Reid clinches Irish Supertwin Championship for KMR Kawasaki

KMR Kawasaki celebrated more title success at the weekend with Simon Reid clinching the Irish Supertwin Championship at the St Angelo circuit near Enniskillen.

Riding the 650cc ER6 Kawasaki, Reid – son of former World Formula Two Champion Brian – came into the event with a slender nine-point advantage over Marty Lennon. But, having taken two wins and a second at the previous round, he arrived in great form and duly wrapped up the title with a resounding double victory around the 1.208-mile circuit.

Having taken pole position by just over three quarters of a second from Paul Gartland, Reid opened his account for the day with a 3.1s victory over the same rider in the first 8-lap race and he sealed his maiden Irish Championship with an identical result in the second 8-lap encounter later in the day, this time by the greater margin of 5.8s.

The two wins saw Reid end the 11-round, 27-race series with four wins and 11 further podiums to top the table with 359 points, 59 clear of Lennon with James Cotterell a distant third on 238 points.

There was further joy for Ryan Farquhar’s team with Jonny Towers having taken overall victory in the 2017 Thundersport Supertwins Championship. Riding a similar KMR Kawasaki to Reid, Towers took a double victory at the penultimate round at Oulton Park to secure the championship with a round to spare.

Ryan Farquhar, Team Owner: “It’s been a good few weeks for the team, firstly with Jonny winning the Supertwins Championship in the Thundersport series and then Simon doing the same in the Irish Championship. I’ve helped both riders during the course of the season wherever I could and it’s great to see the pair of them put in such great performances and come out on top in their respective Championships. It makes all the hard work in the workshop worthwhile so thanks to all the team sponsors for their continued support and for making it all possible.”




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Lintin and Dafabet Devitt Racing complete domestic road racing season

Ivan Lintin and the Dafabet Devitt Racing team completed their domestic road racing season at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough at the weekend and it proved to be a successful meeting for the Bristol-based outfit with a number of top class results.

There was a damp start to proceedings on Saturday after heavy overnight rain left the 2.43-mile tree-lined circuit in a tricky condition but by the time the first race, the first leg of the Supersport 600cc, came under starters, the sun had broken through. A number of damp patches still remained under the trees but, despite having to start from deep on the grid, Ivan opened his account with a strong ride into fourth place.

Switching to the Super Lightweight class, Ivan then took a start to finish victory on the Kawasaki ER6 650cc machine, winning by five seconds from similarly mounted Adam McLean. With little respite for Ivan and the team, the 8-lap Open race soon followed although the Bardney-based rider found himself down in eighth after two laps. With overtaking always difficult around the narrow road circuit, he managed to work his way up to sixth at the chequered flag.

The final race of a busy day was the Senior, also held over eight laps, and on this occasion Ivan and the Kawasaki ZX-10R were locked in battle with Daley Mathison throughout, the duo disputing second place. Try as he might, Ivan was unable to find a way past and he had to settle for third after eight hard fought laps, albeit only 0.2s adrift.

Sunday saw perfect sunny conditions and the second Supersport 600cc race saw a thrilling dice between Ivan, Dean Harrison, James Cowton and Adam McLean. It looked like the 32-year would clinch another podium position but McLean had other ideas and pushed him back to fourth on the final lap.

Having qualified in pole position, Ivan was eagerly looking forward to the feature International Gold Cup race, as well as his three other races but, unfortunately, two serious incidents resulted in racing being abandoned for the day at 3pm.

Ivan Lintin: “It’s been a mixed weekend in terms of the weather and a number of unfortunate incidents which affected the race programme so I wish all the injured parties a speedy recovery. On the racing side of things, I’m pretty pleased with my results although having qualified on pole, it’s a shame the Gold Cup race was cancelled. I felt like we made good progress with the ZX-10R over the course of the two days and whilst it’s taken a bit longer than I would have liked, I’ve gelled with it more and more throughout the year. The 600cc races were as hard as always but I was pleased to equal my personal best lap on a Supersport machine and it was nice to get another win on the Supertwin. I’m looking forward now to Macau and ending the year with a strong result.”

Ben Constable, Team Co-owner: “Ivan was there or thereabouts all weekend and he picked up some good, solid results including another win on the Supertwin. The weather conditions made it a bit tricky on Saturday morning but as the track dried out, Ivan got into his stride and had a good weekend. With a podium in Saturday’s Senior race and then pole position for the Gold Cup race, I think he could have had a real good go in the big bike races on Sunday when conditions were perfect but it wasn’t to be. Our domestic season has ended on a positive note and we can look forward to Macau now whilst I wish everyone injured this weekend well.”



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Team MTR Race Report

Welcome to TeamMTR's latest race report. After the successful Round 7 of the Championship at Thruxton, Mike and the team were excited to get back on track for round 8 of the series at Silverstone GP.

Race 1
After some fundraising from a number of sponsors to help the team with the purchase of some uprated front fork internals, Mike and the team were eager to get out on circuit to gather some data for the settings of not only track, but also the new fork internals. With Silverstone GP being the longest track on the calender, the 20 minute Practice session would only provide us with around 7 laps, so it was essential to learn as much as possible about the bike, circuit and the wet conditions.

After qualifying in a slightly disappointing 25th on the grid, again in wet conditions, the first race of the weekend was held in dry conditions, meaning once again Mike and the team were guessing the setup of the bike in the dry weather.

Unfortunately, on lap 3 of the race, rain fell, causing the red flag to come out and the race to be stopped. Due to the sudden downpour, every rider had 10 minutes to change their wheels to wet tyres, if each rider felt it was the decision to make. The new start of the race would be declared a wet race, meaning it would not be stopped for rain again. As the track temperature was still quite high, Mike and the team gambled on using the dry tyres in the damp conditions, hoping the circuit would dry out sufficient enough for them to work. This proved to be the correct decision, as Mike started 22nd on the grid, and began to pick of another 19 riders off in front of him to cross the line in 3rd position, recording the teams highest finishing positon and to finally be able to stand on the podium in a British Championship race.

Race 2
After race ones extremely impressive result, Mike and the team were able to enjoy their highest grid start for race 2, as Mike recorded the second fastest lap of race 1, allowing him to start in position 2 on the front row of the grid. A good start ensured Mike got away fairly well. However, a downshifter problem on the bike caused Mike to drop off the pace rather dramatically, limping home in a slightly disappointing 15th place, albeit still grabbing some ever valuable points.

Conclusion
Having had such a great result in Saturdays race 1, and grabbing the teams first ever British Championship podium in the teams first year at this level, nothing could ruin the atmosphere within the camp. Both Mike and the team were not expecting to be on the podium in the first season at this level, so to actually come away with a bagful of points and a trophy was hugely satisfying. The team were a little disappointed with the bike problem on Sunday, but we are pleased to have found the problem and the bike is now ready for the final round of the season at Assen, Netherlands next weekend. We were also extremely pleased to be invited along to the open evening of Blade Ducati’s new store in Abingdon, where the bike was on show along with all of Ducati’s class leading motorcycles. Having met many of their customers and all the staff, the team have strengthened their relationship with the Blade Motorcycle Group, and both parties are looking forward to working together for next years Ducati TriOptions Cup, while working closely with the new Blade Ducati Oxford store at Abingdon.

Championship Standings
Ducati TriOptions Cup-12th
EMRA Superstock-5th



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HEDGER GUNNING FOR PODIUM END TO SEASON AFTER STRONG DAY AT OULTON

EHA Racing’s National 1000cc Superstock rookie Luke Hedger is edging ever closer to his maiden class podium, having taken impressive seventh and fourth placed finishes from the this weekend’s double-header at Oulton Park. He currently holds eighth place in the championship standings with just one race weekend remaining.

The penultimate round of the 2017 season threw up some inclement weather conditions, but the EHA Racing Aprilia mounted rider coped admirably, and is now gunning for that debut podium during the season finale at Brands Hatch in October.

Luke Hedger:
“The weekend started off slow, but we kept building throughout every session. We got faster, which of course is the plan, and I was happy with the two race positions. P7 and P4 gives me solid points and is good for my overall championship position. Now we look ahead to Brands, where I know we will carry on our good pace. I couldn't do it without the whole EHA Racing team, Ian, my Dad, family, and all my sponsors who have stuck by me.”

Gail Allingham – Team Manager:
“Luke had a really positive weekend. He rode so well today to get that fourth place. It was a shame the first three had pulled away early in the race and the gap was just too big to close. We would still love to get Luke on the podium before the end of the season and with no Superstock races at Assen, we will have to give it our all at the last round at Brands Hatch. Thanks as always to our sponsors.”



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