Some old news from BSN
David Bell has a brace of green machines supplied by his regular sponsors, Kawasaki Newcastle. Another Scarborough regular, Peter Wakefield from Sandbach, Cheshire, again used to success, will have Ultra-Lightweight and Lightweight Hondas, ready to mix-it with the other two stroke specialists over the two-day meeting.
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David shares MiniTwin spoils with Ryan Farquhar
Ryan and David had a win and second place each in the two MiniTwin races.
The Dungannon flyer had a very enjoyable day on his ER6 Kawasaki and took first and second on his debut in the Mini Twins class, each time enjoying terrific tussles with fellow-Kawasaki rider David Bell, the duo separated by fractions at the chequered flag.
The only downside to an otherwise superb day came in the first Supersport 600cc race. Leading a four-rider dice for the lead, Ryan was looking strong at the head of the field but it all went wrong on the fourth lap when he was t-boned by Ian Lougher at Mountside Hairpin and the duo crashed out.
Hello again and welcome to the 2012 season, after a massively long lay off after my knee injury last year, I parted company with Newcastle Motorcycles on good terms, It was quite sad really as I’ve been with them since 2006 but I just wasn’t happy riding the Honda last year and didn’t want to waste their time or mine for another season but I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Dave Winfield and the rest of the staff for their help and support over the last 6 years.
I eventually got the bike finished and took it down to Paul at Dynobike in Malton for him to work his magic on it, I left it there for a day or so then went to pick it up with the news that we had 116bhp which I was happy enough with he’d also fitted the quickshifter which makes things a little easier on my hand so we were ready to rock.
Well 2011 finally got under way at an unusually sunny Croft back in April and while I was extremely rusty having not even had my leg over a bike since October I was looking forward to it, We still hadn’t sorted out what I was riding yet so we dug the old girl out of retirement and dusted her off for the first two meetings of the year. Practice went ok and then it was the timed session and that felt better although I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular but was pleasantly surprised to find I’d qualified 5th behind four 125 GP bikes who’d come up for practice ahead of the BSB meeting. The first race was a good one and I made the perfect start, I got my head down and never looked back but with a couple of laps to go I could here a 125 behind me so I just tried to keep it nice and tidy and not make any mistakes, on the last lap he came past on the brakes into Tower and it was 14 year old Luke Hedger who went on to win the first round of the British 125’s at Brands Hatch, I got a good run out and got alongside on the exit of the Jim Clarke esses just enough for him to know I was there and he overcooked it into sunny running wide so I nipped back through and went on to take the win which I was over the moon with.
Well the 2011 season is upon us and after what seems to have been the longest winter in history, we are finally getting ready to go racing again. There’s been a few changes during the off-season, the main one being that Kawasaki Newcastle are now Newcastle Motorcycles a Honda & Yamaha dealer. Yes, the Kwaka’s have gone, so it came as a bit of a shock to learn that I wouldn’t be out on an ER6 this year.
Back from the Manx GP
Hello again, we’ve been back from the Manx GP a while now and what a fortnight it was the weather was fantastic and we all had a really good time. We got to the Isle of Man on the Saturday morning and got set up in a really good spot, I then had to go through the usual signing on, rider briefing and technical briefing before preparing for 1st practice. I had the bike sorted and ready to go so there was nothing to do but wait, the weather was decent apart from fog on the mountain and I was a little apprehensive as we went up to the holding area as it was four years since I’d ridden here and I ended up in Nobles hospital with a broken wrist. The butterflies quickly disappeared as I set off down Glencrutchery road for the first time and I’d sort of forgotten what a great feeling it is to go flat out down Bray Hill, you just can’t get that anywhere else in the world.
The Saturday after Knockhill, my brother in law Kyle Deswert and I, did the Coast to Coast cycle ride, the plan was to do it in a day and we set off from a very dark Whitehaven at 1:20 am and finished at Sunderland at 5:20 pm absolutely knackered, but over the moon to do it in 16 hours.
We thought it would take longer, but we completed the course, assisted by Stephen Graham driving the back-up van, and raised a decent amount of money for the Great North Air Ambulance along the way.
When NEMCRC vice-chairman Mick Anderson heard about the ride he decided a contribution was necessary and went round Croft on club race weekend collecting with a bucket.
Mick collected over £200 toward the fund and I presented a cheque for £ 2050.00 to the Air Ambulance in August (see photo)
Hello again and after what seems like the busiest month of my life I’ve got plenty to tell you about
it all started back in early July when we went down to Scarborough for the Barry Sheene Classic, we set off early as we were only going down for the day and I treated my Dad, Trevor & Jeff to a high speed roller-coaster ride over the North Yorkshire moors, at one point Trev asked if I was using this as practice for the racing and all the time Spencer sat beside me cool as a cucumber like a proper co driver. We arrived at the circuit in plenty of time, got scrutineered then went for breakfast, it was soon time for practice and things went well as this was the first time I’d ridden the bike with the fairing on, it took a bit of getting used to as the bars were a bit lower than normal but I soon adapted.
Hello again, as usual I’m miles behind with doing my write up but you’re probably used to it by now
Way back in May we went to East Fortune for the NEMCRC championship Round One and unlike previous years I’ve decided to concentrate solely on the MiniTwins/ Ultra Lightweight championship this year purely to save money as I’m going to need it when we go to the Southern 100 and Manx GP later in the year.
The weather was good and we got off to a flying start qualifying on pole position, Race one started well and I slotted into 3rd on lap one behind my fast starting mate Peter Minns and Pixie, I moved into 2nd at Railway corner on lap one then got a better run onto the back straight passing Peter for the lead only to be demoted to 2nd again when Pixie picked up a double draft and passed us both, I made a move for the lead again at Railway and never looked back pulling away to win by 3.5 seconds.