Superbike riders share latest performance news with EBC racing brakes

Here is the latest race news from some of this season’s superbike riders who are all giving a great performance with EBC racing brakes:

George Stanley in action!
George Stanley

Here is the latest race report from 18 year old racer George Stanley who is currently competing in the 2017 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship.

George uses GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads on the front and Organic Motorcycle Brake Pads on the rear of his Kawazaki ZX6R 2014 for best performance on the track.

Brands Hatch Round 2

After a good first round at Donington Park I was looking forward to Brands Hatch to see what I could do.

FP1 I ended up 8th which was an okay way to start the weekend, I knew the gearing was out so we sorted that straight away so I could push harder.

FP2 I ended up 5th after changing the gearing which was really positive but was struggling in one sector where I was dropping 0.4 of a second and I was only 0.3 off the best time, so we thought softening the forks would cure the problem.

Qualifying I ended up 5th again which wasn’t too bad but I wanted more as we had changed the bike, I was still struggling in the one sector which meant I was losing a lot of time.

Race I got a really bad start from 5th on the grid and ended the 1st lap in 11th which was really disappointing but I managed to push through to 6th place which was okay as I was struggling with the same problem.

Recently I also participated in the Oulton Park Official BSB Test and I was fastest after we made a big change to the bike and it felt a lot better, I could be more comfortable and lap consistently fast.

Round 1 Donington Park

FP1 – This was the first session of the year after the long break for winter, it started off well as I managed to get 6th place to start the year and was happy enough to be inside the top 6 to start the season. There wasn’t much to be gained either as it was the first session of the season and we were first out meaning there wasn’t a lot of grip.

FP2 – This was the first free practice 2 I have had in the Stock 600 class as we usually do 2 qualifying sessions. I felt good throughout the session and managed to go fastest and do it consistently so I was happy with that to start the season off.

Qualifying – Qualifying day was not as positive as I woke up to a cold and wet Donington Park, I missed the start of the session as we waited to make a decision on what tyres as the drizzle stopped and it seemed to dry out, I struggled in the wet conditions and only managed to bring it home in P24 which I was really annoyed at.

Warm Up – It was bright and dry on race day which I was much more pleased to see, we only get 8 minutes so I got out at the front of the session and was on my own for my best laps as I managed to get another P6.

Race – I was excited to get the race underway as I felt confident I could make my way into the top 10, the race didn’t start off as I’d hoped as I only managed to get from 24th up to 16th on the first lap and I was hoping to get a bit further up but due to a bad start I didn’t make too much ground. As the race went on I got faster as I put the fastest lap of the race in as I caught up to the battle from 10th to 1st, I was lapping the fastest on track until I caught up to the battle which lasted from lap 8 to 14. This was a hard fought battle between us but I managed to salvage a 6th. The result wasn’t too bad considering where I came from but hopefully if I can qualify better I can get the results I want!

The EBC GPFAX brake pads worked amazingly all weekend. Donington Park is a track notorious for brake fade but I get nothing but consistently strong braking power!

George Stanley in action!
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Phoenix Racing in action!

Phoenix CFS Race Team

The Phoenix CFS Race Team are one of the newly assisted racers who have recently joined the ranks of EBC. Now in their 6th year of racing, the 2017 team consists of team owner Dave Ogden, who set it all up in 2012, new 2017 team owner Patrick Flanagan and riders Ashley Milburn, Chris Hellewell, Jack Travis and photographer Ian Boldy.

The Phoenix CFS Race Team are also using GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads in this season’s Thundersport GB600 race series.

Phoenix Racing in action!
Here is their latest race report from Snetterton – Thundersport GB Round 3:

Snetterton Race Report – Dave Ogden

Saturday – A great start to the weekend on the first couple of sessions on Friday, we then had a new electrical parts fail that took a bit of finding so had a few missed sessions by Chris, lots of changes to the chassis/suspension until finally we got Chris and Ashley reasonably happy.
Ashley matched his time from last year in qualifying, a 1min 15.251 and proved the Kawasaki’s capabilities. His previous best was set on his Triumph 675 in the Pre-Nationals 2016.

Sunday – Race one saw Ashley go slightly better on times in his race and he was running well until the race was stopped due to an accident, he felt he was pulling in Ben Wootton for 5th place.
Time was actually quicker on mega laps as many riders went slower, so shows he was trying in different slower conditions.

Race Two – A good race with Ashley taking 6th in class.

Race Three – A stopped race again and another 5th.

Monday – Chris put a blistering time in qualifying and posted a 1m 14.4. In the first race he lost the front at Coram but set a blistering lap of 1m 13.6. for mega laps and went to 13th on the grid.

Race Two – Chris had to retire due to a front wheel problem from his earlier crash.

Race three –  Chris went to the front in third from a flying start, had a moment out of the seat on lap one and dropped to 7th. Unfortunately he ran on and dropped to 16th. With the race being stopped he had no time to recover.

Phoenix Racing Team preparing for the track.

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Elliot Pinson in action!

Photo Credit: Kerry Rawson Photography

Elliot Pinson #76

13 year old teenage racer Elliot Pinson is competing in this year’s British Motostar Moto3 Standard Class and has been getting some good results. Elliot has GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads (front), Organic Motorcycle Brake Pads (rear) and DRCF Carbon Fiber Lined MX Race Clutch Kits fitted on his Honda NSF250R.

Here is his latest race news:

Elliot Pinson in action!

Photo Credit: Kerry Rawson Photography

British Motostar Moto3 Standard Class 2017 Round 3 Oulton Park

Elliot ran into some misfortune during round three at Oulton Park when he was involved in an accident and had his leg broken when another rider ran over it. Thankfully he is making a good recovery now in hospital after a successful operation. Elliot would be most grateful to anyone who could give to his campaign at the following link. This will help him to pay for the bike repairs and hopefully get him back on the track soon!

I’ve been struggling to get a good feeling on the bike here at Oulton Park , but we made some changes that worked well for qualifying and I knocked 2.5 seconds off my best laptime so far to get P7 in my class.

British Motostar Moto3 Standard Class 2017 Round 2 Brands Hatch Indy

Elliot entered this round 12th in the championship with 7 points, he left this round after making
good progress getting to grips with the Honda NSF250R, with 26 points and moving up 3 places to
9th in the championship. He also achieved his best race result so far with a 6th place in race 2.

Friday 14th – Saturday 15th April
The first time Elliot rode the bike around this 1.2mile circuit in Kent he achieved a best time of
52.943 seconds, 8th in his class during a dry free practice 1. After some rear grip issues in FP1 some
adjustments were made to the bike. In a dry free practice 2, Elliot made good progress improving
his lap time by 1.381s to 51.562s placing him 5th fastest in his class. Maintaining his FP2 pace
meant qualifying with a best time of 51.517s placing him 7th in his class, a step up from the 9th place
qualifying position at Donington Park.

Sunday 16th April
Race 1 was held over 16 laps, a poor start saw him losing four places in the first lap. By lap 3 Elliot
had regained all the places he had lost at the start, the next 4 laps were a tussle with a full power
KTM bike. Then for the next 4 laps he chased down the next bike in front, another full power Moto3
bike, closing the gap to 1.2s and setting his fastest lap of 51.108s in the process. On lap 12, Elliot’s
foot slipped off the footpeg exiting Graham Hill, he managed to stay on the bike, but lost a lot of
time and knocked the bike out of gear. He never regained his rhythm or pace again and finished the
race 7th in his class, the best result so far.

Monday 17th April
The dry race 2 was held over a longer 22 laps, a distance Elliot has never raced before. Yet another
poor start saw Elliot drop two places in the first lap, from his grid position of 7th in his class. Yet
again the chase was on to regain lost places, by lap 3 he had taken back one place and by lap 5 the
other. Next he caught a full power KTM and overtook it on lap 7. The job now was the chase down
the next standard class bike, but it was over 4 seconds ahead. Unable to find the pace to catch it
Elliot finished the race 6th in his class, again another step forward setting another personal best

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Davy Morgan in action!

Davy Morgan on Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki, Courtesy of Paul Woodlock

Davy Morgan

Here is the latest race news from Davy Morgan who has just competed in his first road race of the season which took place at the Cookstown 100 Road Races in County Armagh on 29th April 2017. Davy has fitted on his R6 2015 / ZX10R 2015 EPFA Sintered Fast Street and Trackday Pads, GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads (front) and Organic Motorcycle Brake Pads (rear).

Davy Morgan #71 Road Racing – 2017 Tandragee 100 Road Races

Tandragee Halted by Heavy Rain as Morgan Shines
Darragh Cross resident Davy Morgan headed to County Armagh for the first Road Race of 2017 and he proved yet again that he is still a force not to be ignored and one of Ireland’s top road race exponents.

In Friday’s qualifying sessions in near perfect conditions, he brought the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki home in an impressive fifth place (3 min 7.877 seconds) and a second row start for the Open and Tandragee 100 feature race. It was more difficult in the Supersport session as he got caught up in a lot of traffic on the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha, but managed to pick his way through and get a lap time good enough for an eighth place start.

Friday night finished with rain so some of the roads were still damp as racing started on Saturday. First up was the Open Race and in the early stages Davy was holding fifth place, before Alan Bonner got past at half distance. Davy was able to go with him and upped his pace with a fastest lap of 3 min 4.970 seconds, but despite his best efforts could not get past the faster BMW and had to settle for a very respectable sixth place finish on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki.

Unfortunately the rains came just as the Supersport Race was taking to the circuit so after a short delay and a change of rubber on the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha Davy headed out, but the circuit was wet and dry and the tyre’s would not have lasted so Davy made the right decision to pull in and not take the risk. This was to be the last action for DM71 Road Racing as the rain got heavier and after a major incident the organisers pulled the plug due to the amount of water gathering at various points around the 5 1/2 mile circuit.

Davy Morgan in action!

Davy Morgan on Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha, Courtesy of Tom Anderson

Speaking afterwards Davy commented:

I am disappointed how the weekend finished, but the organisers had no choice in their decision as there was a lot of standing water on the circuit.

As to my own fortunes, things were going really well and I felt really comfortable on both the Angry Bee ZX10 and Magic Bullet R6 over the two days. Qualifying went really well and I was not as rusty as I thought I would be and was really looking forward to a couple more outings on Saturday. In the one race I did get I was really pleased with my times (3 seconds quicker than Qualifying) but would have liked to beat Alan (Bonner). I was quicker in parts of the circuit, but the BMW had the legs on the straights and he closed the door at Bells on the last lap so that was that. Thanks again to everyone who helped in whatever way over the weekend, it all comes together to keep DM71 Road Racing on track. Hopefully see you all at Cookstown.

Davy Morgan in action!

Davy Morgan on Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha, Courtesy of Hammy McClements

Morgan takes no chances in tricky conditions

Next up for DM71 Road Racing was a trip to the Cookstown 100 Road Races, a short 2.1 mile circuit that is not one of Davy’s favourites. The track is more suited for riders who prefer hard braking and acceleration and not fast flowing as Davy prefers.

In Friday’s qualifying the weekend started well on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki with a lap of 1:30.006 putting him 8th on the grid for the Open and Grand Final races. Things didn’t go quite so well on the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha for the Supersport as a fastest lap of 1:31.500 was only good enough for 17th on the grid. The final session was on the DM71RRSC 250CC Honda and Davy qualified in second place for the Lightweight Race and the fastest 250 machine.

There was one race on Friday night for Davy and he was 12th on the grid in the middle of the B Group for the 600cc Invitational Race. He made a terrific start on the Magic Bullet R6 Yamaha and was 10th into the first corner, he had picked up another place on the opening lap and then as they came out of the last corner Michal Dokopil came off right in front of Davy and he had to take avoiding action twice as the fallen bike bounced across the track. After a long delay the race restarted, but Davy decided to sit it out and try again on Saturday as his tyres were cold.

Saturday morning and conditions were breezy and very cold and which was evident as six of the first seven races were red flagged, thankfully with no serious injuries. Davy was out first on the Angry Bee ZX10 in the Open Race and after a brilliant start he led the B Group into the first corner, but then the red flags came out. On the restart he didn’t get as clean a start and found himself down in tenth place. As the race progressed he tried to move forward, but made a couple of mistakes that cost positions and ended up 12th at the flag.

Next up was the Supersport Race and on the Magic Bullet R6 Davy, despite being down on top speed, rode hard from the C Group after another red flag to come from 17th on the grid to finish 12th at the chequered flag. In what turned out to be his final race of the day in the Cookstown 100 Grand Final, Davy claimed another 12th place finish setting his fastest lap of the weekend in the process at 1:28.543 on the Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki.

The team should have been out in the Lightweight Race as Davy was second on the grid, but the organisers then informed us that to save time by running one Lightweight Race, the 250 machines would not be racing with 400 machines. Instead they would be in a race with forgotten era machines. Definitely not the arrangement that Davy understood to be the case, as the original grid sheets had No.71 in second place. It meant there would be, we believe, five/six bikes on track for this race. Davy felt so strongly about this situation that he decided to withdraw his entry on principle and for his own and the 250cc class integrity.

Speaking afterwards a frustrated and angry Davy said:

A big thank you to everyone who supported and helped me again this weekend as it was a long, cold and frustrating day. My results were not great, but they never are around here as it is just not my type of circuit. I was not a fan of the place before I arrived and the messing about with the 250/400 race didn’t help change that opinion. I was really looking forward to having some fun with Rhys, Neil, Daryl & Seamus but what the organisers did made up my mind to pull out as a matter of principle and integrity, I hope people understand my position. What it does mean is that I will be clarifying the 250 Race format before I take it to any other meeting. We now forget about it and move forward.

Davy Morgan in action!

Davy Morgan on Angry Bee ZX10 Kawasaki, Courtesy of Russell Connor

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Dayley Matheson in action! Daley Mathison – Eddie Stobart Racing

EBC are pleased to have Daley Mathison on-board this year. 25 year old Daley races for Eddie Stobart Racing in the British Superbike and Isle of Man TT Series. Daley has been supplied with GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads for this season’s racing.

Here is his latest race report:

Brands Hatch Round 2 British Superbikes.
The long weekend was set to be superb with glorious sunshine blessing the circuit just outside the capital city.

Another new circuit for Daley to learn, although only the shorter Indy circuit – the Eddie Stobart Superstock bike was ready to hit the track in our first session on Friday afternoon (free practice 1).  First impressions of the track were fantastic; the TV really doesn’t do the terrain justice as lap times quickly tumbled, as Daley got to grips with the circuit.

Another glorious day, with sunshine blazing through the trees saw Saturday’s free practice 2 and qualifying looming. Daley quickly started setting personal best times and with a few suspension changes, the 1000cc BMW was consistently lapping a mere 1.3s slower than pole position.  In most races, this would have been good enough for a front row start but British Superstock is one of the most competitive championships in the world, resulting in 32nd place on the grid as all 40 qualified riders were separated by just under 2 seconds.

Dayley Matheson in action!

Sunday’s race day was slightly overcast but thankfully, the forecast began to brighten up. Daley had suspension issues on the morning warm up, after changes made overnight had unfortunately gone in the wrong direction but additional changes were made for the 50 mile race. The race started well for Daley however, suspension issues still plagued with a lack of grip causing excessive tyre wear; luckily the race was cut short due to a few spots of rain around the track, resulting in Daley finishing 32nd, in his original qualifying position.

Overnight, the team worked hard on setup and data to try to dial out issues for Monday’s morning warmup and made inroads to settings and were heading in the right direction – with things back to qualifying times. Just before the race, Daley decided to make a big change and go harder on the rear spring, which could have gone either way.  The lights went out, Daley instantly started putting in personal bests, lapping consistently and a fantastic 5 bike battle turned into a fantastic race which Daley got the better of and finally finished 30th.

The team saw this as a huge success, learning both on and off the track.  The team headed home and hardly had time to unload, before they were packed and ready for the first road race of the year.

Dayley Matheson in action!

The Bob Smith Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount
Friday 21st April saw the sun shining in the glorious seaside town of Scarborough, for the first road race of the season, at Oliver’s Mount for the famous Bob Smith Spring Cup. Having only just returned from Brands, the season was well and truly underway!

Having attended Oliver’s Mount for over 10 years, this is a firm favourite as well as the unofficial “home” track for Daley and the excitement was certainly building to see the brand new Eddie Stobart Racing BMW Superbike make her Scarborough debut.

Dayley Matheson photo

Saturday morning, the team woke to unannounced rain which made for a greasy track and some adjustments to the machinery, allowing for the weather implications.  Practices went down well and qualification saw some great times and grid positions secured, just missing out on pole by a mere 0.1 seconds. The afternoon saw the sun shining again and the track drying out. More changes were made to revert to original bike settings before it was lights out and go go go, as the bikes raced for the first time in the opening Junior race.

Saturday’s Junior saw an impressive 2nd place battle between Hegerty and Daley, as Harrison went in the distance whilst the Senior that day saw the Eddie Stobart Racing Superbike achieve her first race finish in a fine podium 3rd position – not bad for a first attempt. Due to an unfortunate technical in the Open qualifying, Daley started at the back of the grid however, this wouldn’t deter the determined Daley who pushed his way through the crowd of machinery in the race to secure an impressive 5th place finish.

Dayley Matheson in action!

Sunday saw the most glorious of days for a Scarborough race weekend.  The fans cheered as the bikes roared around the circuit.  The sounds and smells are unbelievable as you’re so close to the track, you can literally reach out to the riders.  A closely fought race which some regulars (some of which have attended for over 50 years) compared to the epic Barry Sheene Days, saw a dual between Daley and Dean Harrison.  Daley pushed his 600 with all of his might, as she gripped and turned with passion and grace.  Fighting off Harrison at each turn, Daley was tucked in tight, using his knowledge of the track to continue to lead the race, lap after lap.  Harrison edged out in front before Daley grabbed 1st position back.  Unfortunately, it was Harrison that somehow found extra power on the last corner, pushing past and only just securing 1st place with Daley tightly behind for 2nd. Not much rest between races and Daley was out again.  Sunday’s Senior race saw more epic battles, this time for 3rd place with Lee Johnston – Daley battled on to reach another podium finish with huge cheers from the fans.

The main race of the weekend, The Bob Smith Spring Cup Race, saw the crowds gathering on the banks – the fans all in awe of the grid that lay before them.  As the ITV4 TV cameras began to roll, the media cameras clicked and the fans cheered, this was certainly building to be an epic race.  As there was no official timed qualifying for this race, the grid was a result of combined qualifying times from the previous day – meaning Daley sat on the 2nd row.  The hairs on the back of your neck began to stand.  The race, as had been the situation all weekend, was certainly competitive and tight with the top 5 all pushing for that 1st place spot.  The competitiveness is so exhilarating to say the least around the tight corners of Oliver’s Mount but again, it proved to be Harrison’s weekend with Daley just missing out on a podium finish.

Dayley Matheson in action!

The final race of the day was Sunday’s Open and having battled yet again with the top riders, Daley settled with 5th after battling for 2nd, having slipped into neutral and dropping back 2 places.

As another highly successful weekend came to a close, the team went home happy with what was achieved, having also smashed both personal best times on a 600 and Superbike around the circuit, leaving with a handful of podium finishes and most importantly, giving the fans the competitive racing and entertainment that they know and love.

Thanks to everyone supporting in their various capacities – we couldn’t do it without you all.  From the sponsors, to the fans, to the marshals and media.  Everyone is vitally important to Daley and the team.

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 Cormac Conroy in action!Cormac Conroy

Cormac Conroy began his 2017 racing season in the CRMC (Classic Racing Motorcycle Club Championship) at Pembrey in round two which took place on 11th April 2017 after round one in Snetterton had to be cancelled due to Team owner Brendan becoming ill and needing to be hospitalised. Cormac has been using GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads from the previous season’s racing and is still going strong on them!

Race Report Pembrey 2017
After missing the first CRMC round at Snetterton last month due to Team owner Brendan Ryan being hospitalised, suffering from an illness, Cormac did make it to round two at Pembrey last weekend. Brendan is still not fully recovered so was not present but is determined to be fit for round three in Mallory Park next month.

With the Ryan Triples not yet race prepared & Brendan out of action, Patrick Banfield kindly offered the use of his 750 Triumph Triple and duly brought it from the South of France to Pembrey Circuit.

With just five laps of practice before the first race, there wasn’t much time for bike set up. Cormac started the first race from 12th on the grid and made a great start exiting the first corner in 4th place and by the end of the race was fighting for the win but was content with a hard fought 2nd place. Some suspension adjustments were made for the second race and Cormac was immediately happy with the handling of the bike and went on to win the race, setting the fastest lap on the way. On Sunday morning Cormac was looking forward to getting back out on track for race three. He would be starting from row two and after another lightening start he exited turn one in the lead and went on to win by 9 seconds, much to the delight of Brendan Ryan who was keeping tabs on proceedings from his hospital bed in London. As the riders set out on their warm up lap for the last race there was a quick shower of rain, this made the first two race laps tricky. Cormac and two other riders escaped from the pack and built up a substantial lead and by lap five it was a two way battle. As the last lap flag went out Cormac made a decisive move into the hairpin and took the lead, he pushed hard for the remainder of the lap and took his third victory of the weekend.
It was a very successful weekend to kick off the season with a 2nd and three 1st place finishes.

Brendan Ryan is making a steady recovery, he is in the workshop preparing the bikes as I type, we look forward to his return, possibly for the CRMC round at Mallory Park next month.
A sincere thank you to Patrick Banfield for his help & support at Pembrey.

Next up is the first round of the European Classic Endurance Championship at Donington Park from 5th – 7th May. Cormac will team up with Patrick Banfield on the French entry “Team Classic Racer Nice” racing the beautiful P&M Kawasaki 1170cc.

Cormac Conroy in action!

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Max Alexander in action!
Max Alexander

Max Alexander is another new rider to be assisted by EBC Brakes and has sent us his latest race report of the second round of the Scottish Championship at Knockhill on 11th April 2017. Max is using GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads (front) and Double-H™ Sintered Superbike Brake Pads (rear) on his BMW S1000RR 2015.

Max Alexander – Scottish Championship at Knockhill
As we moved on to Knockhill for the second round of the Scottish Superbike Championships I was looking forward to riding the BMW S1000RR here. I enjoy riding at Knockhill immensely, it’s a short but technical track that never fails to provide close, exciting racing.

We kicked off the weekend at a steady pace and getting a feel for a couple of minor set up changes we had made, I felt relatively comfortable with practice and come qualifying I was quite happy with a lap time of 51.7 which placed us P6 and starting from the second row of the grid. This matched my previous best lap time round here set on my Triumph 675R.

For the first race I was very keen to work on improving my lap times and hoped to get away with the quicker riders in front of me. Unfortunately this race was red flagged while I was in 4th place due to an accident on the run out of Clarks. As the race had not gone two thirds distance it would be restarted for a five lap dash. I was able to get a reasonable start and rode a steady race finishing in 3rd place. This was very much going to be the theme for the rest of the weekend where I went on to achieve four more 3rd place finishes. Importantly though we have managed to learn more about the bike and I feel comfortable running a fairly competitive pace and also managed to improve my times with a fastest lap of 50.4, which was better than we were expecting for our first race weekend at Knockhill. With the exception of a couple of small technical issues with the bike, overall I am really pleased with how the weekend went and can’t wait for the next round.

As an added bonus I was surprised to find myself now leading the Scottish Superbike Championship, something we definitely weren’t expecting. Thank you to EBC Brakes who once again provided me with amazing stopping power throughout the weekend. Thanks also to the team at Knockhill for running a first class race weekend. We now look forward to two weeks’ time where we will be travelling south for the first time this year to Donington Park.

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Michael Tustin in action!
Michael Tustin – TeamMTR

Michael Tustin and TeamMTR have just sent us their third newsletter for the 2017 season. With only a short break between round one and two, the team headed down to Brands Hatch Indy for the four day Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Michael is using GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads (front) and Organic Motorcycle Brake Pads (rear) on his Ducati Panigale 959.

Ducati TriOptions Cup

As with round one at Donington Park, the Ducati Cup had a packed out grid, with 52 riders once again competing for 40 grid spaces. This meant the LCQ race system was in action again for the weekend’s racing. As before, it was essential for Mike and the team to gain automatic qualification into the main races on Sunday and Monday, and after the positives of Donington Park, the team were looking to progress further up the field in the qualifying session.

Mike qualified an impressive 15th overall, therefore making the automatic qualification both he and the team expected to achieve. After gaining the experience of the first race meeting, the team knew how important it was to get a good qualification spot, and be able to run with the faster riders further up the field.

Michael Tustin in action!

Race 1

Race 1 of the weekend was on Sunday afternoon. Good weather made tyre choices and setup easy for the team, however the team had decided to make a drastic suspension setup to help Mike in the first half of the short Brands Hatch Indy circuit. It was a gamble, but the team knew Mike had some more pace to be further up the field, and that the bike setup was a main factor in the quest for more speed.

The gamble paid off, and Mike’s lap times dropped by over half a second, allowing Mike to finish race one in a respectable 12th position.

After the impressive lap times, Mike started Monday’s race (race two) in 13th position on the grid, therefore giving the team a better chance of a top 10 finish.

Michael Tustin in action!

Race 2

With the teams best grid position of the season so far, Mike was confident of a good result for the final race of the weekend. A great getaway off the grid ensured Mike kept his position on the road, and was able to move up to 11th after the first lap. Mike kept a good pace throughout, and maintained his position all through the race, to cross the line just outside the top 10.

The team’s aim was to be in the top 10 for this race, and although more progress was made, it wasn’t quite the ending they had hoped for.

Fortunately, after the compulsory bike ‘Technical Review’ in Parc Ferme, another rider ahead had been caught running ‘illegal’ software on their bike, therefore being disqualified from the result of the final race. This promoted Mike into 10th, therefore entering the top 10 for the first time this season.

Michael Tustin in action!


It has been another solid weekend racing, with a little bit of good fortune, resulting in TeamMTR being able to meet their pre-meeting expectations. Mike has been able to move forward in every session, and showing the team’s commitment to learning the setup of the bike, and what it takes to run at the top end of this fiercely competitive class. Mike has been the first rookie in every race so far, while also beating many riders that have competed in the Ducati Cup for many years prior to this. The level of ability is clear to see, and TeamMTR are consistently working to bridge the gap to the next ‘group’ of on track riders and give Mike the best opportunity to learn more, and therefore move up the field to gain the best possible results.

Finally, TeamMTR would like to thank all their partners for their continued support during the debut season in the Ducati TriOptions Cup.

Championship Standing

Ducati TriOptions Cup – 11th, 17 points

EMRA Superstock 1000cc – 3rd, 22 points

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Royal Air Force Classic Race Team in action!
Royal Air Force Classic Race Team

Here is the second race report from the Royal Air Force Classic Race Team, this one is from the CRMC round one at Snetterton that took place on 18th – 19th March 2017.

The RAF Classic Race Team have Organic motorcycle brake pads, and Floating MC Disc Rotors on their classic bikes.


The Classic Racing Motorcycle Club 2017 Championship kicked off in March at the Norfolk circuit of Snetterton. Due to deployments, work commitments, weddings and a lack of moral fibre (bad back), the RAF Team only managed to enter 4 riders. Chief Tech Shaun Houston was at his local circuit on his trusty Honda MT 125 whilst Squadron Leader Symon Woodward, Flight Sergeant Ian Ridley and Corporal Gav Heggs competed on Yamaha 250s in the Post-Classic air-cooled class. Woodward also competed in the Post-Classic 500 air-cooled class on his Yamaha 400.

Houston started the season in a familiar manner, 1st Practice, 1st lap, 2nd corner, down like a sack of spuds, earning him (again) the honour of first crash of the season for the Club and first user of the 2017 recovery van. This was just as people were forgetting his antics several years ago, where he managed to take out half the grid on the 1st corner, of the 1st race of the 1st meeting of the season. At least this time it was a solo effort. On returning to the paddock he was muttering on about, new tyre, cold track, cold tyres, mud on track, poor alignment of zodiac signs etc.

The first race for the Team was the Air-Cooled 250. This was Ridley’s first ever race and Heggs’s second. The first race of the season took its toll with only a depleted field finishing. This said, Heggs and Ridley finished a very respectable 4th and 5th with Woodward taking a relatively comfortable win. 3 RAF Riders in the top 5!!! A great start to the season!!

Whilst Houston was waiting in the collection area for the first 125 race the dull weather turned to rain. It stopped before the race start but not before making the track wet and “interesting”. When the flag dropped, Houston managed a decent start but there were a couple of first lap incidents from some of the other riders due to the conditions. As Houston had only covered about 400m of practice he was cautious until his tyre had a chance to “bed in”. After a couple of laps and all riders now familiar with the track conditions, there was some good racing and he managed a 5th position.

Woodward had a decent race in the Air-Cooled 500 race despite seeming to be lacking quite a bit of power, (or everybody else had developed a lot of power over the winter). He was still managing to hold second on the penultimate lap when he was gifted the lead by the retirement of the leading bike. Woodward held this lead until about 20 yds from the finish line where he was out-dragged into 2nd.

The practice lap of the second 250 race was conducted in the rain after a long delay to clear oil from a previous crash. During the sighting lap Ridley managed to find the oil at Murray’s and lost the front end. On recovering the bike, a marshal informed him that he couldn’t have picked a worse line as far as the oil was concerned. A mangled clutch cable and some damaged bodywork seemed to be the worst of the damage. Due to the track conditions and the weather, the afternoon’s racing was cancelled, now where’s that B-B-Q and umbrella??

The weather had cleared for the Sunday with a pleasant and dry day’s racing had by all. Unfortunately Ridley missed the first race on the Sunday due to a lack of paddock experience and an appreciation of timings etc, getting the bike re-scrutineered just a little too late to join the third race (extra adjustments were needed), so a valuable lesson learned. This race followed a similar pattern to the first with Woodward winning with Heggs 5th.

The first 125 race of the Sunday was quite windy, which affects the 125s more than most. Again Houston had a decent start and the race had a few first lap incidents again. Houston managed to stay clear of these (and didn’t even create any) and was enjoying some great racing with other competitors, all dicing for the 4th – 9th positions. He managed to pull clear to be able to concentrate on the 3rd position rider just up ahead as he was now “pulling him in”. Going past the last lap flag, the 3rd position bike had about 4-5 bike lengths on Houston. But it wasn’t until the back straight, with a tail wind behind, Houston managed to slipstream and then pass and stay in front for the last half lap to take 3rd.

In the first air-cooled 500 race of the Sunday Woodward was exchanging 3rd/4th place twice a lap until the final lap, where his efforts to make up all of the ground lost on the two long straights by braking into the corners ended in failure, resulting in a high speed crash and tumble. The rider walked away but the bike was in need of a bit more care and attention and did not go out for the last race.

The final 250 race of the day had Ridley back out with a temporarily repaired clutch cable, but with the clutch slipping badly. Unfortunately as he started the last lap, the bike started making an “unusual noise” so he decided to pull in and retire from the race. Being a true team player, and not wanting to miss out, Heggs took the opportunity during the race to part company with his machine, like all of the other team members had done over the weekend. Woodward achieved a comfortable win to make it 3 out of 3 but is anticipating much harder races in the coming season.

The last 125 race of the weekend was just as much fun as the previous earlier race. Positions 1, 2 and 3 had made a clear break but Houston was in either position 4, 5, 6 or 7 with three other riders. A blanket could have covered them most of the time! By the time they passed the chequered flag, 2 seconds separated the four with Houston finishing in 6th position.

The Good – Some Excellent racing including race wins and fine debuts.

The Bad – Minor mechanical issues causing DNFs (Did Not Finish) and DNSs (Did Not Start).

The Ugly – All riders took a tumble, some damaging the new Team’s paintwork schemes.

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Leon Jeacock in action!
Leon Jeacock

Leon Jeacock was at round three of the Pirelli National SuperStock1000 Championship. Leon also uses GPFAX brake pads like all the other superbike racers on his Kawasaki S1000RR 2016 or Yamaha TZ350.

Press Release – Round 3
After missing the opening round of the Pirelli National SuperStock1000 Championship with Black Horse at Donington Park due to injury, Leon returned to race at Brands Hatch where he finished just outside the points in race one and took a hard fought fourteenth place in race two.

Oulton Park was next up for Leon. Free practice one went well as he got the Suzuki working well and finished up inside the top ten. As the pace hotted up in free practice two he found himself inside the top twenty and looking forward to a positive qualifying performance. Disaster struck though in the one and only qualifying session, a steering damper bolt snapped in the frame which hampered him immensely. Despite this setback, Leon gritted his teeth and put in a lap to finish in twentieth place on the grid. A great performance considering the circumstances.

Race day for the Geo E Davies Racing team and Leon started with a wet track. The initial race was halted after 2 laps as a shower of rain dampened the track. For the restarted race Leon and the team decided on running wet tyres taking a gamble that there would be more rain through the race. It was to prove an inspired choice as the rain started to fall heavier after a couple of laps. After starting twentieth and falling to twenty fourth after lap one as more rain fell the wet tyres made all the difference and he sliced through the field. Making place after place Leon crossed the finish line in eleventh place at the chequered flag taking a good points finish well inside the top fifteen. This was a fabulous result after the disappointment of qualifying and a massive boost of confidence to the team and rider.

The next round of the Pirelli National SuperStock1000 Championship takes place at Donington Park where it is a support race to the WorldSBK Championship in a couple of weeks.

Leon Jeacock in action!
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