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.
We’re still not sure what I will be riding, but it looks like either a CBR600 or an R6, but with time getting on and only a week till the first race at Croft, Dave Winfield has allowed me to reprieve the old girl from the retirement home and give her one last hurrah!. Well two hurrah’s actually as I’ll be riding last years ER at Croft and also the week after, at the Scarborough Spring National, we’ve then got a few weeks to sort out the new bike when it arrives.
This season is going to be difficult however, as my main sponsor other than Newcastle Motorcycles has been forced to cut back due to the economic climate, although he has pledged to assist whenever possible, I won’t be getting anywhere the support I’ve had over the past few years, for which I’m very grateful.
This means that money is going to be very tight and we’ll have to see how things go and hopefully secure some extra support to help out through the season.
All my other sponsors have stayed with me for 2011 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them again for their continued support, couldn’t do it without you !.
For this year my plans are pretty much a mirror image of 2010 with one exception, I will not be doing the Manx GP, but I’ll be at all Scarborough meetings along with the NEMCRC rounds except Knockhill which clashes with the Cock ‘o’ the North and the Southern 100.
There are a couple of other meetings I have in mind should finances allow but those descisions will be made on availability of funds only.
That’s pretty much it for now and I’ll let you know how we get on at Croft next weekend (9th/10th) then Scarborough the following weekend (17th) so wish me luck.
If anyone is interested in helping out with Sponsorship, no matter how large or small and becoming part of the team, you can get in touch by e-mail at :-
and I will be happy to speak with you.