First Aintree meeting today (14/7/18) bike was going great in practice but in race 1 the engine slowed and blew smoke everywhere on lap two. Suspect it's a failed piston ( we couldn't afford new pistons in the last rebuild so used the old ones)
I'll drop the engine out and see what's wrong hopefully get it going for Tonfonau in August. It sounds like it is going to be a piston and gasket set at the least 😕
New suit used for the first time at Tonfanau - we used the new suit which we bought from NF Moto for the first time at Tonfanau and we're very pleased with it! There is significant weight and mobility gains, we managed to achieve a signature towards the national licence upgrade in race one.
The new suit is custom made to match the bike and we think it looks great!
After a busy few weeks with engine repairs Mike competed in the Stars at Darley Moor event. The event organisers lost Mike's qualifying time so he had to start 24 out of 25 but managed to get upto 16th by the end of the race. Mike set a new personal best of 1.08.37 just over 2 seconds quicker than the same event last year!
Mike visited the Angelsey circuit for the first time in a double meeting on 29th- 30th of July. Throughout the weekend he built his speed starting 30th of 31 in the first race and finishing 9th by the last race of the meeting and achieving another signature towards his National licence by finishing within 10% of the leader's time. The elevation changes were something new and an enjoyable challenge.
The 15th July saw Mike compete at Aintree where he finished a respectable 8th in the wet race early on before retiring with clutch issues.
Sunday 16th July saw Mike ride at Darley Moor though no races were finished with a continuing clutch issue.
A great day at Tonfonau on 2/7/17 saw Mike pick up 3rd place in both minitwin class races and thus get 3rd overall on the day! A nice trophy was recieved for this ( pic in gallery ) Mike also achieved the second of his 10 required signatures towards his national licence.
The 18th June saw Mike compete at Darley Moor in the Formula Darley and Mini Sound of Thunder classes.
This was Mike's first meeting with a clubman licence and therfore no novice bib!
The new engine was completed ready for use with a last min rush on the day before, having to use qualification for running in, when used in anger in the first race it was flying with lots of power, testiment to the work that had been put in a new PB was set in every race- by the end of the day Mike's PB had dropped by 1.8 seconds to 1.09.1, and with the extra speed Mike achieved his first signature towards his national licence by finishing within 10% and on the same lap as the leader!
LICENCE UPGRADED - Mike has now completed the required race finishes to upgrade from an Intermediate-Novice licence to Clubman. This is what Mike has been working towards for the past year and a half and the application to upgrade has been accepted by the ACU.
This now means Mike can work on finishing 10 races within 10% of the leader to upgrade to a National licence.
Mike competed in the first round of the Ace of Aintree championship on the 13th May finishing a best result of 8th in the Supertwin race (on the stock engine). Mike had some good races with Rich Fairclough and completed his 10th signature for his licence upgrade.
The 15th April saw Mike compete in his first race of the Tonfonau track run by Crewe and South Cheshire motorcycle club.
Mike managed 3 races with finishing positions of 20th, 17th and 22nd of 24 overall (combined 650 twins and steel frame 600s) and 9th in class.
These finishes moves Mike onto 9 signatures of the 10 required to move onto a clubman licence.
Mike has Darley Moor on the 1st May Bank holiday; if he finishes a race it will be the final signature to complete his novice licence period.
9/4/17- The borrowed engine is up and running, though a little down on power compared to the previous and unable to run RAM-air due the some carb issues it should be more than enough to get a finish at Tonfonau 16/4/17, another new track for Mike.
Thanks to Stu Hall for working on the bike and swapping engines and RV racing for the loan of the engine.
1/4/17 -The 2017 campaign got underway with a bad start the bike suffering from an engine failure of the tuned engine before leaving the pits on the test day at Darley Moor.
With the race the next day Mike was unable to repair the bike and did not compete in round one as planned.
Mike assisted in the pits with some of his fellow competitors and has secured the use of a standard engine until a tuned one can be made ready ( hoping that the original can be repaired with some new heads).
Big thanks to RV racing for the borrow of an engine and Jason Wilkes (roadandrace telford) for some spares to hopefully repair the original.
Mallory Plum Pudding 26/12/16- Mike competed in the final race of the year at Mallory Park. On the day the classes were all combined to create one large grid. The track conditions were cold and drying, Mike opted to use the dry tyres which made the first race difficult and with a lot of others crashing he opted to retire and bring the bike in safely for the second race.
Conditions had improved slightly for the second race and after qualifying 28th, Mike gained several positions and finished in 18th. Though not near the front, Mike was happy with this result as it was an open class and the majority of bikes in front were from much higher cc classes.
Completing the race also gave Mike the signature of a third track to go towards getting his licence upgraded to Clubman. Mike now only needs two more finishes to be able to upgrade his licence.