Archive for March, 2011

Honda Racing Cafe

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

As part of ongoing research into Motorcycle Live, visitors were asked to rate which manufacturer stand gave them the best experience, with Honda picking up the honours as the fans’ favourite.

Honda’s impressive stand revolved around the relaxed atmosphere of the Honda Racing Café, provided by HM Plants Coffee Partner Xpress Coffee Commercial Ltd where over 1,000 pints of milk and 114 kilograms of coffee were used in over 16,000 cups of tea and coffee, served to visitors taking a break to consider Motorcycle Live’s huge variety of interactive features. And whilst chewing the fat over coffee, Honda Racing Café visitors also chewed their way through more than 25kg of sweets and lollies.

Honda also brought its ever-popular ‘My First Honda Licence’ to the nine-day event, where 480 children as young as five experienced riding a motorcycle for the very first time.

Along with all of Honda’s new-for-2011 models, which were received with very positive reviews, the company’s stand also boasted an innovative and industry-first technical feature which allowed potential customers to lean – just as they would whilst riding on the road – on bikes such as the ever-popular CBR600RR and CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Honda’s activity filled stand further included Honda racers hosting pub quizzes and autograph signing sessions, a daily Happy Hour, compelling watching video content and celebrity appearances, all of which added to Honda’s lively and attractive stand vibe which saw over 22,000 people going home with a coveted Honda goody bag.

Honda (UK) Motorcycles’ General Manager, Steve Martindale, commented: “Our aim was to create a stand that not only showcased Honda and our great motorcycles, but also created an environment that was friendly, lively, fun and a great experience for our stand visitors to enjoy. We’re delighted that Honda has received this award for the best manufacturer’s stand at Motorcycle Live, but, we’re even more encouraged that it was our customers and the great British biking public who voted to say that Honda gave them the best experience.”

Steve continued: “Being at the event was a great experience for Honda as well as it really gave us the opportunity to spend time with our customers, riders generally and their friends and families, to understand exactly what they want from their bikes and also Honda. It was also fantastic for us to use Motorcycle Live to debut our new 2011 model range in the UK. The event was possibly the best it’s ever been and was exactly what Honda and the wider industry needs to showcase what motorcycling is all about.”

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Honda Legends

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

TT Legends

The Honda TT Legends team will compete on the legendary Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade machinery in the 2011 FIM Endurance World Championship, together with world famous road-race meetings such as the Northwest 200 and the Isle of Man TT. Honda TT Legends encompasses the greatest endurance races in the world, on road and on track and represents a new challenge for 3 already very accomplished and extremely popular riders.

The team will comprise TT legend, John McGuinness – winner of no fewer than 15 races around the demanding Isle of Man TT course, and second only to former Honda hero, the late, great Joey Dunlop.

The Morcambe-based McGuinness, 38, is a former British 250cc champion and also has experience with Honda in the World Supersport championship. But it is for his remarkable exploits and consistency at the Isle of Man TT – including the first 130mph lap of the 37.73-mile (60.37km) Mountain Circuit – that he is most renowned.

McGuinness will be joined in the new Honda team by Steve Plater, who was British Supersport champion with Honda in 2009, to contest the full 2011 FIM Endurance World championship.

Plater also has a great deal of experience in Endurance World championship racing, including victory in the Albacete 6 Hour. The 40-year-old Englishman has also scored podium finishes at Le Mans, the Bol d’Or and competed at the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour race in Japan.

The English duo will be joined by Scotsman Keith Amor for 24hr endurance races at Le Mans and the Bold’Or. The 30-year-old Scot, who is a roads specialist, has two TT podiums, and a Northwest 200 victory to his name. Alongside McGuinness, he will also contest selected road races, under the banner of Honda TT Legends. However, Plater will concentrate solely on the FIM Endurance World Championship series.

The Honda TT Legends team will be run from Louth in Lincolnshire – the same UK base that operates Honda (UK)’s British Superbike championship team and managed by the experienced former TT and endurance racer, Neil Tuxworth.

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BSB Dates For 2011

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Dates for this seasons British Superbikes:

Apr 22-25          Brands Hatch*

Apr 30-May 2    Oulton Park*

May 13-15        Croft

May 28-30        Thruxton*

June 17-19       Knockhill

July 1-3             Snetterton 300

July 15-17         Oulton Park

Aug 5-7             Brands Hatch GP

Aug 27-29         Cadwell Park*

Sept 9-11          Donington Park

Sept 23-25        Silverstone Arena GP

Oct 7-9             Brands Hatch

* = Bank Holiday weekend

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No luck in Spain

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

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Testing Goes Well

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

25/02/2011
Fortec Motorsports Formula 3 drivers Will Buller, Lucas Foresti, and Harry Tincknell are all looking forward to getting back into driving there cars on February the 24th at the Silverstone GP circuit, this will be the start of the testing programme that the team will run before the first event to held at Monza on the 16th April.

Both Will and Harry last drove the cars at Valencia in early December while Lucas has been back to Brazil racing in January on the Sao Paulo circuit and winning all four races during that event.

During the winter break all three drivers have been hard at work on there fitness to ensure a good start to this years racing.

The F3 team is looking forward to a strong showing this year as it has the strongest ever line up of drivers in its stable, Will and Lucas are now starting there second year of Formula 3 and they have the very promising Harry to push the team mates along.

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Tunstall Goes Evo

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Yorkshire Superbike Racer Tom Tunstall is raring to take his place on the British Superbike grid in 2011 after adding his name to a growing list of Evo riders.
Competing in “a race within a race” the Evo specification bikes run to the same spec but with a stock engine and no electronic rider aids regulated by a control ECU.
Tunstall is focussed and eager to start the new challenge. With continued backing from the specialist insurance company Doodson Broking Group – the Doodson Motorsport Team will continue to run under the familiar yellow colour scheme.
Rider and team owner Tunstall explains:
“Moving to the Evo class is a logical step for us, the championship is certainly stepping up a level in 2011. With riders who’ve scored podiums in the main class and top teams signed up, this increases not only the challenge but also the credibility of the class.
“I’d like to thank Doodson for their continued commitment and I am determined to repay them with results. Our goal for 2011 is very clear and with only two weeks before our first test, we are working hard to give ourselves the best opportunity to accomplish them.
“With track time scheduled in both Spain and the UK we aim to be fully prepared and ready when the season kicks off”
The first race of the twelve round season is held at Brands Hatch in Kent on April 23rd-25th, and with the biggest grid in British Superbike history it promises to be an exhilarating season.

Apr 22-25          Brands Hatch*

Apr 30-May 2    Oulton Park*

May 13-15        Croft

May 28-30        Thruxton*

June 17-19       Knockhill

July 1-3             Snetterton 300

July 15-17         Oulton Park

Aug 5-7             Brands Hatch GP

Aug 27-29         Cadwell Park*

Sept 9-11          Donington Park

Sept 23-25        Silverstone Arena GP

Oct 7-9             Brands Hatch

* = Bank Holiday weekend

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Dubai 24hrs

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

HMR led the early and middle stages of the race, heading a three-way battle with the NFS Racing Lotus 2-Eleven and Valspar Donkervoort D8 GT, but the latter’s more efficient fuel economy soon saw it pull into a commanding lead.

While Hancock, Kane, Kapadia and Al Masaood all drove faultless stints, a couple of unscheduled stops for a soft brake pedal and a small suspension issue, meant that the team couldn’t close the gap and ultimately settled for a strong second place.

Sam Hancock: “We looked strong early on, but the Donkervoort made around seven stops fewer than us, which represents a huge amount of time. HMR might be a young team but they still held their own against strong competition, were very passionate and desperately disappointed to miss out on the win. I’d like to thank them and Humaid for inviting me, as well as for all their hard work throughout what is an extremely tough event. We can be very proud of what we’ve achieved this weekend. On a personal note, it was a good warm up for the new season. It never hurts to do another endurance race and the Dubai 24 Hours is always a huge challenge.”

Hancock will now look forward to racing in the Le Mans Series in Jota Sport AMR’s GT2-spec Aston Martin.

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Silverstone Drivers Day

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Xpress Coffee Commercial held its first drivers day at Silverstone race track only a few miles from our offices near Milton Keynes.

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Swan Yamaha conclude positive Spanish test

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Swan Yamaha have concluded two successful tests in Spain today (Sunday) as the team ended on a high at Cartagena today with Tommy Hill setting a blistering time to be the only rider to break into the 1m:32s barrier as Michael Laverty came close to equalling his team-mate’s performance.

Swan Yamaha conclude positive Spanish test

Laverty had initially set the pace on the opening day as the team continued to build on the progress made earlier in the week at Calafat. On day two Hill was the first rider to dip into the 1m:33s lap times before their final session of the day when he became the only rider to break into the 1m:32s barrier. The team now leave the track in a confident mood ahead of further tests in the UK prior to the opening round at Brands Hatch on Easter weekend.

Hill said: “What a good day. I have been doing some race simulations today with some longer stints on track and was comfortably running in the 33s region so I was happy with that. I wanted to see if we could go faster so in our final session we put in a new tyre and did the 32s which is awesome way for us to end the test. It showed we can do consistent runs but when we need to we can put in a fast lap when it counts. We have made some real improvements over the last few days and there is still more to come when we get back to the work shop and strip the bikes down. We can then have a look through the data and then plan for our next tests in the UK. I have to thank the whole of the team for all of their efforts over the last week as we have really achieved what we needed to here in Spain.”

Laverty said: “It has been quite good again today for the final stint on track, we started off my going back to our base setting and put a harder spring in the rear and went faster. I got into the 1m:33s lap times so that was good. I am feeling really happy with the chassis and electronics and we have been consistent which is so important. I have been really pleased with the pace that we have set so early on and how the bike has adapted between the circuits using our base setting. In our final session we ran on race tyres and with a slight change found another few tenths where we had gained extra speed from the grip we had found. We did a run on a softer tyre and we got down to the 33.1s lap times. I think we could have matched Tommy’s lap but I am feeling happy with the team and know we will push each other all the way this season. I need to thank the team for their hard work over the past months so that we can put in a performance here that means we can all go home feeling confident ahead of our next test.”

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Swan Yamaha run first and second at Cartagena

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Swan Yamaha’s Michael Laverty set the pace on the second day of testing at Cartagena as the team moved to the Spanish track for their opening day on circuit, whilst Tommy Hill was just a few tenths off his team-mate.

Laverty quickly adapted to the new track and admitted he was surprised just how fast they could get dialled in as Hill edged towards Laverty in the final session of the day.

Swan Yamaha

Laverty said: “I am really happy with our fist day here; some of the guys were out yesterday getting some track time, so to be fast is the best possible start. I went straight out and on my third or fourth lap and I was already into the 1m:35s and then we came in with some slight changes and then I had a clear lap and did a 1m:34s dead. We have only been getting the chassis dialled into this circuit after Calafat and made a few slight tweaks to the anti-wheelie and suspension and we have achieved what we need to today so it is a happy Swan Yamaha garage tonight.”

Hill added: “It has been a fantastic day for me and the Swan Yamaha is feeling good despite today only being our first time on the track here, which just shows how it can adapt. I was running 1m:34s lap times consistently and now tonight the boys are just checking everything over and then we will be all set for tomorrow. I had an off track moment today when I was bedding in new brakes; I pushed a bit too hard on my first flying lap and just ran into the gravel, I touched the wall with the front wheel and it stuck and as I went to move it I just tipped over. I am pleased with our progress again today and tomorrow we can push on again.”

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