I was interested to see none other than William Dunlop doing some shakedown testing on a very nice MV 675 F3 at Donington recently. The bike appeared failry standard but sounded sweet and looked pretty rapid out on track. Ohlins technician Richard Brendish was gathering information and helping with set up but ... Continue reading
It might have been the fumes of the 40:1 fuel mix but I had a tear in my eye when the chequered flag came out for the last ever competitive two stroke race in the Moto GP paddock on Sunday at Aragon.
With two riders on the sick list twenty two identical ... Continue reading
I’m still buzzing from an amazing weekend of Moto GP in Misano. It took until Saturday lunchtime for the sun to get his hat on but from there on in the atmosphere at both the circuit and the nearby beachfront was first class. As usual on race day we had epic ... Continue reading
Catching up with the former champ at Donington
I nearly fell over when old friend and ex team mate Freddie Spencer tapped me on the back at Donington today. Fast Fred was in the Midlands on Michelin PR duty on his way home from last weekend’s Suzuka Circuit 50 years celebration. Our paths last crossed at the Spa Classic ... Continue reading
Check out me BSB-winning '98 Boost bike
After winning my 3rd BSB title in 1998, as an end of season bonus, Yamaha UK kindly handed over my beloved Cadburys Boost YZF 750.
There were three of these ex factory bikes in Rob Mac’s team; one went to me, the big man still has one, and the third was sold ... Continue reading
One for the bucket list.
I’m ashamed to say that until last week, I had no idea what incredible roads and scenery the North West of Scotland had to offer.
Starting at Helensburgh just west of Glasgow, ten of us (including ex racers Duffus, MacPherson, Morrison and Simpson,) rode 600 miles round the coast then back down ... Continue reading
Easton on the Kawasaki ZX-10R and having Shane 'Shakey' Byrne as a team-mate
Stuart Easton has been the sole hope for Scotland in BSB since his friend and mentor Steve Hislop left us nearly ten years ago. Rat boy, as he’s known to friends, shone in the 125 and Supersport class and until his horrendous crash at the North West 200 last year was ... Continue reading
I’ve had to be patient but I finally got my leg over a Ducati Panigale at Donington Park this week. Focused Events handed me a zero miles bike to play on but with the rain hammering down, I opted to fit some wets for my first run out.
With no instruction manual I ... Continue reading
For sure the wet summer has curtailed my intentions of using my RC8R at every opportunity. That said I've had a fair amount mixed weather track time around the UK which has helped me bond with the big KTM.
I've found riding at tighter twistier tracks like Oulton and Knockhill are more satisfying as the ... Continue reading
If you miss seeing factory two stroke racing machinery being ridden properly then you should consider a trip to the Spa classic event in 2013. I was the lucky recipient of an invitation to ride there last week and had a blast riding some tasty kit from the past. I went ... Continue reading
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