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Montag, 5. Dezember 2016

Andrew Irwin and Ben Currie Sign for the Gearlink Kawasaki Supersport Team



Gearlink Kawasaki is very pleased to announce some of their plans for the 2017 season. They will run two Kawasaki ZX-6Rs in the Dickies British Supersport Championship with Ulsterman Andrew Irwin and Australian Ben Currie.
 
Gearlink Kawasaki has always been heavily involved in bringing new young riders through the ranks and once again will field two young promising riders next season. The team secured nine podiums throughout the 2016 season with their riders and will be aiming for more next year.
 
21-year-old, Andrew Irwin joined the Gearlink Kawasaki team mid-way through the season. In the final four races of the season he was consistently scoring strong points without a doubt he will gain several podium places during the 2017 Dickies British Supersport series.
 
Fellow 21-year-old. Ben Currie will return to the Dickies Supersport Championship next year. He finished eighth overall in 2016, winning two races. He will be striving to achieve more in 2017 with the Gearlink Kawasaki team.
 
Andrew Irwin - "I'm really excited to be going into my first full season with the Gearlink Kawasaki team in the Dickies British Supersport Championship. I learnt a lot in the last half of the 2016 season, I didn't get the podium I wanted but I gained a huge amount of knowledge which will help massively towards my 2017 season.
 
I feel like now is the right time to make that step to be consistently fighting for podiums and wins and if we can do that then we'll certainly be Championship challengers, that is my goal. I'm very thankful to Michael and Norma de Bidaph to have given me another chance and I'll be giving 100% on and off the track to repay them for the faith they've shown in me by keeping me on the Gearlink Kawasaki next year.
 
A huge thank you to all my personal sponsors and the team sponsors for making this happen, for me to be able to chase my dream. "
 
Ben Currie - "I'm really excited to start my new journey with the Gearlink Kawasaki team in a bid to win the 2017 Dickies British Supersport Championship. I would like to say a huge thank you to Michael and Norma for giving me this opportunity and being so welcoming towards me.
 
It will be a new challenge for me but one I am certainly looking forward to. I hope to get up to speed on the Kawasaki quickly and put that into the races.
 
Roll on testing and round one!"
 
2017 BSB Calendar
 
 
 
30th March - 2nd April
Donington Park
15th - 17th April
Brand Hatch Indy
29th April - 1st May
Oulton Park
16th - 18th - June
Knockhill
30th June - 2nd July
Snetterton 300
21st - 23rd - July
Brands Hatch GP
4th - 6th - August
Thruxton
18th - 20th - August
Cadwell Park
8th - 10th - September
Silverstone GP
15th - 17th - September
Oulton Park
29th Sept - 1st October
Assen TT Circuit
13th - 15th - October
Brands Hatch GP

Freitag, 2. Dezember 2016

Lintin and Mercer line up for RC Express Racing in 2017

RC Express Racing have announced that double Isle of Man TT Race winner Ivan Lintin will again spearhead their assault on the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and the other International road races in 2017 where he’ll be joined by new team-mate Steve Mercer. The team, owned by Ben and Roy Constable, will again campaign Kawasaki machinery in all classes.

Having won the Bennetts Lightweight TT Race for the past two seasons, Lincolnshire’s Lintin will attempt to take an unprecedented treble of victories in the class around the Mountain Course.  This will be the Bardney-based riders’ third year with the team as the talented thirty-two year old seeks to build upon his previous success.

With a successful 2016 TT campaign under his belt, Lintin not only defended his crown in the Lightweight category, he also secured an excellent tenth place finish in the blue ribbon PokerStars Senior TT race, with a new personal best lap of 127.948mph.  His dominance in the Lightweight class throughout the season was apparent with double wins at both the North West 200 and Southern 100 road races.  The hat-trick was only prevented due to an operation on an injured finger that saw him side lined at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Kent’s Mercer, meanwhile, joins the Bristol-based team having deputised for the injured Lintin at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix as he recovered from injuries sustained in an incident at Oliver’s Mount.  The Kent based racer immediately demonstrated his adaptability on Kawasaki machinery securing eighth and ninth in the two Superbike races as well as setting his best ever lap around the high speed 7.4 mile Dundrod Circuit at a superb 131.423mph.  Inclement weather conditions at the event resulted in limited bike time, which made Mercer’s RC Express Racing debut even more impressive.

Following a hugely successful 2016 Isle of Man TT with the Jackson Racing Honda team, Mercer displayed great consistency and significantly improved form across the classes with eighth and 11th place finishes in the two Monster Energy Supersport races, where he produced a new personal best lap in the class at 124.392mph.  He opened his account for the week with a solid twelfth place finish in the RST Superbike race, where the 34-year old recorded his best ever lap of the 37.73-mile course at 129.323mph, whilst he took a fine tenth place in the Superstock race with a best lap of 127.590mph.

Ivan Lintin said:
 “The confidence that I have in the RC Express Supertwin and the overall performance of the bike and team, has shown with our dominance this season.  Defending the title at the TT this year did carry some pressure, but having achieved that win which was so important for everyone, I feel confident that next season will actually be somewhat easier.  I am continually improving with the bike, strengthening my performance as a rider and I can only see us building upon our success in 2017 and more specifically dominating on the Supertwin.”
“It was disappointing that I couldn’t go for the treble at the Ulster Grand Prix but unfortunately the recovery to my injured finger was just not complete.  We’ll certainly be aiming to put that one right next year.  I’m continuing to improve on the Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike and with a new personal best lap around the Mountain Course in 2016, I feel even more confident of moving towards a 130mph lap and becoming a regular top ten finisher in races like the Senior.  This will be my third year with the team and that consistency will be a major benefit.  We’re certainly growing as a collective unit and there are some significant plans for the future so it’s certainly a great time to be part of RC Express Racing.” 

Steve Mercer said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the RC Express Racing team for 2017. Having stood in at the last minute for Ivan at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix, it was great working with Ben and Roy and, more significantly, having someone with the experience of Danny (Horne) alongside me during the event.  There was an immediate connection with the entire team and with so much energy surrounding the operation, it made me feel very relaxed riding the bike, which showed with my results and lap times, including a personal best lap around Dundrod.” 

“We struck up a conversation at the recent Macau Grand Prix and soon agreed a deal and it’s a great opportunity for 2017 to build myself as a rider with an aspirational, successful and growing team.  Ben and Roy have some big plans for the future and now have a new Sporting Chairman, Ian Ayre, involved with the team, which is exciting.  I was fortunate enough to meet Ian and spend some time with him at the Ulster GP and if I can be part of this future growth and some of the plans that have been proposed, it makes this one of the most appealing periods of my racing career.” 

Roy Constable, Team Co-owner said: “Ivan has been instrumental for the team and established himself as the leading Supertwin rider.  We have set some ambitious targets for the new season and I believe that Ivan will continue to dominate his position in the class as well as build more competitively on the larger capacity machines.  It will be our third year together and I firmly believe it will be our strongest yet.  Our key target will be a triple of wins across the three main International races.  RC Express and Ivan have grown together and I’m sure that 2017 will be another successful chapter for both rider and team.” 

“Steve was an 11th hour announcement at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix and there was an immediate connection between him and the entire team.  He was outstanding at the event considering the very limited time that he had on the bike prior to the race setting a personal best at Dundrod on the Superbike.  We immediately felt that he could be part of our future plans and engaged discussions with him at the recent Macau Grand Prix.  Steve had an outstanding 2016 Isle of Man TT and I feel that with the support RC Express Racing can offer, he will build and develop further as a rider.  We would expect Steve to increase his lap times at events like the TT and break into the 130mph club.  With our infrastructure, professionalism and support, I see no reason why Steve cannot secure some podiums along the way.” 

RC Express will commence their pre-season preparations with Spanish testing at the start of 2017.  With a continued relationship on Kawasaki machinery for 2017, the team will open their campaign at Oliver’s Mount for the Spring Cup in April and the North West 200 in May followed by the Isle of Man TT in June.  For the complete 2017 race schedule please visit www.rcexpressracing.co.uk

Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2016

Van Zon-Remeha-BMW: Mit Trautmann, de Boer und Bühn in die SUPERBIKE*IDM 2017

die SUPERBIKE*IDM Saison 2016 war ein Erfolg für das Team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW, auch wenn wir unsere selbst gesteckten Ziele nicht erreichen konnten. Jan Bühn und Pepijn Bijsterbosch haben mit den Platzierungen drei und vier der Superstock Kategorie tolle Leistungen erbracht. Leider wurden wir durch die Verletzungen von Marco Nekvasil und Mathieu Gines im Titelkampf ausgebremst. Dennoch hatten wir tolle gemeinsame Erlebnisse und möchten allen Fahrern, Teammitgliedern und Partnern für Ihre herausragenden Leistungen und ihre Freundschaft in der Saison 2016 danken.
Auch wenn die Rennteams noch auf wichtige Informationen für die kommende SUPERBIKE*IDM Saison warten, ist das Team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW froh bereits die ersten Fahrer für die SUPERBIKE*IDM Saison 2017 vorstellen zu dürfen.
Team-Chef Werner Daemen bestätigt seine Fahrer für die SUPERBIKE*IDM Saison 2017.
Lukas Trautmann (A), Danny de Boer (NL) und Jan Bühn (D) werden in der kommenden Saison auf der BMW S 1000 RR in der Internationalen Deutschen Motorradmeisterschaft an den Start gehen.

Mittwoch, 30. November 2016

Molyneux teams up with newcomer Payne for 2017 Isle of Man TT Races campaign

Seventeen-time TT Race-winner Dave Molyneux has teamed up with newcomer passenger Harry Payne for his 2017 Isle of Man TT Races campaign. 

Payne, 24, from Colchester, has moved to the Isle of Man to prepare for his TT debut in the two sidecar races.

Payne’s career began in sidecar motocross before switching to road racing in the BEMSEE championship. He impressed at Oliver’s Mount this year at the Spring Cup and Cock of The North meetings, as passenger to Dave Wallis and has also competed in the British Championship, partnering last year’s TT runner up Alan Founds to second place finish in the F2 British Championship round at Brands Hatch, narrowly outside Dave Molyneux’s 2015 lap record.

Molyneux’s record-breaking TT career began in 1985 with his first win coming in 1989 and his most recent in 2014. His career included double race wins in 1993, 1996, 2004, the centenary TT meeting in 2007 and again in 2012. In 2017 the Birchall Brothers beat his outright lap record of 116.875, which was set in 2015.

Commenting on his new teammate, Dave Molyneux said:

“Harry is mad keen to do the TT. He’s the right build, the right weight and, for a passenger, the right age. It’s very physical on the Mountain Course these days, especially for a passenger.”

He continued:

“I’ve been really impressed with Harry’s commitment and that’s why I wanted to race with him. He’s already proved he’s incredibly dedicated to preparing for the TT and I have no doubt that despite being a newcomer he will be ready to race.”

Harry Payne said:

“I was all set to race last year before my plans fell through which was really disappointing but I’ve now been given an incredible opportunity with the best driver in the paddock. It will be a real honour for me and I’m determined to make the most of it and be as prepared as I possibly can for next year’s TT.”

The team will shortly begin an extensive testing programme at Jurby and have a number of race meetings planned for 2017 including the first two British Championship rounds.

The DMR outfit will be powered by Yamaha with backing from a number of Isle of Man based businesses including A&J Groundworks, Beaumanx Productions, Andreas Meat Co, Full Factory Menswear, CBG, Silkolene and Evo Moto with notable support from the Isle of Man Yamaha dealer Road and Track. It will be the first time since 1996 that Molyneux has used Yamaha engines.

Samstag, 26. November 2016

Michael Dunlop on Torrens Trophy short list

TT rider Michael Dunlop has been shortlisted for the prestigious Torrens Trophy.  The Royal Automobile Club, organisers of the Trophy, announced the shortlist, featuring Dunlop and British riders Cal Crutchlow and Jonathan Rea at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC. The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at the Club’s historic Pall Mall clubhouse.”

Barrie Baxter, Chairman of the Torrens Trophy Nominations Committee said,
“We are delighted to have teamed up once again with Motorcycle Live. It seems only appropriate to announce the contenders of one of the most prestigious industry trophies at the UK’s largest bike show. The Torrens Trophy celebrates an individual or organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to motor cycling in Britain.”

Each year the Royal Automobile Club awards a series of historic trophies and medals to individuals and organisations, celebrating and recognising outstanding achievements, technical skills and innovation in the motoring and motor sport industries.

Last year Torrens Trophy recipient was TT racer Hutchinson. His outstanding determination was a tale of courage and overcoming adversity. From nearly losing his leg and having to endure over 30 gruelling operations to returning to the pinnacle of a sport which dealt him a cruel blow and win multiple TT’s was one of the sport's most courageous stories.

The Club’s Torrens Trophy Nominations Committee consists of Chairman and ex-bike racer Barrie Baxter, Royal Automobile Club member Ben Cussons, well-respected motorcycle journalist Mat Oxley, former racer and commentator Steve Parrish, Club member Richard Bourne (son of motor cycle journalist, Arthur Bourne, whom the Trophy is awarded in memory of) and new to the committee is Queen of Bikers Maria Costello MBE who has held the Guinness World Record for being the fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course.

The Torrens Trophy winner will be awarded at the prestigious Pall Mall clubhouse in January 2017. The shortlist of nominees for the 2016 trophy is:
Michael Dunlop
Dunlop won another two Isle of Man TTs last June and raised the Mountain circuit lap record to an astonishing 133.962mph. When it came to riding the fastest bikes around the world’s toughest track, no one could touch him.

Jonathan Rea
The Northern Irishmen rode another faultless season in World Superbike to successfully defend his 2015 title and thus become the first man since Carl Fogarty to score back-to-back championship victories in the class.

Cal Crutchlow
The former World Supersport champion came of age in MotoGP, twice beating nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi to score Britain’s first premier-class Grand Prix victories since Barry Sheene’s last success way back in 1981.

The Torrens Trophy
The Royal Automobile Club has always had a close association with the motor cycling world.  The Club formed the Auto Cycle Club in 1903, which went on to become the Auto Cycle Union in 1947.  The first Tourist Trophy race was held on the Isle of Man in 1905 for cars - two years before the first TT for motorcycles.

The Torrens Trophy recognises an individual or organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of safe and skillful motorcycling in the United Kingdom OR to have made an outstanding contribution of technical excellence to further the cause of motor cycling in the UK OR to have shown outstanding skill in international motor cycling sporting events in the United Kingdom.

The Torrens Trophy was first awarded in 1978 in memory of Arthur Bourne, a motor cycling journalist who wrote a column under the name Torrens. Arthur Bourne was also a Vice-Chairman of the RAC. It has only been awarded nine times in its history and only when the club feels that the achievement justifies it.

Previous winners of the Torrens Trophy include:

1989 BMW in recognition of their contribution to motor cycle safety through their development of their anti-lock braking system.

1998: The Metropolitan Police’s Ian Kerr for 20 years of tireless work in promoting safe and responsible motorcycling.

2008: World Superbike Champion James Toseland for his immense contribution to raising the profile of motorcycle racing in this country.

2013 Tom Sykes for being crowned the fifteenth World Superbike Champion, the fourth from Great Britain and only the second rider to win for Kawasaki in the series for twenty years.

2014: Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne for his unique achievement of securing a fourth British Superbike Championship.

2015 Ian Hutchinson for his outstanding determination, courage and overcoming adversity to win multiple TT’s.

The Royal Automobile Club:
The Royal Automobile Club was founded in 1897 and its distinguished history mirrors that of motoring itself. In 1907, King Edward Vii awarded the Club its Royal title, sealing the Club’s status as Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation.

The Club’s early years were focused on promoting the motor car and its place in society, which developed into motoring events such as the 1000 Mile Trial, first held in 1900. In 1905, the Club held the first Tourist Trophy, which remains the oldest continuously competed for motor sports event. The Club promoted the first pre-war and post-war Grands Prix at Brooklands in 1926 and Silverstone in 1948 respectively, whilst continuing to campaign for the rights of the motorist, including introducing the first driving licences.

Today, the Club continues to develop and support automobilism through representation on the Motor Sport Association (MSA), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and RAC Foundation, while continuing to promote its own motoring events, such as the free-to-attend Regent Street Motor Show and the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which are two of the highlights of the Club’s London Motor Week.

The Royal Automobile Club also awards a series of historic trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Tourist Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy, the Torrens Trophy and the Diamond Jubilee Trophy.

Freitag, 25. November 2016

Success in the Ayre for RC Express Racing

RC Express Racing has announced today at the NEC Motorcycle Show that Liverpool Football Club Chief Executive Ian Ayre will be joining the team in a non-executive role.

Road racing fan Ayre will act as ‘Sporting Chairman’ for the Bristol based team, helping to raise the profile of the operation and the sport of motorcycle road racing. With his extensive commercial experience working across major sporting global brands, it is considered that Ayre will offer significant guidance for the team.

Ayre was recently honoured by his peers, taking the accolade of ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ in recognition for his achievements within football and most notably with the Anfield based team. In his time at Liverpool Football Club, Ayre has been instrumental in raising the global profile of the club, particularly within the emerging powerhouse economies of Asia, as well as attracting investment and securing one of the most lucrative shirt sponsorship deals in football with Standard Chartered Bank.

A passionate and lifelong supporter of Liverpool Football Club, away from the terraces, Ayre is equally comfortable on the grass banks and hedge rows of events such as the Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.

“I have always shared my love for football with that of two wheels” commented the newly appointed Sporting Chairman. “Road racing is extremely special and unique sport. It is something that I have followed for many years, regularly heading to the Isle of Man TT with friends on our bikes.” 

Talking further on his association with RC Express, Ayre explained how the appointment to the team became apparent. “I’ve been involved in road racing as a fan for many years so when Ben and Roy explained their vision and after seeing their operation up close I offered to help in a non-executive role. The team have experienced immense success in a short period of time and I feel that they could go on to become the leading team in the road racing paddock. Working with them in a non executive capacity will enable me to help and advise them where appropriate. It is certainly exciting for me personally and something that I am extremely passionate about. There is a tremendous future ahead for RC Express Racing and I’m thrilled to be part of the project, working with Ben, Roy and the rest of the team.”

Speaking on the announcements for the team, Ben Constable confirmed that RC Express was now beginning a new chapter in the team’s history. “This is certainly a very exciting time for everyone involved in the team”, commented the joint owner. “Attracting someone with Ian’s experience in sport to our Bristol based racing team, is something we could never have envisaged. Dad and I knew that Ian was an avid road racing fan, keen biker and highly successful businessman. Our aim was to simply engage in some dialogue, enable Ian to join the team at a race and perhaps seek some advice on how we build and progress for the future. We are excited that Ian is joining us in a non-executive role and will be a huge boost for the team.
 
“His success speaks for itself and Ian has developed Liverpool Football Club into a global commercial entity that rivals teams such as Manchester United and Barcelona. This experience, coupled with his significant knowledge of working with leading international brands can only assist RC Express Racing in our future goals and ambitions. Football and motorcycle racing are two very different sports. From our discussions with Ian, it was very clear that the financial scales between each discipline are significant, but fundamentally the principals remain the same. 
 
“With increased global awareness for events such as the TT, rider profiles now gaining wider public awareness outside the sport and the appeal for brand association from leading businesses, there has never been a greater time to experience growth. Both sports do face similar challenges in terms of attracting investment, ensuring rider and player value is fully maximised, as well as targeting wider communities for fans through direct engagement. Ian has experience in this area and if he can bring even a small element of his knowledge to the sport of motorcycle racing, it can only be of benefit to everyone involved. The entire team is really looking forward to working with Ian and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his interest in our race team,” stated Constable.

William Dunlop to spearhead Halsall roads campaign

Halsall Racing today confirmed that the team will contest the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and other international road circuits with Ballymoney rider William Dunlop.  The announcement ends significant speculation on the future direction that the team would take following their recent decision to vacate the British Superbike paddock.

Team owner Halsall has been a long-standing passionate and loyal supporter of road racing.  A regular attendee at the Isle of Man, the Lancashire based entrepreneur has always been open about his desire to one day compete with the team across the International circuits.

“This has certainly been a personal ambition of mine to make a move towards this discipline of the sport”, stated Halsall.  “Road racing is a truly unique experience, with so much passion and energy.  There has never been a better time to take this step and I am really excited about the prospects ahead.”

Halsall and Dunlop had initially examined options for a partnership back in 2013.  “It’s true that we had explored possibilities previously, but the timing was not right.  If I cannot give one hundred percent to a project, I won’t do it.  It’s that simple.  We’ve continually maintained dialogue with a view towards potentially working together in the future.  Now is the time and I can give William my full attention for our roads campaign in 2017.”

Halsall arrives on the roads with vast experience and professionalism has been gleaned from years of running a team in the domestic short circuit series.  The owner certainly has the knowledge to deliver a leading package and remains highly confident about the task ahead.

“This will be a challenge for sure, but I am optimistic about our potential prospects,” stated the owner.  “With our proven ability to operate a leading race team, coupled with William’s extensive roads knowledge, we can make this very successful.  I know how to build a team and we will be recruiting key individuals with unparalleled experience in road racing to ensure that our package is the best.  Our focus and attention will be on William and on him alone.  He will have the right infrastructure around him and it will be dedicated to ensuring he has everything he needs to be successful."

No details have been provided on the machinery that the team will be running with a further announcement expected in January.  However it is understood that both Halsall and Dunlop are considering a ‘variety of options’.

“With no ties to any one manufacturer, this offers the flexibility for us as a privateer team to select the right tools for the job and choose the most suitable bikes for each discipline.  Bikes that William feels can give him the best opportunity across each of the classes.  He will have whatever he needs for Superbike, Superstock and Supersport.  We are being guided by his experience and choice of manufacturer.  Our aim is to confirm this fully in the coming weeks and months.” added Halsall.

Having finalised an agreement with Halsall Racing earlier this week, thirty-one year old Dunlop outlined how the opportunity with the Lancashire based team was certainly worth the wait.

“Martin runs a very strong team and you only have to look at what he has done and achieved on the short circuits to see that he ensures everything is done in the correct way.  It’s sleek, professional and highly driven. To have the team dedicated to me alone, will certainly raise my game. It’s the ride that I have been seeking and it’s been worth the wait to finally get this agreement in place.  We’ll be learning a great deal along the way, but I’m confident we can deliver some success in 2017 and I can’t wait to get started. This is also an opportunity for me to express my thanks to the loyal supporters and sponsors that have backed me in 2016 and have been extremely positive about the move to Halsall Racing.  I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support”, stated the Ballymoney rider.

The team will begin an extensive programme of Spanish and UK testing during the early part of the New Year.  “Time on the bike is so important ahead of the new season”, commented Dunlop.  “It worked this season as we saw, particularly on the Superbike at the TT for riders that had the preparation before the start of the roads season.  I was not as sharp at the start of 2016 because I had very limited time on the bike in those opening months.  By the time we arrived at Portrush, that deficiency was very clear for me.  It really set the tone for my season and I don’t want to be in that position next year.  Our plan with Halsall Racing is to ensure that I am in the best form by the time we arrive for the North West 200”, concluded Dunlop.

 The main focus for the team will be the three main International road races, but owner Halsall also indicated that further to discussion with the rider, a number of Irish road events ‘may be considered’ as part of the 2017 schedule, but emphasised that the full programme of events would be released in the New Year.