DECEMBER 2017

Danny Webb remains with Penz13 BMW Motorrad Motorsport for 2018 Isle of Man TT Races

Former Moto3 GP racer Danny Webb will be representing the German Penz13 BMW Motorrad Motorsport team at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy for the third consecutive year in 2018. 

Webb joined the Penz13 team back in 2016. Prior to that the young Brit established his reputation on 125cc and Moto3 bikes at world championship level. Despite Webb’s unknown ability on the more powerful 1000cc BMW machinery, Penzkofer took the risk to sign him and in his first year. Danny repaid this trust with top five results in the IRRC in Joey Dunlop Open in Frohburg and some credible 120mph+ lap times at the TT Races. 

In 2017 he showed his true potential and achieved positive results which began with his appearance in Horice for the 300 Corner of Gustav Havel, where he was able to follow the locals in his debut at the challenging track in Czech Republic. 

Unfortunately, the Isle of Man TT campaign was curtailed after a crash in practice week that took him nearly two months to fully recover, returning to the Mountain Course compete in the Classic TT in the same year. 

In the same year - and convinced by his potential – the Penz13 squad selected him for the 24 Hour Endurance World Championship round at Bol d’Or with Markus Reiterberger and Alessandro Polita. Despite neither through the dark, or in a 24 Hour race, his fastest lap in Le Castellete was just a fraction slower than Reiterberger. The team finished on the podium and currently stand in second position overall in the championship. 

Just a week later he put up another tremendous performance at the Joey Dunlop Open event in Germany, winning the IRRC Superbike and Supersport Races with new lap and race records. He wrapped up his season in style with a Top 10 finish at the Macau GP and the team and Webb are both excited to be extending their partnership for another year with the TT and various appearances in the IRRC planned for next season.

Danny Webb: 

”To be honest, in the last two years I wasn’t really focused on racing and wasn’t even sure if I wanted to continue. It is probably most riders’ dream to race at World Championship level and around the TT and I have done both. But things really changed for me during the year with Penz. The season did not start the way I wanted and it took me a while to recover from that stupid crash at the Isle of Man. But when the team called me up for their EWC round in France I was over the moon and can’t thank them enough for giving me that chance. I always knew I had it in me, so I want to prove that I can be as fast on big bikes. With the success in Frohburg the following week I felt like I was rebooted and knew immediately that I want to continue and invest everything I have. I haven’t felt that confident for a long time and there was no question in my mind about staying with these guys.” 

Rico Penzkofer: 

”I am aware that keeping Danny in the future might become more challenging as I’m sure that other teams are watching him closely. But I am sure there aren’t many other teams that give him what he needs and make him feel like part of the family. So I couldn’t be happier to continue with him for another year and conquer the upcoming challenges.”

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MCLEAN JOINS QUINNSTHEPRINTERS.COM BY TEAM IMR FOR 2018 ROAD RACING SEASON

Talented youngster Adam McLean will have a full complement of machinery for the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and the other international road races in 2018 having signed for quinnestheprinters.com by Team IMR.
 
The Ulsterman will campaign a BMW S1000RR in the RST Superbike and RL360º Quantum Superstock TT Races and a Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Monster Energy Supersport Races with the team having recently purchased the ex-Ian Hutchinson 600cc machine from Raceways Motorcycles.
 
McLean will also have the use of the machinery for the other International races and selected Irish National road races and will continue to have the support of Roy Hanna Motors for the Lightweight class while he will continue to be supported by Metzeler tyres for his 2018 campaign.
 
The 21-year old has been a standout performer in the last two seasons, impressing in all of his races, especially at the International events where he has made a more than favourable impression, particularly in 2017 where he took a brilliant fourth in the second Supersport race at the North West 200 and third in the Ulster Grand Prix Supertwins race.
 
He also took sixth in the opening Supertwins race at the North West 200 and tenth in the first Supersport 600cc race at the Ulster GP, improving his quickest lap around the Dundrod circuit to 125.535mph.
 
The Magherafelt rider also made his debut at the Isle of Man TT races in 2017, winning the coveted Newcomers Trophy after finishing 18th in the opening Monster Energy Supersport 600cc race where he lapped at an impressive 120.644mph, the fifth fastest lap ever recorded by a newcomer on a 600cc machine, and won a silver replica. He was on course for a brilliant top ten finish in the Bennetts Lightweight race after lapping at more than 115mph before being forced to retire on the third lap.
 
McLean was a consistent front runner at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, taking regular podium finishes in the Supersport and Supertwins races and finished third, fourth and fifth overall in the Irish Road Racing Supertwins, Supersport 600cc and Moto3 Championships respectively.
 
Adam McLean: 

“I’m really looking forward to working with quinnstheprinters.com by Team IMR in 2018 and am very grateful for the opportunity. I’ll be riding top class machinery with a superb infrastructure behind me which will hopefully enable me to be successful and build on my 2017 results so I can’t wait to get going!”

Peter Bradley, Managing Director of quinnstheprinters.com commented; 

"quinnstheprinters.com are delighted to be the title sponsor of Team IMR and we are thrilled the team has secured the services of Adam McLean for the 2018 road racing season. As part of the Bradley Group which has operations in England and the Isle of Man as well as a base in Northern Ireland, the company places a huge emphasis on supporting young local talent and we believe that with the right backing, Adam has the capability to achieve considerable success and build on his highly impressive 2017 season. We look forward to getting him on the bike during our Spanish testing programme in February and wish him all the best for a safe and enjoyable 2018 season.”
 
Jason Griffiths, Racing Manager, Metzeler UK said; 

“It was a real pleasure to work with Adam this year in what was his breakthrough season. He obviously has great potential and at Metzeler we look forward to continuing our partnership with Adam and seeing him gain more experience at the International Road Races in 2018. When Metzeler started the Road Race programme in 2013 a young Dean Harrison joined us and we firmly believe Adam is capable of the same progression. Good luck to Adam and Team IMR with their new venture.”
 
Ian Moffitt, Team Principal of quinnstheprinters.com by Team IMR added; 
“It’s fantastic to have signed Adam for the 2018 roads season. Given our initial focus on the British Championship and securing Chrissy Rouse and Jordan Gilbert for the Superstock 1000 BSB campaign, we feared we had missed out on signing a quality roads rider for 2018. However, having learnt that Adam was available and after a discussion with Peter Bradley, we were able to come to an agreement on running Adam at the International road races which is hugely exciting for the team.”

“Adam will have a full stable of bikes to compete in the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport clases at the NW200, TT and UGP with the use of our two 2017 BMW S1000RRs as well as Ian Hutchinson’s 2017 front-running Yamaha R6, which will all run on Metzeler tyres for whom we are very grateful for their support. Adam will also compete at some of the BSB and national road races throughout the season and we are extremely excited to be working with one of today’s most talented riders in road racing. We would not be able to do what we are doing without the support of all our partners but especially Peter and quinnstheprinters.com.”

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DEREK SHIELS JOINS TEAMS PENZ13 BMW MOTORRAD MOTORSPORT FOR 2018 ISLE OF MAN TT RACES

 

2017 marked the most successful campaign for the Penz13 BMW Motorrad Motorsport team in real road racing. Manxman Dan Kneen earned the team’s first TT podium finish and Michael Rutter, Danny Webb and Alessandro Polita achieved multiple race wins and podiums in the IRRC.

 

After Kneen's contract expired and he moved to Tyco BMW, team principal Rico Penzkofer assessed their approach to the 2018 season. The team's main focus has always been the FIM Endurance World Championship, while Penzkofer's heart has always been with road racing.

 

Derek Sheils deputised as a stand-in rider for the ill Kneen at the Joey Dunlop Open event at Frohburg in Germany earlier this season and after his strong performance in the recent Macau Grand Prix, the Irishman was considered a perfect fit for the vacant seat in the Penz13 squad.

 

Sheils will be provided with the latest BMW machinery in Superstock and Superbike configurations for the 300 Corners of Gustav Havel event in Czech Republic, which the team uses as a test for the season’s main event, the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy. Additionally, Sheils will join the experienced and proven winning formula at the Imatranajo in Finland, the Joey Dunlop Open in Frohburg, Germany and the prestigious Macau Grand Prix.

 

Derek Sheils:

 

”I am grateful for the support of John Burrows so far, giving me the opportunity to sign for the Penz13 team for the TT. I enjoyed my stand-in race in Frohburg last September and felt that the BMW is the right bike to step up into the world’s top league of road racers. I quickly got the grip with the electronics that come along with the HP4 and I was surprised how well advanced their electronic suspension from Tractive Suspension actually is. I am obviously aiming high and hope to finish all the TT Races within the Top ten but also taking some race victories over in Europe.”

 

Rico Penzkofer:

 

”I didn’t know much about Derek until he joined us in Frohburg, but immediately saw that he would fit perfectly into the team and could be a good replacement for Dan Kneen. His recent Macau GP pace convinced me even more and I took the opportunity to sign him right after the race. In Frohburg was actually the first time he rode a BMW with all the electronics. Our suspension engineer Eric Lindemann as well as our mechanic crew pointed out that he provides very good feedback. I enjoyed working with him and therefore hope that he can help us to further establish our team in real road racing in 2018. I am sure there is a lot to come from Derek in the near future.”

Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston line up on the roads for Honda Racing

Announcing an all-new rider line-up for its 2018 Road Racing campaign, Honda Motor Europe is delighted to welcome Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston to the fold contesting the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and the Ulster GP aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 in the Superbike and Superstock 1000 classes.

Both Hutchinson and Johnston are no strangers to Honda machinery and in 2010 Hutchy claimed his historic five-TT wins with the Padgetts Honda team. Hugely successful on the roads the ‘Bingley Bullet’ is a 16-time TT winner with 27 TT podiums to his name and will be looking to further add to his tally, as well as claiming the maiden road-racing win for the Fireblade SP2.

Former National Superstock 600 Champion Johnston made his debut at the North West 200 in 2008 and it was 2012 when he first rode the famous TT Mountain Circuit. ‘The General’ has impressed during his time on the roads collecting three wins and six podiums at the NW200, as well as two podiums at the Isle of Man TT. Johnston also has strong links with the Louth-based squad, having worked closely with the Honda Endurance Racing team as its Le Mans 24-hour reserve rider.

With a long established history at the Isle of Man TT, Honda remains the most successful manufacturer at the event and the Fireblade still holds the accolade as the most successful 1000cc machine ever around the 37.73-mile circuit with 23 TT victories. Honda Racing’s all-new line-up for 2018 is eager to tackle the road circuits, starting with the North West 200 in May.

To keep up to date with all the latest news from the team follow @HondaRacingCBR

Joey Thompson will have a factory S1-R Paton at his disposal at the Isle of Man TT, as well as the big international meetings at Scarborough, the North-West 200, Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix in 2018. 

The young rising star will ride the Supertwin machine in the Lightweight TT and he will add his name to a list containing names such as Mike Hailwood, Roberto Gallina and Virginio Ferrari who have ridden the iconic Paton in the past. 

Joey had a very impressive pure roads debut in 2017 and he will arrive next year with more experience and circuit know-how, and the rider from Yorkshire is fully aware of what it takes to become a serious roads campaigner thanks to having Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher, himself no stranger to the Paton name, in his corner. 

Paton returned to the TT in an official capacity in 2014 to challenge the dominance of the ER-6 Kawasaki, with Olie Linsdell finishing an excellent sixth in the Lightweight TT. 

The following year, Paton Motorcycles turned to Lougher to oversee their Lightweight effort in the hands of Michael Rutter, under the banner Paton/Team ILR. 

Rutter and the team produced a superb display to put Paton on the podium in third, a result that absolutely delighted the Italian manufacturer, and who's to say that Joey Thompson won't grace the podium next June.

Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher:  
"I am so pleased that we are in a position to offer Joey a potential race winning package for the Lightweight TT class, thanks must go out to the people who have made this possible for us, Mark Coverdale and Solway Slate and Tile. 

The Paton name is an iconic name in motorcycle racing, and Team ILR look forward to renewing our ties with the Paton factory. Joey is certainly not under any pressure from anybody to perform, as our ethos from a team perspective is “a happy rider is a fast rider” so roll on 2018. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to everybody from Team ILR." 

Joey Thompson: 

''Well what can I say, I am on a proven winning bike with a winning mentor... no excuses now! 
Seriously though I am so happy to be riding the Paton at Team ILR next season, as seeing the bike perform at the TT this year it was outstanding and to be given the opportunity to race the bike at all the international road races it gives me the opportunity to prove myself. 

It won’t be easy though, it’s a completely new bike for me as it will be completely different to the Trickbits Racing Suzuki twin I have previously rode and won on. 

So to be honest I have a lot of confidence on a super twin machine so let’s get 2018 underway and see what me and the team can do. 
Once again thanks to everyone for this opportunity as without all the support from Thompson’s, Team ILR and all my personal and team sponsors this wouldn’t be possible.'' #TeamJoey #74 

Team ILR Joey "Yorkshire" Thompson

ALASTAIR SEELEY JOINS FORCES WITH EHA RACING AS HE AIMS FOR FIVE WINS AT THE 2018 VAUXHALL INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200  

The Vauxhall International North West 200’s most successful rider, Alastair Seeley, says he wants to win five races at next year’s event as he unveiled one of the machines he hopes will help him add to his tally of 21 victories.  

The Carrickfergus man will race a R6 Yamaha next May in the colours of British Supersport championship team, EHA Racing, in both 600cc races on the 8.9 mile Triangle circuit.

 The only rider to win five races at the North West was Phillip McCallen in 1992. With Seeley only racing in four events on the main race day, he cannot equal McCallen’s feat of winning five in a single day but the 38 year old says he has his sights firmly set on taking five wins over both race days.  

“Because of some of the circumstances at this year’s races, I want to improve.” Seeley said. “I am extra motivated for next year, very determined and focussed to show there is a reason why I am the record holder at the North West.”  Seeley is confident he will have a machine capable of adding to his tally of ten NW200 wins in the 600cc class.  

“Racing against the EHA team in the Supersport championship this year, I saw how fast their bikes were and how professional the team is.” Seeley explained.  

“It is the class I’ve enjoyed the most wins in at the North West and the bikes suit my style and stature. I’ll be back in the British Supersport championship next season so I should be dialled in coming to Portrush. It is also nice to be involved with another team that has a strong local connection with the event.”  

EHA Racing is run by Edward Allingham, a former NW200 racer and businessman originally from Eglinton but now based in England. His team has become one of the frontrunners in the British Supersport series with Allingham’s son, David finishing fourth in the championship this season and Ross Twyman taking sixth.  

EHA Racing previously raced at the North West in 2016, with Ben Wilson competing in the Superstock class on an Aprilia, but Allingham admits securing Seeley’s services is a major step up for his squad.  “

We have wanted to bring the team home to Northern Ireland and we got the opportunity to put Alastair on the bike.” he explained.  “It is really exciting to shake hands on the deal and it would be good to show people what we can do. We will be taking the North West very seriously.”  

Allingham says his team has the experience to handle the pressure having a rider of Seeley’s calibre on their machinery will bring.  “With a rider like Alastair Seeley on our bike we have to aim to win and although we are a young team, just in racing four years, we have the resources and experience to handle any pressure. We had eight podium finishes in the British championship this season and Alastair’s crew chief will be Ian Newton, a former North West winner.”

 “We are delighted to have another top class team like EHA Racing team on the North West grid for 2018.” Mervyn Whyte, NW200 Event Director, said.  

“The Allingham team have proved their capability in the British championship and they will have the man with more wins than anyone else at the North West in the saddle. It can’t get much better!”  

Southern 100 Marshals Discount Scheme To Continue  

The Southern 100 Marshals Association are pleased to announce that the special discount scheme for marshals travelling to the Southern 100 will be in place once again for 2018.  

The agreement between Southern 100 Marshals Association and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has already helped to attract additional marshals to ‘the friendly races’ and both parties expect this positive trend to continue in future years.  

Chief Marshal, Peter Chadwick said:  

‘The scheme is available as a thank you to those that marshalled at the 2017 races.  The Marshals Association and the race organisers cannot thank the Steam Packet Company enough for their continued support, marshals are a vital part of any road race meeting, none more so than at Billown.’  

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:  

‘Without sufficient number of marshals, events such as the Southern 100 wouldn’t happen. Marshals are a vital element in the continued success of the Southern 100, and we are delighted to be able to help by continuing the discount scheme introduced for the 2017 meeting.  

‘We have been title sponsor for the Southern 100 for almost 20 years and will continue to work with the organisers to ensure the race meeting can continue to thrive for years to come.’  

All eligible marshals will be contacted by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, also details are available on the official website for the Southern 100: www.southern100.com  

The 2018 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company International Southern 100 Road Races take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th July. 

DAVID JACKSON PREPARES FOR ISLE OF MAN TT RACES DEBUT WITH THE PEOPLE'S BIKE TEAM  

Popular fan backed ‘The People's Bike’ team will be competing for their tenth consecutive year at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy in 2018, with newcomer David Jackson set to contest the RST Superbike, RL360 Quantum Superstock and Pokerstars Senior TT Races on board a BMW S1000RR.  

The Lincolnshire rider will make his Mountain Course debut after impressing at both the Ulster Grand Prix and Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough road races during the last two seasons. His Ulster Grand Prix debut in 2016 saw him lap in excess of 125mph on his way to victory in the Challenge Race whilst he also took a strong 16th in the Superstock encounter.  

On his return this year he increased his personal best lap to 126.457mph as he took a best finish of 14th in the Superbike Race. He also took another top twenty finish in the Superstock Race.  He competed at Oliver’s Mount for the first time in 2017 at the Barry Sheene Festival and just a few months later recorded a brace of top seven finishes in the two Superbike Races at the International Gold Cup meeting.  

He also qualified in fourth place for the feature race where only circuit experts Dean Harrison, Ivan Lintin and Daley Mathison were quicker. A front runner in the Thundersport Championship, Jackson joins forces with the experienced People's Bike team for his Mountain Course debut.  

The Isle of Man-based squad have given opportunities to many of the sports rising stars since 2009 including Stephen Thompson, Steve Mercer, Daniel Hegarty, Seamus Elliott and Alan Bonner - all of whom have taken strong results around the 37.73-mile course while riding for Mark Cubbon’s team.  

Commenting ahead of the 2018 campaign, Mark Cubbon said:  

“As a team we always look for hungry, passionate, committed riders with great potential and David certainly fits the bill. He’s already made his mark in road racing and has the ability and temperament to do well on the Isle of Man once he’s served his apprenticeship.”

David Jackson said:  

“The People's Bike is definitely the best team for me to make my debut with. They’ve got great experience of working with newcomers and their knowledge, combined with the sessions that I’ve already begun with the riders liaison officers Richard (Quayle) and John (Barton) will mean that I’ll have the best possible preparation for riding at the TT.”  

The team, now in their tenth year, will post their official T-shirt, cap and signed photo to team sponsors anywhere in the world. During qualifying and race week the team will be tweeting live from the paddock and grid. Photographs will be posted daily on the team's facebook page and website so fans can follow their progress. Team sponsors are also welcome in the team’s awning in the TT paddock.  

Check out the team's website thepeoplesbike.com and keep up to date with their news at this year's TT and also see how you can become part of this unique team.

DAVEY TODD SIGNS WITH COOKSTOWN BE RACING FOR 2018 ROADS SEASON.  

The hugely impressive 2017 roads debutant, Davey Todd has joined forces with Cookstown BE Racing for the 2018 roads season.  

Davey has been an absolute revelation this year and immediately caught the eye of many prospective team principals, and one certain John Burrows in particular. Davey will partner Derek Sheils on new Suzuki machinery and with more involvement from Suzuki, it’s fair to say that the future is looking bright for the Cookstown backed team.  

John Burrows stated:  

“Davey Todd first caught my eye at Skerries and then his talent stood out a mile at Armoy. He rode for us at Killalane where a slow speed crash ruled him out of a top three Superbike finish and the weather robbed him of the chance to shine in the Super twins race after impressive practice times but he had done more than enough to make me want him to join the team for 2018. We are a proven team when it comes to nurturing talent and I’m excited to have the chance to bring new blood through to the top level of road racing.”  

He went onto add:  

“We have done it before with the likes of Dan Kneen and we will try to make Davey just as successful but without putting undue pressure on him. I’m confident we will have another great year with Derek and Davey in the saddles and increased involvement from Suzuki as well as continued support from Cookstown.”  

Davey Todd:  

“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for and I’m very grateful to John Burrows and his team for giving me this shot! I know I’m joining a very professional team with proven competitive machinery so I’m very excited about my prospects for next season.  

In the Irish National Championship I believe with the backing I’ll have I can be at the front on a regular basis in the Superbike, 600 and Super Twins classes.”  

Adding his thoughts on tackling next year for the first time the TT Races and North West 200, plus returning to the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, he said:  

“On the International front, I’ll be a newcomer to the TT and North West 200 but I’m preparing hard for those events and when I get to them I’ll aim to make progress quickly but stay safe. I feel I can be competitive at the Ulster where last year I lapped at over 125 mph on a 600 machine and was in contention for top six Supersport results until bad luck intervened.”   

Photo credit: Baylon McCaughey

Dean Harrison Retains Duke Championship 2017  

After twenty-five road races commencing with the Tandragee 100 in April and ending at the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in November, Yorkshireman Dean Harrison has retained the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship title he won for the first time at the end of the 2016 road racing season.

 Fellow Yorkshireman James Cowton, victor in 2014 was second, with Lincolnshire rider Ivan Lintin third.

 Best Newcomer in the 2017 series is County Monaghan rider Joe Loughlin who finished ninth overall in the rankings table.  

Best Classic Only competitor is Ballymena's Barry Davidson also repeating his achievement of 2016 after being runner-up in 2015.  The top female rider, also from Northern Ireland is Melissa Kennedy who slotted into 160th place with 79 points.

After the opening round, it was Joe Loughlin who headed the table - a foretaste of the future results at the end of the season.   However after the Spring National at Oliver's Mount, it was 2016 champion Dean Harrison who topped the table and went on to continue to dominate the series until the end of the season, amassing a total of 2506 points, some 745 ahead of his friend and rival James Cowton who had a season-long battle with Ivan Lintin at the various road races and points wise, eventually finishing 367 points ahead of his Bardney rival.  

The top six were filled by another Yorkshireman Jamie Coward and two men from Ballymoney, Derek McGee and 2013 winner Michael Dunlop. 2015 Newcomer's Award winner, Adam McLean completed the top ten in tenth position.

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