It is a racing update from both ends of the spectrum with first the very sad news of the passing of Simon Andrews. Simon passed away on the 19th following injuries sustained in a crash at the Northwest 200 over the weekend. Simon found himself riding in Rock Oil supported teams more often than not and only this year was contesting the British Superbike Championship onboard the Rock supported RAF Reserves Honda team. Rock Oil were partnered with MSS Kawasaki when Simon enjoyed a fantastic season in 2009 and obtained his first Superbike podium. All at Rock would like to pass on their best wishes to the family and friends of Simon at this difficult time.
The same meeting which claimed Simon's life also yielded some fantastic results for Rock supported teams and Michael Dunlop rightly claimed man of the meeting after winning both the Superstock race and the feature Superbike race of the day. Michael who was riding the Rock Oil supported Hawk/Motorrad BMW and his own BMW Superstock machine took the race wins in some style and combined with his 2nd place in the first Superbike race and 2 other podium places was rightly acknowledged as the rider of the meeting. Michael must surely be regarded as the man to beat at the upcoming Isle of Man TT races. Well done Michael.
Many of the Rock Oil supported race teams will be in attendance looking to build on their strong openings from the opening round at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari is aiming to mantain his high level performance when he reached fourth, with James Westmoreland looking to improve on his seventh position. Jon Kirkham will be focusing on showing his rivals a thing or two on the Tsingtao Kawasaki, while Ben Wilson continues to set the standard for Gearlink Kawasaki's first year in the premier class of the BSB after many successful seasons in Supersport. Aaron Zanotti will also be in the mix on the GGH/STEL Suzuki.
Gearlink Kawasaki will also be fielding a major presence in the British Supersport category. Get along to Oulton Park if you can and support our race teams!
The 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship (BSB) had an exciting but wet opening round over the weekend at Brands Hatch with Rock supported riders producing some fantastic results.
Qualifying finished with Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) second with 55.796s, James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) fifth with 56.297s, seventh for Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) with 56.936s and Michael Dunlop (Buildbase BMW) managing twelth with a respectable 57.789s.
The first race was restarted after James Hillier suffered engine problems putting oil onto the track. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) made his mark achieving a formidable fourth place finishing only 5.639s behind the race leader. 2014 is Gearlink Kawasaki's first entry into the BSB so it's an sensational beginning to the season for Wilson and the team.
James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) finished in 10th place, 7.735s back. An impressive finish considering his crash on the final (and very wet) practice session earlier in the weekend.
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) stalled his S1000RR on the starting line, so the restart gave him another chance to get back in the running. In the restarted race Kiyonari managed to gain 12 places achieving 16th position.
In race two Kiyonari achieved an impressive fourth place 3.694s behind the race leader, matching Buildbase BMW's best result in the BSB so far and cementing his place after a difficult season in 2013. James Westmoreland managed to gain three positions from race one to reach seventh in the race. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) was unable to capture the magic from race one dropping back to tenth position, although it's still a fantastic start so far for Ben and we're excited to see how he'll get on as the season progresses.
As always, we wish all Rock riders and teams the greatest success in the championship, we hope to see even stronger results at Oulton Park. A great start all round and a fantastic beginning to the 2014 BSB!
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.
Rock Oil are delighted to announce a new partnership with teenage trials sensation Jack Price. Jack is the current British A Class Champion and will be using Rock Oil's latest lubricant products in his quest for European and British honours this season.
Rob Sheldon, Rock Oil's Motorsport Manager, has worked closely with Jack to develop the partnership: "I have watched Jack's progress over recent years and i believe he can go all the way, his results have spoken for themselves and he is a level headed young man with a definite will to succeed. All the team at Rock Oil would like to wish him all the best for the season ahead."
Jack had this to say about becoming a Rock Oil racing partner: "As i head into one the most important years of my career I know I have to search for the very best equipment to help and support me. I know I can rely on my team and between us this is why we have chosen Rock Oil to be our lubricant partner. Rock Oil have supported numerous World and British Champions over the years and the technical advantage they have will help me to succeed at the highest level."
Rock Oil is delighted to announce the continuation of their racing partnership with Stuart Hicken’s Buildbase BMW team in both the BSB championship and in major road events such as the Isle of Man TT races. The two man BSB team of James Westmorland and Ryuichi Kiyonari will be seeking both race wins and to qualify for the Superbike showdown at the end of the season whilst on the roads Michael Dunlop will ride a BMW Superbike under Hawk Racing. Stuart’s bikes will be running Synthesis Motorcycle 5W40 during 2014.
We are also delighted to announce the partnership with Buildbase Honda Motocross team, managed by Dave Thorpe, will continue in 2014. David has long run his bikes with Rock Oil and we are pleased to continue the relationship with a very exciting line up of Elliot Banks Brown, Brad Anderson and Nez Parker. All three riders are potential champions in waiting and all will be seeking to win races from the off. In fact Elliot has already got the winning feeling after winning the 4th round of the arenacross series recently. The Buildbase Honda boys will again be using Synthesis XRP Off Road 10W40 to power their racing Honda’s.
Other 2014 race partners will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
For more information on all products used by both Buildbase BMW and Buildbase Honda please contact your nearest stockist or contact us for more information.
In the latest issue of Superbike Magazine (December 2013) our very own Technical Manager Martyn Waterhouse is the resident expert on-hand to answer motorcycle lubricant and fuel queries sent in by readers of the magazine.
Featured in a two page spread, Martyn answers questions ranging from his feelings on synthetic oil use and the differences between "bike oil and a good car oil".
Rock Oil recently played host to World Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden when he called to thank us for our support of his racing efforts during 2013. We were also delighted to confirm our long term support of the World Champion and look forward to working with him when he defends his title in 2014. Tai is extremely popular with not just speedway fans but all motorsports fans due to his riding style and his media friendly persona.
Rock Oil were delighted to return to their stand at the International Dirtbike Show, which was held from the 31st October until the 3rd of November. As well as displaying our range of off-road lubricants, our focuses this year were on our new 'Dirt Blaster' high performance cleaner and our revitalised and repackaged air filter range. A great many friends of Rock Oil came down to show their support and hopefully we've made some strong new relationships for the future...