It’s been a busy season so far for the Phil Morris Racing Team. Here’s their run-down of the highs and lows of the year so far:
Mid-way through a hectic 2018 season, bumper crowds have enjoyed demonstration runs around the country by the Phil Morris Racing team with some of the country’s top riders showing off the team’s MotoGP machinery and other historic race bikes.
Meanwhile on the racetrack, there have been strong performances by the PMR supported racers with the emphasis being on stars of the future. And there is still plenty more to come!
Fresh from recording the first 135mph race lap at the TTs, Peter Hickman was on hand at Tonfanau for team riding duties while Ian Hutchinson put the MotoGP bike through its paces at Mallory Park during the VMCC’s Festival of 1000 bikes.
On the race track, 9-year-old motocross racer Jonas Brown has followed up last year’s runner-up spot in the Welsh and British Junior MotoX series with further impressive performances this season. Unfortunately, the Oswestry schoolboy sustained a broken shoulder at his most recent event which required corrective surgery. Everyone in the PMR team wishes Jonas a speedy recovery and looks forward to seeing him back on the bike very soon.
With the team continuing to promote young riders, 7-year-old Mini-Moto racer Warwick Brady has joined the team this season. The youngster from The Wirral has rapidly shown his ability, currently lying in second place in the Mini-Moto series.
Aberdare rider Matthew Rees had another impressive TT meet although his outing in the Zero TT team came to a premature end when the Bath University run bike caught fire.
Meanwhile, PMR has also become involved in the electric bike racing scene, become part of a syndicate running an electric bike. They managed to bring the bike home successfully on their first race outing, finishing seventh in the Zero TT. Subsequent private testing has produced promising results.
A second Oswestry racer to join the team is Josh Williams. Josh, the son of a long-standing friend of team principal Phil Morris, is contesting the Wirral 100 series on a CBR600. Meanwhile Loris Britton is tackling a full season of short circuit racing in Ireland on board the Phil Morris Racing backed Yamaha R6.
A little further afield, team member Steffan Hill continues to impress in the World Supersport Championship and with support from PMR contested his first endurance race recently: the Suzuka 8 hour, regarded by many as the world’s biggest race. Although the French run BMW was forced out of the race after five hours with mechanical problems, Steffan described his first Superbike outing as “an amazing experience.”
Back on the loose, Steve Dulson Racing have stepped up to the Maxxis British Motocross Championships for 2018 with Jamie Law and Zac Stealey on board the team’s Yamahas.
Phil Morris Racing teamed up with McAdoo Kawasaki on the road racing scene in 2018. Sadly, of course, team member Jamie Cowton lost his life in a racing accident at the Southern 100. The thoughts of everyone at Phil Morris Racing are with Jamie’s family and friends. Adam McLean is taking a break from the sport following the loss of his team-mate but plans to return in the future. Adam also has all the team’s best wishes.
One of the team’s longstanding demonstration riders, Nick Jefferies has taken the decision to retire both from racing and riding demonstration runs but we look forward to seeing him at events in the future. Lee Heeson continues to undertake riding duties while the irrepressible Tommy Robb continues to act as Team Ambassador.
There will be more opportunities this season for fans to see the Phil Morris Racing machinery in action. The next chance to see the MotoGP bikes running will be at the Castle Combe Grand National meeting on September 1st and 2nd; Peter Hickman and Tommy Bridewell take on the riding duties.
Looking back over the first half of the season, team principal Phil Morris commented, “We are hugely saddened by the loss of Jamie, but we will continue to support our up and coming riders wherever we can and to give fans the opportunity to see the MotoGP machinery in action close up.”
He added, “None of this would be possible without the hard work of all the team members and guest riders and the support of all our sponsors, both new and long standing, and I have to say a huge thank you to each and every one of them. I am looking forward to an equally busy, and successful, second half of the season.”