Motocross racers springing into action with EBC off-road brakes image
Motocross racers springing into action with EBC off-road brakes

EBC Brakes’ assisted motocross and off-road racers have been springing into action just recently using EBC off-road brakes.

 

Here is a collection of race reports from some of our top championship contenders for the 2016 season:

 


 

Chris Bailey in action!
Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey has just completed his first race of the season at Deepdale, Sandy in Bedfordshire, UK in the Enduroland Race XC and has already achieved fantastic results by finishing first in his class.

 

Chris has been using EBC “R” Series brake pads on his KTM SX85 2012 Big Wheel bike this year to cope with any type of tough condition, be it dusty, muddy or gritty as found in off-road racing.

 

Here is Chris’ latest race report:
Chris Bailey in action!

So it all starts again, the first race of the season with Enduroland Race XC. This the first race was held at Deepdale, Sandy, Bedfordshire. This is the last trip to this venue as it is now sold.

The day started with 42 kids on the start line from 50cc Auto up to 125cc, with a mix of male and female riders with roughly 20 riders in the 85cc class, which is a great start to the season and a fitting tribute the last race here.

The race started with the 125s off first, then 20 seconds later Chris’  group the 85s were off. Chris got a great start with the holeshot into the first corner, closely followed by the other 85cc riders, from this point on Chris never looked back. Within the next few corners Chris had caught up to the 125 riders, over taking them one by one and after the first lap was leading overall. The winter practising was paying off!! For the first 30 minutes of the 90 minute race he was battling well with his friend and fellow rider Nathan Upton, with a constant battle for first place. But Chris fought back, and as the laps and time counted down, he increased his lead over Nathan.

Sixty minutes into the race Chris had gained a good lead over the rest of the riders, around 3 minutes, so I decided to pull him in for a fuel stop, as he was running low, and didn’t want to risk him running out.

Chris Bailey in action!

By the end of the race Chris finished 1st in class and 1st overall, with 2.30 minutes lead over the second place rider.

A fantastic start to this years’ racing at Enduroland.

Report by Jon Bailey

Chris Bailey in action!

 


 

Cory Texter
Cory Texter

Cory Texter is having a steady start to his season and achieving promising results.

 

Here is his race report:

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Just wanted to shoot over my sponsors, friends and associates a quick update from my trip down South.
As most of you know, I just finished up a new twin for the season right before I left. It’s a Big A Customs Linkage-Framed Kawasaki Vulcan. We put the 700cc motor I used last season in this new frame and put a new 750cc into the “Black Hammer”, our C&J frame that we used last season.

When I got down South to test the motorcycle, we started to bike up and within minutes it fried my battery. Long story short, it took us three long days to diagnose and fix the problem. We had to next-day air a lot of parts and I can’t tell you how many hours I spent on the phone trying to figure out what was wrong. We lost some valuable days testing and I was very stressed about the whole deal, but I kept my head down and stayed focused on the task at hand.

We actually got the motorcycle running after practice during our first race in Savannah, Georgia. The All-Star race in Savannah was stacked this year. It seemed like everyone was there and they only took 12 to the final. I struggled in the heat race a little bit on the twin and decided to pull out the new bike and ride it in my semi. I slowly got comfortable as the laps clicked off and finished 2nd which gave me the last transfer spot. I came from the back row to finish 8th in the main event. I also finished a 2nd in the Super Singles class on my Lancaster Honda CRF 450. The results weren’t anything to get excited about, but they weren’t terrible considering the circumstances.

The next All-Star race in Barberville, Florida was two days later. I really like this track and had high hopes for some good finishes, but I struggled getting dialed in on my new twin. It seemed like every change we made was in the opposite direction. For the main event, I pulled the Black Hammer out of the van and passed a handful of guys to finish 5th. I also finished a close 2nd again in the Super Singles and 8th in the Expert Singles. The results again, weren’t what I expected, but we learned a lot and I felt good in my main events.

I know a big part of the reason I wasn’t on the podium more at the two All-Star events was because my holeshots weren’t very good at these races. You get lined up for your heats at these events based on luck of the draw and I swear I am not bluffing when I tell you that I had the worst possible starting spot in like 11 of my 12 races. The tracks were almost impossible to pass on. I also wasn’t riding my best and I knew I needed to ride better.

The next couple of races were the big ones at the Daytona Short Track. Rounds 1 & 2 of the AMA Pro Flat Track series. The Daytona Short Track is a very tough event. So many riders show up for this race and many excel on it that don’t really excel anywhere else on the circuit.

The first day, I was struggling early on. I was second row in my heat and second row in my semi. I came from the second row in my semi and closed right up on the rear tire of the top three. Two of the three were former champions in the sport (B. Smith and Coolbeth). I give it all I had, but came up two-tenths of a second short from making the main event. I was extremely bummed out, but only used it as fuel for my fire to succeed on day two. After seeing Smith finish 5th and Coolbeth 9th from the third row, it gave me confidence knowing I had the speed to be a front runner at this track.

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The second day, we qualified 4th the first practice. I felt really good, but that one doesn’t count for anything, so I didn’t get too excited about it. I ended up struggling a little bit in the qualifying sessions that count and found myself on the back row again for my heat. I finished 6th in my heat which put me in the hardest semi in the history of Flat Track. Baker, Bonsey, Wiles, Smith, Lewis, Pearson, Lawrence to name a few. All of these riders were in the main event the night before a handful of them have won at this track in the past. I grabbed the holeshot in my semi and cruised to a win. I was pretty stoked to win this semi with so many fast guys, but I knew I still had work to do in the main event. I felt really good going into the main event, but I pulled all of my tear-offs by accident on lap two. This made vision very difficult for me. I tried to wipe my lens as often as I could, but I couldn’t get comfortable and ride my race until things started to get spread out a little bit. Once they did, I picked off half a dozen riders or so and finished 11th. A couple more laps and I think I could have been in the top 10.

The trip was a roller coaster ride for sure. We are going to keep working hard and preparing for the next round in Austin, Texas on April 9th. Running my own team this year and racing my own motorcycles can be stressful at times, but when you succeed, it makes the feeling so much sweeter. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead of us.

All the best

Cory Texter
Cory Texter Racing

 

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Natalie Kane

Natalie Kane has had a good start to the season and also achieved some promising results in her first few events. Natalie will be using EBC motocross brakes such as Carbon X or TT brake pads, MXS series brake pads, Motocross Contour discs or CX Extreme™ Motocross discs on her KTM motocross bike.

 

Here is Natalie’s race report:

GP of Europe (Valkenswaard) – 28th March

I’ve been in Holland/Belgium a few weeks before this round and I was feeling a lot better and confident in myself and my bike so I was feeling more ready. We raced Sunday and Monday as it was Easter so Sunday was like a Saturday, in case you are wondering why I talk about Sunday and Monday instead of the usual time schedule of Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday warm up I was 4th fastest and felt good, just wanted to make some small changes to the bike. I changed the position of my forks and also changed the front tyre as it was quite hard and wet in places with the bad weather.

Next was qualifying, I didn’t get out on the track in top ten so I struggled to get a lap alone as there was roughly 59 girls trying to qualify. I also got taken out by another girl when I bent the front end on my bike, so I only could do a best lap of ninth position but I was happy with this for the gate pick, just very frustrated with myself for not getting out on track early.

Moto 1
I got off to a top six start but my bike cut out which lead me to crash on the first lap and got hit by some girls behind me and had my wrist rode over. I got back up in around 30th and only made it back to finish in 14th position. I had not such a good feeling about my wrist so I iced it all night and would see how it felt the next day.

Monday morning, it was still pretty swollen but I taped it and went out for morning warm up to try it and I felt I had not got great grip and it was causing me a lot of arm pump but I posted a lap of fourth best anyway, but to do a full 20 minutes was going to be a struggle.

Moto 2
I got off the gate in 12th and battled back and forth for 1st half the race with the girls in front of me and finally made it to fifth, but by then the faster girls had got such a big lead on me and I was starting to struggle with my wrist so I just took it easy and finished in 5th position.

I ended up ninth overall which was not what I wanted or expected but still sixth in the championship and as bad as the result was, I felt I was riding better and closer to the front three than in Qatar. I was happy with that but disappointed at the same time for the position finishes and with my wrist, which I am now in London seeing a specialist for, have had scans and will know the results next week and will let everyone know what the outcome is.

So until then, thank you like always for all the help and support and I hope to get myself on that podium soon.

Regards
Natalie

http://www.nataliekane.co.uk/

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Robbie Hollis in action!
Robbie Hollis

Here is an update from Robbie Holllis:

I’m writing to inform and update you on how my first round at the Pirelli Masters at Culham went after two years off from racing due to injuries. The track conditions started off really wet and I qualified 27th. Race 1, I positioned 27th. Race 2, I only managed to secure 30th after crashing early in the race.

Day 2 – I came down with the flu so couldn’t really get a nice rhythm going as I didn’t have much energy but had a 28th and 30th. The track was so rough and rutty which I struggled with this weekend and it was difficult to get the suspension settings right as it’s a new bike. I’m disappointed with how the weekend went overall but it can only get better from here onwards. I am so grateful for the help and support you’re giving me this year.

Many thanks
Robbie Hollis

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More EBC motocross and off-road brake product information:

 

‘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 MXS brake pads

EBC 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.

 

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 CX Extreme disc brake 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 are manufactured from durable and tough heat treated premium German mill rolled stainless steel in the 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!

 

 

 

EBC Motocross Contour disc brake rotorsMotocross 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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