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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


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


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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October 8, 2014

Hectic Home Round for Xpress Coffee

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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.

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