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Regional Racing Killarney

Slightly off putting weather greeted the competitors, windy and early rain showers adding to the tensions as riders went about learning the Killarney circuit, being run anti-clockwise for the first time this year.

Powersport combatants Guantario and Frederichs were at it hammer and tong during both heats, with both honours going, just, to Guantario. ( Stop press...Guantario was penalised 10 seconds in race 1, so the win was handed to Frederichs..)

Superbike races were run separately with the expected dice between Slammet and McFadden dulled , on paper anyway. McFadden was 5th and Slammet's pace was expected to be trimmed after a fall and injury during practice.

However, normal service was resumed as both were soon at the front vying for the win. The race was red flagged as Hayden Jonas was in need of medical attention. The restart saw Slammet shadow McFadden much closer, but he was unable to best the Suzuki rider

Race 2 saw an almost repeat, but Slammet faded towards the end leaving Dave McFadden as overall winner for the day.

Moto GP Moto 2 Moto3

Not unexpectedly, the Spaniards are ruling at Aragon. Marquez and Lorenzo dominated practice, swapping fastest times. Marquez ended on top, but both are ,5 ahead of Ducati's Iannone, who is riding with a dislocated shoulder..ouch. Rossi starts from the 2nd will be damage limitation for him tomorrow as he defends his 23 point championship lead over Lorenzo.

The start and race pace are always what gets the points though.

Moto 2 was a Spanish affair too. 2014 Champion Rabat and newcomer Rins are first and second, with champion elect Zarco third. Moto 3 Championship challenger Bastianini got pole, with the leader , Danny Kent in 3rd. Moto 3, should ,as usual, provide the closest racing with the top 4 covered by less than one second.

Regional Bike Racing..back to front

The regional racers are on show this coming weekend at Killarney, but for a dash of spice they all have a new circuit to learn..

All the entrants will be riding the classic circuit anti-clockwise, which make those who can lean a circuit quickly odds on favourites for line honours.

Please read: for more information on runners and riders and who will doing what..


Don't miss it..get to Killarney

MOTORCYCLES PREVIEW: With acknowledgement to Dave Abrahams IOL .

One of the most intriguing aspects of motorsport is how suddenly the balance of power can tip – and the Mike Hopkins Regional motorcycle series is a case in point.

This year has seen international Superstock rider David ‘McFlash’ McFadden and defending Regional title-holder Ronald ‘The Red Baron’ Slamet face off on ostensibly identical Kawasaki ZX-10R superbikes at the top of Class A. And whereas champion’s Mike Hopkins-backed machine is the current model, and is tuned to perfection by Francois Breedt of RaceBase, McFadden’s Stunt SA ZX-10R is actually several years old and a generation out of date.

Nevertheless, McFadden knows every nut and bolt on the bike and can get the best out of it under almost any circumstances. On practically every occasion the two have met, he has simply outridden the talented young Namibian.

But now McFadden is riding the brand new Suzuki South GSX-R1000 L5, for which there is no developmental whatsoever; other than a less restrictive exhaust and adjustable footpegs; the Gixer is practically as it came off the showroom floor.

McFadden says he enjoys the challenge of developing the bike for the track, and of course everything he learns here can be put to good use when he rides the almost identical Team Suzuki Europe machine in World Superstock 1000 competition, but that doesn’t disguise the fact that it is now McFlash who is playing catch-up.

The Western Province Motor Club has also thrown another curve ball at competitors with the announcement that Round 8 of the series will be run anti-clockwise – i.e the “wrong way round”. As exciting as this is for fans, it means learning what is effectively a new circuit – and there McFadden’s international experience, where learning new circuits in just a handful of practice sessions is part of the deal, will be to his advantage.

Nobody in the Killarney paddock is willing to predict how this grudge match will turn out except the protagonists, and each says he has it in him to beat the other. Anything could happen and probably will.

Putting further pressure on McFadden and Slamet will be the Young Guns - Gerrit Visser, Trevor Westman and Brandon Haupt, each on a current ZX-10R, and each getting closer to the leaders’ pace with every outing. They’ll be joined by Slovakian hotshot Sandra Stammova on the 511 Racing S1000 RR, who has already shown that she is capable of running with them. The reversed circuit will negate home-track advantage so the battle for third could well be the dice of the day.

Karl Schultz (ASAP World ZX-6R) will be back from his mountain bike adventures to challenge for Class B honours, which will put the two Jacques – Ackerman on the Jotim R1 and Brits, aboard the Lize Signs S1000 RR on their mettle, while Class C will be decinded between Wayne Arendse (Honda CBR600RR) and the Kawasaki ZX-10Rs of Gavin Louw and Nick van Zyl.

\Calberg team-mates Warren Guantario and JP Friederich will resume their ongoing battle for Powersport honours – and the pressure is on Guantario now. With a Mad Mac’s ZX-6R already lined up for the Superbike Class and 600 Challenge in 2016, he’ll be determined to leave the Powersport arena as champion  - but on current Friederich’s current form that will be a big ask.

These two have provided some of the closest racing of the year, and will do so again on Saturday.

In the absence of an entry from John Kosterman, expect Tony Jones (Suzuki GSX-R750 Pre-Sling) to set the pace in the Classic Class.

With 14 entries the Clubman Class – which is where aspiring Superbike Racers earn their chops – is as big as it’s ever been. It’s also the most unpredictable, as both bikes and riders improve from one meeting to the next. Abdul-Kader Dalwai (Field GXX-R600) Dale Field (Field GSX-R750) and Willem Louw (Yamaha R1) made the running last time out – but write off class stalwart Raiel le Roux at your peril.



Look where you want to go

Part of the pleasure of motorcycling is the feeling from cornering..

To ensure you go where the road (or track in this case) goes, you will employ a number of techniques.. including body position, counter-steering and vision. Here you can see my head ISN"T looking focus is towards the end of the corner, this ensures the bike will go where you are looking.

If I was looking just in front of the fairing I wouldn't be "planning" my way out of the corner..

You know that feeling when you see something in the road, and focus on what it is and whether it's a rag or brick..9 times out of 10..if you focus on it you WILL hit it...look at the clear piece of road..the escape route if you will, and you'll sail past it without a further worry.


For more tips and hints, contact Mark at Advanced Riding Techniques


Slow Riding

This is such an important skill to possess and perfect. Retaining control at slow speed is a technique that keeps you in control and allows you to stay safe.

A short video is attached.

For practical real life training contact Mark at Advanced Riding Techniques

World Superbike 4

Well, I was right about Rea in one respect...he's now world champion. Sykes and Davies shared a win apiece but Davies strengthened his 2nd position as he had a better day overall..Torres and Haslam got the Aprilias on song in race 2 and completed the podium. In World Superstock, Keenan Sofuoglu place a firm hand on the world trophy by winning in the absence of the MV rider, Cluzel who will in all likelihood miss the rest of the season after his serious practice crash on Friday.

Roll on Magny-Cours.

World Superbike 3

Well Sykes did it again. Pole for the Englishman just ahead of his team-mate Rea. The surprise was that the leading Ducati was Nicolas Cannepa, not Chaz Davies. Both Lowes and Haslam fell down the order, but Michael vid Mark on the Honda posted an impressive 4th fastest time.

The real test will be to see whether anyone can translate their one lap pace into race long consistency. Me? I think Mr. Rea will be the man to beat. 

World Superbike 2

High temperatures in Jerez leave the top 4 unchanged..Sykes, Rea, Lowes, Davies..FP3 this morning will decide who goes into Superpole..4 Englishmen right at the top..just need Haslam to get in the mix..

World Superbike..

World Superbike is back in action after the summer break.

The grid gathers at Jerez to resume their chase of Jonathan Rea, who is leading the championship by a country mile. Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies (Kawasaki and Ducati respectively) will do all they can to prevent Rea taking home the trophies this weekend.

Sykes leads after free practice 1, but the proverbial blanket covers the top this clip comparing the top riders:

I wouldn't replicate their track braking levels on the road, but Advanced Riding Techniques can help YOU brake like a champion in safety. Contact Mark now for details.