Sunday, 20 April 2014

Methven Mountain Thunder Road Races - A great Success

The 2014 Mountain Thunder Road Race was held in perfect conditions in Methven located at the base of the Southern Alps in Canterbury Organised by The CAMS Motorcycle Club.. Watch the action from Methven . Thanks to Ashburton TV for the footage.

Results :
Pre 82
1st Chris McMeekan GS1000
2nd Toby Tutty GSX1100 
3rd Brian Stephens GSX1100

Pre 63
1st Bruce Verdon Manx Norton
2nd Neville Wills Manx Norton
3rd Chris Kinloch Manx Norton

CAMS Junior Clubmans
1st Bailie Perriton Kawasaki 250
2nd Damian Perriton KR150
3rd Dennis Charlett Kawasaki 250

Thursday, 17 April 2014


Suzuki’s former World 500cc GP Champion Kevin Schwantz joined the Suzuki MotoGP Test Team for its test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this week. 

The 1993 World Champion, who last raced a MotoGP machine in 2006, completed 11 laps of the 5,513m circuit with a best lap-time of 2’12.75. 

Schwantz, who also tested the Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike team’s GSX-R1000s, said: “I went on the MotoGP machine after riding the GSX-R1000 Superbike and it felt like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike; the MotoGP machine is so small and compact! The bike turns, accelerates, goes fast; it does everything and I had fun and really enjoyed it. 

“With this bike you have power and braking so you brake and accelerate and the bike does all the rest. I think Suzuki should race now - the sooner the better! You can test a lot but in the race you really understand. 

“After having ridden the MotoGP machine, I now appreciate much-more the GSX-R and I want to continue to work on that now to prepare for my race at Suzuka in July. So tomorrow I will only ride the GSX-R.” 

With track and air temperatures much cooler than the weekend’s MotoGP second round – and with Monday’s opening day hit by heavy rain and dirty track conditions – Suzuki MotoGP Test rider Randy De Puniet completed 56 laps with a best lap-time of 2’06.41. The team spent a lot of time in the morning session testing new chassis settings and also adjusting the gearbox for the team’s first test on this new-for-them circuit. 

Said De Puniet: “This was a new track for Suzuki but also I have not ridden the bike since February. We spend some time changing the settings and the gearbox ratios, then we continued to compare two different frames and we found again that the best one here was the one we choose in Sepang. And we confirmed it again that this is more-stable in the corner entry. In the afternoon we tested different electronic maps. 
It has been not bad as first day here and I’m confident we can improve tomorrow. Hopefully the track will be cleaner.” 

Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio said: “A positive day on a completely new circuit for us. One of the main targets is to continue the development of the new electronics and also to collect useful information on this track for next year when we will be racing. 

“We have done that today but also we could work on bike settings and chassis comparison. The lap-time is not bad for the first day and we are looking forward to improving tomorrow hoping that the temperature can go up a bit and the track will be cleaner. 
“It was also very emotional to have Kevin Schwantz - everybody’s hero - riding our bike here. He was quite fast considering the conditions, so we’d like to thank Kevin for this gift!” 

words/pics: Suzuki Racing

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Rogan Chandler wins 2014 Bridgestone Scholarship

Teenager Rogan Chandler from Wellington rode his first New Zealand Championship in the 125GP Class this year . 

It was a season filled with ups and downs finishing fifth in overall . but also picking up the 2014 Bridgestone Scholarship Award at the end of the series . He wanted to thank the people who made it possible this year so here is his report.

The first round in Christchurch started off as they usually do, everyone seeing the peeking order and who they thought was gonna be at the top. I wasn't to sure about where I would end up but after qualifying 4th I had a reasonable idea. But the weekend wasn't to good for me A 4th, DNF and another DNF was really disappointing for me because I had gone in expecting to do better like all riders do but I shrugged off that round and went into the next one with a completely different expectations.In between the rounds we fitted a new gearbox for the next round in Timaru , thanks to Kevin Goddard .

Obviously much hadn't changed because after gualifying fourth again I went straight out and crashed totally destroying the bike in Race 1. Dad , Kevin and I spent all afternoon putting it back together we also had lots of help from other 125 riders which was really great and much appreciated.The next two races I just kept my head down and finished so I could get points I ended up getting a third and a fourth which I was really happy with. After the South Island I came back home and got myself ready for the next rounds.

Drama punctuates Auckland MC Championship Final:

 Dan Mettam won the 2013/2014 AMCC Formula 2 Championship 
The jubilant highs contrasted with the cruel lows of motorcycle sport at Hampton Downs last Sunday, as the final Round of the Auckland Motorcycle Club summer Series wound up on a sunny and warm  Waikato day.
Centre of the drama – the two classes that have produced the most intense racing over the summer: Superlite (F3), and the Wil Sport Management Hyosung Cup.

Craig Stephens had asserted his stranglehold on the Hyosung Cup since Round Two. A third placing in Race One left him with a comfortable point margin leading into the final race last Sunday.But it wasn’t to be. A multi bike crash at Turn One in the interim Prolite 250 race saw Stephens sustain multiple injuries; such that he was air-lifted to Waikato Hospital.

It was a sobering scene, and a cruelly poignant reminder that it isn’t over till it’s over – and none will understand that better than Gavin Veltmeyer. Fresh from a National campaign that netted a third in Superlite, Veltmeyer had been close to Stephens all through the Hyosung Cup season.

Indeed, they would each snare five wins across the Series.

But in the final Cup race, Veltmeyer battled it out with Nathanael Diprose, and his second place finish was enough to take the Cup title from Stephen’s grasp – by just 20 points !

The news was just as good for Veltmeyer over in Superlite.

Between himself, Ben Rosendaal and Scott Findlay, they turned on some of the best racing of the season. Findlay would win the day, but Veltmeyer added the AMCC Superlite silverware to his collection for the summer, containing Doug Stockwell on his Pro-Twin spec SV650 in the process.

Over in Pro-Twin, Royd Walker-Holt held off Stockwell for a result that reflected the National Championship finish order, in the 650cc twin cylinder class.

Formula 2 produced another three wins for Daniel Mettam, chased hard all the way by Nathanael Diprose – both on GSX-R600 Suzuki’s.  With Toby Summers a non-starter, Diprose took the opportunity to jump to second overall for the AMCC F2 title.

Formula Auckland (F1) was not without its drama also. John Houben had secured the title at Round Five, but resumption of the on-track battle with Daniel Mettam was eagerly anticipated.

Sadly – it also wasn’t to be. A mechanical failure on lap one of the first race saw Houben out from the lead, and out for the day.Brendan Holland and James Beattie shared the Formula Auckland spoils, with Beattie jumping to third in the overall AMCC F1 title.

Final Points: Formula Auckland (F1)
237   John Houben

196   Brendan Holland

191   James Beattie

Final Points: F2
369   Daniel Mettam

246   Nathanael Diprose

243   Toby Summers

Final Points: Superlite (F3)
286   Gavin Veltmeyer

270   Doug Stockwell

217   Ben Rosendaal

Final Points: WIL Sport Management Hyosung Cup
755   Gavin Veltmeyer

735   Craig Stephens

665   Fergus Maynes

The 2013-2014 Club Series was organised and promoted by the Auckland Motorcycle Club, with the valuable support of Red Baron Motorcycles, Motomail, and Bikesport Ltd.

Auckland Motorcycle Club would also like to thank and acknowledge our hard-working and dedicated team of members and volunteers who have provided the expertise, knowledge and operational support to enable the Series to be conducted in such a professional and successful manner.

Words/Pic : Philip Kavermann

Monday, 14 April 2014

MotoGP- Marqeuz Dominates Red Bull Grand Prix in Texas

MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez utterly dominated the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas race, taking victory by a four second margin from his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) completing the podium.

A jump start ruined the race for Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and he finished 10th after a ride through penalty. Lorenzo reflected, “I wasn’t thinking and was distracted and I made a big mistake in the start. I just tried to push at the maximum afterwards to get the best result but the race was almost over for me.”
He continued, “I want to say sorry to the team as I destroyed my race, but at least I didn't crash because it was a difficult situation with the tension and it was easy to make a mistake and get injured. The good thing is that I finished the race and got my first points in the championship but clearly it wasn’t our weekend.”
When Lorenzo took the holeshot after a start error from the former World Champion he  rode through pit lane at the end of the first lap, leaving Marquez clear at the front. Pedrosa tried to stay with Marquez, who was the only ‘Factory’ rider to run the hard rear tyre, but the youngster sped away to become the first rider to win the first two races of the year from pole in the premier-class since Mick Doohan in 1995.
Marquez commenyed “I’m really happy with this victory, we did a different kind of race. I’ve never led a race from the start to the end before. This time was a little strange and difficult to keep the concentration and I had a little moment when I lost concentration.”
About that last corner wobble he joked, “The race was a little quiet so in the last corner I make a little excitement for my mechanics! " 
A first podium for Dovizioso as a Ducati Team rider was great news for the Italian factory, though there was some bad news for them too as Cal Crutchlow crashed out and injured his right hand, having earlier pitted due to tyre problems.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) missed the podium by just under two seconds after winning a battle for fourth with Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3), whilst Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) was sixth.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) dropped back to seventh having been third in the early stages, whilst there were problems too for Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) as he hunted the podium in the early stages and faded to eighth in the second half of the race.
Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was ninth at a track which he has admitted is not his strongest, whilst Lorenzo rounded out the top ten after his mistake at the start.
Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) finished as the top ‘Open’ Honda rider and top American in 11th – whilst his compatriot Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing) was unable to finish his home race. Crashes for Alvaro Baustista and Scott Redding also ruined GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s weekend.

World Championship points after two of eighteen races (Top 5)
Marquez 50
Pedrosa 36
Rossi 28
Dovizioso 27
Aleix Espargaro 20