Archive for October, 2011

Doodson Motorsport – Brands Hatch GP

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The final round of the 2011 British Superbike Championship was brought to a premature end for Australian David Anthony, after a crash in race one meant he was unable to race in the season finale at Brands Hatch.

With good momentum from the previous outings at Donington and Silverstone, Doodson Motorsport racer Anthony started the weekend strongly and continued to make improvements to the bike on the 2.4mile Kent circuit.

After round eight of the championship was staged on the same GP circuit, the championship regulars had the advantage of set-up data and experience around the technical track.

A small crash in the second free practice did little to dampen Anthony’s sprits heading into qualifying, knocking a further second off his time in the 25minuite first phase.

In the first of the weekend’s three races Anthony ended lap one in sixth in the EVO class and was soon embroiled in a scrap with Karl Harris, Scott Smart, and Barry Burrell and getting held up by James Hillier. By the time he had passed the Bournemouth Kawasaki rider on lap ten Harris had pulled a four second gap.

With clear track ahead Anthony dropped down to his qualifying pace and caught Harris within four laps. As the penultimate lap started “Aussie Dave” looked to make his move. However entering Graham Hill bend he lost grip of the front tyre and crashed out of the race.

Both bike and rider landed badly and unfortunately Anthony took a knock to the head. For safety reasons the team made the difficult decision to sit out of the final two races.

Team owner and regular rider Tom Tunstall explained;

“It’s a shame for Dave and the team as he’s been getting stronger and more confident on the bike and we know he has the pace to fight for the podium.”

“Personally it’s been a challenging year with my injuries and I hope to be back on a race bike before Christmas. As a team we’ve learnt a great amount this year. Having the opportunity to work with experienced and professional riders Glenn [Allerton] and Dave [Anthony], has prepared us well for the future.”

“All our focus is now on 2012 and expanding our team to two riders. We are already working hard on options to create the best opportunity and look to start finalising our plans over the coming weeks.”

“The help and support from all our supporters and sponsors has been fantastic and I’m very grateful to everyone whose helped make 2011 happen, especially everyone at the Doodson Broking Group.”

2012 see’s a shift to an “Elite Teams Structure” and new technical rules to give more emphasis on rider ability whilst cutting costs. The changes include a control ECU thus banning electronic rider aids such as traction control. The changes should level the playing field further and create even more spectacular racing.

Honda End Season On A High

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The HM Plant Honda team missed out on the British Superbike Championship title this year, but at Brands Hatch yesterday (Sunday) Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne put in a sensational performance to celebrate a double race victory to end the season on a high for the team.

In the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning, Shakey got off to a flying start from the front row as he moved into second at the first corner but quickly took the lead and continued to head the field until the chequered flag. Kiyonari meanwhile finished in sixteenth place in the second race of the weekend.

In the final race of the season on Sunday afternoon, Shakey again demonstrated the impressive pace of the HM Plant Honda Fireblade to secure the final win of the year by 4.434 seconds, which secured him third place in the overall standings. Kiyo just missed out on a top ten finish in eleventh place and finished sixth in the championship overall.

The National Superstock 1000 Championship race was unfortunately cancelled following a crash that caused the race to be red flagged and Jason O’Halloran was therefore unable to complete the final race of the year.

Shakey said: “That win in the first race of the day race felt like I had just won the championship! We gave it everything at the weekend and I wanted nothing less than two race wins on Sunday. We had a good start but in the first laps I didn’t do a very good job of avoiding the damp patches and I had a few moments – in fact more than I think I have had in my whole career! I didn’t know who was behind me but I knew I wasn’t prepared to let them through as I wanted that win badly. The second win was great for me and the team but at the same time I felt a bit empty as all that hard work and great wins but for no championship title.

“After the first race of the day I didn’t initially realise I couldn’t still win the championship, but then the boys said to me just get out there and enjoy it and that’s what I did. Every lap I kept thinking why did Donington and Silverstone go so wrong? I was desperate to achieve the last two wins of the season and on Sunday we won the battle but we didn’t quite manage the war. The double win was a great result for the HM Plant Honda team for all their hard work all season. Missing out this year means I have something to come back for next year and I will certainly be throwing some grenades then!”

Kiyo said: “It has been another difficult weekend for me and I am disappointed that I couldn’t have a better result to end the season. We have worked hard and I need to thank the HM Plant Honda team for their support to try and help me improve over this year.”

Jason said: “I was really looking forward to the final race of the season as we really wanted to end on a high for the HM Plant Honda team, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible. We had been improving all weekend and I was feeling confident for the race, but I just want to thank the HM Plant Honda team for their support this season, particularly when I was injured.”

Team Manager Havier Beltran concluded: “Shakey did a fantastic job by taking the double win at Brands Hatch and he couldn’t have done any more. At the beginning of Sunday the championship was realistically unfortunately out of reach so all he could do was end the season with two victories and that is exactly what he did and it was a classy performance from him and we couldn’t have asked for more.

“It has been a difficult season for Kiyo; with him the HM Plant Honda team has won three BSB titles and scored 43 race wins which makes him the most successful rider in BSB history. We want to thank Kiyo for the successes we have celebrated together over the years. He will always be part of the Honda family and we wish him all the best for the future, in whatever he decides to do, as he will not be returning to the HM Plant Honda team in 2012.

“For Jason it was disappointing that the race was cancelled and he was unable to end the season with a result and full race but we obviously want to send our best wishes to the riders involved in the accident that caused the stoppage. We are now already looking ahead to winter preparation for next season where we will be looking to come back even stronger.”

Tommy Hill Takes BSB Crown

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Swan Yahama & Hill Take BSB Crown – Click To See Most Exciting Lap in BSB History

The Swan Yamaha team are celebrating tonight after Tommy Hill secured a maiden MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship title with a sensational performance in the final race of the year to beat title rival John Hopkins to the line by just 0.006 seconds. The second place meant that Hill was crowned champion with a two point advantage at the end of the season.

Hill had missed out on a podium in the second race with a fourth place and just two points separated him from title rival Hopkins ahead of the last race of the year. In the final race the pair swapped places five times on the final lap, which would decide the outcome of the title. Hill narrowly crossed the line ahead to secure second and with it a maiden championship title for the team.

Michael Laverty was caught out by the drying conditions in the second race but in the season finale he was embroiled in the fight for the final podium positions before ending the race in fifth place. Laverty ended the season fourth in the standings for the Swan Yamaha team.

Hill said: “I am gobsmacked to have won the title for Swan Yamaha; this has been my goal and I was trying to stay as relaxed as possible in that final race. The season has put a lot of pressure on everyone and that reflects on everyone. We have been regularly finishing in the top three and that has therefore been the benchmark and the whole of the Swan Yamaha team have been working so hard all year to make this possible. It has just been a complete shock for me and I feel like we should be having another race next weekend now! It wasn’t until the other riders started congratulating me that I even realised I had won as it was so close between myself and Hopper.

“It has been a long hard season and it came down to that one race. Everyone wanted a Showdown and that is what we have given them; it really was make or break time and I knew I had to do everything possible to beat Hopper. I knew Michael (Laverty) was behind me, but then when I knew it was Josh (Brookes) I had to just go for it. Coming across the line we didn’t know who had finished second and with it the title. At the moment I feel like I need someone to punch me or something to bring me back to reality. I just want to go out and race again now! I just want to celebrate now with my family, friends and the whole of the Swan Yamaha team and I need to thank everyone for their support this season.”

Laverty said: “Today has been a great result for the Swan Yamaha team and congratulations have to go to Tommy for winning the title. I rode my hardest to try and protect him and the rest of the hard work he did himself. There is a lot of satisfaction for the team tonight but at the same time I am disappointed that we were not able to come away as the champion. We have been fast all season long and we showed again yesterday with the win that we have the pace. It has been a great year and I need to thank the Swan Yamaha team for all their support.”

Team Owner Shaun Muir concluded: “We delivered everything we set out to achieve at the start of the season although we have made life difficult along the way! It didn’t start the best for Tommy this weekend but he couldn’t have done more in that race. Big thanks also have to go to Michael for his support in the final race as he did a great job of acting as Tommy’s wingman. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, partners and supporters who have made this possible.”