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David Stewart

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  1. yamaha

    That's a bit caustic Bill, are you not overstating the negative here? Crash vids are pretty standard fare and this one doesn't contain any serious injuries, so I guess it actually does demonstrate how safe racing really is. There is no point in trying to hide the fact that crashes can and do happen, this video clearly demonstrates that such accidents don't have to have serious consequences. Our i-player has over 300 hours of racing content on it, so I think this is pretty well balanced.
  2. yamaha

    Michelin will have a full team of Factory Technicians from the Clermant Ferrand facility at Donington Park on the 17th & 18th February. Rather than casting around for opinions from those who may not have tried the latest generation of tyres, it would probably be better to talk to the experts face to face. These same technicians assisted Lee Williams and Josh Day to their 1st & 2nd places in the Thundersport GB GP1 Championships last year, so they know their stuff.
  3. yamaha

    Michelin will have a full team of Factory Technicians from the Clermant Ferrand facility at Donington Park on the 17th & 18th February. Rather than casting around for opinions from those who may not have tried the latest generation of tyres, it would probably be better to talk to the experts face to face. These same technicians assisted Lee Williams and Josh Day to their 1st & 2nd places in the Thundersport GB GP1 Championships last year, so they know their stuff.
  4. You have to go on the bus nowadays anyway Paul. You also need to have visited the Island and have undertaken some formal course tuition before you are even considered for a Mountain Course Licence for the first time.
  5. Take a look at the lap times that Lee Williams & Josh Day have been turning in on these:- Thundersport GB GP1 Lap times/results 1st & 2nd in the championship and Michelin shod bikes have won 16 out of 26 races in this years championship.
  6. Here you Alistair:- http://www.motoforum.net/topic/126115-suzuki-gsxr600-srad-streetfighter-race-bike/ Just buy that for £1000 put the full fairing back on it for a couple of hundred quid and you've got yourself a Golden Era 600 that you could also race as a Pre-National 600 Freshman if want extra track time as Simon suggests. If you were riding with Bemsee I think that could slot into Rookie 600 and Thunderbike Sport to get the same effect.
  7. Your current bike is worth less than £6,500 otherwise it would be sold. It is a race proven bike with a decent pedigree. How are you looking to start racing in a better class, cheaper and with more chance of progression? Just race it.
  8. Hi Cookster, why don't you just keep the Supertwin you are advertising in the For Sale section? Supertwins is a very viable starter class.
  9. You could fit the 38mm restrictors to the throttle bodies and run that bike in the Thundersport GP1 Classic class. -------------------------- Outline below:- Golden Era Superbikes was designed for the world BEFORE the Yamaha YZF-R1... a world where Superbikes were 750cc 4-cylinder bikes and 1000cc 2-cylinder bikes. Strangely enough the biggest selling large capacity Sportsbike in the 1992-1998 era was in fact the Honda Fireblade and that never really took off as a racing machine in any of its early 900cc derivatives. That wasn’t because it wasn’t a very capable sportsbike, it was just that there was nowhere for it to race on the international stage. Sadly for Honda, that “Glass-Ceiling” lasted until the Fireblade had been surpassed in both weight and power departments by the first R1. The Yamaha YZF-R1 of 1998 completely moved the goalposts and in non-FIM homologated events made everything else obsolete. The big International Road Races such as the NW200 and TT Races adapted quickly and welcomed these bikes into their events, gaining big kudos from having the fastest bikes on the planet at the front of their races. Eventually, the FIM, Flammini, BSB and everyone else saw that the R1, GSXR 1000, over 999cc Ducati and Hondas new on the bench 1000cc Fireblade were the mass market of the future – and Superbike racing changed forever. Crucially, the capacity advantage that the twin cylinder Ducatis, Aprilias and Hondas had enjoyed against the old 750cc 4 cylinder bikes was wiped out overnight and the fight was for the first time since 1994 an equal one. Thankfully from the point of view of the Italian organisers, the Ducatis were still dominant, but that didn’t last long and the Bologna Bullets soon got a capacity hike to 1200cc. So there was then a world in between the demise of true Superbike racing and the current era of what I like to think of as “All whistles and bells Super-Production racing” which is Superbike racing in the modern era. The simple fact that both WSB and BSB are trying to dumb-down Superbikes into more accessible and marginally more affordable packages shows that technology on this supposedly “road based” series had got out of control. Never mind, that’s not really my business, but it might make the basis of a good discussion in the future. Our new class for 2017 - “Thundersport GP1 Classic” will be aimed at that bit in the middle of those two eras and I took the basic defining moment as being the advent of the GSXR 1000 K1. I ran a lot of meetings in that era and it soon became apparent that you either had to have a GSXR 1000 K1, or you would be fighting for 10th place. The Suzuki wasn’t actually that superior to the early R1s, but it simply had too much grunt engine wise for the old Yamahas to handle on the tighter and twistier British circuits. Knocking the edge off of that power advantage would have made for some great racing, so that is what we have allowed for within our rules. So the eligible models are going to be:- Yamaha YZF-R1 up to the last 2001 carby model. Suzuki GSXR 1100 all models (including Harris Magnum framed bikes). Honda CBR900RR – 899cc, 919cc, 929cc and the 954cc. Kawasaki ZX9R all models to 2004. Ducati 998cc Testastretta engine bikes. Suzuki GSXR 750 Y, K1, K2, K3 prior to the end of 2003 revamp. Aprilia RSV1000R later than currently allowed in Golden Era Superbikes. Benelli Tornado all models up to 2003. Triumph Daytona 955i all models. **Suzuki GSXR 1000 K1 & K2 (988cc models only) will be permitted with 38mm throttle bodies from the GSXR600 K1 or with 38mm inlet restrictors fitted to the original 42mm throttle bodies after the butterfly. Although this class may initially run alongside the current Golden Era Superbikes, it is a separate and distinct championship which we envisage growing to the point where both championships occupy their own grids in the future. ------------------------------------------------------- Or you could choose any of the "starter classes" like Stocktwins/Minitwins, CB500s, Golden Era Supersport or Formula 400. Depends a lot on what you're actually looking for.
  10. Thanks Rob, The latest one How to start motorcycle racing without breaking the bank is proving quite popular. Obviously this one focuses on the many reasons NOT to start racing on a big bike and why your first season might be better spent on a Golden Era Supersport or Steelsport bike. It could equally have included Stocktwins, YPM, MZs as cheap starter classes, but most 4-cylinder bike riders find sticking with that known formula is a simpler transition and flicks their switch a little more. We might even do another one for people who want to do a bit more fettling and perhaps might prefer a two-stroke later. Our other tutorials are aimed at taking the mystery out of the ACU Licencing process and getting over that first hurdle of entering your first race. I must apologise for the South London accent on the vids, but believe me that inside my head I actually sound like the BBC newsreader Peter Sissons (weird eh?) I hope that helps.
  11. Apologies, I have only just had this topic pointed out to me. Sparklight Racing are Official K-Tech suppliers and have their complete set up at every event. Brook Suspension are also present, as is PCR (Phil Crowe) both of whom have a pretty wide customer base. hth
  12. June 2016 NewsletterDear Member, Our website has been gradually evolving. You will have noticed the change in design took place earlier in the year. It is now mobile and tablet friendly and should work effortlessly on any browser and operating platform. A site for the 21st century. On June 19th, our online entry and payment system became live to use. This is a secure automated system which is available to use now. You our members asked we listened. Once you have put all your details in, it will save this for you each time you log in to enter a meeting. (Please note, this is only available for the DPMCC standalone meetings this season and not Thundersport GB, NG or EMRA). There are other innovations in the pipeline to make more improvements to the site, the forum will be back for those who are not big Facebook users. Also this year we have introduced more classes and made the Formula 600 sidecars an Open class 600 category. (Not a totally Open Class for now). Our first standalone meeting at Cadwell in June was well down on expected and promised attendance by club members who said they would participate in the event. Numbers were well below average in all classes. We therefore, really need your continued and necessary support for the remainder of the season. This is paramount to our club continuing. As it stands we need to attract substantially more riders for the Croft meeting. So come on guys, we need you out there entering the events, to turn your club around this year. If you can all do that this year, then next year we would be in a better position to offer more meetings as a standalone club once more. The closing date for entries is usually three weeks before the meeting, however, we will keep taking entries up to the week of the meeting, so if you want your name to appear in our new look programme, then get your entries in as soon as possible. Use our new on-line system (see the link below). Please forward this to riders who are not club members who would like to experience the DPMCC paddock atmosphere for themselves. We truly believe in the spirit of the club and all its members and volunteers who work hard to make these events happen. Members, this really is our final chance to move forward so this is effectively our urgent appeal. It’s really down to you our membership. Make Derby Phoenix second to none once more. Yours truly, The Derby Phoenix Team PS click on the link below to go to our onlne entry system. https://forms.derbyphoenix.co.uk
  13. Actually, it isn't really racing per-se that is most likely to be affected, but Track Days. Racing is covered by a piece of legislation called a Statutory Instrument, which gives exemptions from certain parts of the Road Traffic Act (mainly section 13A). This means that speeding on private land (which is actually technically an offence) during "Authorised Competitions" cannot be prosecuted under normal RTA legislation when it happens under the auspices of a "Permit" issued by one of the recognised Governing Bodies. 13Regulation of motoring events on public ways. (1)A person who promotes or takes part in a competition or trial (other than a race or trial of speed) involving the use of motor vehicles on a public way is guilty of an offence unless the competition or trial— (a)is authorised, and (b)is conducted in accordance with any conditions imposed, by or under regulations under this section. (2)The Secretary of State may by regulations authorise, or provide for authorising, the holding of competitions or trials (other than races or trials of speed) involving the use of motor vehicles on public ways either— (a)generally, or (b)as regards any area, or as regards any class or description of competition or trial or any particular competition or trial, subject to such conditions, including conditions requiring the payment of fees, as may be imposed by or under the regulations. (3)Regulations under this section may— (a)prescribe the procedure to be followed, and the particulars to be given, in connection with applications for authorisation under the regulations, and (b)make different provision for different classes or descriptions of competition or trial. (4)In this section “public way” means, in England and Wales, a [F2highway] and, in Scotland, a public road. The Governing Bodies will doubtless be expected to honour the terms of their authority to issue such permits, which may cause certain extra expense in some instances. However, the activities that do not take place under an Authorising Permit:- Track Days, Experience Days, Race Schools and Private Testing may well find themselves in need of normal RTA cover for all participating machines, as I am 100% sure that ATDO will not be willing to underwrite the entire exercise. As motorcycle racers (and motorcycle racing organisations) we are fortunate that our insurance policies are very good, due largely to our high safety standards and record collection after any incidents. I do have the entire text of the relevant Statutory Instrument, but i think the word count would make this site crash if I posted it.
  14. He is Paul. Ben is the new Chairman of Derby Phoenix.
  15. It depends a lot on who you are and how bothered you are by pain. Of course it hurts, but some people really do feel pain more than others. The salient question regarding racing with any injury really should be:- Can I do this safely, for both myself and others around me? I will admit that back in the day I myself perhaps didn't always answer that question as honestly as I should have and I do now regret that. These things can come back to bite you in the backside later in life though...........sometimes with embarrassing consequences:- I broke my left collar bone at Lydden Hill one Saturday morning in practice and raced all day (2 wins and another minor crash). After stiffening up overnight I did try to race on the Sunday but I gave up after my first race as I thought that having to brake so early into the Devils Elbow might cause an accident if someone was close behind me (and it was hurting like F**k as well to be honest). Two weeks later I highsided coming out of the Bus Stop at Mallory Park and broke my right collar bone. I don't honestly think I could have ridden again that day, but it was the last race of the day anyway so I didn't have to put it to the test. A friend of mine loaned me a Moto-Cross back and chest protector and I used a pair of tennis balls (one under each armpit) to enable me to race more comfortably at Snetterton the next weekend. It was a remarkably painless experience, until I crashed at the Bombhole in my second race (I was pipped to the line for the win in the first one, but I was happy enough with my pace). I got taken to the Medical Centre and met the Chief Medical Officer Proff Clive Loveday who immediately diagnosed a broken right collar bone....... They carefully took my left arm out of my leathers and a tennis ball fell onto the floor of the Med Centre treatment room..... "What's that?" says the Proff after a few moments of awkward silence. "It's my tennis ball" I said and then had to explain the reason I was using it. The verbal ragging he gave me for riding with a broken bone was brutal, but he eventually calmed down. Then they moved on to carefully extract my right arm from my leathers........ my other tennis ball popped out and bounced off of the bed and onto the floor. Oh dear! He kicked the ball away and basically tore me a new ringpiece, before telling me to get the f**k out of his medical centre and stop wasting his time. On the way out I did politely enquire as to whether I might be signed off as fit to race the next day but I feared from the colour of his face that he might be about to have a stress induced heart attack, so I left without pushing it further. ---------------------- Five years later I was no longer a racer and I went back to Snetterton as the CEO and Clerk of the Course with Bemsee. Part of my early morning routine was always to pop into the Medical Centre and ensure that everyone was on the same plan for the event and to introduce myself to the Chief Medical Officer. Well the Proff was - as always - bang on the money with the race plan and all the resources were present and correct. He was however looking at me in that way that people do when they think they might know you, but can't quite place the face...... We had a great weekend, the whole team worked seamlessly and on Sunday after the last race we were all standing outside the bar in the sunshine having a well deserved beer. Suddenly, the Proff spluttered into his beer, went a very funny colour before starting to rant at me.... "YOU! You're that bl**dy bloke aren't you? Him with the tennis balls!" Needless to say, having all my previous misdemeanors laid out in front of my new colleagues and officials was very embarrassing....... something it took a while to make them all forget.