A good days racing but the highlight of the meeting for me was the second British Superbike race and that incredible drag to the finish between Josh Brookes, Leon Haslam and Jake Dixon, with Haslam completing the race double. The start finish line isn't my usual vantage point as action shots there are generally confined to boring side on panning shots. However on this occasion nothing could have been further from the truth witnessing one of the most exciting finishes I've seen for some time.
Leon Haslam studies Josh Brookes and his McAMS Yamaha on the grid
Josh Brookes, McAMS Yamaha flat out along the straight
The last corner and Brookes leads Haslam and Dixon
Haslam starts to gain on Brookes closely followed by Dixon
Haslam and Brookes collide on the drag to the line - Jake Dixon hidden behind Haslam
Knees and elbows come into play, with Josh Brookes eventually losing out to Haslam and Dixon.
I spent the first hour or so in the car, listening to the radio and admiring the scenery.
Paul Marley, Kawasaki
Mark Goodings, Kawasaki
The superkarts were good fun through the Hall Bends, Lee Harpham 125 TM
Linfoot finds himself on the wet grass
To avoid running across the track he lays the bike down and…
About Moto Time Attack [MTA]. MTA is a competition for riders to set the quickest lap on their machine in accordance with a class that is relevant to both rider and motorcycle. Classing is currently based on engine size and bike specification, as well as taking into account rider experience and speed. Bikes are run in timed sessions by class, with competitors on track together. The aim of MTA is to allow riders to participate in a series of timed sessions during the event, perfecting setup and times until the Final session when the lap times result in the final classification for the class podiums. MTA regulations are set together with the ACU to form specific and unique rules that only apply to MTA. MTA timing is handled by industry leaders, TSL.
I'd just arrived as Guy Martin coasted to a halt in front of me on the GSX - R1100 based Martek due to an ignition fault. Rather than take the recovery truck…
with a little help he pushed it back, but the paddock entrance at the Mountain is a lot steeper than it looks.Read More...
For the 21st annual event, Barton Bike Night was moved from Wednesday to Saturday. I arrived early, well before the 4.00pm start time and the town centre was filling up fast. in the few years I've been attending its got noticeably busier each year and the organisers claim that it brings £200,000 a year to the local economy. Its not hard to imagine when they were quoted as predicting between 10,000 to 15,000 people and 5000 to 7000 bikes to attend.
This year on a Puch moped, but I remember him from last year when he turned up in a sidecar
This Katana caught my eye, immaculate and business like - would have been nice to have listened to it.
This Yamaha trike looked every bit the part and attracted lots of attention
Scunthorpe Powder Coating had a stand displaying motorcycle frames and wheels in various finishes along with some novelty motorised cycles.
SPC finished both my VFR 400 and 750 wheels in gloss white (they look really smart!) and most of the 750's brackets and fork yokes in a durable satin black. Turnaround times were good and prices reasonable.
This man was good, played Hendrix while I stopped to listen. I'm assuming thats his house….
Hmmm ok then…………
This Suzuki Intruder stood out from the crowd with its multi coloured skull art work.
A nice collection of Honda RC45s - the nearest one is an ex Joey Dunlop bike.
As usual Harley-Davidsons were well represented - check those spokes.