British Superbikes, Cadwell Park 18-20th August 2017

A strange weekend where a number of riders had unexpected problems. Notably, Josh Brookes was unable to get a decent setup and had to settle for 12th and 7th places. Shane Byrne was never entirely happy with the feel of his Ducati and retired in Race 2 with a mechanical fault. Dan Linfoot was pushed onto the grass and had to ditch his Honda to avoid colliding with following riders but unfortunately hurt his fingers as he fell preventing him from taking part in Race 2.

Dan Linfoot on the grass

Linfoot finds himself on the wet grass

Dan Linfoot Laying Bike down

To avoid running across the track he lays the bike down and…


Moto Time Attack, Cadwell Park 16 July 2017

There was a sizeable crowd for the launch of Moto Time Attack, which is based on the successful format for cars where the winner is determined by the fastest lap time. The high attendance was undoubtedly boosted by good advertising in the local press, TV and radio, free entry and the heavily publicised attendance of Guy Martin. Not only was admission free but there was no charge for the event programme either. I'll let the MTA provide the details..

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.

Guy Martin pushing his Martek

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…

Guy Martin pushing Martek

with a little help he pushed it back, but the paddock entrance at the Mountain is a lot steeper than it looks.


Barton Bike Night July 8th 2017

barton bikenight 2017

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.

puch skeleton

This year on a Puch moped, but I remember him from last year when he turned up in a sidecar

suzuki katana

This Katana caught my eye, immaculate and business like - would have been nice to have listened to it.

yamaha _trike

This Yamaha trike looked every bit the part and attracted lots of attention

scunthorpe powder coating

Scunthorpe Powder Coating had a stand displaying motorcycle frames and wheels in various finishes along with some novelty motorised cycles.

scunthorpe powder coating

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.

barton bike night guitarist

This man was good, played Hendrix while I stopped to listen. I'm assuming thats his house….


Hmmm ok then…………

suzuki intruder

This Suzuki Intruder stood out from the crowd with its multi coloured skull art work.

dunlop honda rc45

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.


British Superbikes Snetterton 1st and 2nd July 2017

Two great days of racing with perfect weather for the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Snetterton. The Norfolk track seems to have the best traffic management in place of all the MSV circuits, easy to park and more importantly easy to leave. I made my way back to the car after Sundays last race slightly apprehensive of what may be waiting in the car park. I shouldn't have worried, there were no queues and I just got in my car and drove away - if only it was like this every time!

tom booth-amos

Tom Booth-Amos won both Motostar races and left Snetterton 2nd in the championship behind City Lifting teammate, Jake Arthur.

cameron horsman

Cameron Horsman, Motostar, currently 5th in the Motostar standard class.

burman and best

Sam Burman and Edmund Best during warm up.

john hopkins

John Hopkins, Moto Rapido Ducati, got up to third position in the second Superbike race before dropping to 5th due to front tyre problems .

jason ohalloran

Jason O'Halloran, Honda Racing, scored two third places.

josh brookes

Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha, second in both races. Leading from the start of the second race I thought a win was on the cards but Shane Byrne edged him out to win by 0.686 seconds.

peter hickman

Peter Hickman, Smiths Racing BMW, left Snetterton in 6th place of the championship.


Am I the only one who finds Big Ed slightly scary?

tom neave

Tom Neave and Dan Stamper at the start of the Superstock 600 race. Neave went on to win, Stamper finishing 3rd.


British Superbikes Knockhill. 18 June 2017

The sun was out for most of the day which made a pleasant change from past visits and there was a good sized crowd as usual. Unfortunately due to injuries sustained in heavy crashes during practice Leon Haslam, Christian Iddon and Glen Irwin did not race in the MCE Superbike events.

james ellison wheelie

James Ellison pulling a wheelie at the end of morning warm up. Adding to his seemingly endless run of bad luck this season he slid off in Race 1 but finished second in Race 2

knockhill luke mossey

Luke Mossey left Knockhill leading the British Superbike Championship on 141 points, Leon Haslam second with 111 points

knockhill josh brookes

Josh Brookes in Race 1 just before he slid off at the hairpin.

knockhill Jake dixon

Jake Dixon after winning his first Superbike race - he was visibly shell shocked.

thomas strudwick crash

Scott Swann (45) and Sam Burman (54) pass Thomas Strudwick after falling at the hairpin. Thomas started the round in 2nd place of the championship but dropped to 3rd.

richard cooper bennets suzuki

Richard Cooper, Bennets Suzuki

mason law

Start line action - Mason Law, STAUFF Connect Academy Kawasaki

jordan weaving crashes

Jordan Weaving was another faller at the hairpin. Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship

niall mackenzie

Anglo Scottish Pro-Am Challenge winner Niall Mackenzie

suzuki merlin sidecar

On my way out I spotted this impressive road going Suzuki Hayabusa outfit with Merlin sidecar.