Silverstone race circuit, just 20 minutes up the road from XpressCoffee HQ in Milton Keynes, was the setting for round eleven of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. After missing the trip over the North Sea to Assen in Holland last time out, the Superstock support classes were in full attendance which meant a return to track action for Danny Buchan, Jason O’Halloran, Tom Tunstall and Andy Reid.
Race day at the former home of the British MotoGP started in the best way possible for the #Fuelled By XpressCoffee stable of riders with Tsingtao/WK Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan securing the Pirelli National STK1000 Championship ahead of fellow #Fuelled By rider Jason O’Halloran. The Honda-mounted Aussie had worked hard all season to keep Buchan honest and should be proud of both his and the teams efforts against the Kawasaki package but it was a dominant win from Buchan that took the spoils after a stunning season of consistency.
Following in Buchan’s footsteps was the youngest #Fuelled By rider in the British championship paddock, Jordan Weaving. The Johannesburg-born 17 year old took second place in the Moto3 class in the Motul Motostar British Championship and with it his first British title aboard his customer KTM. Consistency was the watchword of the season for Weaving in which he’s seen a return of 3 wins and 7 second place finishes from eleven races this year with no DNF’s. A memorable season for the talented youngster.
Returning to STK1000 results, long-standing #Fuelled By rider Tom Tunstall continued to make progress with his Doodson Motorsport Kawasaki. The Yorkshireman, having struggled in the early rounds to find a comfortable base setting on his return to racing in 2014, found that the effort put in by the whole team and progress made was rewarded with a point-scoring finish in Northamptonshire, giving the team a boost ahead of the final round in two weeks time.
In the STK600 class, FFX Yamaha’s Northern Irishman Andy Reid crashed out of his race in the chase for the championship crown. After qualifying in second place and setting a new lap record on the second lap of the race, the most recent addition to the #Fuelled By family unfortunately crashed out of contention after just five laps of the race, however, championship rival Kyle Ryde ran out of fuel in the closing corners of the final lap leaving Joe Collier to take the victory and set up a scintillating finale at Brands Hatch in just two weeks time with 4 points separating the top three title contenders.
True Heroes Racing made the step up to SK1000 this weekend with Dan Helyer guiding the team to the finish in their first ever outing in the ultra-competitive class. Meanwhile, back in the more familiar territory of the Tri-Star R&G Triumph Triple Challenge, regular riders Murray Hambro and Luke Smith continued their seasons progress with mixed results with Murray suffering a DNF in race one but recovering to take the final finishing spot in race two and Smith fairing slightly better with 16th and 18th respectively from the two races.
And finally, in the main British Superbike class it was a welcome return to the podium in race two for LLoyds British/GBmoto Kawasaki rider James Ellison. Sporting a one-off livery to promote the latest Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles movie, a delighted Ellison shook off the leg injuries sustained at Brands Hatch in the summer to make a welcome return to form with 11th in race one, backed up with that hard-fought podium in race two. Over at Tyco Suzuki, Aussie Josh Waters continued his fantastic run of consistency with a 7th and 5th place haul, giving him his eleventh consecutive top ten finish, a great run of form for the Double Australian Superbike Champion. Sadly Keith Farmer is still without a ride in any championship after parting company with PR Kawasaki but the whole XpressCoffee team are looking forwards to seeing the talented Northern Irishman back on a competitive race bike very soon.
All at XpressCoffee wish PBM MotoGP man Michael Laverty safe travels as he embarks on a month-long trip to the Far East and Australia as the MotoGP circus enters it’s ‘flyaway’ phase of Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang.