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British Superbikes, Cadwell Park 18-20th August 2017

A strange weekend where a number of riders had unexpected problems. Notably, Josh Brookes was unable to get a decent setup and had to settle for 12th and 7th places. Shane Byrne was never entirely happy with the feel of his Ducati and retired in Race 2 with a mechanical fault. Dan Linfoot was pushed onto the grass and had to ditch his Honda to avoid colliding with following riders but unfortunately hurt his fingers as he fell preventing him from taking part in Race 2.

Dan Linfoot on the grass

Linfoot finds himself on the wet grass

Dan Linfoot Laying Bike down

To avoid running across the track he lays the bike down and…


British Superbikes Snetterton 1st and 2nd July 2017

Two great days of racing with perfect weather for the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Snetterton. The Norfolk track seems to have the best traffic management in place of all the MSV circuits, easy to park and more importantly easy to leave. I made my way back to the car after Sundays last race slightly apprehensive of what may be waiting in the car park. I shouldn't have worried, there were no queues and I just got in my car and drove away - if only it was like this every time!

tom booth-amos

Tom Booth-Amos won both Motostar races and left Snetterton 2nd in the championship behind City Lifting teammate, Jake Arthur.

cameron horsman

Cameron Horsman, Motostar, currently 5th in the Motostar standard class.

burman and best

Sam Burman and Edmund Best during warm up.

john hopkins

John Hopkins, Moto Rapido Ducati, got up to third position in the second Superbike race before dropping to 5th due to front tyre problems .

jason ohalloran

Jason O'Halloran, Honda Racing, scored two third places.

josh brookes

Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha, second in both races. Leading from the start of the second race I thought a win was on the cards but Shane Byrne edged him out to win by 0.686 seconds.

peter hickman

Peter Hickman, Smiths Racing BMW, left Snetterton in 6th place of the championship.


Am I the only one who finds Big Ed slightly scary?

tom neave

Tom Neave and Dan Stamper at the start of the Superstock 600 race. Neave went on to win, Stamper finishing 3rd.


British Superbikes Knockhill. 18 June 2017

The sun was out for most of the day which made a pleasant change from past visits and there was a good sized crowd as usual. Unfortunately due to injuries sustained in heavy crashes during practice Leon Haslam, Christian Iddon and Glen Irwin did not race in the MCE Superbike events.

james ellison wheelie

James Ellison pulling a wheelie at the end of morning warm up. Adding to his seemingly endless run of bad luck this season he slid off in Race 1 but finished second in Race 2

knockhill luke mossey

Luke Mossey left Knockhill leading the British Superbike Championship on 141 points, Leon Haslam second with 111 points

knockhill josh brookes

Josh Brookes in Race 1 just before he slid off at the hairpin.

knockhill Jake dixon

Jake Dixon after winning his first Superbike race - he was visibly shell shocked.

thomas strudwick crash

Scott Swann (45) and Sam Burman (54) pass Thomas Strudwick after falling at the hairpin. Thomas started the round in 2nd place of the championship but dropped to 3rd.

richard cooper bennets suzuki

Richard Cooper, Bennets Suzuki

mason law

Start line action - Mason Law, STAUFF Connect Academy Kawasaki

jordan weaving crashes

Jordan Weaving was another faller at the hairpin. Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship

niall mackenzie

Anglo Scottish Pro-Am Challenge winner Niall Mackenzie

suzuki merlin sidecar

On my way out I spotted this impressive road going Suzuki Hayabusa outfit with Merlin sidecar.


British Superbikes Oulton Park 1 May 2017

bsb crowd at oulton park

The Bank Holiday Monday trip to Oulton Park, one of my favourite circuits, was a must and arriving at the circuit quite early it was obvious that this was going to be a big crowd. The day started overcast with some drizzle which left the track in a tricky, slippery condition for the morning warm up sessions. However the weather gradually improved with some good spells of sunshine and a dry track.
Unfortunately Bank Holiday events usually mean that theres going to be some pain leaving any circuit and you have to be prepared for that. I thought that I had a good "escape" strategy for the end of the day but in the end it took an hour to move about 10 car lengths as it had descending into the usual free for all. Fortunately I spotted that an exit route along the circuit itself had been opened behind me and I managed to squeeze thro the surrounding cars to reach it. Progress was steady and I came out the wrong side of the circuit but at least the traffic was moving and civilised.
Both superbike races were excellent, marred only by Leon Haslams spectacular high speed crash when he collided with Ellison whose McAMS Yamaha had developed a fault. Haslam who was following had no time to react and was fortunate to escape the resulting crash unhurt after his bike was destroyed. You also have to feel for Ellison who hasn't had the rub of the green so far this season.

peter hasler ducati 959
Walking around the paddock Peter Haslers bright 959 Ducati Panigale caught my eye

james Nagy kawasaki 600 after crash
James Nagy's Superstock Kawasaki 600 after a morning warm-up spill. Damage didn't look too bad and it was fixed in time for the race.

tommy bridewell Team WD-40 BSB
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10RR

jake dixon RAF kawasaki BSB
Jake Dixon, Royal Airforce Regular & Reserve Kawasaki ZX10RR

shaun winfield anvil hire tag racing BSB
Shaun Winfield, Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1

josh brookes anvil hire tag racing BSB
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1

james ellison McAMS yamaha BSB
James Ellison. McAMS Yamaha

bsb chicane
Superbikes at Brittens

Jason O'Halloran
Jason O'Halloran on the improving new Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2

leon haslamJG Speedfit Kawasaki
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki

sam burman Team WNT/Burman Racing KTM 250
Sam Burman, Team WNT / Burman Racing KTM250, Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.

burman, stacey and cook
Sam followed by Storm Stacey (great name!) and Max Cook

tom booth-amos
Tom Booth-Amos, Hel Performance British Motostar Championship leader, race winner and fastest lap.


Sam Burman Racing 2015 Calendar Launch 22 November 2014

I recently called in to the Green Tree Pub in Messingham for Sam Burmans calendar launch. Sam, a work colleague is once again contesting the Motorstar British Championship in 2015 and her immaculate WNT sponsored Honda NSF 250R bike was on display in the pub. As I was early the bar wasn't open and it was coffee and cake for me but I was surprised how many were there given the time. The bar opened at midday and later in the evening there was live music from North Lincs Band - Box Pavilion. Also in the afternoon one of Sams sponsors, Richtoy was demonstrating Oset electric off-road bikes in the car park. Regretably I missed out on all of this as I couldn't stay but not before I grabbed my copy of the calendar which was even better than last years. You can follow Sam on her website, twitter and Facebook.

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