Following tragedy earlier in the year we're delighted to report that the Royal Air Force Reserves Honda Team achieved some great results with Peter Hickman delivering the team’s most successful weekend ever in MCE British Superbikes.
Race one was initially subject to a delayed start due to rain, but after being declared a dry race the action got underway with Hickman getting caught up in a crowded pack into the first corner, dropping to eighth position. Despite that Hickman rode superbly in changing conditions, fighting his way into sixth spot before the race was red flagged after 11 laps and the result was called, meaning Hickman had once again delivered RAF Reserves Hondas best ever race finish in British Superbikes.
Race two was certainly one to remember for Peter Hickman and the Royal Air Force Reserves Team. After being declared a wet race Peter made an impressive start, jumping from fifth to second position by the first bend. Before the opening lap was complete Hickman had made his way into top spot and set about opening up an impressive gap over the current championship leader. As the race progressed, so did Hickman’s lead on the Fireblade and riding solidly in difficult conditions he bought the Honda home in triumphant fashion to claim his and the team’s first ever victory in British Superbikes - A huge achievement for Peter and the entire Royal Air Force Reserves Honda Team.
Rock supported and Buildbase BMW Motorrad rider Ryuichi Kiyonari has shown once again that he is back to his winning ways by dominating the seventh round of British Superbikes at Oulton Park after he took two victories and a fourth place. Kiyo’s personal tally of wins is now 11 at the circuit and 47 in total.
Proving that he is equally formidable in the dry and wet, Kiyo stormed to a win in the opening race on his BMW S 1000 RR, starting from tenth on the grid and battling through to first place.
The second of the three races was very wet as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha battered the UK with heavy rain. As the track continued to dry, the majority of the leading contenders opted for slick tyres for the race. Even in the damp conditions a decisive move by Kiyonari on lap eight meant that he sliced past the race leader at Hizzys claiming the lead. Despite the other rider's best efforts, the three-time champion was beyond their reach and he crossed the line in front, once again repeating the same podium positions from Saturday. Lee Jackson, doubling up on riding duties in Superstock 1000 and BSB, finished 16th on James Westmoreland’s Superbike.
The third and final race of the weekend was run in changing conditions, with the track drying but still damp in places, offering riders a challenge in tyre choice and riding tactics. Once again, most chose to run on front slicks. Kiyonari rode hard throughout but didn’t achieve his ideal result of three wins, instead taking fourth place after a thrilling battle. Lee Jackson once again finished 16th, narrowly missing out on a second points-scoring finish this weekend.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: "I was very happy to take two wins. I have always been good at Oulton Park and to win twice makes me very pleased. Saturday’s race was very hot and very hard going, but today it was difficult and wet conditions are not my favourite. Yesterday I was thinking about the weather reports and I thought ‘if it is raining hard, maybe I just go home!’ but I did my best and I took another win.”
Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: “Two fantastic wins for Kiyonari, you couldn’t really ask for more than that, could you. It was a huge turnaround from crashing in Q2 and having to rebuild the superbike, to a double victory. Kiyo is happy, and everyone has recognised what we knew from the start – that the BMW S 1000 RR is a race-winning superbike. We’ve proven that at the Isle of Man TT and now in BSB too.
"Kiyo is in third place in the Championship and is odds-on to be in the Showdown for the last three rounds, which is when it’ll really get interesting. Lee Jackson has impressed everyone once again by riding in two series and filling in admirably for James Westmoreland. Westy is also recovering well and will be back in action at Cadwell Park at the end of the month where we’ll be back up to full strength.”
The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire over the August Bank Holiday of 23rd to the 25th of August.
Rock supported rider Ryuichi Kiyonari has proven without a shadow of a doubt that he’s back to his winning ways following a sensational victory in what some are already calling the BSB ‘race of the year’. Kiyo took the fight to the current MCE British Superbike championship leader in hot and humid conditions.
The Japanese rider came through a challenging weekend which saw him only qualifying sixth, to blitz his way to the finish line in a thrilling race. Buildbase BMW Motorrad's Kiyonari hunted down the two race leaders - overtaking both - to cross the line on his BMW S 1000 RR with a nailbiting 0.103 lead.
Lee Jackson also made his British Superbike race debut filling in for an injured James Westmoreland, and the young rider proved he was worth the gamble after finishing 16th and 18th in the two races. Jackson had a stunning ride in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race, which he led for some time and eventually finished third after a nail-biting battle.
The young Lincolnshire lad got off his Superstock S 1000 RR in Parc Ferme and jogged to the garage to form up on the grid for the first British Superbike race, going on to finish 16th.
While race one was warm and dry, by the time race two rolled around conditions had worsened significantly, with the skies to the north almost black and lit by sporadic lightning. The race was started, but soon red-flagged due to a crash. With the weather threatening to close in, it was re-started but lasted not even two laps before being red-flagged again due to rain finally reaching the circuit.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: “I’m so happy to have another win so soon. I did worry that people might say ‘Kiyo was lucky at Knockhill, but that’s all’ so to win again was a big relief. We had problems this weekend getting the setup right because the chassis is really good, but the weather conditions kept changing. But overnight the mechanics got it working so well and I was fastest in warm up today. I knew I could ride with Shakey, Ellison, Walker – everyone. I relaxed a bit. The race was a bit stop start with the safety car, but I had a great battle with Shakey and I was lucky enough to win.
"I hoped to do the same in race two, but Shakey told me not to be so greedy! Race two was just all over the place with different settings, weather changing and having to guess how it would happen. I predicted there would be more rain so I had a wet setup… but it didn’t quite get that wet. Next time I’ll know better. I’m still learning – I know I’m quite old, but I don’t know everything yet! I’m glad I could win for the team, for BMW Motorrad and for all my fans – thank you.”
Lee Jackson said: “The Superstock race was good, really fun, and very close. I was leading so I had the pace to win, but unfortunately I got beaten up by Jason O’Halloran on track which pushed me back and I couldn’t quite close back down on the front two. And from the podium I had to rush back to the garage to get out in the first BSB race!
“Switching to a Superbike is a big step. At first they don’t seem so different, especially as they’re both BMW S 1000 RRs. But it’s when you get up to peak power, or when you get hard on the brakes… they are amazing motorcycles. I was very glad to get the chance to try it and I’d like to thank the team for giving me the opportunity. It was a long hard weekend, but I don’t feel too bad now. However I think I might be suffering a bit tomorrow!”
Stuart Hicken, team owner, said: “I could not have asked for any more from my riders this weekend – nor from the team. Kiyo was a bit concerned that people might think he’s a Knockhill specialist, but we had confidence he can do it anywhere. And he took another win in what people are already saying might be the race of the season. It was clean, it was fair and it was all in Shakey’s back yard. The second race was interrupted twice, when Kiyo was doing well, but in the end it wasn’t to be. But we leave here in a great position: Kiyo’s fourth in the championship, he’s beaten Shakey twice and he’s on the pace. Bring it on, Thruxton.”
The Cardiff Speedway Grandprix last weekend brought home some great results for Rock Oil supported riders Tai Woffinden and Darcy Ward. It's been just over a year since Tai's injury where he fractured his collar bone back at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. This time he brought it home to the 50,000+ crowd by roaring into second place with a total of 18 points in the overall standings. Aussie hero Darcy Ward reached a podium finish of third following Tai with 15 in the British GP results. With the current world championship standings occupied by Tai Woffinden in first place with 90 points with Darcy Ward in third with 75.
With five rounds of the championship remaining, we hope both Tai and Darcy continue their fine form as the Speedway World Title is decided.
Tai has also challenged himself this year to raise a staggering £100,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital. A world renowned hospital dedicated to helping children with rare, complex and often life threatening illnesses. Tai is calling on all of his fans to donate whatever they can on his just giving page. This is a fantastic cause and we wish Tai the best of luck in reaching his goal.
Buildbase BMW rider Ryuichi Kiyonari scorched to a win in the first race at the Knockhill British Superbike round this past weekend. Kiyo was in dominant form all weekend and only narrowly lost out in the second race when he finished 2nd albeit with a new lap record. The BMW S 1000 running Synthesis Motorcycle 5W-40 has had an fantastic June after claiming wins at the Isle of man TT event and now winning its first ever British Superbike race.
Teammate James Westmoreland had a less successful weekend crashing out in the second race after colliding with another rider on the opening lap. This came after a heroic ride in the first race, which he started from pit lane after having to have a fuel pump wire replaced, and pulled back over 15 places to finish in the top ten from dead last.
Buildbase BMW are hoping that they continue their winning ways at the remaining rounds as both Kiyo and James target places in the superbike shootout at the last 3 rounds and with form like that shown this past weekend it seems certain that they will play a major role in the title destination this year.
Here's highlights of race one with Ryuichi Kiyonari at Knockhill
Current world speedway champ Tai Woffinden had a weekend to remember as he grabbed his second GP win on the bounce at the Swedish Speedway Grand Prix last Saturday night. As well as bagging his second consecutive GP win, Tai now heads the championship standings.
Following his Swedish exploits, Tai jetted back to the UK to defend his British crown on Monday night at his home track at Wolverhampton. Tai was delighted to come out on top and retain his British title following a tough competition in which he had to go into the race off to reach the final following a few dropped points. Tai didn't lose focus and once in the final rode like the champion to cap off a fantastic few days. Well done Tai.
A full stream of the Swedish Speedway Grand Prix
The final round of the British Speedway
Rock Oil supported rider Ryuichi Kiyonari reached best-placed BMW rider at Snetterton for the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship third round last weekend. Achieving fourth in the second race, Kiyonari finished 9.2 seconds behind the race leader. After three rounds he stands at 9th in the overall standings with 37 points, with fellow Buildbase BMW rider James Westmoreland only four points behind with 33. Ben Wilson stands at 21 points making great progress for Gearlink Kawasaki.
As part of the proceedings at the Norfolk circuit, the crowd was dazzled with a unique fly-past from one of the last remaining airworthy B-17 Flying Fortresses. The fly-past was partly in tribute to Simon Andrews who sadly passed away following injuries sustained at the North West 200 Road Race. Andrews rode for RAF Reserves Honda with the number 17 making the tribute all the more fitting.
Snetterton itself dates back to the second World War where the Norfolk circuit was originally used as an RAF airfield. It has always been a popular circuit for the BSB and in 2011 underwent a £2.5 million renovation with new corners added to the lengthen the circuit. Riders are currently competing to try and break the 100mph lap record with results getting closer each time.
With nine rounds remaining of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship, the fourth round will be held at Knockhill in Scotland on the 27th to the 29th of June. As always we wish all Rock riders and teams the best for the weekend!
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The Carbon Series was subject to a vigorous and intense succession of development through both field-trials with motorsport partners such as Japspeed and extensive laboratory testing. Our vast experience in motorcycle racing ensures all products manufactured in our factory meet the exacting standards required at this level. The range consists of four viscosities 5W-30, 0W-40, 10W-50 & 10W-60, which between them cover all major engine applications in the high performance automotive market.
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Following his fantastic exploits in the Northwest 200, Michael Dunlop scorched to a superbike win aboard his Rock Oil lubricated, Hawk Racing BMW S 1000 in the first big race of this year's Isle of Man TT festival. Michael set some stunning lap times as you would expect and finished over 20 seconds in front of a hard charging Guy Martin. Michael will contest all the major races this coming week and will surely be considered the favourite for the blue riband senior race on Friday.
We are also delighted to report that current World Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden went to the top of the 2014 standings following his stunning race win at the Czech GP this past weekend. Tai looks back to his best and looks the man to beat this year as he attempts to defend his World Title. Tai runs on Rock Oil Racing Castor and swears by its performance and reliability.
Current reigning Speedway champion and Rock supported rider Tai Woffinden initially had a quiet start to the 2014 Speedway Grand Prix season, but has come back fighting to take second at the Mitas Finnish FIM Speedway Grand Prix last weekend. Leading the pack in the Grand Final, Tai narrowly missed first place after striking a hole in the track on the third lap, skillfully correcting for the bump to stick behind the race leader for second place. Although clearly back in excellent form by achieving the most points over the weekend. In the initial two Grand Prix's Tai scored only 12 points overall but he managed to smash his current season tally with a vital 16 point haul.
Starting the season injured, Tai looks to to be back in strong form and looking forward to giving his all in the remaining nine rounds.
He said: "I'm really pleased about it all and really think I have something to build on from here.
"I'm not going to say what has changed or anything like that, I'm just pleased I'm back to something like my best.
"Yes, I was feeling down after Bydgoszcz, but I never had any doubt in my own ability. How could I be so good last season, win the world title and then become this bad? I knew I had the ability and that's what kept me going.
"I knew things were better in the build-up to Finland because I was riding well in the leagues in Poland, Sweden and England - and thankfully I was able to keep it going."
Check out the footage of Tai racing at the Finnish Speedway Grand Prix final below....