpy track surface.
With a good set up on the 750 Cormac was delighted to make a strong start to the weekend with a 2nd place finish in the first Formula 750 race.
He later followed that up with another 2nd and a win in the final F750 race.
In the Classic 1300cc Multi Race Cormac was on the Ryan 930cc Triple, the team had found a decent set up, although not perfect, Cormac managed to win race one and followed with a 2nd place finish, he also finished 2nd in the UK National 1300cc Championship Race on the same bike.
It was another very positive weekend’s racing with Cormac recovering a lot of ground in all Championships. He is now leading the Formula 750 Championship and 2nd in the Classic 1300cc Multi Championship and 3rd in the UK National 1300cc Championship.
The Donington Park Classic Festival is next, Cormac will be back out on the Ryan Triples. This meeting will take place over three days from the 4th – 6th August 2017.
Leon Jeacock – Geo E Davies Racing
Leon Jeacock has just competed in the sixth round of the Pirelli National SuperStock1000 Championship which took place at Brands Hatch on 21st – 23rd July 2017. Leon has his Suzuki superbike equipped with GPFAX brake pads.
Leon’s Race report follows:
Leon Jeacock – Brands Hatch
The historic Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit held the latest round of the Pirelli National SuperStock1000 Championship. Leon and the Geo E Davies Racing team were in buoyant mood having got to the bottom of the problems that had blighted the last couple of rounds and were confident of good finishes in each of his three races.
Both free practice sessions went well and confidence was running high for the solitary qualifying session to be held on Saturday morning, followed by two races in quick succession during the afternoon.
Setting a time that placed him twenty fourth on the grid, Leon was sure to be involved in the midfield melee of the first couple of corners.
This proved to be the case as he had to take avoiding action to steer clear of two crashing riders ending up in the gravel trap. Leon was in last position and a good half a lap behind the field. After a spirited ride and chasing the pack Leon finished in 29th position.
29th for race two’s grid meant hard work for him, but he rode a great race and pulled back 12 places by the chequered flag to finish just outside the points in seventeenth.
Sunday’s grid found him in 21st and he put in another good race pace and capped it off with his fastest time of the weekend just missing out on a points finish again in 18th.
A weekend of missed opportunities due to avoiding a crash on lap one of race one left him on the back foot but his performance certainly shows the team and rider are back on track.
Confidence is high for the next round of the championship at Thruxton on 4th – 6th August 2017.
George Stanley Racing
George Stanley Racing have been busy competing in round six of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship which took place at Snetterton on 30th June – 2nd July 2017.
Here is George Stanley’s race report:
FP1 – George ended up 10th in this session as it was the first time back on the bike since the crash. He also changed gearing midway through the session losing about seven to eight minutes in the pitlane.
FP2 – George came 7th in FP2 which was disappointing for the team who were struggling massively with the set up of the bike, which when fixed would help George to improve performance and make a big jump.
Qualifying – There was no improvement in position so George ended up 7th for the grid which he was bitterly disappointed with. The team continued to struggle with the bike set up, but despite this George was experiencing a high level of confidence for the races to come.
Race – For the race the team had changed the bike hoping to make the jump, but it wasn’t until this point they realised how far the gearing was out. George’s Dad was putting +0.4 on his board as he saw him come around the second to last corner, but by the time he got to the start of the finish line he was being overtaken. This was a bad decision on both parts as the team had made the mistake with the gearing.
You live and learn and the mistakes won’t be made again during the season, I will be pushing for the top step of the podium as always!
Massive thank you to EBC Brakes they never miss a beat always consistent and the strongest on the market!
Phil Morris Racing
Phil Morris Racing are having a busy season with lots of events booked including the Castle Combe meeting which the team attended on 8th – 9th July 2017.
Phil’s latest news follows:
Fitting tribute for one of the sport’s greats
A bumper crowd turned out at Castle Combe Circuit over the weekend (July 8th/9th) to remember one of motorcycle racing’s greats, catch up with some current day racing heroes and see some truly iconic machinery in action including an array of bikes from the Phil Morris Racing stable.
The Mike’s Bikes parade commemorated racing legend Mike Hailwood and among those on hand to ride machinery associated with the man were Guy Martin, Steve Plater, Bruce Anstey, Stuart Graham and Stan Woods while the injured John McGuinness was there to meet his fans and sign autographs.
No fewer than four bikes from the Phil Morris collection took part in the parade with riding duties undertaken by Lee Heeson, Matthew Rees and Paul Iwanski while Mike Hailwood’s son, David, rode his father’s very first racing bike, an MV Agusta. The 17 year old Hailwood made his racing debut on that machine at Oulton Park in 1957 before his second racing appearance at Castle Combe so it was fitting that the machine was back at the Wiltshire circuit 60 years on.
Speaking following the event, team principal Phil Morris commented:
It was great to see the huge affection that remains for Mike and a privilege to be part of it. It is always great to enable people to see these machines in the environment for which they were built but, as always, none of it would be possible without all the members of our team and our sponsors EBC, so I have to say a huge thank you to them.
There was no time for the team to rest on their laurels, however, as they were in action at Aberdare Park Road Races on July 29th and 30th 2017, where they were joined by, among others, John McGuinness, Steve Plater and Peter Hickman. During the next weekend on 5th – 6th August 5th 2017, the team will be at Llangollen Motorcycle Festival where the special guest will once again be John McGuinness.
These are two events the team always looks forward to and we would encourage as many people as possible to come along to the Phil Morris Racing stand for a close up look at the bikes, to meet the stars and to pick up a goody bag.
Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of Phil Morris Racing.