This past week saw the start of a major redevelopment of the company’s manufacturing site in Warrington, Cheshire. Increased global demand for the brand has resulted in the need to expand and to ensure the business can satisfy all future customer requirements. The first phase of the project is a brand new Research & Development centre. This 10,000 square foot building will house one of the finest independent laboratories in the country and staff across technical, sales, marketing and senior management. With over a million pounds worth of technical equipment, the facility will be at the cutting edge of the lubricants industry. The current laboratory already runs 20,000 quality control tests a year and works with major OEM’s, having factory approvals from the likes of Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz to name but two. Rock prides itself on both its quality and diverse range of products and this new facility will only enhance the business’s ability to produce the very finest lubricants possible.
Rock Oil is one of the few remaining blenders of lubricants still manufacturing in the UK and has worked with multiple British and World champions across various motorsport disciplines. Rock Oil is currently the official lubricant partner of the British Superbike Series which is the biggest domestic motorcycle race series in the world.
Current sponsored athletes include Tai Woffinden the current world speedway champion and Dougie Lampkin 12 time World Trial champion. Rock Oil powered the Gearlink Kawasaki of Alistair Seeley when he broke the record for most race wins at this year’s North West 200 and lubricated Ian Hutchinson’s Padgetts Honda record 5 race wins round the famous Isle of Man circuit in 2010. Rock Oil is synonymous with quality and performance and the new R&D centre will ensure they continue to produce the very best lubricants possible for future champions.
The company is rightly proud to be a British manufacturer and has always been based in Warrington since its inception nearly 90 years ago. It is still a family firm albeit one that has nearly 100 employees and exports to nearly 70 countries worldwide.
Rock Oil is one of very few remaining British lubricant manufacturers and has been involved with motorcycling and motorsport for well over 30 years. 2016 sees the continuation of the partnership with the British Superbike Series and is the official lubricant to the championship.
Beside the partnership with the BSB series itself, we will be working with the largest ever roster of teams and riders. British Superstock rider Johnny Blackshaw now works for the company will be flying the flag both on and off the track. The off road arena is taken care of, with the ongoing partnership with Dave Thorpe’s Factory Buildbase Honda outfit, Heads & Threads Suzuki, Phoenix Tools Honda and Trials Legend, Dougie Lampkin. Rock are also working with two Enduro heavyweights in Paul Edmondson and Wayne Braybrook ensuring the brand profile is high in this extremely popular discipline. There are many, many others and as usual they will have a number of world class speedway riders including current world champion Tai Woffinden, Matej Zagar & Chris Harris all flying the Rock Oil flag.
In the 4 wheel arena the long standing and successful partnership with Japspeed continues in the British Drift Championship. We also embark on our second year with SWR in the Formula 4 series and Albatec in Rally Cross. Both teams are near the top of the tree in terms of profile and the Rock brand is prominent on both machines. A new partnership for 2016 is the tie up with Maximum Motorsport which means branding on a touring car and series sponsorship of both the VAG trophy and the VAG cup.
It’s fair to say 2016 see’s the brand more prominent than ever and we look forward to a fantastic year with our racing partners.
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Following a fantastic 2015 supporting the British Superbike Championship, Rock Oil distributors and staff enjoyed great success at the 2016 Motorcycle Expo.
Held over three days in Stoneleigh Park, the Motorcycle Expo provides an opportunity for dealers and exhibitors to discuss business related to motorcycle products for the upcoming year. Following Rock Oil's recognition for commitment to quality with the attainment of BS EN ISO 14001:2004, discussions ranged from new launches for our motorcycle range, to forthcoming plans to further increase Rock Oil brand awareness nationally.
The Expo also gave us an opportunity to detail proposals on the continual improvement of policies and procedures within Rock, with aims to earn further accreditation based on quality management principles and a strong customer focus. Rock Oil will continue to support the BSB in 2016 and look forward to cementing the association between Rock Oil and the choice of lubricant for the racing series.
The year has been a fantastic one for the business with the brand enjoying a higher profile than ever. We were also delighted to say we now have over 60 global partners buying the Rock Oil brand.
A new relationship in 2015 has been the partnering of the British Superbike Championship, one of the best domestic motorcycle race series in the world. The partnership is the largest in Rock’s long history and has reinforced the brand to a global audience. We have had a great year of results from our racing partnerships and secured a number of championships, including a Speedway world title through Tai Woffinden. Away from motorcycle we have worked with race partners such as Albatec Racing and Sean Walkinsaw Motorsport, as we continue to push the brand to new audiences.
This past June saw the launch of a new range of commercial lubricants called TRUCK-GUARD®. This specialised range offers real benefits to fleet users and the range has thus far proved very popular. All information, including brochures and technical details are on the commercial lubricants page on our website. Early in 2016 we will be launching VAN-GUARD® which is aimed at the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) market. In the UK one in ten vehicles on the road is a van and these vehicles are not currently served by a dedicated lubricants range. We feel a targeted range will be a popular addition to our product line up and will also compliment the TRUCK-GUARD® range as many fleets will operate both types of vehicle.
Once again a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Rock Oil.
A strong and unwavering commitment to quality has always been especially important to Rock Oil. For a number of years, the business has attained the BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Standard for Quality Management, a mark of Quality Assurance recognised worldwide. We are proud to announce that we’ve been accredited once more in 2015, and we hope to maintain this mark of excellence in the coming years.
In addition to our commitment to high quality products and services, Rock Oil takes its social and ethical responsibilities very seriously. We feel a responsibility to manage our operations in an Environmentally responsible and safe manner, with great care taken at every stage in the production cycle to ensure we uphold our commitment to the Environment and to the safety of our employees and the greater public. In acknowledgement of our Environmental diligence, for the first time we have been awarded the BS EN ISO 14001:2004 Standard for Environmental Management which we are both delighted and proud to have achieved. In addition we are currently working towards achieving the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard for Health and Safety Management which we should achieve late 2016.
The International Dirtbike Show finished this past Sunday after a hectic 4 days for Rock Oil. The stand was busy throughout the show period and we had many hundreds of visitors come to say hello. Visitors to the Rock stand were able to grab themselves a goodie bag with a selection of posters, stickers and a stick of rock. The very latest off road products were on display and the revised Factory Air Filter Range was on show for the first time.
The show also allowed us to meet up with race partners and discuss plans for 2015 and beyond. We were delighted to renew our partnership with Buildbase Honda and their team of Kristian Whatley, Graeme Irwin and Lewis Trickett should ensure they are amongst the favourites for titles in 2015. We have also renewed partnerships with Heads & Threads Suzuki and Phoenix Tools Honda. We are currently in discussions with a number of other off road teams as we look to finalise our support program for 2016.
The BSB came to Assen in the Netherlands over the weekend for the 10th round of the MCE British Superbike championship. With Rock supported team Gearlink Kawasaki earning a podium finish in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. Rock rider Glenn Irwin finished a strong fifth on Saturday and built on his performance on Sunday achieving third place. Ben Wilson had another consistent weekend with a seventh and sixth places, and Luke Hedger sadly crashed out of race one but bounced back to finish in ninth in race two.
Glenn Irwin worked hard all weekend to secure two great results. Despite the poor weather over the weekend Glenn put in consistent times and this put him in sixth place on the grid for the opening race on Saturday. Glenn had a steady start and was seventh after lap one and as the race progressed he was soon locked in a battle for second place. On each lap riders were swapping positions and Glenn made a fantastic move on the last lap and got through to second place, but a mistake saw him drop back to fifth as the flag came out.
For race two Glenn was started in fourth on the grid and was keen to better his result from race one. He had a brilliant start and was lying in second after the first lap. The safety car was deployed on lap two after an accident and it returned to the pit lane at the end of lap five. Towards the end of the race Glenn dropped back to third place which he fought to maintain until the end of the 13-laps.
Ben Wilson continued to make further progress with the Gearlink Kawasaki at Assen and qualified in ninth place for the Sprint race. In race one Ben had a good start setting some great lap times to finish in seventh place. For race two Ben started from seventh and got a brilliant start and moved through to fourth place after lap one. He was looking really strong staying with the leaders, eventually completing the race in sixth place.
Luke Hedger once again was having a consistently strong weekend setting times placing him within the top ten in each session. He managed to qualify the Gearlink Kawasaki in seventh place for the Sprint race. He dropped a place after lap one and was unfortunate to crash out on lap three. He was placed in eighth for race two on the grid but a short start saw him drop back through the field and he fought hard to bring the bike home in ninth place.
Glenn Irwin - "I'm so pleased to be back on the podium again as it feels like it has been a long time coming and a long wait. It really should have been two podiums but it was me that made a mistake in the first race and it was a rookie error but maybe I was trying too hard as I wanted the podium so much. I'm glad I was able to make amends in race two and get back on the box. It is so hard to compete against the Triumphs, they are in another league. We will continue to keep fighting until the end of the season for some good results and to finish the year on a high.
I would like to thank all my sponsors and of course the Gearlink Kawasaki team who always give me everything they possibly can. We have all worked really hard to get back here and it is a big team effort."
Ben Wilson - "I feel like we have made some progress this weekend with the Gearlink Kawasaki and I am beginning to feel more comfortable riding it. It has been a tough year and I've not had the results I have wanted but it was good to be battling up near the front again. I hope we can continue this progress and I really am aiming for a podium at Silverstone or Brands."
Luke Hedger - "It was a bit of a tough weekend for us and the weather caught everyone out so track time was limited. I was feeling happy with the way things were going but then I crashed out of the first race and we now think this did some damage that we didn't know about. Sadly we only found out in race two and so I had to try and nurse the bike home so I'm pleased with a top ten result. Thanks again to all the Gearlink Kawasaki team, my sponsors and family."
Rock rider Peter Hickman recorded a brace of points in the MCE British Superbike championship to maintain his 10th place in the overall rider standings. The weekend’s racing was interrupted by frequent showers affecting tyre choices for the riders. Riding the RAF Reserves BMW Peter made it through to the second stage of qualifying to begin Sunday’s opening 18 lap race from a fifth row grid position.
It was a close and exciting 18 laps with Hickman battling for position throughout the race. The Lincolnshire rider held his position to cross the finish line in ninth place to be awarded seven championship points. The second race was affected by bad weather, following the warm up lap the race was delayed because of rain showers on parts of the circuit. When the race was declared safe to run, it had been cut from 18 laps down to 15 because of time constraints. Although the track was beginning to dry it was still declared a wet race. Leaving the riders with a choice on which tyres would be most suitable. Hickman opting for a cut slick on the front and a full slick on the rear. Hickman started well and was seventh at the first sector, eventually completing the race in 13th position.
Going into the penultimate round of the campaign Peter Hickman holds 10th place in the rider standings on 110 points. If he's able to score well at Silverstone and Brands Hatch he could be challenging for the Riders Cup which is awarded to the rider who finishes the season in seventh place.
The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship visits Silverstone Circuit for the penultimate round of the Showdown and 2015 season on the 2nd 'til the 4th of October.
This past weekend saw Oulton Park host the Rock Oil round of the 2015 MCE BSB championship in the scenic Cheshire countryside. It was a fantastic event as the Rock brand enjoyed some of its best ever exposure over an action packed weekend. It was further enhanced by it being the Superbike Superbike showdown where the final 6 riders who could contest the championship would be decided. In and amongst the many thousands of spectators were over 100 Rock Oil guests who were hosted in both the Fogarty Moss building and also in a special marquee. Customers across various industries, staff and our German importers were amongst the Rock Oil guests who enjoyed the weekend.
Not only were guests able to enjoy fantastic hospitality but many were also treated to grid walks, safety car laps and meeting with the Gearlink riders who visited the Rock Oil Marquee. Having enjoyed fantastic branding throughout the series the past weekend was ever better and marked a high spot in our partnership with the championship.
In the main Superbike class Josh Brookes and Shane Byrne traded knockout blows leaving the event separated by just two points and having both tasted the winners champagne. The remaining four slots were finally filled by James Ellison, Tommy Bridewell, Dan Linfoot and Michael Laverty. Rock supported team RAF Reserves BMW and their rider Peter Hickman started the day full of optimism on the back of two 2nd place finishes at the previous round at Cadwell. A crash during qualifying effectively ended their slim chances of making the top 6 after qualifying in 23rd place. In spite of this Peter recorded a 10th and 6th place in 2 of the 3 races meaning good points as he aims to finish the season as high as possible in the championship.
The Gearlink team continued their competitiveness in the Supersport class as all 3 riders were focussed on podiums. Glenn Irwin had a dramatic crash in the first race but race two saw him capture 4th and help keep him in 4th place in the championship. Ben Wilson looked more like his old self as he had two strong results with a 6th and 5th. Rounding off the trio was young Luke Hedger, he continued to show he can mix it with the best securing an 8th and a 6th place finish. Gearlink also welcomed Jed Metcher to the team as he rode the Gearlink superbike for the first time. With the bike needing more development work and Jed having not ridden at Oulton Park before his results were superb and he took a number of high profile scalps.
Last but certainly not least, Morello Racing’s Josh Elliot maintained his position at the top of the Superstock championship following a 2nd place finish at Oulton. The Rock supported team have a strong 17 point lead over title rival Alistair Seeley with only two rounds of the Superstock championship remaining.
With some fantastic racing and spectacular crashes the Rock Oil round at Oulton Park was memorable for all who attended.