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May 20, 2015

Unfinished Business For Weaving at Donington Park This Weekend

Filed under: Latest News — xpress @ 10:05 am

This weekend sees the Pirelli National STK600 Championship race in support of the World Superbike Championships at Donington Park and for Jordan Weaving, a chance to attend to some unfinished business at the Leicestershire circuit.

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The championship kicked off in glorious sunshine over Easter Weekend but unfortunately for the Burkert-backed rider his race lasted just two right-hand corners before he was unceremoniously taken out of the race through no fault of his own. A return to one of his favourite tracks with a little more experience under his belt and a fist full of confidence from Oulton Park should see the youngster in good stead for a strong result.

Since Oulton Park, the #FuelledByXpressCoffee rider has been riding trials with team-mate Nick Anderson as well as working hard on his fitness where he’s employed some new techniques to his training routine to combat any potential arm-pump as his body gets used to the heavier, more powerful, Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. The riding transition is continuing apace with valuable input from NMT No Limits Kawasaki rider coach Ewan Burnett, small steps and improvements are being felt with every session and the short-term goal of a top ten finish is becoming ever more realistic.

Ahead of round four, Jordan said, “I’m really looking forwards to going back to Donington Park, I left there in a fair amount of pain back in April through no fault of my own and I’m really excited to get another crack at a circuit I enjoy and have had success on previously. Both my NMT No Limits Kawasaki team and myelf have been working hard in the two rounds since we were there last and I’m feeling confident and ready to challenge for a point scoring finish.

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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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