Archive for August, 2011

Aussie Champion Replaces Tunstall at Doodson Motorsport

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The Doodson Motorsport British Superbike Team has bounced back following Tom Tunstall’s injuries, and has secured the services of the 2008 Australian Superbike Champion, Glenn Allerton.

Aussie Champion Replaces Tunstall

Aussie Champion Replaces Tunstall

Regular rider and team principle Tom Tunstall sustained breaks to his pelvis and sacrum after hitting oil in the first race at the Snetterton just over a month ago.
Although his recovery is progressing well it was clear from an early stage that a replacement rider would be needed, as Tunstall explained:

“As soon as the injuries were diagnosed I quickly realised we’d need to arrange another rider. I started making calls from my hospital bed and was very close to sorting it in time for Oulton. For contractual reasons that didn’t happen but we continued to work hard.”

“Glenn is highly thought of by BMW, and his success on the S1000RR in this year’s Australian Superbike Championship speaks for itself.

“It’s certainly in at the deep end for him, he hasn’t used Pirellis or seen any of the UK tracks before, and his first full day of the bike will include qualifying and a race! Glen is very motivated and enthusiastic about coming to BSB with the Doodson Motorsport team. We are looking forward to working with him and confident he will quickly adapt”.

The 30year old from Sydney is running away with this year’s Australian Superbike Championship. Having finished on the podium in every race, and winning 50% of them, Glenn has established a 56 point lead with three rounds remaining.

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Swan Yamahas Hill scores home victory

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Swan Yamahas Hill scores home victory

Swan Yamahas Hill scores home victory

The Swan Yamaha team celebrated victory in the final MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race of the weekend on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit today (Sunday) as Tommy Hill took his fifth win of the season to consolidate his position in the end of season Showdown.

In the second race of the weekend Hill had been embroiled in an intense battle with title rival Shane Byrne but was forced to settle for second, but in race three he came back fighting at his home circuit to lead the race from the start and maintain his position. Michael Laverty showed impressive pace in the second race to carve his way through the field from a fifth row start to secure fourth, which he followed up in the final race with another fourth after challenging for third place in the closing stages.

Hill said: “It’s been a great day and I am happy that we could be back on the podium in both races for Swan Yamaha. In the second race I tried to make a move on Shakey going in to Paddock Hill Bend but it was a bit brave and it just didn’t work out, but I knew I needed to try and make a lunge. Hopper was closing us down and I knew we needed as main Podium Credits as possible. We knew we would be in the ball park for the third race so we just made a few tweaks and then was ready for the last race.

“The third race was probably the best ride of my season so far. I knew I needed to get off the line and Hopper and Shakey kept the pressure on me; I just had to bite the screen and keep pushing to try and get a bit of an advantage. The three of us (who finished on the podium) keep raising the bar and we just need to keep doing that at every round. We are in the top six now for the Showdown and we can concentrate on the podium credits at Cadwell Park and then fighting for the wins over the final three rounds. I need to thank the Swan Yamaha team, it was a shame about yesterday’s first race result but now we are looking forward to Cadwell Park.”

Laverty said: “It has been a frustrating day for me really and the results don’t really reflect the pace that we have had this weekend. In race two I had to start from the fifth row of the grid and it was hard work to come through the field and by the time I did, the leading three had an advantage. In the races I was able to run a string of consistent fast laps and knew we had the pace to win, but thought we could try in race three starting from the front row. I was behind Shakey and he was strong on the brakes and on the exit of the corner but where the Swan Yamaha was faster was mid corner and I just couldn’t get passed him. I wasn’t prepared for us both to end up in the gravel trap with a bit of an over ambitious move because fourth place kept us inside the top six. We know we have the pace to win so now we have to focus on Cadwell Park and trying to maintain that top six place and score some Podium Credits for our championship.”

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Challenging opening race for Swan

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Swan Yamaha endured a challenging opening race at Brands Hatch today (Saturday) at the eighth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

In qualifying the team had an impressive start with Tommy Hill claiming pole at his home round with Michael Laverty starting third on the grid. However in the race the changing conditions meant the team had to make a decision on tyre choice and as the track dried both riders struggled with the wrong option. Hill however was able to pit and return to the track on slicks to set a fastest lap to put him on pole position for tomorrow’s second race with Laverty forced to start from row five in race two.

Hill said: “I am gutted really with today; we had a fantastic qualifying session and started from pole, but again in changing conditions we took a gamble and it was unfortunately the wrong one and we just went down the order. We came in and changed tyres so we could salvage a good grid position for the second race tomorrow and that paid off as we start from pole. It could have been a lot worse as Shakey and Hopper didn’t finish on the podium so the credits remain the same but we are definitely looking to get the Swan Yamaha back on the podium tomorrow.”

Challenging opening race for Swan

Challenging opening race for Swan

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Swan Yamaha top official test and prepare for race one

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The Swan Yamaha team topped the timesheet in the official test session today (Friday) on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit ahead of the eighth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship which takes place on the Grand Prix configuration this weekend.

Swan Yamaha top official test

Swan Yamaha top official test

Tommy Hill set the fastest lap in the one 30 minute session of the day ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session and opening race of the weekend at the Kent circuit as he targets his fifth win of the season. Michael Laverty also ended the session with a positive outlook to tomorrow’s first race after ending the test fourth fastest as he bids for a podium return.

Hill said: “It’s a great start to the weekend to have been fastest in the official test but tomorrow it is going to be all change and that is where the real fight starts. We have used the session today to ensure that everything is running right and I am feeling pretty good and ready for qualifying and the first race. Tomorrow with practice, qualifying and races it is going to be a big day for everyone and there is no doubting that it is going to be close out there but we are going to be aiming for those important Podium Credits in the first race.”

Laverty said: “We started the session with the settings we had at Oulton Park to see how it would react to the Indy circuit as a good section is obviously going to be important for tomorrow. I know the whole of the Swan Yamaha team are looking forward to tomorrow; it’s going to be tough for sure with practice, qualifying and races all on one day but it is sure to be interesting for the fans! It will probably be the most demanding day of the season so far, but we are ready for the challenge. It won’t be easy but tomorrow I want to be back on the podium for the Swan Yamaha team.”

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Swan Yamaha prepare for Brands Hatch triple header round

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The Swan Yamaha team prepare to carry their race-winning momentum to Brands Hatch this weekend (5-7 August) as the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship returns to the Grand Prix circuit for a triple-header race weekend.

Tommy Hill won the single race at the previous Oulton Park round and heading to his home circuit he is determined to maintain his winning form in a bid to secure as main podium credits as possible with only six races remaining before the Showdown. Michael Laverty is also seeking a return to the podium in the three races this weekend as he looks to consolidate his position inside the top six in the overall standings ahead of the Showdown.

Hill said: “It’s great to be heading back to Brands Hatch again and as it’s my local circuit I always get great support there. I think we are all raring to go now after having the second race at Oulton Park postponed due to the weather so we want to get back out even more! It is getting close to the Showdown now but with three races we can’t settle for points, we need the wins and podiums to remain in the top six and wrack up those podium credits as they are so important. We need to push hard and we need three good races; we won on the Indy circuit earlier in the year so I won’t be aiming for anything less for Swan Yamaha.”

Laverty said: “I am really looking forward to getting back out on the Swan Yamaha at Brands Hatch. As it will be the track the title decider will take place on we really need to get the best set up we possibly can as it will be so important when we return at the end of the season. We need to remain inside the top six and in the next six races we really need to score some more of those podium credits. We may still be a few races away from the Showdown but that is what everyone is focused on and then working towards the season finale.

Swan Yamaha prepare for Brands Hatch

Swan Yamaha prepare for Brands Hatch

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HM Plant Honda target winning performance at Oulton Park

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The HM Plant Honda team are aiming for a winning return when the British Superbike Championship arrives at Oulton Park this weekend for the seventh round. Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne still leads the title standings, whilst Ryuichi Kiyonari is aiming to repeat his winning performance from earlier in the season at the Cheshire track.

Shakey leads the overall standings by 19 points and after losing out on the second race win of the weekend at Snetterton he is determined to make amends, whilst Kiyo returns from Japan following a test ahead of the Suzuka 8 Hour race and is targeting a repeat of his win at the Cheshire circuit back in May. In the Superstock 1000 Championship Luke Jones will make his debut with the team as he deputises for the injured Jason O’Halloran.

HM Plant Target Winning Performance

Shakey said: “Oulton Park is a track I have mixed feelings about because I really like the track but earlier in the season we did struggle a bit there and at the time I was so happy to have taken a third and fourth place. Let’s not forget though that we have made big steps forward since then so I am feeling pretty excited about the races this weekend. After Snetterton I am really pumped to go back out there and take another win for HM Plant Honda.”

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HM Plant Honda just miss out on podium finish at Oulton Park

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

HM Plant Honda’s Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne just missed out on a podium finish at the seventh round of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park in the single race as heavy rain ended the event prematurely.

HM Plant Honda just miss out!

HM Plant Honda just miss out!

Shakey had a flying start to settle into second place behind title rival John Hopkins, but on the opening lap he took the lead and led until the fourth lap when he dropped back to second. He then came under pressure from Tommy Hill and with a lack of rear grip he dropped to third where he remained until the final lap when Michael Rutter made a move on the final corner of the last lap. Byrne took a strong fourth place, but as closest title rival Hopkins crashed out he was able to extend his advantage in the standings to 32 points. Kiyo meanwhile struggled in the conditions and he was only able to salvage 15th place.

The second BSB race has been rescheduled to the August Bank Holiday event at Cadwell Park.

In the National Superstock 1000 Championship Luke Jones was eager to move up the order in the race after qualifying 23rd on the grid as he continued to improve his pace throughout the weekend. He was able to move up the order in the opening laps and was soon inside the top 15, but as he had a couple of movements on track he dropped to 18th and the race was red flagged after the fourth lap and the result declared. Following the race two riders were excluded and Luke took 16th.

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HM Plant Honda prepare to defend title lead at Brands Hatch triple-header

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The HM Plant Honda team celebrated their six victory of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch as Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne secured victory in the second race of the weekend which he followed up with a third place in the final race of the day to secure his position in the end of season Showdown.

In the second race of the weekend Shakey was running fourth on the opening lap but moved up the order with a determined ride which saw him pass title rivals Tommy Hill and John Hopkins to secure his fourth win of the season. In the third race Shakey looked set to challenge for a double victory but despite a vibration in the rear tyre he was able to return to the podium in third place. Ryuichi Kiyonari meanwhile had a challenging weekend; scoring twelfth in the second race but put in a strong third race to move up the order from his fourth row start to finish sixth. In the Superstock 1000 Championship Luke Jones was forced to retire from the race with a clutch problem, which prematurely ended a positive weekend with the HM Plant Honda team.

Shakey said: “If anyone had an idea on how tough it had been for us at the start of this weekend then they would know how much the win meant for myself and the HM Plant Honda team. Yesterday we had drama after drama and it was just one of those days but we were on the front row for the third race which was the main thing. Tommy (Hill) and I had a great battle and it was very similar to the first round we had here at Easter. We both stayed up which was the main thing as we were a bit on the edge at times. I was happy to be back on the podium again in the third race for HM Plant Honda and the team worked so hard to turn things around from Saturday through to today. In the final race the bike developed a vibration in the rear towards the end of the race but I desperately wanted another podium finish, but at the same time third was better than a crash. All credit to the HM Plant Honda team for their hard work this weekend and I know we should make some steps forward before the next round at Cadwell Park when the three of us will no doubt be fighting again for those wins.”

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HM Plant Honda victorious on new Snetterton 300

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The HM Plant Honda team celebrated another race victory in the sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton as Ryuichi Kiyonari took his second win of the season in the final race of the day.

In the opening race Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne was running third before a safety car period and when the race resumed he moved through to eighth at Brundle on John Hopkins. He retook the position and Shakey then held a strong third place. Kiyo meanwhile took a fifth place finish, setting the fastest lap to put him on pole position for race two.

The second race was another frantic tussle as Kiyo got a flying start from the pole position to move second on the opening lap as Shakey tucked in to fourth before the red flag on lap eight. On the restart Shakey was third and Kiyo fourth by the end of the first lap with Shakey moving second ahead of Josh Brookes before closing in on race leader John Hopkins on the penultimate lap. Shakey pulled an impressive tight line through Coram to take the lead, but on the final lap Hopkins tried to pass into Oggies with the pair colliding and when Shakey rejoined the track he was relegated to fourth. Reigning champion Kiyo was third on the final lap after he had also moved ahead of Brookes on the sixth lap and when Shakey and Hopkins collided he stormed into the lead to take his first win since Oulton Park earlier this season.

Honda victorious on new Snetterton 300

Honda victorious on new Snetterton 300

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