The year has been a fantastic one for the business with the brand enjoying a higher profile than ever. We were also delighted to say we now have over 60 global partners buying the Rock Oil brand.
A new relationship in 2015 has been the partnering of the British Superbike Championship, one of the best domestic motorcycle race series in the world. The partnership is the largest in Rock’s long history and has reinforced the brand to a global audience. We have had a great year of results from our racing partnerships and secured a number of championships, including a Speedway world title through Tai Woffinden. Away from motorcycle we have worked with race partners such as Albatec Racing and Sean Walkinsaw Motorsport, as we continue to push the brand to new audiences.
This past June saw the launch of a new range of commercial lubricants called TRUCK-GUARD®. This specialised range offers real benefits to fleet users and the range has thus far proved very popular. All information, including brochures and technical details are on the commercial lubricants page on our website. Early in 2016 we will be launching VAN-GUARD® which is aimed at the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) market. In the UK one in ten vehicles on the road is a van and these vehicles are not currently served by a dedicated lubricants range. We feel a targeted range will be a popular addition to our product line up and will also compliment the TRUCK-GUARD® range as many fleets will operate both types of vehicle.
Once again a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Rock Oil.
Rock Oil rider Matej Žagar thwarted a nasty fall to win the Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland on Saturday night. Racing on his home track Žagar caught another rider's wheel in heat 18, landing awkwardly with his bike nearly clearing a safety fence. Thankfully after being checked out Žagar defied the odds to take the re-run and push for a win. Ultimately claiming his third career SGP win taking him up to 81 Championship points overall.
Fellow Rock rider Tai Woffinden scored a fantastic 18 points over the course of the evening and came third in the final race. Tai is currently leading overall with 109 points in the Championship standings, with clear daylight between him and his nearest rival.
Many of the racers over the evening were keen to send their best wishes to Darcy Ward after sustaining serious spinal damage in Poland last Sunday.
Woffinden had this to say: “I’d also like to send a special message to Darcy, who was watching today. After hearing that crowd tonight, we know there are a lot of people thinking of him and there for him in heart and soul. It’s great to see. We all love him, we’re doing everything we can and we will continue to do that.”
Zagar said: “Speedway can be so cruel and you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I can’t say any words about what happened (to Darcy) last week. All I can say to Darcy is I just wish him luck.”
In the World Championship standings for fellow Rock riders Chris 'Bomber' Harris is currently in 13th place with 39 points and Troy Batchelor is in 12th place one point ahead with 40. The next round of the Speedway FIM World Championship will be held at the Stadion Matije Gubca in Krško, Slovenia on Saturday 12th September.
Rock Oil supported rider Tai Woffinden maintained his lead in the world championship standings this past weekend, achieving second place in the Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix on Saturday. The 2013 world champion is currently nine points clear of his nearest rival with 80 in total.
Tai had been dogged by illness this week but happy in his current position halfway through the championship. He said: “I’ve felt pretty ill all week. I’ve had a cold and I ate some bad chicken in Poland last week, so I haven’t felt the best. So to come here and ride like I have done, feeling like that, is a great achievement for me. I’m looking forward to the next meeting.
“Everybody knows how long the season is. I just have to keep my head down and keep focused.”
The sixth round has been held at the G&B Arena in Malilla, famous for its torrential downpours. Tai was impressed with the level of support from the volunteers who helped prepare the track in time for the race: “Full credit to the people who worked here.
"I woke up and saw rain and it was coming down heavily throughout the day, so to even get this meeting on was an achievement. Congratulations to them; it proved to be a good race track.”
Fellow Rock rider Matej Žagar just missed out on a podium finish with fourth place on the night and in the current standings overall with 53 points. Chris 'Bomber' Harris is in 11th place with 32 points and Troy Batchelor 13th with 30 points.
Round seven of the Speedway FIM World Championship will be held Saturday the 8th August 2015 at the Kjærgaard Danish FIM Speedway Grand Prix, Horsens, Denmark.
Peter Hickman maintained his 13th place overall in the title standings for the RAF Reserves BMW team. Despite a loose foot peg, he pushed hard in the second half of the race on Sunday to be ultimately rewarded with three hard earned points.
Peter Hickman: “It’s been another weekend where things just haven’t gone for us and we’re in general need of a bit of luck at the moment. I made a good start in the first race and had made a couple of places off the line but when we got to Druids the whole pack was bunched up and O’Halloran hit the back of Kiyo which left me with nowhere to go. To have a race end so soon through no fault of our own was hugely disappointing and frustrating.”
“I was way back on the grid for the second race and it was hard to make any passes as the riders in front were all lapping at a similar pace. To make matters worse, my foot kept slipping off the foot peg which I thought was oil but turned out to be a loose foot peg. I kept going and gave it 100% the whole way but I don’t feel that we deserve to be in 13th place. All we can do is keep working hard and hope that the tide will turn soon.”
Lee Hardy, Team Owner: “It’s definitely not been our weekend again and that was proved in race one when Peter was the unlucky rider to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when Jason O’Halloran crashed. There’s nothing you can do about it but it just made Peter’s life a lot harder in race two. He was deeper on the grid and it was hard to get going with the lap times being so close amongst everyone.”
“The loose foot peg naturally made matters worse so full credit to Peter for finishing where he did. He battled hard throughout the race and whilst three points might not be many, he certainly deserved every single one of them. It’s not where we want to be though so we need to start getting back up to the sharp end from the next round onwards. I’d also like to say a big thank you to the whole team and all the sponsors for their continued hard work and support.”
Luke Hedger had the strongest weekend out of the Gearlink Kawasaki riders and gained a sixth place and seventh place. Ben Wilson was looking at two finishes this weekend and achieved seventh and ninth in the two Supersport races. Glenn Irwin crashed out of race one and fought hard in race two to finish in eighth position. Placing him in third in the overall Championship standings.
Glenn Irwin: "I'm really disappointed about the weekend as we had a lot of problems throughout and we weren't able to find a set-up that worked well. We put in some good times but just not consistently. I wanted to fight for my lead in the Championship but that just wasn't possible this weekend at Brands.
The crash in race one was totally out of my hands, the bike locked up and spat me off and I don't know if it did some internal damage as I really struggled in race two with the front end. I really didn't want to crash again and just wanted to try and bring it home in one piece and get a few valuable Championship points."
Ben Wilson: "I came to Brands wanting two race finishes after the shocking few races I've had but I was hoping I might have been a little higher up the pecking order. It is so frustrating fighting for a top ten place when I used to be fighting for a podium. I need to get things sorted out and have a good second half to the season."
Luke Hedger: "It was a good weekend and I was in the top six for most of the weekend and again managed to go faster in each session. We had a few set-up troubles at the start of the weekend but we got that sorted out for the races, I was really pleased to be top Gearlink Kawasaki rider in both races and thank them for their help again."
Morello Racing experienced a difficult weekend with Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship riders Josh Elliott and John Ingram both crashing out of the 16 lap race. Even with the weekend results Elliott is still in first place in the current standings with 135 points, a clear 22 point lead. In the British Superbike Championship races Lee Costello crashed out in the opening 20-lap race and then sadly forced to retire from the second on the eighth lap after his clutch started to slip.
Steve Buckenham, Team Owner: “It’s definitely been a day to forget with not a single finish taken. Josh took another excellent pole position and was again looking strong in the race but he got drawn into a battle with Alastair Seeley and unfortunately came off second best. I’m confident he had the pace to win the race but you have to remember he’s only 21 and he’ll learn from today’s race. It’s the first mistake he’s made all year so he’ll bounce back next time without doubt.”
“John had a small issue with the bike in qualifying that left him lower down the grid than he would have liked but made a good start and was trying to keep in touch with the top ten when he lost the rear and got launched. Riders were dropping like flies in the Superbike races too and Lee sadly lost the front end on the final lap just as he was going for 17th place. In the second, the clutch began to slip and he had to retire so we’ll simply forget about this weekend and look to bounce back at Thruxton in two weeks time.”
Thankfully all of the Rock supported riders are in good shape and fit to ride in the next round. Sadly not all of the riders were as lucky, as PBM's Stuart Easton suffered a lower leg fracture and ligament damage to his knee in a frightening accident during the first British Superbike Championship race. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the track soon.
In Speedway news Rock supported rider Tai Woffinden achieved 8 points in the fifth round of the 2015 FIM Speedway Grand Prix. Despite a watersoaked meeting in Daugavpils, he ended with a nine-point lead in the World Championship standings.
Tai Woffinden: “It was just one of those nights where I really had mixed fortunes. I’m pretty pleased to come away with eight points under my belt and a nine-point lead in the championship.
“Daugavpils isn’t the easiest track to pass on and there were a couple of races where I didn’t make the best of starts. I’m pleased it’s out the way, I didn’t have a great meeting last year there.
“Looking back at the weekend, I have to say I'm pretty satisfied with it all.”
In the current Championship standings fellow Rock riders Chris 'Bomber' Harris is currently 13th with 27 points, Matej Žagar is in 6th position with 40 points. Troy Batchelor had a great result finishing third at the Latvian GP. Troy moved up to 12th in the standings with 28 points, if he's able to maintain his form he'll have a guaranteed place in the 2016 series.
The next round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Thruxton, Hampshire from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August. 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 25th of July at Malilla in Sweden at the G&B Arena, with engines starting at 19:00 local time.
Round six of the MCE British Superbike Championship is heading to Brands Hatch this Friday, the second of three visits this season to the Indy race circuit.
In his last visit to Brands Hatch, Peter Hickman for RAF Reserves snatched the top BMW rider accolade. We're hoping that he's able to build on his success and increase his rank from 12th in the current overall rider standings.
Rock supported Gearlink Kawasaki had a boost last round with Glenn Irwin's win in the sprint race on Saturday. We're looking forward to seeing him and Luke Hedger continue the solid performance that the team has shown consistently this season.
Josh Elliott and John Ingram for Morello Racing are sure to be chomping at the bit to get back on the track. The team had a very successful weekend at Knockhill in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc, we're hoping that Josh Elliott can add to his hat-trick of wins so far. Other supporting events over the weekend will include the FIM Sidecar World Championship, Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship and British Motostar.
Throughout each event of the BSB we've experienced fantastic brand coverage. With Rock Oil clearly visible on each racing weekend, we're excited that we're becoming better known to the general public as the season continues.
On to speedway news the FIM World Championship will be revving up at 7 o'clock local time this Saturday at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Latvia. Rock supported rider Tai Woffinden is currently 12 points clear at the top of the standings, and will be looking to stay there this weekend. Joining him at Latvia will be fellow rock Riders Chris 'Bomber' Harris (ranking 12th with 23 points so far), Matej Žagar (maintaining his 5th position with 34 points) and Troy Batchelor (ranking 14th with 17 points).
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.
Engines roar into action at 17:00pm this Saturday for round 4 of the 2015 Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix, held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Rock supported rider Tai Woffinden will be looking to continue his point dominance in the biggest event on the speedway calendar. Leading the World Championship standings on 40 points, there's sure to be a Great British welcome in a stadium that can take over 62,000 speedway fans.
Tai has achieved fantastic results this year representing England in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup along with winning (and retaining) his British Championship title. Currently he's the bookmakers favourite but Tai is treating like another day on the track: “It’s another Grand Prix and another opportunity to score some points as far as I’m concerned. I’m just treating it the same as any other GP, although of course it will be different because it’s the British round, my home round.
“I’m not putting any pressure on myself going into the meeting, I’m just looking forward to it and I will give it my all.”
Joining Tai at Cardiff will be another Rock rider; Craig Cook, taking the wild card spot at number 16. Craig narrowly lost out to Tai at Monmore Green in Wolverhampton last month. Craig was looking in top form initially leading in first place, but sadly the race had to be restarted when another rider crashed out. In the re-run Woffinden made no mistake and finished ahead of Cook. Although thankfully the result still meant that Cook secured his wildcard spot for this coming Saturday.
Working through the line-up for Saturday's event, fellow rock Riders Chris 'Bomber' Harris (ranking 11th with 18 points so far), Matej Žagar (ranking 5th position with 24 points) and Troy Batchelor (ranking 14th with 13 points) will be joining the fray. Chris was the first Brit in seven years to win a Speedway Grand Prix back in 2007, and the first to do so inside the Millennium Stadium.
Rock supported rider Tai Woffinden has secured his third consecutive British Final title, winning four out of five heats at Monmore Green earlier this week.
At first the 24-year-old was trailing in the Grand Final, with fellow Rock rider Craig Cook leading in first place. But a crash caused another rider to fall on the second lap, meaning that the race had to be stopped and re-run. Tai made the most of his second chance leading right from the start, ultimately winning the trophy for the third time in a row. With Cook finishing as runner-up to Woffinden for the second year running.
Woffinden said: “I was pretty lucky to get the re-run because I made hash of the first one but that's the nature of the sport and I won the race that mattered most.
“I've been working really hard this year and it's great to see that it's paying off just lately.
“The fans were great with me once again and it was real good to be back at Wolverhampton.”
British Speedway Chairman Alex Harkess had this to say on the events of the evening: “As always, the 2015 Final had everything and it was a really great race meeting.
“The riders gave it their all and the huge crowd were treated to some great speedway.
“Our congratulations go to Tai Woffinden on another great achievement and I actually feel for Craig Cook after originally leading the final but he'll be delighted to be going to Cardiff.
“Overall it was another really good event but our thoughts are with Ben Barker after that really nasty incident in Heat 1.”
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.
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