Monday, 18 September 2017

Video UPDATE: Rossi Tests R1 in dusk test at misano

Valentino Rossi Back on Track 20 Days After Leg Break

Translated from Rimini Today

It has misplaced all expectations and, as we have already announced, Valentino Rossi came back to a Yamaha not even 20 days after the accident in which he reported the fracture of tibia and perone. In the late afternoon of Monday, the 9-time world champion at Misano world Circus conducted a mini-test with a R6 road to assess the recovery of the injured leg. The appointment scheduled for Tuesday would be anticipated today due to bad weather forecasts. Four laps made by Dr. Tavullia before the circuit started to get off with an annoying rain that forced him back to the box. At the moment, however, remains the greatest resonance of the result of the test and remains unknown to Rossi's presence at the Aragon Grand Prix scheduled this weekend.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

BSB Oulton Park-the Final Word

The Showdown is upon us some love it, some loathe it. But whatever the view it's the way it is. At Oulton Park, today it cannot be won, but it surely can be lost.

Over the course of the last week a lot has been sounded out by riders both in and out of the showdown. Now it's time to back it up out on the track, those out of the showdown who have passed comment on why they never reached it, Need to go out there and show had they realized the cut they'd have been a force.

But the BSB riders in the showdown can look at the championship the way they'd wish it to be, or they can look at the championship the way it is – and the reality is, if they fail by poor result or DNF in race one or two today, they're handing the championship to a rival.

They must be inspired by the challenge. They can’t let the urgency of the situation to deteriorate into panic. They need to use their desperation as a weapon. As we come down to the dying moments of the showdown, every single point counts.

There’s just one way to deal with this pressure. They have to trust themselves, they have to trust their mechanics. They accept to believe in themselves, They have to believe in their mechanics.

If they see it, they can't second guess themselves. Do it, and do it 200 miles per hour. No fear, no wavering.

Rider vs rider. Team vs team. Hopefully never since the days of gladiatorial combat will we have seen a rivalry so fierce.

Enjoy your racing

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Q&A with Lee Jackson

Early this week I caught up with Lee Jackson Jnr, Lee took his first BSB podium a few weeks ago at Cadwell Park, adding more success to the Jackson family racing honors list. His uncle, Lee Snr a former National Superstock champion and Factory Kawasaki rider. While his Dad Gary was also handy in his time.

So Lee how did it feel to finally get that BSB podium? And at Cadwell too?

Hi Andy, yeah to finally get that first BSB podium was fantastic, at the time I was so happy about getting a podium, I just wanted to get back to the pits to see all my family and team but now I just wish I took my time on the cooling down lap and took it in. Especially being at my local track, so many familiar faces there, all my supporters, friends, family and of course Sponsors came out to watch so it was nice to show them why they have stuck by me through the years. The feeling was amazing, the Sunday night went so quick and replying to so many people was so nice and also the types of people saying Well done was also nice, it was a great day and hopefully it doesn't take too long to repeat it.

What has been the changing factor over recent rounds. And how did you keep your head up like you did to bounce back in what was a challenging start to the season?

Yes, you summed it up really the first half of the season was very challenging and difficult, firstly changing to a new Team was going to be different for me, but having two big crashes at round 1 which put me on the sidelines was hard to take on board, but I had to keep my head, we kept chipping away round by round with the team trying to get the bike in the sweet spot for me and although it's a BMW it's a totally different bike to the one I rode last year at Hawk Racing. Over the last few rounds it's been getting closer and closer to where my last year's bike was and finally at Thruxton we managed to get inside the top 10 and finish 7th which was nice to do this coming into our home round at Cadwell. I go into each race weekend the same, but although my season has been difficult I felt something different about Cadwell and the whole weekend just worked, we chipped away session by session and come race day we were there right in the ball park and to have two strong finishes and my first BSB podium come the end of the day was fantastic and all Thanks to my Team for the hard work!

How does it help having a father and uncle who raced in the BSB paddock. Of course Lee was the National Superstock champion and had many races in Superbikes also?

Having my Dad and Uncle in my corner helps, it's just an instant confidence booster. For one I trust my dad with anything, he's always been around my racing and knows how to build a good race bike and same for my Uncle but obviously now they have taken a step back from building / working on my bikes they go off watching and spotting for me which is nice and helps me no end and can help me improve my riding and pick up things from other riders. Although recently both my Uncle and Dad have been floating in and out my SMITHS BMW garage helping the team understand and get the bike to where I'd like it which had been good as means there is 2 extra heads, eyes and hands in the garage

I first saw you race in the BSB paddock at the rearranged brands hatch meeting in 08 I think. 4 years later you won the Superstock 600 class and by 2015 you were a Superbike rider. That's some quick progression. I'm a firm believer that a rider can spend too long in a class, then either don't adapt or take longer to. Do you think the speed you progressed to BSB was beneficial to you?

Yes like you say my career has been quite quick up to now and only been in a class for a maximum of two years until as this is my 3rd season in British Superbikes. From 2011 to 2013 it all went so quick, from riding a Honda RS125 then onto the Superstock 600 which went from finishing last in the first race of the season to eventually winning the championship at the last round which then lead me into the Super stock 1000 class which went well in the first year and again in the 2nd year which helped me get a ride in the British Superbike championship. So I'd say the progression has been good and somewhat difficult at times, but I love the challenge and loved the change over on to the 1000cc bike and then of course now racing in the BSB class it's great and I'm still learning all the time.

So what is the goal for the rest of this year and into next season

For the rest of 2017 with 4 rounds to go, I'm looking now to be consistent in every race and hopefully be in the top 6 and fighting for the podiums now I've shown I can do it and I feel in myself I can do it and push on for more podiums. For 2018, I'm looking to be back in the BRITISH SUPERBIKE championship and fighting for the showdown as I feel we can do it more than ever now.

Be sure to follow Lee on Twitter

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Hurricane Irma Live Feed inc Tracker

I know this is not my normal post, but storms fascinate me.

Here is live coverage and tracking of Irma, which is on course to cause large devastation

Friday, 8 September 2017

Rossi arrives at Rehab

Vale arrives at rehab with Yamaha staff

Lorenzo Questions if Valentino is a Great

When interviewed by La Repubblica Jorge 'Blame the Rain' Lorenzo had the following to say

"Dovizioso is, however, very good: if he has not won much in the past, it is because he has found so many level of opponents. If you are lucky enough to race in the most modest seasons you can win 5 or 6 titles and be considered one of the best in history. To whom do I refer? Even in Rossi, his opponents Gibernau, Biaggi and Capirossi were good drivers, but I have won against Marquez, Stoner and Pedrosa the level was very high and winning was very difficult. I do not like having hair on the tongue, it's better to be hated for what you are, that you love for what you are not. Miss Rossi in Misano? No. The riders pass, motorcycling remains. In 70 years Agostini, Sheene, Rossi, Marquez have passed . The MotoGp has remained. Of course, Rossi was one of the most charismatic and attracted more people: but when he stop, motorcycling will continue the same. And Sunday we will run. The public will have fun".

I think at the moment Lorenzo needs to concentrate on his own legacy because it ain't looking to good

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Whitham Takes Pole in The Ultimate BSB Grid

In the last 24 hours voting has taken place on who you would like to see fill the Ultimate BSB grid with riders from 1996 to 2017 being voted for.

With some surprising results it will certainly make interesting reading, before the poll I thought Shane Byrne would easily demand the majority of votes.

James Whitham has taken the most votes, followed by Josh Brookes. But this was a vote on who you would like to see race each other! Not who you thought had the most potential, talent or success.

It seems the fans are not too bothered about seeing former champions Leon Camier or Alex Lowes.
James Ellison, Loris Baz and Stuart Easton also lacked support in making the cut.

Bradley Ray, Anthony Gobert and Dean Ellison are the surprises getting into the top 32 of the 108 riders who received votes from the 1052 voters

So here is the Ultimate BSB Grid in Rows of 4 as voted for by you.

1James Whitham
2Josh Brookes
3Steve Hislop
4Shane Byrne
5Chris Walker
6Troy Bayliss
7Cal Crutchlow
8James Toseland
9Steve Plater
10Tom Sykes
11Jonathan Rea
12Leon Haslam
13Niall Mackenzie
14Ryuichi Kiyonari
15Michael Rutter
16Yukio Kagayama
17John Reynolds
18Karl Harris
19Gregorio Lavilla
20Sean Emmett
21Anthony Gobert
22John Hopkins
23Neil Hodgson
24John McGuinness
25Glen Richards
26Nori Haga
27Dean Ellison
28James Haydon
29Brad Ray
30Tommy Hill
31Ian Hutchinson
32Peter Hickman

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Ultimate BSB Grid, You Choose

Pick the ultimate fantasy BSB grid, There is 24 places on the grid and you can choose just which past and current riders will fill it.

At the end, I will announce in qualifying format how the ultimate BSB fantasy race would line up on the grid.

You can pick more than one rider.

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Select the Riders you would like to see fill the fill the ultimate BSB grid?

Steve Hislop
Niall Mackenzie
Troy Bayliss
Neil Hodgson
John Reynolds
Shane Byrne
Gregorio Lavilla
Ryuichi Kiyonari
Leon Camier
Tommy Hill
Alex Lowes
Josh Brookes
James Whitham
Matt Llewellyn
Terry Rymer
Michael Rutter
Phil Borley
Jim Moodie
Shaun Muir
Sean Emmett
Paul A Jones WALES
Brett Sampson
Ray Stringer
Simon Beck
Dean Ashton
Nori Haga
Gus Scott
Scott Smart
Jim Hodson
Anthony Gobert
Pete Jennings
Iain MacPherson
Brian Morrison
Terry Rymer
Chris Walker
Phil Giles
James Haydon
James Ellison
Dean Ellison
Paul Brown
Jamie Robinson
Marty Craggill
John Crockford
Malcolm Ashley
Paul Young
Nigel Nottingham
John Crockford
James Toseland
Tom Kipp
Karl Harris
Steve Plater
Francis Williamson
Lee Jackson SNR
Lee Jackson JNR
Gordon Blackley
Brett Sampson
Simon Crafar
Gary Mason
Jon Kirkham
John Crawford
Glen Richards
Dean Thomas
Dennis Hobbs
Leon Haslam
Steve Brogan
Chris Martin
Stuart Easton
Cal Crutchlow
Tom Sykes
Loris Baz
Michael Laverty
Ollie Bridewell
Peter Hickman
Jonathan Rea
Ian Hutchinson
Simon Andrews
Hudson Kennaugh
Tristan Palmer
Steve Mercer
Guy Martin
Luke Quigley
Daniel Stewart
John Ingram
Jason O'Halloran
Karl Muggeridge
John Hopkins
Ian Lowry
Luca Scassa
Alastair Seeley
Christian Iddon
Luke Mossey
Tommy Bridewell
Jake Dixon
Brad Ray
Sylvain Guintoli
Nick Medd
Martin Jessopp
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