A good time at the Cookstown 100
Mike competed in his first national road race at the Cookstown 100. Qualifiying 20th in the damp conditions for the Jr Support race Mike managed to find his feet in the race getting upto 16th (just pipped on the run to the line for 15th)!
Mike managed to get several mentions on ITV4's coverage of the event and featured for around 20 seconds on screen!
The event organisers did really well to control Covid risks to make everyone feel safe, full credit to them for being the only national road race run in Ireland this year, and somewhere we'll definitely be looking to return to in the future!
Cookstown 100 entry confirmed!
With the wins on the GSXR1100 Mike has managed to achieve his aim of upgrading his licence to National enabling him to enter National road races in Ireland and Isle of Man in the future.
To achieve this licence upgrade Mike has had to complete a further 10 races within 92.5% of the leader over a minimum of 3 circuits. Mike managed to do this over 6 circuits winning 5/10 of his races.
This has been a culmination of 4 years riding since starting as a novice.
Mike is the champion! 🏆
Sat 10th Aug saw Mike finish 1st in the British Historic Racing 750cc-1300cc 80s Superbike class race which is enough to give him an insurmountable lead in the championship with two rounds left!
In the week previously Mike had to change the clutch in the GSXR1100 and when the clutch was out he replaced the inner hub which all worked perfectly at the weekend for the win!
Mike has been busy in the workshop fitting a new engine in the 650, this should be 25+ horsepower more than the one he has been riding this year so far!
The 22nd and 23rd of June saw Mike at Lydden Hill for the third round of the British Historic Racing series on his classic GSXR1100 Superbike. Though he hadn't been there before he got on well with the track and won all four races getting quicker each session, he set a new lap record for the class in his third race. The good points haul also saw him take the lead in the championship at the half way stage.
16th June saw Mike riding in round three of the Darley Moor championship riding both the SV650 twin and the classic GSXR superbike. Conditions were mixed but Mike still managed some good finishes even going from 17th to 5th on the classic.
The 18th and 19th of May saw Mike competing in the British Historic Racing club meeting at Darley Moor. Mike raced his Suzuki GSXR1100 for the first time.
Despite rather large changes being made to the bike over the winter season, the bike performed well, with Mike winning two races and finishing second in one of the others in the upto 1300cc Superbike class.
Mike's first meeting of the year took place at Darley Moor on 7/4/19, where he finished second in class in the Allcommers minitwin race.
Despite it being the off season work continues in the race workshop, the new GSXR 1100 has had the suspension reworked by 100% Suspension with K-Tech replacing the front internals and a brand new Nitron race rear shock which both sprung to suit me will hopefully make it one of the best handling bikes on the grid!
The SV 650 has had the new race engine collected from LA Engines in Wales and is about to be installed giving us around 20hp more than previous, that should help along the straight where previously we lot a little ground and will make cornering easier as I won't be trying to make up lost places from the straight!
More pics to follow but here is one from the workshop of the GSXR!
October saw Mikes final riding of the year with two test days on new tracks- Cadwell and Oulton Park on the new bike.
The new classic GSXR1100 machine ran well and full info will be available in a few weeks, but for now here is a pic.
Mike competed in the final round of the Ace of Aintree championship, though getting a good start and upto 4th the standard engine saw him drop back from 4th to 11th mainly loosing out on the straights.
The modified engine will now be available for next year only so the next few races will be a battle to stay in a national licence signature position!
Sunday 26th Aug saw Mike compete at the final Tonfonau Round, having sourced and put in a standard engine Mike managed to get upto fourth place and get another signature towards his national licence.
The full race engine thatvwas 84bhp is away for repair in Wales so for the next few meetings the standard 68bhp engine will be used, hoping that with some hard riding we can get a few more signatures before the end of the racing year (Mid October)
After some late night discussions I got an offer to ride the RV Racing SV in the East Midlands Racing Association championship meeting at Mallory Park 29/7/18.
Having only raced there once I struggled for pace in practice and qualified 28th of 32, but in the race managed to get upto 14th. It was quite torrential rain and having not ridden he bike before I was happy enough with the result. Big thanks to RV Racing and thier sponsors Davies Motorcycles.