Marco Simoncelli Tribute

The last race of the GP calender held at Valencia was very special in more ways than one. After loosing Marco (SIC) Simoncelli 2 weeks earlier at the Sepang round a “Casino” was planned as a tribute to him. A Casino in Italy is 2 minutes of noise as a sign of respect and it involved every 125, Moto 2 and Moto GP on track at the same time followed by 2 minutes of fireworks. It was a fitting send off and a moving gesture.
The racing was good too which is something that does not always happen at the Ricardo Tormo circuit with light rain on and off all day and everyone riding on slicks. Lots of crashing but no one hurt luckily.
The last ever 125gp saw Danny Webb on pole riding the Mahindra which was a great suprise but a lack of speed showed in the race and he retired on lap 13. The Moto 2 race saw Bradley Smith fall off to remount and finish in 23rd. The race was won by Gresini rider Michele Pirro.
Moto GP was almost a disaster at the first corner with Bautista loosing control and taking out the Ducati’s of Rossi, Hayden and De Puniet who all had looked good in the dodgy weather during practice. Stoner looked to have run away with it until the last few laps when he was caught by Ben Spies but Honda power won the day with Stoner getting better drive out of the last corner and winning by 0.015 of a second. Biggest shout out of the day goes to Cal Crutchlow who managed a season best 4th place winning him Rookie of the year.
I am very much looking forward to the 1000cc bikes coming back next year and i hope that tyre smoke and multiple line racing returns with a vengence.

Shakey dumps it in morning warm up

The morning of the last day of the BSB season and for the second time this weekend Shake Byrne has crashed in warm up. Luckily for him he was able to remount and continue back to the pits covered in mud apparently unharmed. Although his chances of the title are gone Shane will for sure be wanting to put on a good show for the fans. Today will for sure be exciting. Picture kindly supplied by Snowy from Seventy Point three

shane byrne crashed in sunday warm up

its muddy here at Brands Hatch

Donnington BSB September 2011

What a great days racing. I have always loved Donnington park and i for one am really glad it has returned to the schedule. I feel desperatly sorry for Shakey in race 2 going into the gravel at Redgate, i am sure he would have been on the podium of not for that, still, 8th is OK. Thats racing.
There was some extremely tight racing this weekend, i cant know the commitment of the riders who had made it into the top 6. A strange situation to be sure but it has certainly produced some quality racing.
John Hopkins has once again amazed me. For a Rookie to the BSB series he has done very well and if he ends up winning the title i will be very please. Considering the damage to his hand i am amazed he did so well. Really good job.
The question is will Tommy Hill miss out again?

Yamaha pulls out of WSB for 2012

A very sad day and something i hoped would never happen. Following Ducati who pulled out of WSB this year Yamaha WSB have announced they are not going to have a factory team in 2012 leaving Marco and Eugene without rides. They will still however continue to supply race parts to private teams. Yamaha have been at the pointy end of road racing for many years and along with the YZF R1 had some fantastic race bikes including the legendary R7 (remember Haga and his R7?)
I do hope people start buying sports bikes again soon, or we will be watching Adventure trail bikes touring the USA on a Sunday afternoon. Who’s next? will Honda pull out because of the crappy season they are having?
Maybe this is a blessing in disguise, some of the best racing i have ever seen was club racing and removing the big money from the world championship may do it some good.

John Hopkins wins at Oulton Park

Well done to newbie John Hopkins who held off a strong challenge from some seasoned riders at a circuit he had only ridden on a road bike. Could we be seeing the next Troy Bayliss?

Its early days but i can see him moving swiftly to WSB.

All in all a good race day with some quality action. Just a shame that Jenny Tinmouth did not qualify.

Eurosport Moto GP Coverage

Word is from Toby Moody that Eurosport will be giving us the same Moto GP TV coverage as last year. Friday practice is back and Saturday qualifying will be shown live. The 125 and Moto 2 races will be shown live on the Sunday with the Moto GP event shown an hour after it happens. Sorry but no HD in the UK apparently. So if you want to watch the Moto GP race live you will have to watch it on the BBC with EX truck racer Steve Parish.

Tom Sykes does Brands Hatch double

After a pretty crappy season in WSB Tom Sykes made a return to the BSB series at Brands Hatch this weekend and did the double on the Sunday. After an indifferent and damp Saturday race Tom gave it everything to take 2 wins. Looking like he was going sideways even when he was on a straight he showed that the Kawasaki ZX10R has some fight in it after all. Tom Sykes Kawasaki