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.
The 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship comes to Oulton Park this weekend for the official Rock Oil round. We are delighted to be an official supplier to one of the largest and most popular domestic championships in the world. Rock has supported motorcycle racing in all its forms for many years and this weekend’s round is the flagship event for the Rock Brand as part of the largest racing partnership in our history. It offers fantastic kudos for Rock and a chance to celebrate our commitment to supporting top class motorsport.
We will be hosting customers, friends and partners of the business, including our German distributors, who have travelled over especially to enjoy the weekend of racing with us. It should be a sensational weekend of racing as Oulton Park is set for the closest Showdown decider in MCE BSB history, since the format was introduced back in 2010. The upcoming races will confirm the final riders to contest in the three-round Showdown starting at the end of the month at Assen. There's four places to be confirmed with 14 riders in with a chance of joining the final battle for the title.
The main headline event of the BSB is backed by the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship and British Motostar over the weekend. We wish Rock supported teams RAF Reserves BMW, Gearlink Kawasaki, Morello Racing and Motodex BMW the very best of luck in their respective classes.
Rock Oil are proud to announce the release of a new range of commercial fleet lubricants, TRUCK-GUARD. The TRUCK-GUARD range has been designed to increase fuel economy, maintain engine component life and reduce particulate emissions for trucks and commercial vehicles. The range adheres to stringent emission level testing with most of the range meeting the latest Euro 6 regulations.
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The TRUCK-GUARD range also includes support products for gearboxes, axle and bearings and suspension systems. For more information, downloadable product brochures and a suitability guide visit our commercial lubricants product page. We also offer a convenient quick link system to put you in touch with the nearest commercial lubricant representative in your area.
We are delighted to announce that we have agreed to become an Associate level partner of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. We have a long history of supporting all forms of two wheeled racing and have enjoyed much success with some major Superbike teams over the past 25 years. The deal is the largest Rock Oil has ever embarked on and puts the brand right at the forefront of one of the largest and most popular motorsport series in the world. The partnership offers an exceptional level of presence at all the events plus an association with MSV’s rapidly expanding track days division.
Greg Hewitt, Managing Director: “We are thrilled to be able to announce a commercial partnership with MSV and the British Superbike Series. The series is one of, if not the finest motorcycle race series in the world.”
“Rock Oil has a long standing support of motorcycle racing in all its forms and this major partnership which is the largest in our history, shows our commitment to supporting top class motorsport. Our lubricants have long enjoyed favour within the motorsport arena and our commercial partnership with the series will hopefully allow this to continue whilst promoting the brand to an even greater audience.”
Series Director, Stuart Higgs commented: “I am delighted to announce this new two year partnership with Rock Oil, an established British Manufacturer with a long standing history of supporting racing in the UK. Rock Oil’s high-performing products, combined with their commitment to the sport, make them a fitting partner to our championship for the new season and hopefully for many more in the future.”
The 2015 Motorcycle Trade Expo came to a close on Tuesday and has proven to be our most successful yet with many new customers welcomed on board. The Expo is also a fantastic opportunity to meet and discuss plans for the year ahead with long standing trade partners.
Kick-starting the year in terms of the motorcycle trade the Expo was back at Stoneleigh Park following the change in venue from the NEC. The show is well suited to this friendly venue and busy throughout the three days, unaffected by the cold weather outside.
Distributors and staff talked to visitors on a range of subjects related to our Rock Oil motorcycle range, with many staying for a quick refreshment from our much-loved hospitality bar. With so many new products and fresh packaging schemes for existing ranges the Rock brand continues to rise in prominence, with a buzz going around the venue following our recent trade award.
We would like to thank all who came to see us. We look forward to another great year in the motorcycle arena and show you some exciting new products as 2015 'rocks' on!
We are delighted to announce that Rock Oil has won ‘Motorcycle Trader Consumables Supplier of the Year 2015’. The award comes after a shortlist process with Motorcycle Trader magazine and then votes from within the motorcycle trade itself.
We take great pride in this award as we believe it shows vindication in the program of improvements that we have been implementing over the past 3-5 years. From multi-language labels with high impact imagery, a new website and some fantastic relationships with racing partners it shows that the brand is seen as progressive and forward thinking. We celebrate 87 years in business this year which is some achievement but there is always the need to keep driving forward and offering customers a high quality product at a cost effective price. We would like to thank all friends, customers & racing partners, without whom we would not be able to succeed.
As we start 2015 there is a lot to look forward to, starting with a presence at the Autosport Show taking place at the NEC in Birmingham. Two customers, Jamsport Racing and The National College of Motorsport were displaying the high performance Carbon range of lubricants. The recently launched range is already being used by a number of professional teams and recent independent tests conducted in the US have shown fantastic friction coefficient and wear results compared to a leading market rival.
The Motorcycle Trade Expo quickly follows the Autosport show and the Expo is really the catalyst for the start of the motorcycle season. This trade only show is a small but important event and is back at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry. Rock would like to welcome all visitors to its stand (at A38) to see the full range of motorcycle products and enjoy some light refreshments.
As 2014 draws to a close we would like to thank all of our trading partners, customers and friends for their continued support and wish you all a very peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year break.
This past year has been our busiest and most successful since the company's establishment back in 1928. 2014 has seen Rock Oil go from strength to strength with trade partners now in 52 countries globally. We've also launched a number of new and exciting products over the past 12 months with more to be released in the coming year. As our research and development department recently recruited more staff, we look forward to continuing improvements across all market sectors and be at the forefront of innovation.
Marketing plans are currently being finalised for 2015 and we will provide continual updates for all of our racing and general marketing activity. Our next exhibition will be In January at the Motorcycle Trade Expo, where we will present our full motorcycle range to the trade network. We hope to see you there!
Rock Oil head office staff were delighted to attend a party held by Rock Oil Germany in their brand new building in Alzey, Germany. Agnes and Erik have imported Rock Oil for 20 years and have long championed the brand in Germany. Their recent investment in a purpose built office and warehouse is testament to the progress in the growth of the Rock brand and increased sales. They are looking forward to growing the business further in the coming years and continuing the success story.
The party was attended by friends, customers and potential new customers and over 150 people enjoyed a fantastic party in Rock Oil themed surroundings. European Trial champion Franzi Kadlec attended and was also delighted to sign for a further 3 years with Rock Oil support as he joins the World Championship roster next year.
Managing Director, Greg Hewitt and Chairman, Charles Hewitt, were delighted to attend and celebrate with Agnes and Erik at the start of a bright new era for Rock Oil Germany. Charles said ‘it gives me so much pleasure and pride to see just how much passion Agnes and Erik have in their work and the serious investment they have made in their futures and their belief in Rock Oil, we are very proud to be able to work with them and wish them every success moving forward’.
Rock Oil are thrilled to announce the latest export customer based in Vietnam, with their distribution scope covering Laos and Cambodia, ensuring that the Rock Oil brand continues to gain momentum in Southeast Asia. This continues our snowballing business success throughout 2014 with future export coverage being negotiated currently with five different countries over three continents.
Current chairman Charles Hewitt introduced the Rock brand to New Zealand over 30 years ago and has been putting pins on the global map ever since. Charles is delighted to reach such a esteemed milestone and said "This fantastic achievement is testament to the hard work and improvements made by the staff in offering such a high quality brand, built on excellent service at a fair price. We believe Rock Oil offers the best cost to quality ratio on the global market. Looking ahead we are currently in negotiations with a number of potential new partners and I anticipate welcoming new friends to the Rock Oil family soon."
To maintain this high level of service in the wake of ever increasing business we installed an additional storage tank at the back end of October. In the last three months alone we have added over three hundred thousand litres of container storage space to the site. Securing our capacity to support our customers worldwide in a constantly growing market.