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February 8, 2015

#FuelledBy XpressCoffee Off-Season Update

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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

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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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October 28, 2014

Most Successful Domestic Season Yet for Xpress Coffee

Filed under: Honda News — auctiondesigns @ 9:38 am

The 2014 British Superbike season and that of its support classes came to an end at the historic Brands Hatch circuit in Kent last weekend. As the sun set on yet another drama-filled final round, the #FuelledByXpressCoffee stable of riders enjoyed one last outing in the Autumn sunshine before a winter of big decisions and hard training take the place of big manoeuvres and hard racing.

Josh Waters – Tyco Suzuki

Tsingtao WK Bikes Kawasaki man Danny Buchan had already wrapped up the Pirelli National STK1000 Championship last time out with a hard-fought win from fellow stable-mate Jason O’Halloran and his Honda UK team. This time it was role reversal as the Honda pilot took the victory from Buchan by the slimmest of margins, something that has been the mainstay of this year’s championship battle between the two riders that have been the class of the field for 2014. Both riders are rumoured to be stepping up to the British Superbike class for 2015, just reward for a fantastic season.

As well as Buchan and O’Halloran in STK1000, XpressCoffee’s longest-serving sponsored rider Tom Tunstall also competes in the hotly-contested class and worked hard at Brands Hatch to back up his third point-scoring finish of the season at the penultimate round just two weeks previous. Unfortunately for the Doodson Motorsport rider it was another tough round in Kent, the Kawasaki ZX-10R was not quite working the way he wanted it to, so unfortunately, despite his hard riding in the race, it was a finish outside of the points for the ever-cheerful Yorkshireman.

In the Pirelli National STK600 series the most recent member of the #FuelledBy stable had the chance to snatch the championship after a series of misfortunes struck the title fighters at Silverstone last time out. Northern Irishman Andy Reid was head and shoulders above the competition during Free Practice and Qualifying but agonisingly lost out on the race win, and with it the championship, to Kyle Ryde in the dash for the line. Reid will move on from the series for 2015, news of where the talented young rider will ride next year will emerge in the coming weeks.

News of where another of the young #FuelledByXpressCoffee riders will ride next year is also the subject of much interest as Motul Motostar Moto3 Champion Jordan Weaving looks to take his leave from the junior class and step up to a 600cc machine. It was a weekend to forget in terms of track action for the South African as it appeared all the bad luck that had eluded him over the season arrived at once. A spent clutch, a low speed crash, a tenth row start and then being taken out two corners from the end of the first lap after making up seventeen places told the story of a miserable weekend. Like Reid, news of where the 17 year old will ride next season should again emerge in the coming weeks.

In the blue ribbon British Superbike class it was a successful weekend for James Ellison but a mixed bag for Aussie Josh Waters. Ellison returned to the circuit that put paid to his championship challenge in July after a crash at Dingle Dell left the Cumbrian with a broken femur. Pole position for race one followed by two second places on Sunday redressed the balance at the picturesque circuit and gave the former MotoGP and WSS man a solid boost to go forward again with GBmoto next season. Tyco Suzuki two-time race winner in 2014 Josh Waters had an uncharacteristic weekend after reaffirming his potential in BSB by be becoming the third highest point-scorer after Shakey and Kiyo since Cadwell Park back in August. Waters took a close second place in Saturday’s first race but couldn’t replicate that pace in Sunday’s double-header, however the likeable Mildura man secured a season-best haul of 192 points, 96 more than in 2013. Ellison secured 8th in the championship after missing a series of races whilst recovering from injury with Waters claiming ninth.

Former STK1000 champion Keith Farmer was present at Brands Hatch in support of Ian Hutchinson in the same class, the fast Northern Irishman is confident of securing a ride for 2015 after a tough part season with PR Kawasaki in British Superbikes and is looking forwards to returning with a bang next year.

Finally the True Heroes team lead by Phil Spencer along with riders Murray Hambro, Luke Smith and Dan Helyer ended their season at Brands Hatch with a pair of 19th and 21st place finishes in the Triumph Triple Challenge. A pair of double finishes for Legless and Smudger, but sadly a DNF for Dan in STK1000, points to another successful season of competition for this incredible team comprising of injured servicemen and credit must go to Phil and all his staff and riders for making it all happen and having some fun on the way.

So, after numerous race wins, podiums and two championships, Chris, Sam and all the staff at XpressCoffee HQ  wish to pass on their thanks and gratitude to all their #FuelledByXpressCoffee teams and riders for their efforts and support this year and wish them all the best for the close season. Special thanks also go to Gail, Andy and Dave for their tireless help over race weekends; after a short period of reflection and catching of breath, the XpressCoffee team will soon be ready to start planning for 2015. Watch this space….

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