This weekend sees the annual crossing of the North Sea to Assen, Holland for the British Superbike, British Supersport and Motostar classes. The historic Dutch circuit has been a favourite with fans and riders in MotoGP and World Superbike for decades and has now become a firm fixture on the BSB calendar since the series first visited in 2012.
Motul Motostar British Championship leader Jordan Weaving has fond memories of the circuit, most notably stemming from his time spent in the Red Bull Rookies Cup where he scored a career best fourth place in 2013 and to his credit finishing ahead of 2014 Gresini Moto3 GP sensation Enea Bastiannini in both races.
The team have been meticulous in their preparations for the ’sail away’ round at the ‘Catherdral of Speed’ going over their KTM Moto3 machine with a fine-tooth comb to ensure the machine is in the best possible form for what is expected to be a Battle Royale in northern Holland. The Fuelled By XpressCoffee rider has also been working hard to be in the best condition he can be despite a small set-back. After suffering a heavy cold in the days after Donington Park that left him unable to train properly the 17 year-old was put through his paces by the hugely experienced fitness instructor Rich Griffin and is now focussed and ready for the challenge ahead.
Speaking before heading to Harwich for the Stena crossing, Weaving said “It’s been a tale of two weeks really, post-Donington was hard being unable to train and use the confidence gained on Sunday to push me harder however after training with Rich Griffin at the weekend and spending some good downtime in the company of XpressCoffee’s Chris Palmer and his family was just exactly what I needed to get back on form so a huge thank you to the both for their time and help.” He continued, “obviously we still have a job to do this weekend, I’m more than ready and will be giving no less than 100% as I have done all season. The dice I had with Brad Ray has really re-lit the fire inside, that was the race of the year for me so far although maybe I’ll have to think twice about doing that at Assen with the championship position as it is now!”
Team Manager Colin Weaving added “Donington Park showed us that there is nothing certain in racing and we carry that thought with us for the rest of the season. We have left no stone unturned in our preparations and our Chief Mechanic, Reece, has done a great job of preparing the bike ahead of the trip and Jordan has played his part in preparations too along with the great help of Chris and Griff, which we’re hugely grateful for so we are as ready as we possibly can be. We’re taking nothing for granted and neither will we until the job is done.”
The Motul British Motostar Championship returned with a vengeance last weekend at the sweeping parkland circuit of Donington Park in Leicestershire. With two races over the weekend it was a busy time for Jordan Weaving and his close-knit team and with only one qualifying session for Sunday’s race, set up time was critical.
After steady progress in the two Free Practice sessions held on the Friday of race weekend, the qualifying session on Saturday morning saw the Gloucestershire student frustratingly miss out on a front row start by just 0.270s ahead of Sunday’s race.
Under leaden skies Weaving made good use of his front row start as the grid lined up in Cadwell Park order, following the Factory KTM of Joe Irving in to Redgate along with Bradley Ray on his EE. Unfortunately the race felt like the toughest of the year so far for Weaving and his Jordan Racing/Burkert team. Irving set a new lap record early in the race only for the 17 year old South African to set a new bench mark on his customer KTM machine a few laps later as he hunted down the leading duo. Irving had to set another best lap to take the win as Weaving was homing in but frustratingly had to settle for yet another second place in class, his sixth of the season.
In perfect weather conditions the Donington Park round on the Sunday afternoon proves that nothing in racing is certain. Joe Irving raced in to a commanding 8 second lead, backing up his performances across every session of the weekend, however as Weaving was embroiled in a titanic and hugely entertaining battle with the 125cc machine of Bradley Ray, Irving exited the race after painfully highsiding from his KTM as he got on the power out of the Melbourne Loop. After seeing the stricken number 66 on the grass the former Red Bull Rookie contender settled for a less intense rhythm, knowing that a win was crucial to his championship aspirations. The delight Weaving showed as he took the chequered flag showed just how much the class victory and a 34 point championship lead meant.
The Fuelled By XpressCoffee rider said “That wasn’t my most enjoyable race weekend ever. Saturday had to be the single most frustrating day we’ve ever had, it felt like no matter how hard we tried it wasn’t enough. I’m grateful for every podium I make but Saturday was hard. However, they say no two days are the same in racing and so it proved, I’m sorry for Joe as he rode so well all weekend. I really enjoyed the battle with Brad Ray and at this stage of the season I’ll take all the points I can.”
Chris Palmer, boss of XpressCoffee added “We have good weekends and we have not so good wekends, at Donington we had both over the two days. Testament to the team and their approach to racing means that we continue the momentum and consistency that has become the hallmark of the season. There is still a lot of hard work ahead and we will maintain our focus until the job is done.”
Here at XpressCoffee we thought it was about time we had a little photo competition, nothing too serious, just a little fun with a prize to be presented at the final British Superbike round at Brands Hatch on 19th October 2014.
What do you have to do? Well, it’s simple. We want you to take an original, quirky photo of our logo, visor stickers, staff or vehicles caught at a British Superbike round or even out on the road and post it on Facebook or twitter (@xpresscoffee). It’s that easy. Whether you are a race fan or not, snap a picture when you see one of our vans, when we appear on the screen, or anywhere you see us out and about. All you have to do is remember to tag Chris Palmer on Facebook in the picture or use the hashtag #XpressCoffeePhoto on twitter and we’ll do the rest.
The best five from either Assen or Silverstone will go forward to the final and a public vote will decide the winner. Like we said, it’s easy; so whether you’re at Assen or Silverstone keep an eye out for us and have your phones, cameras and imagination ready.
And remember, if you’re not at a race track, you can still catch us out and about on the road when you can see us delivering products on turning up for service appointments - we cover the whole of the UK so we can be anywhere at any time!
Don’t miss out as the winner could be you!