EBC’s motorcycle brakes for racing are the champion’s choice

Here is the latest race news from some of our sponsored champions who depend on EBC motorcycle racing brakes for their reliable high performance qualities:


B & R Racing – Sidecar Team

Here is the latest race report from the B & R Racing sidecar team Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney. The guys are using organic motorcycle brake pads in their LCR sidecar.

It was the 5th round of the British Formula 2 Sidecar Racing Championship several weekends ago at Cadwell Park. The team have very recently just got their new sidecar (LCR). Having only been on it once before, the weekend was going to be a test. After a test day on the Friday the team felt comfortable and were looking forward to qualifying. They managed seventh out of 26, so were both over the moon with the result.

Race 1 – After a good start and a few good battles Lewis and Paddy managed to work their way to 5th overall 3rd in class.

Race 2 – had a rider error and had to retire after 4 laps.

Last Sunday was the Pete Minion Trophy Race at Cadwell Park. Because the team didn’t race on the Saturday they had to start from the back of the grid (20th). After a good start and a very hectic 9 laps they managed to take the win seven seconds clear of 2nd place and took home the Pete Minion Trophy. One of the team’s best races and couldn’t have done it without the fantastic brakes supplied by EBC. The team thanks you for all your help and continued support.
Driver: Lewis Blackstock
Passenger: Paddy Rosney

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Tim Hastings in action at the Scottish Suberbike Championship

Pictures courtesy of Ashley Enright


Tim Hastings – Team Twister

Tim was racing recently at the East Fortune Circuit in round 7 of the Scottish Superbike Championship. This was the final round of the season hosted by the Melville Motor Club. Tim was feeling confident about becoming the Scottish Superbike Championship as it was pretty much already in the bag.


During this weekend three championship titles were to be won over four races – two Scottish Championship races that also counted towards the Melville Club’s “Open” championship in what was a mixed bag of weather.


The qualifying race was held in Saturday’s wet and windy conditions with Tim on his ZX6R equipped with GPFAX brake pads, rear fitted Organic Motorcycle brake pads and SRK Aramid fiber Sportbike race clutch kits. Tim managed to gain a front row in 4th position despite the treacherous conditions, then achieved a 4th place finish in the first of the Scottish Superbike Championship races. Tim’s Championship standings took an excellent turn for the better when the championship leader only managed to finish in 8th place leaving Tim with enough points difference to securely win the 2015 Scottish Superbike Championship.


Sunday’s racing was held in splendid sunny conditions under a calm blue sky. Tim began the day with a great win after what was a close fought battle taking the lead in the final lap, then achieved another win in the following race allowing him to win the “Open” championship. Tim only needed two points to secure his second superbike championship title of the season over the defending champion which he did with a comfortable 2nd place finish.


Tony Hastings Said:

Yet another eventful weekend and one where just rewards were dished out aplenty. To say I am immensely proud of Tim’s achievements would be an understatement. Before this season started we hadn’t raced at East Fortune for some 4 or 5 years, we’d never raced Knockhill in the reverse direction and we certainly never expected to be as competitive as we were while up against 1000cc bikes on our ZX6R. The job, however, is not yet complete as the 2nd place Tim currently enjoys in the overall Scottish Superbike championship is not yet secured, so we’ll head to Knockhill in a fortnight’s time and do what we’ve done all season – our best!

Tim Hastings said:

I said at the start of the year that I just wanted to put the fun back into my racing and I wasn’t going to get hung up on winning anything – and that’s the way we approached the whole season. Going into the event I really never expected to win the Melville Clubs’ two championships and the Scottish Championship was all but won anyway. Still, it goes to show that championships are won, or lost, over the course of a full season. Sure we had some bad luck, crashes and mechanicals – I expect every competitor has their share – that’s just how it goes. I never managed to win the Scottish Championship because I wasn’t consistently strong enough – end of, no excuses!

I am so very pleased to have been able to reward my sponsors with these two championship titles.  Next up is the final round of the year at Knockhill where I’ll be doing my best to retain my overall second place in the Scottish Superbike Championship standings. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there.

Special thanks to Ashley Enright and Warren Scott for coming along to support us, as well as all marshalls who stopped in over the weekend, it was good seeing you all.
As ever, thanks also to sponsors EBC Brakes for their continued support.

Tim Hastings celebrating his Championship win photo

Pictures courtesy of Ashley Enright




Cormac Conroy

Cormac has recently attended the Classic Bol d’Or at Circuit Paul Ricard where he teamed up with Patrick Banfield and the French ‘Team Classic Racer Nice’. The four hour race was split into two races with one two hour race on Friday night and the other on Saturday morning, followed by the 24 hour World Championship race.


Cormac was very much looking forward to riding this iconic bike for the first time. With 56 teams entered the competition was very strong and included no less than five former World Champions. Still learning the bike, Cormac was happy enough with qualifying in 12th position for the race, and was even happier when he went faster in night practice than he did in the daylight qualifying.


Patrick started the first race and was working his way through the field when unfortunately, 35 minutes in, he crashed at the hairpin. Luckily he was unhurt and able to get the bike back to the pit box where the team worked speedily to get the bike back on track as fast as possible. After a stop of 23 minutes, Cormac was sent out on a battered and bent bike in last position and more than nine laps down on the leaders. Cormac pushed hard for the final hour and made up a few places by the end. A late night of repairs followed, and the bike was ready to go again. At 9am the flag dropped for the second leg and Cormac was away to a great start, but at 35 minutes the bike started overheating and he had to pit. A quick top up of water and Patrick was back out on track, a couple more stops and Cormac was back out for the final 30 minutes and he nursed the bike to the finish in 35th place. On paper a poor result given that the team certainly had top ten potential, but in the circumstances it was an achievement to get the bike to the finish in the end. The team feel they have unfinished business here and plan to have another go next year!


Cormac has EBC GPFAX race only brake pads fitted on his Ryan BSA bike.



Davy Morgan in action photo

Photo Credit: GoldCup Magic Bullet R6 – Courtesy of Colin Hughes

Davy Morgan

Bad Luck Denies Victory at Gold Cup

Scarborough, North Yorkshire was next on the destination list for Davy Morgan Racing and the end of season Gold Cup meeting where Davy was hoping to continue where he left off at Killalane as he looked to finish the season on a high.


Practice on Saturday was a washout as heavy rain, wind and even hail stones hit Olivers Mount resulting in a few races having to be cancelled as the organisers ran out of time after a clean-up and a series of red flags in the difficult conditions. Davy went out on the Magic Bullet R6 in both Supersport and Superbike sessions to ensure that he would have a qualifying time in the hope that Sunday’s weather would be better.


Fortunately conditions did improve and Davy opened up his day with a 3rd in the 600cc B Race behind Dan Kneen and Billy Redmayne. Davy’s luck ran out after that as he followed it up with two DNF’s in his other outings. First in the 1000cc B Race Davy was leading comfortably on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki when he thought he saw the chequered flag and toured down in to the paddock as you do at the end of the race, only to discover there was another lap. Then in the second 600 B Race he again was leading when the R6 Yamaha stopped with a suspected blown motor.


A frustrated Davy speaking afterwards:

I’m so angry with myself, I was convinced I had seen the chequered flag and thought I had got my first race win on the Kawasaki only to find out I had made a stupid mistake. What a numpty!!!! Saturday was awful and conditions were definitely not to my liking, but I was determined to qualify to race no matter where it was so I got the wets on and wobbled round. Thankfully Sunday was better and I got some decent laps in and on another day I could have come away with two race wins, but that’s racing sometimes it’s just not meant to be. The Magic Bullet R6 breaking down, I think with a dropped valve was a real surprise as it has been so reliable all year although it has done a lot of miles and taken some abuse.

Other than Macau in November that’s my season over, I want to thank all my sponsors and friends who have stood by me, supported and encouraged me throughout 2015, which has been tough in a number of ways. I hope they all will continue to stand beside me again, as the hard work starts now to have another go in 2016.


Davy Morgan in action photo

Photo Credit: Killalane DM71RRSC 250cc Honda – Courtesy of Paul Woodlocks


Excellent Weekend at Killalane Road Races

The final Irish Road Race of 2015 was Killalane and alongside the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha and Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki, Davy made a very late and surprising decision to load up his own DM71RRSC 250cc Honda for its first outing of the season.


In perfect conditions Davy had his best qualifying of the year, with 3rd for the Supersport races on the Magic Bullet R6, 9th for the Open and Grand Final Races on the ZX10 Kawasaki and to his surprise, as the wee Honda was started for the first time since March on Pole Position for the 250cc Race.


Race day and although cloudy overhead the track remained dry. First race was for Supersport and Davy made a good start, but at the first road ends a rider on the inside pushed a number of others wide and Davy was shuffled back to eighth place at the end of the opening lap. He worked hard for the remainder of the race and managed to pick a few others off to bring the Magic Bullet R6 home in 5th place. In the Open Race on the ZX10 Kawasaki it was a pretty lonely ride as he was experimenting with the electronics on his new mount, but the setting was too intrusive so affected his lap times, however he still managed to claim a creditable 8th place at the flag.


In the 250cc race he led from flag to flag as he lapped 2.5 seconds quicker than anyone else on the opening two laps to give himself a comfortable lead, although there was drama on the 4th lap when the race was red flagged. As it was a late decision to ride the two-stroke the team were short of fuel and when they were stopped at the grid it looked like it was to be a re-run. Davy had to take his Honda off the line as there was insufficient fuel to complete a re-run, fortunately the organisers called it a result so it was a very popular win, almost two years after the 250cc Honda was last raced.


Davy completed his day’s racing with a hard fought 6th place in the second Supersport Race on the Magic Bullet Yamaha and in the Grand Final came from the second group after the organisers, for some reason, changed the numbers starting to claim 7th place at the end to complete an impressive set of results.


Davy commented afterwards:

That was hard work, it’s the first time this year that I have had five races in the day. I was quizzed on numerous occasions why the 250 Honda was here and honestly I don’t know, it was a really late decision to bring it and I must admit I was really surprised how much faster I was than the riders fighting for the championship as I have not raced the bike in two years. It was nice to win, although when I thought they were going to restart the race after the red flag I gave the tank a shake and had to leave the grid as we had all the two-stroke fuel I had left in the bike and I didn’t think it was enough. I would love to ride the wee bike more often, but it is so expensive to run now so unless I got a title sponsor on-board for 2016, it’s not going to happen. I enjoyed the whole weekend and to come away with a decent set of results proved that when conditions are good I am still competitive. The Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha handles really well, but we would need a few more horses moving forward as I am riding it right to the limit. The ZX10 I have taken to immediately even though we found out Saturday that the electronics were unplugged, its base setting is very good, but as its new to us we were testing the electronics package on race day as we start to look forward to 2016 and how we can get the best out of it.




Team JR3 Racing – James Romero III

This season with CVMA 2014/15 James came home with the Formula 40 Championship and also runner up in the Open Super Sport Championship and the number 6 plate overall with over 25 podiums.

James’ 2015/16 season started in late September on the new Yamaha R1 when he came home with two wins, three 3rds & two 4th place finishes.


I want to thank you for all the support! It means a great deal to me! We could not do this without you!


James Romano III photo

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James Romano photo

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James Romano photo

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James Romano trophy photo

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James Romano trophy photo

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James Romano Photo

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Gino Rea in action photo

Gino Rea in action!


PTR Honda

The PTR CIA Landlords Honda Insurance team have been racing at Magny Cours, France in Round 11 of the World Supersport Championship. The race took place on Sunday 4th October 2015 and saw Gino Rea finish in 7th place despite a nasty crash which almost saw Gino out of the race. Just behind him Martin Cardenas finished in 8th position.


Gino said:

At the start of the first race I had a wet front and intermediate rear. I’ve never used intermediates before so I was learning them and coming on strong in the battle for 3rd. I could’ve probably got through that group for 3rd the way I was riding. On the restart I used an intermediate front and dry rear tyre. With hindsight I probably should have gone dry/dry. As I got confidence in the front, I was pushed wide by Zanetti on to the oil at Adelaide and lost the front. I managed to get the bike up and myself back to pip Martin for 7th. We’ll go to Qatar looking for a strong finish to the year.


8th place is a great result for Martin and will put him in good stead when he returns to the championship in 2016. Aiden Wagner’s performance is improving with a 13th place finish. Kevin Manfredi retired from the first part of the race and didn’t restart.


The final 12th round of the World Supersport Championship takes place at Qatar on Sunday, October 18th.


Race result

1: P Jacobsen

2: K Sofuoglu +3.910

3: L Mahais +8.950

4: L Zanetti +22.021

5: K Smith +22.958

6: K Wahr +34.701





Championship positions

1: K Sofuoglu 213

2: P Jacobsen 185

3: J Cluzel 155

4: L Zanetti 142


6: K Smith 91




Wagner in action photo

Wagner in action!


Gino Rea in action photo

Gino Rea in action!


Wagner in action photo

Wagner in action!


Cardenas in action photo

Cardenas in action!


Cardenas in action photo

Cardenas in action!


Gino Rea in action photo

Gino Rea in action!


Manfredi in action photo

Manfredi in action!


Manfredi in action



More EBC product details:


EBC GPFAX motorcycle race only Brake Pads imageGPFAX sintered race only brake pads

The GPFAX Formula Sintered Race pads are a direct replacement of the GPFA series. This formula is even higher in friction and created specifically to be used only on asphalt surfaces such as those found in race track conditions. Because of the super performance that they provide these brake pads are a growing favourite choice of superbike racers.

Another benefit of the GPFAX sintered material is that it now has even better heat cycling ability allowing the brake pads to be raced, cooled, then raced again.

Read more about GPFAX brake pads here!


EBC Organic motorcycle brake pads imageEBC Organic Motorcycle Brakes

EBC Organic motorcycle brake pads are Europe’s first and only ECE R90 approved brake pad. Manufactured at EFI in Bristol, these brake pads perform as well as any sintered pads, as proved by R90 compliance. This ‘aramid’ series has now been renamed Non-Asbestos Organic or NAO and is created from aramid fibre in conjunction with other high tech modern fibres. If you want a value for money all round brake pad replacement then the NAO series is the perfect choice for all levels of motorcycle and is very popular with many riders who prefer the “feel” of organic pads.

Read more about EBC Organic Motorcycle Brakes here!


EBC SRK clutch kit imageSRK Aramid Fibre Sportbike Race Clutch Kits

SRK Aramid Fibre Sportbike Race Clutch Kits include an aramid fibre lined full engine set of plates as well as heavy duty clutch springs in either diaphragm or coil type and a set of steel separator plates. This clutch kit is suitable for handling the high stress and increasing horsepower of most motorcycle engines and also has the ability to reset the vehicles stack height during a clutch rebuild.


Read more about SRK Aramid Fibre Sportbike Race Clutch Kits here!


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