The MCE British Superbikes Championship came to Knockhill Racing Circuit this past weekend. Round five of the Rock Oil sponsored event brought some great results for the supported teams.
Peter Hickman for RAF Reserves BMW picked up a further 13 championship points bringing his total to 44 and placing him 12th in the overall rider standings.
Rock supported Gearlink Kawasaki's Glenn Irwin had a fantastic weekend and took a win in the sprint race on Saturday and a solid third place on Sunday. Luke Hedger on the satellite team gained a sixth and eighth place. Ben Wilson once again was unfortunate to crash out of both races.
Glenn Irwin: "It was really good to fight for the win at Knockhill and once again I feel confident and competitive. The Gearlink Kawasaki team have once again worked really hard to make adjustments and improvements to the bike and I feel we have a great package now. To take the win and fairly is a great feeling and I want to thank everyone involved in making that happen."
Michael Rutter returned to the Gearlink Kawasaki team this weekend riding the Kawasaki ZX-10R, and he made some more improvements to the bike qualifying in 20th position on the grid for the opening race on Sunday. He had a great first race and managed to get the team their first ever Superbike Championship points when he secured 13th place.
Morello Racing enjoyed their best meeting of the year so far in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship with Josh Elliott taking his third win of the season and team-mate John Ingram finishing in an equally excellent third.
Josh Elliott: "It’s awesome to win again and with both Alastair and Hudson crashing out, I’ve been able to gain some good points today. My strategy was to get to the front as soon as possible as I was afraid Luke and Michael might get between Alastair and myself, which is exactly what happened! I kept calm though and tried to be as consistent as possible and it paid off. The BMW’s were really quick along the straight but once I knew they were both out, I rode my own race, keeping my eye on my pit board, and brought the bike home. We’ve extended our title lead by a good chunk today and maintaining consistency is what you need to do to win these Championships so we’ll keep plugging away."
John Ingram: "I’m absolutely made with today’s result and it’s the fruition of all our hard work. I’ve been getting stronger with each and every round, gelling more and more with the bike and the team, so a big thanks to Steve for sticking by me. We’ve had a bit of bad luck with electrical problems but I think this will be the turning point in our season and whilst I might not be the youngest rider on the grid, I can still give these youngsters a run for their money!"
In Speedway news Rock supported rider Tai Woffinden extended his World Championship lead after finishing fourth in the British Grand Prix. Woffinden fought and achieved 15 points with some excellent racing skills at the Cardiff event, leaving the fourth round 12 points ahead of his nearest rival. Although narrowly missing a victory in the final race, Tai is sure to be happy with a great performance.
Woffinden said: "It doesn’t really matter too much about the final, I scored as many points as I needed to and extended my lead in the Championship.
"It obviously would have been nice to win the meeting, but I did what I had to do – I scored plenty of points and points make prizes.
"I’ll take that forward now, I’m feeling good about things and I’m in a good position so I’ll just keep working hard and hopefully it will pay off at the end of the season."
Wildcard Craig Cook put on a great show and managed to bag seven points on to his current standing. Just shy of a place in the semi finals.
Round six of the MCE British Superbike Championship will be coming to Brands Hatch (hosting its annual 'Big Brands Bash') on Friday 17th July til Sunday 19th July. Including supporting events such as the FIM Sidecar World Championship, Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship and British Motostar. The next Speedway FIM World Championship event occurs on the 18th of July at Daugavpils in Latvia at the Lokomotiv Stadium, with engines starting at 19:00 local time.
Round five of the Rock Oil sponsored MCE British Superbikes Championship kicks off this weekend at Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife, Scotland's national Motorsport centre.
Riding for RAF Reserves BMW Rock Oil supported rider Peter Hickman will be racing hard to get back to a podium finish, we're hoping that the soaring temperature hitting the UK carries over into his success for the weekend! In the support classes Rock sponsored teams Gearlink Kawasaki, Morello Racing and Motodex BMW are sure to be making the most of the weekend to maintain their respective positions. With Glenn Irwin achieving position 2 in the Supersport standings after round 4 at Snetterton for Gearlink Kawasaki and Josh Elliott in first position with 110 points for the Superstock 1000.
The event begins on Friday 3rd July with a series of warm up sessions, with qualifiers and support races on the Saturday. The main raceday features support class racing and two feature races for the MCE British Superbike Championship. The support classes include the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600, Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecars, Ducati Tri-Options Cup, HEL Performance British Motostar and the Santander Consumer Finance KTM RC 390 British Junior Cup. Let's hope that the warm and dry weather continues over the weekend and brings us some blistering results!
The Rock Oil Supported 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship came to Snetterton for the fourth round, with Rock supported teams achieving two race wins!!!
Morello Racing's Josh Elliott had a fantastic race to take his second win for the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship and built on his title lead from three points to twelve.
Josh Elliott said: "I knew I was faster through the last sector of the circuit and I’d been waiting to make my move. I got ahead a couple of times during the race but got close to Alastair at Coram on the final lapand went up the inside at the chicane. I actually thought he’d come back by in the slipstream and drag to the line but I held on and it’s amazing to take my second win of the year, not just for myself but also for the team at their local track."
Steve Buckenham, Team Owner: "Josh again proved what a class act he is today and I’m running out of superlatives for him. Dougie and his dad made a couple of changes to the bike in morning warm-up to give it a bit more stability on the brakes and the plan was to hound Alastair all the way and make a move at the end. He did exactly that and knew he had the better corner speed to go round the outside at the final corner and get the drive out. The plan worked perfectly and it was a superb win."
Peter Hickman and the RAF Reserves BMW team managed twelth and fifteenth place finishes from the two British Superbike Championship races. Starting from 21st on the grid Hickman put in a sterling ride, battling to the end he was duly rewarded with twelth place. On the second race he started from fifteenth position, with a difficult start being pushed back to ninteenth. Fighting hard, he was able to get back to fifteenth place to score another championship point by the end of the race.
Peter Hickman: "It’s been a tough weekend and with qualifying not going to plan, it put us on the back foot for race day. In the first race, I got away well and had a good first lap so to finish 12th from 21st on the grid was pretty pleasing. I started higher up in the second race, 15th, but got completely bullied on the first lap and pushed backwards and it was hard work from there on in. There wasn’t much I could do but managed to claw my way back up to 15th for a solitary point despite losing a bit of power. It’s not the weekend we wanted but we’ll move on to the next round and see how we go."
Lee Hardy, Team Owner: "It’s definitely been a tough day at the office and whilst you always want to do well at one of your local rounds, nothing’s really gone for us this weekend. We tried to put on something special for everyone and Peter’s ride in the first race, going from 21st to 12th, was certainly a very good effort. It was points on the board which is exactly what we needed but times are so close this season throughout the field that every race is hard. We got another point in race two but we’ll regroup for the next round and look to get back at the sharp end."
Gearlink Kawasaki's Glenn Irwin secured fifth place and gained his first win of the season in race two on Sunday. Ben Wilson had a difficult weekend because of technical issues with his bike, and Luke Hedger came sixth in race one and secured his first ever British Supersport podium with third in race two.
Irwin began in fourth position in the qualifying session for the sprint race on Saturday. Caught out by a brief rain shower, Glenn ended up losing control of his bike and crashed. Thankfully he was able to remount and was forced to start the race from the pit lane. Even with this disadvantage Irwin raced hard and got to fourteenth after the first lap, managing a well deserved fifth place by the end of ten laps. In the main race on Sunday Irwin started fifth but sat in third for most of the race. However, on the last lap the first and second place riders collided, helping Glenn to secure the win.
Glenn Irwin: "Firstly I would like to dedicate this win to the recovery of my close friends Jamie Hamilton and Stephen Thompson. Secondly a huge thank you to the Gearlink Kawasaki team and K-Tech who managed to turn the bike around and we are now where we need to be with a little bit of fine tuning. I know the team will be working hard now to progress on any weak points we had this weekend and move forwards and work towards being able to win the title."
Round five sees the Championship heading north to Knockhill in Scotland on the third 'til the fifth of July.
The Rock Oil sponsored MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship roars in to Snetterton this weekend, for the annual race on the 300 circuit. With over six weeks since the last outing at Oulton Park, the riders are chomping at the bit to get back on the track and start racing.
Fresh from his success at the IOM TT, Rock Oil supported rider Peter Hickman for RAF Reserves BMW will be seeking to rediscover his early season pace, and get back to challenging for podiums in the main BSB class. Elsewhere other Rock supported teams such as Gearlink Kawasaki, Morello Racing and Motodex BMW will all be striving to continue early season promise and compete at the sharp end of their respective classes.
The event begins on Friday 19th June with practice races, qualifying races on the Saturday with the main raceday on Sunday the 21st. The main MCE BSB action is supported by the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship and British Motostar over the weekend. We're hoping for some great weather and fantastic racing all round!
This past bank holiday weekend saw Oulton Park host the third round of the BSB series in the scenic Cheshire countryside. Rock Oil as official lubricant enjoyed fantastic visibility with trackside hoardings and branding on all key areas within the paddock and prize giving areas. As the local round to the company we had a large number of staff and customers attend over the weekend.
In the main Superbike class the two races through up two new winners in Tommy Bridewell riding a Tyco BMW and Stuart Easton riding the PBM Kawasaki. The premier class looks to be especially competitive this year as we have had a number of different race winners after only 3 rounds of racing. Rock supported team RAF Reserves BMW sadly had to sit out race day due to an injury sustained in practice by Peter Hickman. He is now likely to miss at least the Northwest 200 whilst he recuperates from his injuries. The Gearlink team continued their competitiveness in the Supersport class as Glenn Irwin had another podium and then a 4th place finish. Ben Wilson fared slightly worse as he was involved in a crash in race one but bounced back to finish 6th in race two.
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 marked themselves out as the team to beat in this category following a race win and 2 second places in the 3 rounds thus far.
There is now a Spring break until late June where the championship will resume at Snetterton. In the meantime many of the riders will be competing at both the Northwest 200 and the Isle of Man TT.
The bank holiday weekend sees Oulton Park host the third round of the BSB championship. Rock Oil as official lubricant will again enjoy high profile branding with trackside hoardings, branding on all key areas within the paddock and prize giving areas. The track is also the local round for Rock Oil and as such interest is especially high as many customers and friends of the company will be in attendance.
The weather looks a little changeable but the race day forecast is good so we are hopeful of more exciting racing. Rock Oil supported teams RAF Reserves BMW, Gearlink Kawasaki, Morello Racing and Motodex BMW will all be striving to continue early season promise and compete at the sharp end of their respective classes.
This past weekend saw Brands Hatch host the second round of the BSB series on its Indy Circuit. Rock Oil enjoyed fantastic visibility as the official lubricant of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. With Rock branding on the trackside and all key areas within the paddock and prize giving areas.
On the track James Ellison continued his fantastic start to the season with a double podium win. Rock rider Pete Hickman was unable to maintain his form from the first round at Donnington, but bounced back from a first race crash to grab solid points in race two. Gearlink Kawasaki employed the services of BSB veteran and Road Race specialist Michael Rutter making his debut on the big green machine. The Gearlink team also enjoyed podium success in the first Supersport race with Glen Irwin finishing second. Glen followed race one with a top four finish in race two, with team mate Ben Wilson achieving two solid top six finishes.
Rock supported team Morello Racing captured the first win of the season in the Superstock 1000 Class, when Josh Elliot passed Alistair Seeley on the Tyco BMW on the last lap. Josh took his first win of the season and now leads the championship.
We are delighted to be the official lubricant for the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. We're looking forward to the next round at our local track Oulton Park in less than two weeks time!
The MCE Insurance British Superbikes Championship kicks off the second round this weekend. The first of three visits this season to Brands Hatch, we're looking forward to seeing Rock supported riders tear up the Indy race circuit. Building on the great start at Donnington earlier in the month, where Peter Hickman snatched up top BMW rider and fifth in the riders' standings. Round one was a rollercoaster starting weekend for Gearlink Kawasaki, which saw both Supersport riders into the top six of the standings whilst struggling for grip, but unexpectedly parting company with Superbike rider Joe Burn. We're hoping that the introduction of Michael Rutter to the team and his return to BSB will be the boost that the much loved team deserves.
We had fantastic brand coverage at Donnington with Rock Oil visible throughout the racing events over the weekend. A great beginning to our two year partnership with MSV and the BSB Championship. We're confident that the high quality coverage will continue at Brands Hatch, to further raise public awareness of the Rock Oil brand as the 2015 season rides on.
The countdown is running as round one of the British Superbike Championship opens this Easter weekend at Brands Hatch. The three day event at the hallowed Indy circuit is sure to be one of the highlights of the racing year.
Within the 32 bikes on the grid at Brands, we have some familiar Rock Oil partners and teams competing for the championship.
For Buildbase BMW we have James Westmoreland, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Dunlop competing. James has been competing since 2007 within the BSB and achieved a noteworthy fifth position in the final standings of the 2013 championship. Michael Dunlop is a veteran 7 time Isle of Man TT winner, who will be guest racing on short circuit for the first few rounds for Buildbase BMW. Giving the mainland UK public a chance to see a TT racing legend in action. Ryuichi Kiyonari has been active within the BSB since 2004 winning the title in 2006, 2007 and 2010 respectively, achieving sixth position in the 2013 championship. Ryuichi is joining Buildbase BMW for the first time in 2014, his first race with a manufacturer other than Honda.
Ben Wilson is representing Gearlink Kawasaki, this will be Ben's first year in the premier superbike class. In recent years Ben has been competing in the British Supersport Championships achieving 12 wins overall, narrowly missing out on the title in 2011.
Jon Kirkham will be riding for Tsingtao WK Kawasaki. Jon has two BSB race wins to his credit and came 7th in the 2013 championship, with his first race in the BSB back in 2003. Tsingtao WK Kawasaki entered the BSB towards the end of 2013, which should make for interesting viewing as they continue to challenge the established teams and riders in the premier class.
Last but not least we have Simon Andrews representing RAF Reserves Honda. We're glad to see Simon has recovered from serious injuries sustained during the final Endurance World Championship race in 2013. This will also mark the first time Simon has been involved in the BSB since 2011, previously peaking in 2009 with a podium finish at Cadwell Park.
We wish all Rock riders and teams well for the 2014 championship.