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April 17, 2015

Back To Business at Brands Hatch

Filed under: Honda News — auctiondesigns @ 8:45 am
It’s a return to action for Jordan Weaving and his NMT No Limits Kawasaki team this weekend at Brands Hatch in Kent. As is customary in the early season it’s the Indy layout of Brands Hatch that will be in use for the event, so plenty of opportunity for laps and more valuable track time.

In the aftermath of the crash at Donington Park last time out, the young South African-born rider cracked a rib after colliding with the barrier at Hollywood. As a test of fitness, last weekend the injury was given a good workout as the team held a test day alongside team sponsor No Limits at the very physical Oulton Park in Cheshire. A successful test saw little issue with the cracked rib and further positive progress made for Jordan and his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, with both now ready for round two.

Back down to business at Brands Hatch this weekend
Photo: Glen Coombs/www.freezeframe-photography.co.uk
The Brands Hatch Indy circuit, at 1.2079 miles, is the shortest circuit on the Pirelli National STK600 calendar and with 40-plus competitors, timing out on track will be paramount if a good grid slot is to be earned, something the former Red Bull Rookie and the NMT No Limits Team are mindful of as they look to improve on the exceptional eleventh place start at Donington Park.

Ahead of round two the #FuelledByXpressCoffee rider said, “This weekend I’m really looking to make amends for Donington Park and bring home points for the team. It was certainly a baptism of fire in the race but also a learning curve of how I need to ride in this new class during the early stages.”

He continued, “The test at Oulton Park was a great benefit to me, not only to test my injury but also to get more quality track and bike time as we build towards Brands Hatch. It won’t be easy this weekend as there are a lot of bikes looking for not much asphalt but it’s the same for everyone so I’ll do my best and look to equal or better my last qualifying, as I know there is much more to come from me and my fantastic Kawasaki ZX-6R.”

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February 8, 2015

#FuelledBy XpressCoffee Off-Season Update

Filed under: Honda News — auctiondesigns @ 4:38 pm

Even without any actual racing, the team at XpressCoffee are already in the final stages of planning for the 2015 race season. In fact, planning hasn’t really stopped since the machines were all packed away for the winter break back at Brands Hatch in mid-October so, even without motorcycles going round in circles really quickly across the length and breadth of Britain, the 2014 season just blends seamlessly in to the 2015…well, semi-seamlessly…ok, with a little stress and an awful lot of planning.

For the first time in a number of seasons, all our #FuelledBy XpressCoffee riders will be competing in the UK now that Michael Laverty has returned to these shores after two challenging but rewarding years heading up the PBM MotoGP squad. Laverty returns to spearhead Tyco BMW’s championship challenge after their long association with Suzuki ended in December and is amongst the early favourites for a showdown place come Assen in September.

Our two 2014 champions will remain with us but both face new challenges in stepping up in class; STK1000 Champion Danny Buchan makes the move to BeWiser Kawasaki in British Superbikes and Motostar Moto3 champion Jordan Weaving makes possibly the biggest machine jump of his career from the nimble little KTM RC250 to the production ZX-6R in STK600 with Russo Racing, both teams securing the important support of Kawasaki UK.

STK1000 runner-up, Aussie Jason O’Halloran, finally sees his patience and commitment to Honda pay off with a move to the premier class as the Louth-based team return to British Superbikes after a year’s sabbatical. Another Aussie looking to build on last season’s success after a solid finish to the season is Josh Waters, the former Tyco Suzuki man retains his place on a Suzuki but with a return to Bolton-based Halsall Racing, who make the switch from Kawasaki power to become the official Suzuki team in BSB.

It was a tough year for GBmoto’s experienced former World Endurance Champion James Ellison.

 

 

The former MotoGP and World Supersport rider started the year with consecutive podiums over three rounds and was closing in on his first win before disaster struck at Brands Hatch in July.

James Ellison in full attack mode at Brands Hatch

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Photo Credit: Glen Coombs/www.freezeframe-photography.co.uk

A heavy crash left the blue-eyed Cumbrian with a broken leg that would keep him out of the fray until early September at Donington Park but capped his return to fitness off with a dogged return to the podium at Silverstone, the championships penultimate round. A second season with Mark Smith-Halverson’s well-run team will see one of our longest supported riders back at the sharp end again to continue his quest for his maiden British Crown.

Former British Superbike rider Tom Tunstall had a tough year in STK1000 as he returned to racing after stepping in to team management. The ever-enthusiastic Yorkshireman and his immaculately turned out team didn’t have the season they hoped for but it wasn’t through lack of effort and our first ever ‘Fuelled by XpressCoffee’ rider will line up on the grid again in 2014, ready for battle once more.

Like Tunstall, it wasn’t plain sailing for one of our new boys in 2014. The 2011 STK600 and 2012 STK1000 champion Keith Farmer began the year in positive mind at PR Kawasaki, looking to make a strong return from illness that kept him out of the final three rounds of 2013. Unfortunately, financial difficulties within the team meant that Keith lost his ride just after mid-season but not before securing a podium finish at Brands Hatch alongside Josh Waters.

Fellow Northern Irishman Andy Reid joined the Fuelled By XpressCoffee stable mid-season after a string of positive results in the Pirelli National STK600 class aboard his FFX Yamaha R6. The talented former 125cc rider almost stole the show with some stunning rides though the year but was pipped at the line, settling for second place in the ultra-competitive championship. This season Reid steps up to the British Supersport Championship with Keith Flint’s Team Traction Control squad and will almost certainly be a contender for the 2015 title.

The Fuelled by XpressCoffee stable is set to grow before the start of the season but we’ll bring you news of that when we can. We’ll keep you updated on all of our riders throughout the season, which is drawing ever-closer.

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December 15, 2014

Latest News

Filed under: Honda News — auctiondesigns @ 10:13 am
Following the recent Motorcycle Live event where Russo Racing managed to secure the signature of Nick Anderson to compete in the Pirelli National STK1000 class, team representatives Barry Boughton and Paul Russo are now delighted to announce the signing of Motul Motostar Moto3 British Champion Jordan Weaving to compete in the Pirelli National STK600 class. The talented South African put pen to paper with the team last week in a deal that will see the former Red Bull Rookie race the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in the ultra-competitive series that runs in support of the MCE British Superbike Championship, for one of the most experienced teams in the STK600 paddock.

The team are in no doubt that with the continued support of Ross Burridge and Kawasaki UK, they can build on the excellent top three finish of last season by once again challenging for Championship honours. Coupled with that generous support is a proven infrastructure that will provide Weaving with all the tools necessary for him to make a smooth, but ultimately successful, transition to the demands of 600cc racing.

Further signatures to be announced in the coming weeks

Ross Burridge introduces Jordan Weaving to his ride for 2015
Photo: Jordan Racing

Ross Burridge, Kawasaki Motors UK Racing Co-ordinator, is enthusiastic about the signing of Jordan Weaving, he said “Kawasaki have enjoyed great success over the past few years in the Junior Superstock class, and after missing out by such a small margin this year, we want to be back on the top step in 2015. We firmly believe that Jordan is the rider to help us achieve that, and we can’t wait to see him on the Ninja ZX-6R at the first round in April. Barry and his team are already in the midst of building a great bike for Jordan, and as a team they will give Jordan the best chance possible.

Russo Racing Team Manager Barry Boughton said “We’re obviously delighted to welcome Jordan to the team, he’s a proven talent and an exciting prospect for the championship. We want to make the transition to the bigger bike as less difficult as possible and will give Jordan every resource we can to make that happen. We want to continue the momentum from this season and be challenging for podiums at the earliest opportunity, with Jordan we believe we can achieve that.”

While Jordan Weaving added, “This is a great chance for me to race for an established and experienced team. I’m very grateful for the opportunity Ross, Barry and the team have presented me with and I’m excited to have the important support of Kawasaki UK behind us too. It’s a bit cliched these days, but I’m training hard after college each day to be in the best shape I can for next season and I genuinely can’t wait until I get to ride the Russo Racing Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R for the first time.

The first round of the Pirelli National STK600 championship takes place at Donington Park on the 4th-6th April 2015.

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