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 Anvil Hire TAG Racing, LRJ Racing’s Chloe Jones and Adam Hartgrove, Simon Reid Racing, Simon Mousley – Orthrus Racing, Max Alexander and Leon Jeacock:
Anvil Hire TAG Racing
Here is the latest news from Anvil Hire TAG Racing who recently competed in Round Ten of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park on 15th – 17th September 2017.
The team have GPFAX brake pads installed on their Yamaha R1-Ms.
Here is their latest race report:
Podium joy for Brookes as Anvil Hire Yamaha enjoy strong Showdown start
Bringelly’s Josh Brookes has made a solid start to his 2017 Showdown campaign at Oulton Park picking up a third place finish in Sunday’s first race, and collecting solid points in Race Two with a 5th and walks away 2nd in the Championship standings. His team mate Shaun Winfield was back in the points picking up a 15th place finish in Race One, unfortunately crashing out in Race Two.
After three positive free practice sessions, both riders headed into the three tier Datatag qualifying session confident of achieving a good grid position. Josh comfortably made it into Q3, posting a 1:31.1, a time under his own lap record, lining him up in 3rd for Sunday’s first race.
Shaun improved further from the time he posted during free practice to line him up 22nd on the grid for race one, notching up a 1:37.9, only five hundredths of a second behind Dean Harrison ahead of him.
Following a downpour of rain prior to the race on Sunday afternoon, both Josh and Shaun made a solid start from the lights, with Brookes sitting in second after the opening lap and Winfield holding his grid position of 22nd.
By lap seven Brookes had dropped back to 6th place as the conditions improved, but he soon regrouped and worked his way forward, sitting in 4th by lap 12. The race was then red flagged two laps later due to a technical issue for Dan Linfoot, pushing Brookes into the podium spot.
Winfield soon became embroiled in a battle with roads star Dean Harrison, and the 24-year-old quickly made his way past and began to pull a gap on the Kawasaki rider. As the race went on Shaun fought off a charging Harrison, picking up a 15th place finish after the red flag, collecting a further Championship point.
By virtue of their lap times set in Race One, Brookes would start from the head of row three in 7th place with Shaun starting in 21st, ahead of Harrison and Zanotti.
From the lights Josh made a good start, but he was ran wide at the first turn as he went for an overtake, pushing him back to 7th after the opening lap. He soon regrouped and started to work his way back through the pack, and by mid race he’d caught Shane Byrne ahead of him, and began to battle for 4th.
After sizing up a number of moves throughout the next few laps, Brookes soon made his move on lap 15 and started to chase down the leading group, with a charging Peter Hickman right behind. Unfortunately, Josh lost out on the final lap to the Smith’s BMW rider, crossing the line in 5th place.
Shaun equally made a good start, and by lap three he’d made his way into 18th place and began to chase down Martin Jessop ahead of him. However, on lap five as he entered the first corner, the Derbyshire man lost the front end, crashing out of the race unhurt.
After the weekend, Josh Brookes said:
The weekend was going well, the bike has been strong most sessions, today the weather turned and for whatever reason, we’re not exactly sure why the bike didn’t perform, but I did the best I could in the circumstances that we had.
I felt like we had a good set up in the rain on Friday morning when it rained, but the bike has moved on in the practices since then, so in the wet I just didn’t feel as confident as I needed to be in a better position.
The second race was dry but the bike didn’t perform as it did earlier this weekend so I just rode it to the best I could.
We’re 22 points behind, it’s a lot. A 22 point gap is a lot to leave here with and try to make up. For me as a rider myself, I’m not satisfied with the weekend. We need to go to Assen with something better.
I need to win races at Assen, that’s all there is to it. If we’re going to win the Championship this year the bike has to be right, I have to ride it perfectly every time out, and we have to have a 100% satisfying weekend. That’s what we’ve got to focus on trying to achieve. You try and achieve that every weekend, but that’s clearly what needs to happen for us to have a chance.
Shaun Winfield added:
Yeah the weekend was off to a steady start with varying weather and track conditions for different sessions, so we didn’t really get a chance to get a good roll on it.
Race One was alright we gained a lot more confidence in the wet, and we found a set up that I quite liked, so it was definitely a big step forward. Then in race two we had a small off at turn one but the pace was there. I was running in 17th and wasn’t far off the group in front so I was pushing a bit I think to try and get onto the back of them, and it just went a bit wrong at turn one.
Top 15 and a point in the wet made it a positive race one, and with that point I’ve got a lot more confidence in the wet now. Overall, a good weekend!
Finally, a delighted Team Owner Rob Winfield summarised:
This weekend we had a lot of pressure on our shoulders, but we’ve come through it as a team and we’re now second in the Championship, only 22 points behind the leader, which is a very good position to be in.
Josh has ridden well all weekend, as he always does but a 22 point is a big ask, it’s still doable, we won’t give in. I believe we can do it, so do the rest of the team. Shaun has gained a lot of confidence again this weekend, he’s back in the points which is where he needs to be but sadly he tipped off at turn one in race two, but that hasn’t dented his confidence at all.
Round 11 of the MCE British Superbike Championship is at the TT Circuit, Assen on 29th September – 1st October 2017.
Chloe Jones and Adam Hartgrove – LRJ Racing
Here is the latest news from LRJ Racing’s Chloe Jones and Adam Hartgrove who are continuing their racing season in the BMCRC MRO Series and the British Mini Bike Racing Championship.
Here is their latest race news round-up:
Adam competed in Round Six at the Brands Hatch GP in the British Motorcycle Racing Club’s MRO Series which took place on 15 – 16th July 2017. During his four races he gained creditable 4th, 6th, 4th and 5th place finishes.
During Round Seven at Oulton Park on 4th – 5th August 2017 he had a DNF, so had to start 26th on the grid but did come in a respectable 7th place finish.
Round Eight took place at Brands Hatch Indy on 26th – 27th August 2017. Adam had two 2nd place finishes, a 3rd and 4th. Adam is hoping to get up there in 1st place over the next couple of meetings.
Adam’s comments on Brands Hatch Race Two:
Starting from the front row I got a great start and taking the lead at one point but brought it home in 2nd place. I was only 0.8sec behind the leader and lapping in the 48 second constantly over a second quicker than last time.
British Motorcycle Racing Club’s MRO Series
Round Six – Brands Hatch 15th – 16th July 2017 – Two 4th place finishes. One 5th & 6th.
Round Seven – Oulton Park 4th – 5th August 2017 – 7th place finish.
Round Eight – Brands Hatch Indy 26th – 27th August 2017 – Two 2nd place finishes, One 3rd & 4th
Chloe Jones is currently in top position on the results table of the British Mini Bike Road Racing Championship and is looking forward to Round Nine which will be held at Llandow on 30th September – 1st October 2017.
Kim Webster Quoted:
Well what can we say about this young lady, she gets better and better! There is a lot of interest for Chloe out there so hoping someone will come along and help her on the way to bigger and faster bikes, fingers crossed.
She was picked to do trials for the British Talent Cup on the 23rd Aug 2017 and managed to get to the last 30 riders, but it wasn’t to be this year for her so Chloe being Chloe was obviously upset but soon gave us that cheeky smile and thumbs up and said ‘there’s next year’!
British Mini Bike Road Racing Championship
Round Six – Fulbeck 8th – 9th July 2017 – Two 1st place finishes.
Round Seven – Whilton Mill 5th – 6th August 2017 – Two 1st place finishes.
Round Eight – Rowrah 9th – 10th September 2017 – DNF and a 2nd.
Simon Reid Racing
Simon Reid has been racing in the 2017 Irish Super-twin Championship.
Simon Reid’s race report follows:
EBC assisted superbike racer Simon Reid is the son of double winning and at one time, EBC assisted, Formula Two Northern Irish World Champion Brian Reid. Brian won the Championship in 1985, 1986 and also gained five Isle of Man top finishes which saw him being crowned Motorcyclist of the Year in 1983 and 1989.
This year, his son Simon Reid is closely following in his footsteps and has gained valuable and consistent results in his first ever racing season.
Just a bit of an update on my racing season 2017…
Going into the last three rounds of the Irish Super-twin Championship on my debut year of short circuit racing with a 29 point lead. Definitely a good position to be in at this stage of the year.
After some bad luck and a roller coaster ride we have persisted and worked hard to get to where we are now and loving it more than ever!
Thanks again for your support!
Leon Jeacock – Geo E Davies Racing
Leon Jeacock has just competed in the Ninth Round of the Pirelli National SuperStock1000 Championship which took place at Silverstone on 8th – 10th September 2017. Leon has his Suzuki superbike equipped with GPFAX brake pads.
Leon’s Race report follows:
The legendary Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit was the latest stop in the Pirelli National SuperStock1000 Championship for Leon and the Geo E Davies Racing squad. This is a circuit Leon enjoys and he was looking for a good result to take into the final few races of the 2017 season.
Once again this season, the British climate threw a spanner in the works from the off. Both free practice sessions held on Friday were wet and rainy throughout their duration. Leon was comfortably inside the top 20 though and confident he could push on in qualifying with the full wet settings for the Suzuki.
With overcast skies as qualifying started the rain came down in sheets, if you hadn’t got a time in on the first lap you were going to be in a lowly grid position and sadly this caught Leon out as he was just too late and finished up in 27th place. It was going to be a tough hard race from there.
Sunday morning race warm up was used to find a dry setting for the Suzuki as the circuit was dry for the first time all weekend for the team. Leon dropped a few places off the start but then made steady progress back through the field and made it up to just outside the top 20, in 21st at the chequered flag.
Speaking after the race Leon said:
This has been a difficult weekend for us as a team with the weather not allowing us time to sort a decent set up but we came through it and found some decent improvements for the race and are happy with what we found. Onwards to Oulton Park, another of my favourite tracks.
Samuel Mousley – Orthrus Racing
Samuel Mousley competed in Round Seven of the season which was set on Anglesey, North of Wales on 26th – 28th August 2017.
Here is Samuel’s race report:
The 7th round of the season was in the North of Wales at Anglesey circuit, a flowing track just next to the sea with breath taking views of Snowdonia.
After a flawless day of testing the team had found a good setting for both bikes and Matt and Sam Headed out for their qualifying sessions in the morning. With a lot of bikes out in each of their sessions they both put in steady times with Matt qualifying in 6th place in class and Sam in 16th out of a full grid of 44 bikes.
Matt found some more time in his first race improving his lap time, overtaking 5th place and closing down on the riders in 3rd and 4th position to finish three seconds behind them.
Hoping to stick with them in the next race he got off to a good first couple of laps before a failed gear linkage forced his retirement early on in the race. With his best lap time he qualified 6th again for the next day.
Sam didn’t get a great start off the line in his first race and lost several places in the first few corners. He made up some of the places in the first lap but ultimately got caught up in the group of riders and finished in 17th.
In the next race he got a good start and was much more aggressive in the first few corners, keeping his position. He worked his way past a few more riders throughout the race and found really good pace towards the end, finishing in 13th and setting a really promising lap time, qualifying him in 8th for the next day with only a 0.2 second difference separating the front 7 riders.
Max Alexander has been competing in Round Seven of the Scottish Superbike Championship which took place at Knockhill Circuit on 2nd – 3rd September 2017. His BMW S1000RR 2015 was equipped with GPFAX brake pads.
Max’s race news follows:
Moving back to Knockhill reverse for the penultimate round of the Scottish Championships, I was definitely feeling the nerves. I have very little experience on this tricky version of the Knockhill circuit, having had a massive off during qualifying on my first visit which ended my weekend before it started. I was fully expecting to struggle and believed damage limitation would be the best I could hope for. Again I would be missing the Friday test due to college, although as I arrived at the circuit the last session was just about to go out. After a mad dash and thanks to the very helpful Knockhill staff for allowing me out, I was lucky enough to get in a few laps which really helped blow off the cobwebs.
Saturday morning practice and qualifying: I really surprised myself as I was not that far off the pace and was able to qualify on the front row in 3rd place for the first Scottish Championship race. Unfortunately, this race did not get off to a great start following a scary looking incident going into the first corner involving three riders which brought out the red flags. Glad to see that Scott Shand is okay and will hopefully be on the mend and back on track soon. Following the restart I had a good race and was able to bring the bike home in second place behind Callum Grigor.
Race Two: Saw Lewis Rollo return to the grid for a great fun race where I was able to finish off the day with a 3rd.
Race Three: Sunday morning proved to be better as I was able to run a quicker pace staying with Lewis for the whole race distance until a small mistake on the last lap saw me slide off at the hairpin, although a small consolation I did manage to post the fastest lap time of the weekend with a 50.5.
The next race was the final Scottish Championship race of the weekend and the one that I had really wanted to do well in, however unbeknownst to us the quick shifter on the bike had suffered damage from the crash and as I headed out on the warm lap I found that both the quick shifter and auto-blipper functions on the bike had stopped working. This made the initial stages of the race difficult as I tried to re-calibrate my brain into using the clutch and throttle for up and down gear changes. Thankfully we managed another 3rd place finish and close down on the Championship lead taking us into the final round with only a three point deficit.
Next up is East Fortune and the final round of the Scottish Superbike Championship. I can’t wait! Big thanks to all my sponsors and supporters and thanks also to the marshals, medical team, officials and organisers at Knockhill who do an amazing job. Once again another massive thank you to EBC for their amazing brake pads!