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About GR Motosport Ltd

Formed in 1995

GR Motosport Ltd was formed in 1995 from the sponsor/rider relationship of Tony Robinson and Brent Gladwin.

The teams birth came as the former Championship winning formula was brought to a premature end with an injury to Brent which ended his riding career.

It was decided that the expertise and equipment should not go to waste and should be used to promote young riders through to Title glory.

Our Progress

In its short history, One European and 12 British titles have gone to GR riders, and most have gone on to become superstars of the sport.

Since Brent took sole ownership in 2011 his direction in developing the Team and building working relationships with blue chip companies like WD-40, Intel and Nvidia, have seen our skills in racing become enhanced by our developing skills in Marketing, PR and Corporate entertainment.

Working very closely with our partners to amplify their goals in Brand exposure and PR through all channels including TV, Press, B2B and Social media we hope to help them all promote and increase sales.

Present

Our current aim as reigning British Champions (2016) is to continue the strategy of developing young talent, with riders in the British Superbike Championship series while delivering high ROI through fantastic exposure for our Partners and Sponsors.

Brent would be pleased to listen to your advertising and corporate entertainment requirements and tailor a package to suit all your exacting needs. Please take the time to contact us for an informal chat, it will surprise you where it could lead.

Latest News

GREAT FIRST WEEKEND FOR TEAM WD-40 AND STAUFF CONNECT ACADEMY

April 30, 2019

GR MOTOSPORT RIDERS HAD STRONG PERFORMANCES ACROSS ALL THREE CLASSES USING KAWASAKI MACHINERY, AT THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2019 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SILVERSTONE OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND.

It was always going to be an interesting start to the season as GR Motosport has 3 different nationality riders, being rookies in 3 different classes of the highly competitive series, and all 3 performing superbly with top ten finished

BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE – Team WD-40 Superbike, CLAUDIO ‘SHORTS’ CORTI, ITALY #71

Lake Como resident, Claudio’s Superbike weekend started slowly on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10RR with 16th place in FP 1, just 0.8 off pole position. Over the next two sessions Shorts and his crew worked hard to narrow the gap to the front finishing FP 3 in fourth place just 0.2 from pole. Qualifying did not go quite to plan finishing 12th in a very tightly packed grid for his first BSB race.

RACE ONE: – SHORTS made a great start to the 30-lap race and started to move up the field he was in the thick of a battle for the top ten crossing the line 8th just a few seconds off the leaders.

RACE TWO: – Did not go to plan for Claudio crashing out on the first lap and picking up a shoulder injury which is needing on going treatment to be ready for the next race at Oulton Park

CLAUDIO ‘SHORTS’ CORTI: – “I was looking forward to my first BSB, and so for the race we showed up in Silverstone with a big ambition for sure with my goal of top 6.

My crew and I did a good job in practice and I think we showed our speed is very close to the top but the times are unbelievably close.

In race one we did a good job taking 8th but I am sad for the second race crashing out because I felt good.

Now I am working towards Oulton and will try to start to where I finished and aiming for the magic top 6 so see you all there. Thank you to my special crew for their hard work and as we progress the magic will happen, Ciao till then”.

 

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 EEMELI, CLAUDIO AND STORM having fun in the race debrief

PIRELLI NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK 1000 – STAUFF Quick Connect, EEMELI ‘EME’ LAHTI, FINLAND #22

Eemeli first weekend of Superstock 1000 racing was a real baptism as one of 57 riders to qualify for the 40 places on the grid. Eme has not encountered the BSB 3 race system before and it makes for a very hard weekends racing.

Eme qualified 15th for the first of two 24 lap races on Saturday. The key to these 2 races is that you have to finish the first race to get through to the second which is held 15 minutes later allowing for refuelling and new tyres. Your time from the first race also give you your grid for the second so creating the competitive balance for all the riders.

RACE ONE: – Eme is one of the quickest starters in the field blasting into the top ten on the first of 24 laps. It was imperative for Eme to finish this first race of the weekend to then go through into the second race of the two-part Saturday Event.

Eme from Lahti (He has the same name as his Town) in Finland settled down and worked his way through to finish a very creditable 6th place and earning 6th on the grid for race 2.

As the chequered flag dropped the race fell into the brilliant hands of Eemeli’s crew Mark, Scott and Ashely who had just 15 minutes to check over the Stauff Quick Connect kawasaki ZX10rr, re-fuel and fit new tyres and be on the grid ready for part 2 – Great Job Boys !

RACE TWO: – Another fantastic start for the second 24 laps and Eme was with the leaders starting a long battle for the top 5. In only his second race on a 1000 Eme did not quite have the pace of the front 4, but came home in 5th another great result.

RACE THREE: – In what was proving to be a very successful weekend Eme’s 3rd race was to continue that success. Another great start to Sundays 18 lap feature race put Eme in a position to run with the leaders in a fight for 4th with places changing every corner. The fight came down to the wire losing out to 4th by just 1/10th of a second.

Eemeli now sits 5th in the Championship as we move to Oulton this weekend.

EEMELI ‘Eme’ LAHTI: – “I was bit nervous before my first weekend with the new team. We had great days of testing behind us but everything was still so new.

Free practices went ok and my pace was getting better lap by lap. My riding style was still adapting to the bigger bike, so we had our hands full trying to find the right setup for bike. I qualified 15th on the grid.

Long story short, I took really good starts in all of the 3 races. Managed to keep up my pace all the way to finish line. P6, p5 and p5 out of 56 riders was a surprise for me.
I think we really maximised the points we could score from the weekend. More learning and knowledge from bike and we are fighting for podiums!

The team did amazing Job, I’d like to thank them and especially my own crew! Also, thanks to, all our sponsors for making this possible! We are on our way to the top”.

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STORM getting ready to RACE

 

PIRELLI NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK 600 – STAUFF Quick Connect Academy, STORM STACEY, UK #79

15-Year-old Eccleshall rider Storm Stacey raised some eyebrows at Silverstone in the opening round of the Pirelli National Stock 600 series with a magnificent 4th place last Sunday. In his first race on a 600 Starting from P11 on the grid Storm ‘The Predator made his way through the pack on his Kawasaki ZX6r Ninja to finish just 4.5 second off the winner.
Storm and his crew Garry, Mark and Kieran put together a great weekend throughout practice and qualifying learning more each time he was on the bike and showing good race pace.
The team were thrilled with Storms debut performance on ‘Derek’, as the little Kawasaki is now known, and who performed faultlessly throughout the weekend and everyone feels there is yet more to come from pair.

STORM ‘The Predator’ STACEY: – “The bike was a joy to ride, predictably fast and loose. I am working hard on changing my style as I still feel like I am trying to ride it like a Moto3. Derek needs to be allowed to flow through the sectors, once I get them strung together the times become effortlessly

I need to build on what I have learned so far, improving all the time. Oulton is a technical circuit and I can’t wait to experience it on a 600, it’ll be like riding a rollercoaster compared to the Moto3.

I would like to say a massive thanks to everyone who supported me at GR Motosport in particular Geoff Crust for his guidance, Mark and Gary for all their hard work. My personal and team sponsors including Stauff UK, WD40, Trackside Hire, Swinton Insurance, RST, R&G Racing and Arai and everyone”.
BRENT GLADWIN MANAGING DIRECTOR GR MOTOSPORT LTD: – “What a fantastic first weekend of racing for the whole Team at Silverstone.

When you are preparing for the first British Superbike event of every season you are always at your best but can’t help wondering if you have everything just quite right and yet again my Team worked hard to have it perfect across all the 3 classes.

To leave the event with strong top ten finishes from all 3 riders is fantastic. Claudio’s fall in BSB race 2 was the only glitch and sadly he has picked up an injury.

I have to thank all the team and especially Danny for all their and his hard work. We will all be ready for more exciting races at the 2nd round this Bank Holiday at Oulton Park, where we would love to see you all there!”

GREAT FIRST WEEKEND FOR TEAM WD-40 AND STAUFF CONNECT ACADEMY

April 30, 2019

GR MOTOSPORT RIDERS HAD STRONG PERFORMANCES ACROSS ALL THREE CLASSES USING KAWASAKI MACHINERY, AT THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2019 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SILVERSTONE OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND.

It was always going to be an interesting start to the season as GR Motosport has 3 different nationality riders, being rookies in 3 different classes of the highly competitive series, and all 3 performing superbly with top ten finished

BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE – Team WD-40 Superbike, CLAUDIO ‘SHORTS’ CORTI, ITALY #71

Lake Como resident, Claudio’s Superbike weekend started slowly on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10RR with 16th place in FP 1, just 0.8 off pole position. Over the next two sessions Shorts and his crew worked hard to narrow the gap to the front finishing FP 3 in fourth place just 0.2 from pole. Qualifying did not go quite to plan finishing 12th in a very tightly packed grid for his first BSB race.

RACE ONE: – SHORTS made a great start to the 30-lap race and started to move up the field he was in the thick of a battle for the top ten crossing the line 8th just a few seconds off the leaders.

RACE TWO: – Did not go to plan for Claudio crashing out on the first lap and picking up a shoulder injury which is needing on going treatment to be ready for the next race at Oulton Park

CLAUDIO ‘SHORTS’ CORTI: – “I was looking forward to my first BSB, and so for the race we showed up in Silverstone with a big ambition for sure with my goal of top 6.

My crew and I did a good job in practice and I think we showed our speed is very close to the top but the times are unbelievably close.

In race one we did a good job taking 8th but I am sad for the second race crashing out because I felt good.

Now I am working towards Oulton and will try to start to where I finished and aiming for the magic top 6 so see you all there. Thank you to my special crew for their hard work and as we progress the magic will happen, Ciao till then”.

 

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 EEMELI, CLAUDIO AND STORM having fun in the race debrief

PIRELLI NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK 1000 – STAUFF Quick Connect, EEMELI ‘EME’ LAHTI, FINLAND #22

Eemeli first weekend of Superstock 1000 racing was a real baptism as one of 57 riders to qualify for the 40 places on the grid. Eme has not encountered the BSB 3 race system before and it makes for a very hard weekends racing.

Eme qualified 15th for the first of two 24 lap races on Saturday. The key to these 2 races is that you have to finish the first race to get through to the second which is held 15 minutes later allowing for refuelling and new tyres. Your time from the first race also give you your grid for the second so creating the competitive balance for all the riders.

RACE ONE: – Eme is one of the quickest starters in the field blasting into the top ten on the first of 24 laps. It was imperative for Eme to finish this first race of the weekend to then go through into the second race of the two-part Saturday Event.

Eme from Lahti (He has the same name as his Town) in Finland settled down and worked his way through to finish a very creditable 6th place and earning 6th on the grid for race 2.

As the chequered flag dropped the race fell into the brilliant hands of Eemeli’s crew Mark, Scott and Ashely who had just 15 minutes to check over the Stauff Quick Connect kawasaki ZX10rr, re-fuel and fit new tyres and be on the grid ready for part 2 – Great Job Boys !

RACE TWO: – Another fantastic start for the second 24 laps and Eme was with the leaders starting a long battle for the top 5. In only his second race on a 1000 Eme did not quite have the pace of the front 4, but came home in 5th another great result.

RACE THREE: – In what was proving to be a very successful weekend Eme’s 3rd race was to continue that success. Another great start to Sundays 18 lap feature race put Eme in a position to run with the leaders in a fight for 4th with places changing every corner. The fight came down to the wire losing out to 4th by just 1/10th of a second.

Eemeli now sits 5th in the Championship as we move to Oulton this weekend.

EEMELI ‘Eme’ LAHTI: – “I was bit nervous before my first weekend with the new team. We had great days of testing behind us but everything was still so new.

Free practices went ok and my pace was getting better lap by lap. My riding style was still adapting to the bigger bike, so we had our hands full trying to find the right setup for bike. I qualified 15th on the grid.

Long story short, I took really good starts in all of the 3 races. Managed to keep up my pace all the way to finish line. P6, p5 and p5 out of 56 riders was a surprise for me.
I think we really maximised the points we could score from the weekend. More learning and knowledge from bike and we are fighting for podiums!

The team did amazing Job, I’d like to thank them and especially my own crew! Also, thanks to, all our sponsors for making this possible! We are on our way to the top”.

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STORM getting ready to RACE

 

PIRELLI NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK 600 – STAUFF Quick Connect Academy, STORM STACEY, UK #79

15-Year-old Eccleshall rider Storm Stacey raised some eyebrows at Silverstone in the opening round of the Pirelli National Stock 600 series with a magnificent 4th place last Sunday. In his first race on a 600 Starting from P11 on the grid Storm ‘The Predator made his way through the pack on his Kawasaki ZX6r Ninja to finish just 4.5 second off the winner.
Storm and his crew Garry, Mark and Kieran put together a great weekend throughout practice and qualifying learning more each time he was on the bike and showing good race pace.
The team were thrilled with Storms debut performance on ‘Derek’, as the little Kawasaki is now known, and who performed faultlessly throughout the weekend and everyone feels there is yet more to come from pair.

STORM ‘The Predator’ STACEY: – “The bike was a joy to ride, predictably fast and loose. I am working hard on changing my style as I still feel like I am trying to ride it like a Moto3. Derek needs to be allowed to flow through the sectors, once I get them strung together the times become effortlessly

I need to build on what I have learned so far, improving all the time. Oulton is a technical circuit and I can’t wait to experience it on a 600, it’ll be like riding a rollercoaster compared to the Moto3.

I would like to say a massive thanks to everyone who supported me at GR Motosport in particular Geoff Crust for his guidance, Mark and Gary for all their hard work. My personal and team sponsors including Stauff UK, WD40, Trackside Hire, Swinton Insurance, RST, R&G Racing and Arai and everyone”.
BRENT GLADWIN MANAGING DIRECTOR GR MOTOSPORT LTD: – “What a fantastic first weekend of racing for the whole Team at Silverstone.

When you are preparing for the first British Superbike event of every season you are always at your best but can’t help wondering if you have everything just quite right and yet again my Team worked hard to have it perfect across all the 3 classes.

To leave the event with strong top ten finishes from all 3 riders is fantastic. Claudio’s fall in BSB race 2 was the only glitch and sadly he has picked up an injury.

I have to thank all the team and especially Danny for all their and his hard work. We will all be ready for more exciting races at the 2nd round this Bank Holiday at Oulton Park, where we would love to see you all there!”

Claudio and Eemeli complete first BSB test of 2019

March 27, 2019

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GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike and STAUFF Quick Connect Superstock 1000 completed a very successful 5-day test in Spain and Portugal, where both Claudio and Eemeli got their first taste of the 2019 Kawasaki ZX10RR Limited Edition.
SPAIN: – The Monteblanco Circuit near Seville in Spain hosted the first official British Superbike (BSB) test of the season. The 3-day test in wonderful conditions was to be Claudio’s first time at the circuit and first ride on his new superbike.

The Team had set quite a stringent chassis test program as we had only received our new engines from Kawasaki the week before we left for the test. These engines were in their base form which proved to be quite good straight out of the box.

During the first day we made great progress in the open pitlane format which allowed continuing changes and parts testing. The day was hampered from the results of a crash where Claudio Suffered a knee injury, which sadly over the rest of the test got quite badly infected hampering movement.

We were extremely pleased and a little surprised to finish the 1st day 7th overall and the 2nd day 8th. Moving into the 3rd and final day at Monteblanco we had made great progress with all our setting and to give Claudio a little rest Geoff and Danny decided to try some completely new settings that we would not normally try at a BSB event because of the lack of time. These setting proved a point but did now work for Claudio and the bike.

Claudio ‘Shorts’ Corti said of the test: – “It was my first time at MonteBlanco and on the new superbike, the track is great for testing and the new bike felt good. It was sad that I wrecked on the first day but was pleased with how things have gone. The new ZX10rr engine is quite an improvement and I am Looking Forward to Portimao but it is 10 years since I was last there.

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Shorts #71 on fire in Portugal on his Kawasaki ZX10RR
PORTUGAL: – It was the Team’s first visit to Portugal’s Autodromo International Algarve near Portimao which has another fantastic setting where is hosts World Superbike event and a great place to welcome Finland’s Eemeli Lahti to the Team.

Both Claudio and Eemeli have raced in the WSB so have been to the circuit before which was a great advantage when learning new bikes.

Eemeli was really looking forward to working with his new crew chief Mark Hanna and his first ride on a 1000cc bike, his previous experience being on 600’s.

Mark and Eme hit it off straight away allowing them to get down to work completing over 100 laps of the exciting circuit. Eme made continual improvement over the test as his familiarised himself with the new techniques needed to race a 1000. Everyone was really pleased with the end results over the test where he was not far away from the fastest times.

Claudio Continued where he had left off in Spain with the Team having to make him little achievement display badges for him and overall even though we had to finish the test early we were really pleased with everything we had got through.

Eemeli Lahti: – “I am really pleased the Team chose me to race the STAUFF Quick Connect Superstock 1000 in the British Championships.

I was a little scared for my first time on a 1000 as the bike is so so fast. Mark and the Team are great guys and helped me settle down and learn. I loved riding the ZX10RR and being on track with the very fast BSB guys.

I was also very pleased to get on well with Claudio even though he has already named me Enzo, I think we will be friends.

I am looking forward to BSB now but I am sure it will be colder in the UK compared to here in Portugal so now I will try to get some hours on the beach before I go home….

Claudio Corti: – “The knee is much worse here in Portugal as it has got infected, but we still managed a good job.

I am sure I have a good Team and bike going into the season and I know we have some great new parts coming before the next time I ride the bike in Silverstone.

I have a good Team mate in Enzo and I am looking forward to meeting Storm too.”

 

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Eemeli ‘Enzo’ #22 loving his ZX10RR
Brent Gladwin GR Motosport Managing Director: – “I have to say that the test has been really good in many ways, starting with bringing two thirds of the team together for the first time in 2019 with just Storm Missing.

The Testing program set by Geoff and Danny worked well and we were able to collect a lot of data analysing performance and targeting improvements.

Our performance levels were really strong over all 5 days at the two tracks even with the limitations we had with motors and Claudio’s crash. The feel around the Team is brilliant at the moment and we are looking forward to Storm and his crew joining us at Silverstone next time out

STAUFF UK continue into sixth season of BSB with GR Motosport

March 5, 2019

GR Motosport Ltd and STAUFF UK are excited to announce that The STAUFF Quick Connect Academy will continue in the Pirelli National Superstock Championships for 2019.

We are extremely proud and delighted to announce the continuation of our racing partnership with STAUFF UK into a sixth season.

Our successful 5-year relationship has to-date delivered huge success in 4 categories, Winning 2 British Championships. The proud achievement of the Stauff Quick Connect Academy has seen many of its riders move through into the highest levels of Motorcycle sport.

In 2019 the STAUFF Quick Connect Superstock Team and Academy will supply Kawasaki machinery to Finland’s Eemeli Lahti in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship and 15-year-old Storm Stacey in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship. Eemeli will race the 2019 Kawasaki ZX10RR and Storm will campaign the 2019 Kawasaki ZX6R 636.

John Morris, Managing Director of Stauff UK commented “Once again we are very pleased to sponsor Brent and his team, with two Superstock classes as lead Sponsor and co-sponsor with WD40 on the British Superbike we look forward to some exciting race meetings ahead where we can welcome customers old and new, good luck to all the riders, this could be our year”

 

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Eemeli Lathi enjoying his first encounter with the Kawasaki ZX10RR
Eemeli Lahti, said “I’m super excited to be racing in BSB again! This is a huge opportunity for me racing with Fantastic team and with fantastic bike in such a competitive series as national superstock 1000.

This is going to be My first year with a big bike and with a foreign team. I think we will face some difficulties during first weekends but thats how racing is. We just need to work hard together and get faster and stronger every day and we will fight for podiums quickly.

I already want to thank everyone involved, the team and my own sponsors, family, and people around me. 2019 is going to be amazing!

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Storm and Brent with the new ZX636 Ninja
Storm Stacey :- “We took a good look at running in Moto3 again but felt that my height was becoming an issue, I wanted to make sure that I made the right move,and joining the Stauff Quick Connect Academy on a Kawasaki 636 for Superstock 600 will help me develop as a rider in the right enviroment.

“Its a late start so the hard work starts now and I am really looking forward to getting stuck into learning as much as I can.

“I would like to thank Brent and the team for offering me this opportunity and of course my family and personal sponsors for their continued support.

Brent Gladwin, Managing Director of GR Motosport: – “I am over the moon to continue our partnership with STAUFF who are another great Sheffield based company. John, his Team and I share many of the same ethos in all we do in life, business and sport so we fit well together.

“We are delighted that both Eme and Storm have signed with us as we have the perfect mix of youth, experience and success as both are young race winners. Anyone who has witnessed their races know they go all out for fun and results, something I am looking forward to again.

Adding to Claudio Corti on our Team WD-40 Superbike, this competes our truly international line up and can’t wait for the racing to begin.

British Superbike Championship Grand Finale 2018

October 22, 2018

STRONG points finishes to the SEASON for both Team WD-40 and STAUFF Quick Connect academy

The 2018 British Superbike season came to a close at a very wet and cold Brands Hatch with both Mason Law, Team WD-40 Superbike and Claudio Corti, STAUFF Quick Connect Academy in strong points finishes, setting the stage quite nicely for the start of 2019.

Things did not go to plan for either in qualify with Mason crashing out of Q1 and Claudio getting caught with a red flag in the dying minutes of his qualifying session, leaving both riders well down the grid in 20th place for their respective races.

Mason had 3 races aboard his Kawasaki ZX10RR at the Kent track the first being in the Saturday Afternoon Sun. Mason made a tremendous start fighting his way up to 12th place before encountering front tyre problems which sadly forced him back out of the points as Leon Haslam took his first British Superbike Championship Title.

On Sunday as the huge crowds gathered track side to see the final races of the season the weather had taken a turn for the worse with strong winds and rain effecting everyone but not quite managing to dampen the atmosphere.

These conditions strangely do create opportunities for both the brave and cautious as its easy to get caught out but confidence creates results too.

Mason took these advantages in both races to fight back from his lowly grid position to fight in to the points for 12th and 13th in the two races. His Season had some fantastic highs in the two top tens of Thruxton but the lows of the Cadwell crash ruined the later half of his season so these points were important.

Mason Law:- ” Brands Hatch was a cold damp end to the year but it was still nice to get out around my local circuit. We worked on some areas that I needed to improve from the previous races there and did so.

Sunday’s cold and wet races were a case of staying on and not closing the year out in the hospital, the races seemed long in the conditions but I kept my concentration and It’s good to get these final points for myself and the team.

I would like to thank my crew for their hard work during this season I greatly appreciate it!

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STAUFF Quick Connect Claudio ‘Shorts’ Corti on a charge!
The Pirelli National Superstock race ran on Sunday straight after the first superbike race, so we had some great feedback from Mason and his team for the settings of Claudio’s STAUFF Quick Connect Academy ZX10RR.

Claudio who is a known fast starter had serious work to do from 20th on the grid but made the most of the other rider’s cautious start and first few laps to fight into the top ten getting as high as 5th place.

All his hard work was thwarted by the weather conditions when in the dying couple of laps his vison was impaired as helmet visor steamed up. Not being able to see forced Claudio to back off and settle for points in 11th place.

Claudio Corti :- “I like Brands but its been a very long time since I was here with WSB. As always, the pace is fast in BSB and I made some problems in qualifying running of the track in the last moments. Thanks to the Superbike Team my guys gave me a good setting for this wet track and I was going good. I am sorry my Helmet caused a problem as I think something fantastic was possible today for Brent’s Birthday.

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GR Motosport stunning 2018 TEAM livery
Brent Gladwin, Managing Director of GR Motosport: – “ well that was a birthday weekend and a half to share with my Team. We made some mistakes in qualifying which I am sure cost the promise of event better results. Both Mason and Claudio brought the bikes home in the points so it’s a strong finish. As this season ends, when I look at what we have achieved both on and off the track have met expectations.

On track there has been some stupidly situations which opened doors for the better which we did not know existed. Off track we have again delivered over and above on our Marketing strategies and I have to thank all our partners for their willingness in working together to exceed our targets.

It is now a busy period of planning and promotional duties for our Partners and for Next season we have clear goals in both these areas and there will be news of our racing plans soon.

Please take a look at our sponsors links below – they are part of our Team and Sport to promote Brand awereness, Their Companies, Their Products and Services.

TEAM WD-40 DUTCH ENGINE ISSUES

October 2, 2018

DUTCH Promise ends with dual engine problems on race day!!

The trip to the Cathedral of Speed in Assen, Holland was looked at as a possible high for GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike crew. At the 11th round of the British Superbike Championship the Superbike crew was flying solo as the Superstock 1000 do not race at the event. Mason still on the road to full recovery from his Cadwell crash was also looking forward to revisiting Assen the scene of his great Supersport victory so the Team atmosphere was electric.

Throughout practice and qualifying Mason put together a good effort considering his fitness and the highly competitive nature of the British Superbike Championship. When race arrived we had the race pace to continue our impressive points scoring run but that all ended with a broken engine in morning warm up.

The Team WD-40 crew had time against them but replaced the damaged with a new unit in just one hour and fifteen minutes to be ready for the first race.

With no real time to test the new engine we ran it on the BSB Dynojet Dyno and everything seemed just fine but straight away on the first lap of the first race it was clear there was a problem which forced Mason out early on. Again the boys, Danny, Mark, Martin, Mick and Geoff worked tirelessly to find the problem which sadly continued and forced us out of the second race leaving Mason with no opportunity to add to his points score.

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Mark, Martin and Danny Hard at work on race day !

Mason Law :- “It is always a pleasure to race around Assen it is a fantastic place. I am disappointed with the weekends results but I guess that’s bike racing every now and again. It does make the nice results taste much sweeter as they come along. I have to thank my Team who did everything possible to create a successful weekend but it was an un heard of double engine problem that forced us out which we will look into when we get back to the UK. I am looking forward to the next and sadly last round of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at my home round of Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks where I hope to be fully fit and the bike ready to go.

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Stunning Team WD-40 Superbike livery

Brent Gladwin, Managing Director of GR Motosport: – “What a complete disaster after the Team and Mason worked so hard it’s a real kick in the nutz to leave Assen with no results. On returning to the UK we have found unseen component problems with both our engines which is outside the team’s control. I am hoping this will be sorted this week as we look forward to the last round of the series at Brands Hatch.

Brands is a huge weekend for me personally as I reach a landmark birthday where I will have the pleasure of welcoming a new sponsor to the Team and one I am sure we will all enjoy being involved with

Please take a look at our sponsors links below – they are part of our Team and Sport to promote Brand awereness, Their Companies, Their Products and Services.

Calendar

Round 1 Silverstone Grand Prix April 19th, 2019 - April 21st, 2018
Round 2 Oulton Park May 4th, 2019 - May 6th, 2019
Round 3 Donington Park May 24th, 2019 - May 26th, 2019
Round 4 Brands Hatch GP June 14th, 2019 - June 16th, 2019
Round 5 Knockhill June 28th, 2019 - June 30th, 2019
Round 6 Snetterton 300 July 19th, 2019 - July 21st, 2019
Round 7 Thruxton August 2nd, 2019 - August 4th, 2019
Round 8 Cadwell Park August 16th, 2019 - August 18th, 2019
Round 9 Oulton Park September 6th, 2019 - September 8th, 2019
Round 10 TT Circuit Assen September 20th, 2019 - September 22nd, 2019
Round 11 Donington Park October 4th, 2019 - October 6th, 2019
Round 12 Brands Hatch GP October 18th, 2019 - October 20th, 2019

The Team

Claudio ‘Shorts’ Corti
Born: June 25th, 1987

Claudio ‘Shorts’ Corti

Born:June 25th, 1987
Nationality:Italian
Hometown:Lake Como
Hobbies:Cycling, Ice Hockey, Motor Cross, Guns and Shooting
Favorite Circuit:Phillip Island
Favorite Food:Pizzoccheri (typical kind of pasta from my home town)
Favorite Car:Got more than one but big engines

Eemeli Lahti
Born: September 17th, 1996

Eemeli Lahti

Born:September 17th, 1996
Nationality:Finland
Hometown:Lahti
Hobbies:XC-Skiing, Bouldering, motocross
Favorite Circuit:Thruxton
Favorite Food:Chicken Wings
Favorite Car:Aston Martins are the most beautiful, but I’d probably go for La Ferrari
Career Highlights:

STK 1000 #22  

Storm Stacey
Born: April 22nd, 2003

Storm Stacey

Born:April 22nd, 2003
Nationality:British
Hometown:Stafford
Hobbies:skiing, shooting & mountain biking
Favorite Circuit:Jerez
Favorite Food:roast Lamb
Favorite Car:Rolls Royce Phantom & Audi RS3
Career Highlights:

How did you get into riding bikes? – grown up surrounded by bikes.

What do you like about riding for the STAUFF QUICK CONNECT ACADEMY? – the opportunity to be involved in a professional successful environment?

What Ambitions for the 2019 Season: – find my feet on the 600 and aim to finish in 1st place

Championships

13 British Championships Won
1 Euro Championships Won
2 Other

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  • Past Masters

    Liam Delves

    Alastair Seeley

    Born:October 4th, 1979
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Carrickfergus
    Career Highlights:

    2004 Irish Supersport champion

    2005 Irish superbike champion

    2006 Irish Supersport & superbike champion

    2008 NW200 Superstock winner & Mondello Masters champion

    2009 British Superstock 1000 champion & Irish superbike champion & NW200 Superstock winner

    2010 NW200 Supersport & superbike winner & rookie of the year in the British superbike series finishing 6th.

    2011 Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport 600 Champion

    2011 NW200 Supersport 600 winner

    Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year Award 2012

    NW200 Superbike winner

    2013 BSB Supersport 600cc Runner up

    Sam Atkinson

    Born:September 27th, 2003
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Alnwick
    Career Highlights:

    2013;  Started local club racing (3 years too late) competition was hard, but progressed well through out the year 65cc class

    2014  Club Racing and British youths 65 and 85, Best result, Hole shot Award  and Won

    2015 British youth Nationals, North east, then visiting other club racing

    Tommy Bridewell

    Born:August 4th, 1988
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Devizes
    Career Highlights:

    2016 British Superbike Championship 11th
    2015
    British Superbike Championship
    6th
    2014
    British Superbike Championship
    3rd
    2013
    British Superbike Championship
    8th
    2012
    British Superbike Championship
    6th
    2011
    British Superbike Championship
    17th
    2010
    British Superbike Championship
    11th
    2009
    British Superbike Championship
    18th
    2008
    Italian Superbike Championship
    2007
    British Superbike Championship
    19th
    2006
    British Supersport Championship
    2005
    Virgin Mobile Cup
    2nd
    2004
    British 125 Championship
    8th
    2003
    British 125 Championship
    4th

    Mason Law

    Josh Bannister

    Born:June 11th, 2009
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Nuneaton
    Career Highlights:

    2014:Numerous wins in the Angmering Summer Series and 2nd overall in the Angmering Winter Series.

    Joe Irving

    Born:August 6th, 1996
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Holmfirth
    Career Highlights:

    2002 – 2005 Junior grasstrack, second place finishes in British national championship loosing out on winning the championship due to injury.

    2006 – 2008 British Conti Cup UK, First experience of a purpose built race bike after two years learning against the best in the country I went on to take victory in 2008.

    2009 – 2010 Spanish Championship, I competed for two season in spanish championship racing against some of the best up and coming riders from around the world, I took top ten finishes in both championships. many of the riders that I raced against are now in world championship.

    2011- British Superbike Motostar championship, Racing a full 125 gp bike was another big step in my career and I ended my first season in eighth.

    2012- British Superbike Motostar Championship, In my second season in this championship I managed to finish the season fourth, in the championship standings.

    2013- Monster Energy Motostar British Championship, I ended the season in Third place.

    2014- Motul Motostar British Championship, second in the championship missing out on the title by three points.

    Jack Kennedy

    Born:December 6th, 1987
    Nationality:Irish
    Hometown:Dublin
    Career Highlights:

    2014: World Supersport Championship (12th)  Best finish – 2nd Portimao

    2013: World Supersport Championship (7th)

    2012 British Supersport Championship (2nd)

    2011 British Supersport Championship (7th)

    Monarch of Mondello (1st)

    2010 Briitsh Supersport Championship (4th)

    2009  British Supersport Championship (11th).

    Sunflower Trophy Superbike  (3rd)

    2008  R1 Cup Championship (5th)

    Irish Superbike Race of the Year (1st)

    National Supersport Championship (2nd)

    2007 British Supersport Cup Championship (5th)

    Irish Southern Centre Supersport Championship (1st)

    Leinster 200 (1st)

    2006 British Supersport Cup Championship (4th)

    Irish Southern Centre Supersport Championship (1st)

    Birrane Cup Championship (1st)

    Leinster 200  (1st )

    2005 National Irish Supersport Championship (1st)

    Birranne Cup Championship  (1st)

    2004 Irish Clubmans SuperSport Championship (1st)

    2003 125 Aprilla Challenge Championship (2nd)

    2002  Irish Mini-Moto Championship (1st)

    Taylor Mackenzie

    Born:January 24th, 1993
    Nationality:Scottish
    Hometown:Stirling
    Career Highlights:

    1997 to 2005: Rode various off-road bikes and quads for fun. First bike was a PW 50 aged 4.

    2006: Competed in Scottish and British Mini moto Championships. Numerous wins in both championships.

    2007: Competed in Scottish and British Mini moto Championships. Numerous wins in both championships and only finished off the rostrum once.

    Began road racing on an Aprilia RS 125 with different clubs so never completed a whole championship. Won first time out at Donington, then went on to take numerous rostrums throughout the year.

    2008: 16th British 125cc Championship – best result 6th
    5th British 125cc Under 16 ACU Academy Cup – best result 3rd

    2009: 20th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup – best result 9th

    11th British 125cc Championship – best result 4th (2x)
    4th British 125cc Under 16 ACU Academy Cup – (2x) 1st (2x) 2nd (1x) 3rd

    12th in the final round of the Spanish Championship

    2010: 4th British 125cc Championship (After missing rounds to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup) – best result 3x 1st place

    15th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup – best Result 5th place

    6th place in the final round of the Spanish Championship after qualifying 3rd

    2011: 24th MotoGP 125cc World Championship – best result 5th place

    2012: 14th British Supersport Championship – best result 6th place

    2013: 10th British Supersport Championship – best result 5th place

    2014: 10th British Supersport Championship – best result 2nd place

    Taylor Knapp

    Born:August 8th, 1987
    Nationality:American
    Hometown:Lapeer MI
    Career Highlights:

    Taylor joined the team for a few races on the Aprilia RSV4 in 2012 a great guy who unfortunately did not gel well with the Aprilia or the UK returning to the US to continue his racing there.

    Marshall Niell

    Born:November 9th, 1975
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Portadown NI
    Career Highlights:

    Marshall joined the Team to ride our Factory Aprilia RSV4 becoming the most successful Aprilia rider in the world that year outside the Offical WSB Superbike Team. Winning numerous races, just missing out on the Irish Superbike Championship Title in 2011. Still racing today Marshall is always smiling and fun to have around

    Jon Railton

    Born:March 15th, 1991
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Huntingdon, Cambridge
    Career Highlights:

    We have been involved with Jon for a few years from our time as the official Aprilia Team. Jon joined Team WD40 in 2013 for what looked on paper to be a great year riding in 2 classes. His season high lights were winning races and regular podium visits in the Ducati cup just missing out on the title.

    Pete Jennings

    Born:September 15th, 1977
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:T’up North!
    Career Highlights:

    Pete was our first rider at the start of the team in 1995. Pete set the bench mark for the Team and following riders taking the British National 600 title in our very first season. Pete went on to win many races and still enjoys the odd ride out – His currant main vocation is ‘Crew Chief’ to the Official Yamaha British Superbike Team.

    Tommy Aquino

    Born:May 24th, 1991
    Died:February 2nd, 2014
    Nationality:American
    Hometown:Santa Clarita, Cal
    Career Highlights:

    Tommy joined the Team in 2013 for his first foray into the British Superbike Championship on board the Team WD40 ZX10in Superstock1000. Tommy grew with the Team and it was not long before we were race winners and regular podium visitors. We had fantastic plans with Tommy but a freak accident while out riding with friends took him from us, he passed away 2nd February 2013, sadly missed RIP

    Kenny Tibble

    Born:May 26th, 1980
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Barnsley
    Career Highlights:

    We were please to help Kenny and his Dad Steve win the British Championship in 2000, Steve helped the Team with our 125 project with Lisa Thorne. When we introduced NVIDIA to Motorcycle racing Kenny led the Team for a while under the Team NVIDIA banner.

    James Westmoreland

    Born:June 24th, 1988
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Hull
    Career Highlights:

    James joined the Team as a raw teenager in 2004 the first year of NVIDIA sponsorship of the. James has progressed his career through the BSB rank and is currently (2014 racing the factory BMW in Superbike and challenging for the shootout)

    Lisa Thorne

    Born:January 24th, 1979
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Sheffield
    Career Highlights:

    Lisa spent most of her racing career with the Team pathing the way for today’s current crop of competitive female motorcycle racers. Lisa set many land marks including:- first female to qualify pole in a British National Race and the first to finish in the top ten of a BSB championship race which was at Donington Park. Now retired enjoying family life  

    Karl Harris

    Born:October 10th, 1979
    Died:June 3rd, 2014
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Sheffield
    Career Highlights:

    Karl joined the Team at the end of 1998 for a shot at the new FIM European Superstock 1000 Championship in 1999. The Championship was designed to develop new talent alongside the World Superbike Championship. 1999 was an incredible year for British riders in the WSB Championships with Carl Fogarty (Ducati) and Karl Harris winning their respective titles. Karl Harris set the bench mark for future Champions, by winning the first title but he is still the only rider ever to win it on a 750cc machine against all the other 1000c. 

    Steve Plater

    Born:August 22nd, 1972
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Lincoln
    Career Highlights:

    Steve joined the Team for some of his first national races on board our Lynx Express Honda Fireblade production racer in 1996 we formed a fun relationship with Steve which we still have today. Steve went on to create his own fantastic racing history until his premature retirement through injury. Still around the sport his infectious smile and laugh can be seen as one of today’s TV pundits

    Barry Burrell

    Born:August 14th, 1986
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Co Durham
    Career Highlights:

    2yrs superteens

    2 yrs BMW boxer cup

    2yrs European 600 championship

    2yrs European 1000 championship

    1yr Bsb superstock 1000

    1yr Evo Bsb superbike

    1 full yr full Bsb spec superbike

    Ben Young

    Born:June 8th, 1993
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Bathgate
    Career Highlights:

    Daytona 200 – 2013 8th

    Tarran Mackenzie

    Born:October 29th, 1995
    Nationality:Scottish
    Hometown:Stirling
    Career Highlights:

    2006/ 2008 – British and Scottish Mini Moto Championship

    2009 – Various Aprilia rs125 championships to secure national licence

    2010 – British 125cc Championship, Best result 17th

    2011 – British 125cc Championship, Best result 4th, 13th overall

    2012 – British Motostar Championship, Best result 2nd, 10th overall

    2013 – British Motostar Championship, Best result 1st, 2nd overall

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