Following the success of the International Dirtbike Show Rock Oil are delighted to announce a partnership with OSET Bikes in 2015. We will be supporting a series of OSET events throughout the year by supplying Rock Oil products, with OSET promoting our lubricant range where possible.
The founder and CEO of OSET Bikes, Ian Smith, said: "I am delighted to be working with Rock Oil next year. We have a strong working relationship that allows us to respond to opportunities fluidly – pardon the pun! Most importantly I think the two companies share a similar set of values as we’re both family-run businesses – although Rock Oil has a good few years on us as they head towards their hundredth year in business."
Rob Sheldon, our Motorsports Manager explained: "I’m very much looking forward to working with OSET Bikes this year. The two companies enjoy a shared ethos and I think we’ll compliment each other well as we develop our working relationship over the 2015 season."
In addition to supporting OSET Bikes, we're also pleased to add two of OSET’s national level riders to our Rock rider roster, brothers Dominic and Alexander Horne from Yorkshire.
Rob added: "It’s about keeping the family theme, so to be able to support two brothers who are both set to ride at the highest level in the UK matches the quality of products with developing talented riders."
"Sponsorship within motorsport and especially trials riding is notoriously difficult to attract and we are delighted and very grateful to the support Rock Oil is able to offer Dom and Alex this year," added mum Michelle Horne "We’ll be working hard to ensure the boys continue to enjoy the sport and achieve their goals."
The 2014 International Dirtbike Show ended on Sunday complimenting a fantastic four days for the Rock Oil brand. Right from the outset we were constantly active with many hundreds of visitors and friends at the familiar black, white and green stand.
Visitors to the Rock booth were able to grab themselves a goodie bag with a selection of posters, stickers and a stick of rock (that's candy for our overseas friends!) On the stand we presented our very latest off road products and introduced our new high performance engine coolant ‘Iced Kool’ in its first public appearance. With the Rock Oil brand becoming increasingly high-profile on a global scale in addition to our new range of products in the pipeline, it's clear that the International Dirtbike Show was the ideal platform for the brand.
The show also provided us with perfect opportunities to meet with race partners and discuss plans for 2015 and beyond. We are delighted to renew our partnership with Buildbase Honda and their team of Kristian Whatley, Gert Krestinov and Luke Hawkins. We're also excited to announce we will be working with Paul Edmondson and Fast Eddy Racing as we continue our support of the UK’s Premier Enduro events. Last but certainly not least we're fired up to confirm our support of Tom Sagar and Brad Freeman in the British and European Enduro championships.
Rock supported rider Ryuichi Kiyonari finished in second place in the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship after a fractured collarbone prevented him from contesting last weekend’s three races. Kiyo was hoping to be able to ride after physiotherapy and pain relief, but it was too much to ask and he was just not fit enough in time.
Kiyonari fought a season-long battle treating fans to thrilling race action at circuits the length of the country. The disappointing final round comes at the end of Hawk Racing and BMW Motorrad UK’s most successful season ever in the series, with a total of seven wins and six further podium finishes in Kiyo’s maiden season on the BMW S 1000 RR.
In addition to Kiyonari’s second place in the championship, the team is also celebrating fellow Rock rider Lee Jackson taking third place in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship. Jackson, a regular podium finisher, raced consistently over the racing season securing third place two rounds ago.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: “I’m obviously disappointed not to get to battle with Shakey at Brands Hatch, but looking back at this incredible season I am very, very happy. Around one year ago I first spoke to Stuart Hicken and signed to ride the BMW S 1000 RR and we hoped, maybe, to win a race in 2014. We have done that seven times and we are second in the championship. I wanted to prove that I was still fast and now that is certain.
“Shakey was great fun to race against and we had some very good battles on track. Now I am looking forward to riding in 2015 and we start to think about that on Monday. There is a new BMW S 1000 RR which I am very excited to try and to start testing as soon as possible. I have come to realise this year just how much support I have had from the British public and the fans and it is amazing. I am very thankful for everyone who has been involved in my year- thank you all so much.”
Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: “It would be easy to focus on this weekend, but it comes at the end of an unbelievable year. If someone had offered us seven wins and second place in the championship at the start of the season, we’d have bitten their hand off. Kiyo has given 100% every race and between us, the team and support from BMW Motorrad, we’ve turned the S 1000 RR into an absolutely formidable race-winning package. The team and my three riders have given their all this year and I couldn’t be prouder.”
The final title-deciding round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place on the Brands Hatch GP circuit on the 17th 'til the 19th October this coming weekend. Rock supported rider Ryuichi Kiyonari has declared that the climactic battle for the Championship has him so excited that he can barely sleep. The veteran WSBK and MotoGP rider has three BSB Championships to his name, but this season has made him feel like a novice fighting for his first title.
Since joining Buildbase BMW Motorrad this year, Kiyonari has defied the odds and taken the BMW S 1000 RR to the brink of BMW Motorrad’s first-ever BSB title in his maiden season. Following the team’s first win in the series in June, Kiyo has been on a roll and has taken win after win, inexorably closing the gap on the early-season favourite.
With a total of seven wins and a further six podium finishes, Kiyo has thrived under the pressure of the season and Showdown, closing the gap to within just 12 points of the current Championship leader and holding it through the thrilling Silverstone round in which both riders each won a race and finished second once.
To guarantee his fourth title Kiyonari must win all three races at Brands hatch. This situation is almost identical to the end of the 2010 season, which saw Kiyo win all three races in the final round at Oulton Park. However with 75 points up for grabs, anything could happen at what is sure to be an incredible weekend of racing action.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: “I’m feeling like a little kid at Christmas, every time I close my eyes to sleep I get excited thinking about the races this weekend. Nobody knows what will happen, it’ll be a surprise. I’m so excited even I can’t sleep. The situation is like when I won the championship in 2010, and I had to win all three races to take the title. It’s the same situation but the rivals, the bikes and the circuit are different.
“But actually it feels more like 2006 when I won my first ever title. I feel the same excitement and enthusiasm as everything is new and enjoyable: new bike, new team and new rivals. Whether that’s good or bad I don’t know… I can tell you after Brands Hatch! Nobody expected us to be pushing for the title in year one, but I like to be P1 in everything. I want to be first in free practice, in qualifying and in every race. I want to win all three races and win the championship this weekend. I want my fourth title, BMW Motorrad’s first and to win it for Stuart Hicken and the Hawk Racing team.”
Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: “This is by far the biggest week of the year – probably the biggest week of any year that the team has had. We have a real, genuine chance to win our first BSB Championship title and that’s just an amazing feeling. Kiyo’s mind-set is win-win-win in all three races, so we’ve got to ensure he’s got a bike that can do just that. And we’re confident that everything is absolutely on form for Brands Hatch.
“Kiyo thrives on the pressure and he’s been here before, in this very situation, where he had to win all three to take the title and he’s done it as well. We as a team have nothing to lose – we are the minnows in the FA cup final. Everyone in the paddock and supporting the series is rooting for Kiyo; he’s a favourite of everyone - perhaps bar Shakey. I hope that all three races are good scraps like we had at Silverstone, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for three wins too.”
James Westmoreland will be hoping to end his season on a high with a trio of impressive results at Brands Hatch. Westmoreland suffered from a hand injury that forced him to miss three rounds; however the Yorkshire rider has found his pace after returning to racing and will be battling at his best for the season finale.
Lee Jackson has guaranteed himself third place in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, with the top three places in the series now decided following Silverstone. Jackson will be gunning for a final race win of the season on his BMW HP4.
Rock supported rider Ryuichi Kiyonari delivered two incredible rides at Silverstone last weekend, taking a second-place finish in the initial race followed by an outstanding win – his 50th BSB victory – after a one-on-one 14-lap duel. James Westmoreland took two top-ten finishes with a seventh and a tenth respectively.
Race one was a three-man race, with Kiyo trading places and paint with the other riders. The lead changing an incredible six times on the final lap with Kiyonari finishing just 0.084s behind the race leader on his BMW S 1000 R. Race two saw Kiyo riding a defensive race from the front of the pack, preventing anyone from getting past and earning him the maximum 25 points to claw back the five points he lost just hours earlier.
The victory marks 50 British Superbike wins for Ryuichi Kiyonari, a significant milestone for the 32-year-old Japanese rider. Seven of those wins have been this year on the BMW S 1000 RR.
These two results mean that Kiyonari has maintained the 12-point gap with the current Championship leader that he began the weekend with, piling the pressure on and ensuring that he has a serious opportunity to try and claim his fourth MCE British Superbike title at the Brands Hatch finale in two weeks time.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: “I am very, very, very happy! At first I thought ‘ahh no, another Assen!’ after race one, where I lost out on the win at the end. And then race two started very similar and then on the last lap Shakey got past and I thought ‘nooo! I will do anything to stop him winning’ and I give it full gas, not worried about tyre life or anything! But it worked. I had a sleep between the races and I woke up just before the second one feeling better and ready to go and fight. I like to nap, but I make sure I set an alarm!
“Now we are going to Brands Hatch and I like it there. But there is more pressure now! If there was a 17-point gap or 20 points maybe, you say I cannot really hope to win championship, but now it is very possible. At the start of the year our target was top six, then we hope maybe we can win a race in 2014...and now we are very close to the title! Also today was my 50th win which makes me think maybe I am old! Haha.”
Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: “I’m very happy with today’s results. Kiyo rode his heart out and took a win and a second. He’s now going into Brands Hatch with a very small gap on Shakey and, basically, nothing to lose. The pressure is all on Byrne and it is Kiyo’s favourite circuit.”
Lee Jackson qualified on the front row of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 grid but stalled as the race started, luckily being missed by the other riders. Jackson got his bike started and began a steady assault on the pack, clawing back an incredible number of places and finishing seventh. Jackson has guaranteed himself third place in the championship and now looks to Brands Hatch to try and steal a final win from the season on his BMW HP4.
Thousands of fans packed Manchester's longest and most famous shopping street Deansgate to revel in the third edition of the Red Bull City Trial held on Saturday. Rock supported rider, event originator and Trial legend Dougie Lampkin managed a steady sixth on this occasion as all the riders delivered a stunning spectacle to the massive main stream audience. Many of who were enjoying the sport of Trial for the first time.
High winds and rain had threatened to disrupt the event, but although wet conditions on the ground made for a slippery opening round, the sun emerged to warm the crowd and to dry the course for the remaining rounds that took place during Saturday afternoon.
Acknowledging its city surroundings this year's course featured a pair of Manchester M's, a section of canal complete with lock gates, a bridge of the region, two huge footballs, a couple of oversized seesaws plus a huge final jump constructed from a tower of local shipping containers. Following a similar format to last year, each round consisted of four heats, two semi finals and a final to determine the intermediate victor. With points awarded to the top four riders each time out, the eventual winner was the competitor who had the highest total at the end of the day.
Speaking about the hugely successful third Red Bull City Trial Dougie Lampkin said "Once gain this unique has certainly delivered. The street was packed for each of the four rounds with thousands of people getting their first taste of trials. Obviously I would have liked to have made it back on to the podium, like I did last year, but in the end I came up against a tough field of riders."
"Having Toni (Bou) here in Manchester and at City Trial for the first time was a massive boost for the everyone and really helped take the event to the next level. Everyone loves the head to head format, you can tell by the grins on the riders' faces and the smiling people in the crowd that it has been another great edition, which was certainly helped by the sun coming out just at the right time."
Lampkin ended by saying. "It will be hard to improve on today's event, as it has definitely been the biggest and best to date, but I am sure that the team are already thinking how they deliver something even better in the future."
Rock supported rider Ryuichi Kiyonari celebrated his second double win of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship by achieving first place in both races at Donington Park last weekend. Buildbase BMW team have also announced this week that Kiyonari has re-signed with Hawk Racing for 2015, with the Japanese rider showing a stunning return to winning form onboard the BMW S 1000 RR this season and both parties are eager to continue it going forwards.
Race one saw the ‘War for Four’ reignited as two triple British Superbike Champions sparred on track, with Kiyonari and the current championship leader trading paint and places in an epic opening race. Then a two-rider crash at Goddards led to the safety car being deployed and the pack slowing down. Once normal racing had resumed, Kiyonari kept up shadowing the race leader's every move and on the twelfth lap he made his first attack by passing his rival on the brakes into the Foggy Esses.
Kiyonari was trying to break the rider's hold of the front of the pack but the Rapid Kawasaki rider was focused on regaining the advantage, which he did two laps later with a move at the Old Hairpin. Kiyonari once again took the lead, before it was stolen back but, undaunted, Kiyo forced his way to the front and a win at Schwantz.
In race two Kiyonari was pushing from the start and he hit the front of the pack after the triple champions clipped into Redgate beginning the first lap. The Buildbase BMW Motorrad rider kept his rivals behind him and despite continuing attacks throughout the race, the Japanese rider held the advantage and crossed the line to secure his double.
James Westmoreland delivered a respectable pair of top ten finishes, coming eighth and tenth, further cementing his comeback from a wrist injury.
Lee Jackson took a fourth place finish in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race and guaranteed himself third place in the championship, whatever the outcomes of the next two races.
Ryuichi Kiyonari said: "I am really happy because to stay with the team and sign for next year already is very good for me. I wanted to stay with the team and BMW again in 2015 and now for the final rounds I don't have to be worrying about what I am doing next year as that makes it more difficult. For me at every race meeting I have hunger and want to keep winning and that is why I have stayed with this team.
"We have worked really hard together to win races and have podium finishes this year and we all try hard together. I am also very happy to have done the double here at Donington Park for the team, as it is their home track. I am very tired after the racing though!”
Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: "The whole team are over the moon that Kiyo wants to stay with us for next season and that is important for building on what we have already achieved this year. It is fantastic news for all of us as he has been a pleasure to work with since joining the team. And to top that off with a double win, and close down the Podium Credits gap – and to deny Shakey another win yet again – is just a fantastic feeling all round.”
The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and the first race of the Showdown takes place at TT Circuit Assen on 19th to the 21st of September.
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.
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Along with many other teams and competitors in various disciplines.
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