Archive for June, 2011

Preparation to Celebration

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

A behind-the-scenes video of the Honda TT Legends team during the 2011 Isle of Man TT Senior race as they go from pre-race preparations to post-race celebrations. John McGuinness secures his 17th and Honda’s 160th TT win.

Swan Yamaha return to winning ways at Thruxton

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

The Swan Yamaha team were back on the top step of the podium at the fourth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton as Michael Laverty secured his first victory of the season in the opening race.

Laverty scored an impressive win in tricky wet conditions as he worked his way through the pack to take the lead on the eighth lap before controlling from the front to take the victory. Tommy Hill had a challenging first race as the team opted for the intermediate tyre and he was later forced to pit and switch to wet tyres. In the second race Laverty struggled with visibility and Hill was able to have a strong performance to finish fourth after a last lap move.

Hill said: “In the first race we simply made a wrong choice of tyre and it is always difficult in those conditions to make the decision. We then had to come in during the race and fire in a wet tyre to get a lap time to give us a better position on the grid for the second race. It was gutting as we had been up there throughout free practice and qualifying and I knew we need to push forward and get the points and the podium credits in race two. In race two I was just chipping away and just missed out on the podium but it was good to be moving back up the order. We have gone from seventh to fourth in the championship so are inside that important top six now and we want to be winning again soon for Swan Yamaha.”

Heroic Hill battles to sixth at Croft for Swan Yamaha

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Swan Yamaha’s Tommy Hill put in a heroic performance at the third round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Croft today to score a sixth place in the second race of the day despite still suffering with his shoulder injury sustained two weeks ago.

In the opening race of the day the changing conditions made tyre choice a gamble with the team opting for wets, which later proved to be the wrong choice and Hill and Michael Laverty endured a difficult race to finish in fourteenth and twenty-fourth respectively.

In the second race Laverty started from the third row, but whilst trying to move up the order he collided with Jon Kirkham and the pair crashed out of contention on the opening lap. Hill put in a heroic performance from the sixth row to fight the pain of his injured shoulder to work his way up the order to end the race in sixth, which was enough to maintain his fifth place in the overall championship standings ahead of Thruxton.

Hill said: “Race one was disappointing with the conditions changing and going for the wrong tyre choice but I am really happy with the second race today. I knew we had the pace and that we would just need to keep chipping away. I felt reasonably comfortable when I was in a pack of riders and focused on someone ahead of me as I could try and make the pass then settle in and look at who would be next which gave me focus. That kept me going because when the safety car came out I would really feel the pain again. To go from 21st to sixth was a fantastic result for me and the Swan Yamaha team as we got some good points in the bag. Before this weekend we didn’t know what to expect or whether I would even be able to race but once I was out there the adrenaline kicked in and I have to say that is the best form of pain relief! It has been a good end to the weekend for us and we came away with some points and that was what we wanted to do and now we just need to regroup and be fit and ready for Thruxton.”

Second row start for Kiyo as Shakey crashes out at Thruxton

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

HM Plant Honda’s Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne endured a dramatic qualifying session at Thruxton today ahead of the fourth round of the British Superbike Championship when the title leader crashed out in the first session which means he will start tomorrow’s opening race from 33rd on the grid. Ryuichi Kiyonari improved his pace this afternoon and he was able to qualify on the second row in seventh position.

Byrne had been second in combined free practice times after setting the pace on the opening day but he had completed a single lap before he crashed at the Club Chicane. Byrne suffered just cuts and bruises and is now determined to fight his way through the field in tomorrow’s opening race as he bids to maintain his lead in the overall standings. Kiyonari is also feeling confident of a strong performance tomorrow after making some positive changes to the HM Plant Honda Fireblade that has made him more comfortable.

In the Superstock 1000 Championship Jason O’Halloran will start from the third row of the grid in ninth place following today’s second qualifying session. He is feeling positive ahead of tomorrow’s race that he has the pace to challenge for a podium finish for the team.

A Win and Championship Lead Maintained At Croft

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne secured his second victory of the season at the third round of the British Superbike Championship at Croft today as he took a commanding lead in race two to win and maintain his lead in the overall standings at HM Plant’s home round.

In the opening race of the day Shakey had been leading the race when engine failure forced him to retire, however the HM Plant Honda team worked hard between the races and in race two he proved his pace by leading the race and edging an advantage over his title rivals to victory. Shakey, the only rider to have won two races so far this season, now leads the standings by three points.

Ryuichi Kiyonari meanwhile had a difficult end to his weekend as he opted for wet tyres in the opening race and as the track dried he was classified 25th. In the second race he started from the seventh row and worked his way through to 15th after having a challenging weekend with set up at the bumpy Yorkshire circuit.

In the National Superstock 1000 Championship Jason O’Halloran claimed his second podium finish of the season as he took advantage of a good start from sixth on the grid to run third on the opening lap. He was able to make a determined move on Adam Jenkinson to move second and then he bid to close the early lead of Tristan Palmer. His second place means HM Plant Honda maintain third place in the overall standings ahead of the fourth round at Thruxton.