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October 28, 2014

Most Successful Domestic Season Yet for Xpress Coffee

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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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October 20, 2014

A Disappointing End To A Season Of Success

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The curtain came down on the 2014 Motul British Motostar season at Brands Hatch this weekend as Jordan Weaving received the Moto3 championship trophy to complete his most successful season to date.

Consistency has been the target in the South African’s first full campaign in the British Championship after previous seasons were interrupted by absence as the 17 year old contested the Red Bull Rookies Cup. After eleven rounds of point-scoring finishes, the final race was the one to forget as Weaving was collected by Dutchman Mike Brouwers going in to the left-hander at Stirlings on the opening lap after he’d made up 15 places from the start of the race.

Weaving had work to do on race day after technical gremlins put paid to the all-important second qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, which was held in dry conditions after a damp track hampered times in the morning qualifying session. Unfortunately, at the end of the morning session, Weaving had a low speed crash off the racing line on the run up to Druids, leaving the college student mystified as to the cause. With only cosmetic damage needing to be patched up, the team had the ever-reliable KTM ready for Q2 however unbeknownst to the team the clutch had failed and so losing the full session leaving him on the tenth row of the grid in 28th position.

Last race of the season, last race in the Motul British Motostar Championship

Photo: www.freezeframe-photography.co.uk

Despite the trials and tribulations in Kent, the second #Fuelled By XpressCoffee champion of 2014 summed his weekend and the season, “It really has been a fantastic year, I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s not been easy, the competition has been very strong and it could so easily have turned out differently, but it didn’t. This weekend was the hardest of the year, without a doubt, not just the race itself but the off at the end of Q1 cost us dear. We know why it happened and it was just one of those things, to top it all off my dad missed the race as he was taken to hospital after crushing his finger whilst working on the bike after morning warm up. He’s very sore but ok.” He continued, “This year wouldn’t have been possible without the unselfish support of my whole family along with Burkert Fluid Solutions with their continued support and technical knowledge, SMES, Chris Palmer with his boys Owen and Tristan and Sam Mitchell from XpressCoffee, Steve Patrickson, Gary Dawson and the team at Repli-cast, Shark Helmets, KTM, Dan at Go&Fun UK, our man in Scotland JD, Rory Milton, my manager Dave Neal and his daughter Emmy and finally to all the friends and fans, old and new, who’ve stopped by and wished me luck or just waved from trackside, thank you so much! See you all in 2015.

A still sore Colin Weaving added, “It seems we saved all our bad luck for the final round, we’ve had an incredible season so we can’t complain at all, it’s racing. We have never had the the level of support we’ve had this year, it’s always been a small family team but this season we’ve grow in number and in stature, and everyone has played their part. To echo what Jordan said, thank you so much to all the people involved this season, we couldn’t have done it without you all, Burkert as always but Chris and Dave too, who’ve been instrumental in helping us grow and introduced us to some great new friends like JD, Dave and Mark amongst many more.” In closing, Colin said “As it’s the end of the season I want to make a special thank you to Steve Patrickson who’s helped us immeasurably since we started racing here and will always be indebted to him for his expertise, knowledge and friendship and also to Gary Dawson of Repli-cast for his help and advice over the last few years. Thank you. We don’t know exactly where we’ll end up next year yet, but we have some exciting plans in place. Chapter two, page one starts here…

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October 15, 2014

Round 12 Brands Hatch MotoStar Preview – ‘Work Still To Be Done’

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The Jordan Racing/Burkert Motul British Motostar team head to Brands Hatch in Kent this weekend for the final round of what has been a hard-fought but ultimately successful season. The now-traditional season finale, the third visit of the year to the historic circuit, will bring the curtain down on an incredible season for rider Jordan Weaving, who secured the Moto3 Championship last time out at Silverstone.

A season that has been the model of consistency for the 17 year old has yielded ten podium placings from eleven races; three wins, seven second places and one sixth place finish behind the Dutch regulars at Assen make for a truly remarkable season for the close-knit family-run team from Gloucestershire. And with this final round to go, there is still one more prize up for grabs.

The overall Motul Motostar British Champion is still to be decided in Kent. The main championship is split in to two categories, Moto3 and 125cc, both of which provide individual champions and it’s the points that these two champions accrue that decides the overall 2014 Motostar Champion. Moto3 Champion Weaving is currently on 225 points – the highest points tally in the junior class since 2007 – just five points ahead of this year’s 125cc Champion Ed Rendell of Banks Racing, so there is still all to play for this weekend.

Showing perfect style at Silverstone

Photo: www.freezeframe-photography.co.uk

It has been back to reality for the Fuelled By XpressCoffee rider after the highs of Silverstone, continuing his grounded approach to racing and the title win whilst studying Engineering at College. The newly-crowned British Champion said “What an incredible weekend Silverstone was, the support and messages I’ve had since has been pretty overwhelming. However, the season isn’t over until Sunday afternoon and we still have a very important job to do. I really want that overall title, it is out of my hands a little as I can’t affect the result directly, I just have to do my very best and drive that consistency one more time.” The dual-nationality former Red Bull Rookie continued, “This season has been a dream come true but I’m not resting on my laurels, my determination to have the best possible finish to the year is high and I want to leave this class in the best way possible to not only set myself up well for 2015 but as a thank you to my team and sponsors, without which i wouldn’t be doing what I love.”

Team Manager Colin Weaving has nothing but praise for his son and the team around them, he said “I couldn’t ask any more of Jordan this year, he’s ridden the best I’ve ever seen him ride. We’ve had some issues and frustrations along the way, but that’s racing, however his head never dropped and he got what he deserved at Silverstone.” The British-born Gloucesteshireman added, “We have been blown away with the support we’ve received this year, not only the continued technical support and friendship of SP Racing’s Steve Patrickson and from Gary Dawson at Repli-cast but the support from Burkert Fluid Control Systems, Chris Palmer at XpressCoffee along with the hard work of Dave Neal in promoting and assisting Jordan has been immeasurable and we can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done. Let’s go out on a high!

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