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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 (2013) 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

KENNEDY breaks leg and scores points. Mackenzie rushed to hospital for surgery.

August 26, 2015

Mixed fortunes for Sheffield based GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike and the Stauff Connect academy at Cadwell Park, the 8th round of the MCE British Superbike Championships.Taylor was rushed to hospital for surgery to remove appendix.Tarran takes Pole and Jack breaks his left leg.
MCE British Superbike practice and qualifying didn’t start well when after 6 laps Taylor pulled in feeling unwell. After examination by the BSB medical team he was taken to hospital for his appendix removing leaving Jack as the sole Team WD-40 rider. Jack now fully recovered from his high speed Thruxton spill made the most of the Teams attention getting through to Q3 securing 10th on the grid.

Race 1, was in question for Team WD-40 Superbike when Jack crashed in morning warm-up breaking his left fibia. Again Team WD-40 made use of the BSB medical team’s expertise where it was decided that Jack could races after special strapping of the leg. An extremely sore Jack Kennedy made a good start holding his10th place and sitting on the back of the leading group unable to attack because of the leg. Jack battled for the whole race to hold on bringing home a stunning 11th place and smiles as his crew lifted him off the bike at the finish.
Race 2, although now very sore Jack buoyed by the results of the first race, made another good start but finding his way a little further back in the field just outside the points. Conserving his strength Jack sat with the group until the last few laps of the 18 lap race, when he focused and pushed hard to grab more BSB points in 14th place.Two good results on the day, but leaving a feeling of what if.

Pirelli National Superstock 600 Stauff Connect Academy rider, Tarran Mackenzie continued his recent sizzling form throughout practice and qualifying pushing to his 2nd pole position of the year just 0.0002 ahead of the Championship leader. All the hard was was to no avail as Tarran was unable to maximize the position crashing out of the lead in the early stages of the race. Fortunately Taz was unhurt and able to hold onto his 3rd place in the championship as we move back to Oulton where Taz scored his first pole of the season.

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Taylor suffers watching TSL live timing from his hospital bed

Jack Kennedy: “I feel we have turned things up another notch this weekend and have come away from Cadwell stronger than before showing a great pace and two point scoring finishes. In every session we moved forward and after a good qualifying we made a few small tweeks in morning warm-up to try to further improve. Unfortunately I had a tip off and was unlucky to fracture my left leg. It’s fair to say they were the toughest races I’ve ever had but I had a consistent pace in both and dug deep to finish in 11th & 14th and with a broken fibula, I’ll take that! It’s a pity I picked up the injury because I think we could have finished higher up the order but it was a great team effort particularly by my crew chief, Andy and spanner men, Martin and Tim who always work flat out behind the scenes. Also big thanks to everyone who looked after me, marshals, medics and in particular the BSB Physio’s who did their magic me to get me back out to race. All in all I’m feeling positive and once we keep moving forward I’m happy. Hopefully my leg will be a bit stronger in two weeks time when we have the triple header at Oulton Park.

Taylor Mackenzie: “My weekend didn’t quite go to plan as I woke up Friday morning with severe stomach pains. I managed to sneak out on my bike but after I’d jumped the mountain a couple of times my appendix decided it had had enough and wasn’t keen on going for a ride much longer. I was taken to hospital later that day and after not eating for two days waiting for an operation, I eventually had it removed on Sunday. I managed to come round in time to watch all the racing from my bed on Sunday and came home yesterday (Monday). The doctor told me it should be at least 5-6 days before I can ride again…well she might of said weeks actually but I’ll pretend she said days. Joking aside I’m hoping to be back on a bike as soon as possible and will keep you all informed.

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Tarran and his crew await qualifying.

Tarran Mackenzie: “I had a very disappointing end to an awesome weekend! After setting some really good lap times in qualifying I managed to secure my 2nd pole position of the year so I was really looking forward to the race. In the race I made a big mistake at the end of the back straight, out braking myself and then hitting a false neutral. I couldn’t stop the bike and lost the front, crashing out of the race. I’m really annoyed with myself as for the past 4 races I’ve had some really strong results so I’m sorry to my team and sponsors and I’ll come back to Oulton Park even stronger! ”

Brent Gladwin “I thought the saying was ‘The Luck of the Irish’ well we have Dublin’s Jack Kennedy but not much luck at Cadwell Park.
Taylor came to us early on Friday morning saying he’d been up all night with stomach pain. He had visited the med centre who advised that he could have a problem with his Appendix. Taylor as all good riders do, put the pain to one side for free practice. A few laps later he was back in the Med centre and from there onto hospital for surgical removal of his Appendix.
Jack and his crew were left to uphold the honour of Team WD-40 Superbike, which throughout practice and qualifying they did, with 10th on the grid. Unfortunately it went wrong in morning warm-up when Jack crashed breaking his left fibia. He had the leg strapped and raced to points in both races a true warrior.
Our Tarran and his Stauff Connect Academy crew never put a foot wrong all weekend until the opening lap of their race, when a mistake ended in him crashing out of the lead. The weekend left us all with the thoughts of what could have been, but now we are working toward the next BSB race at Oulton Park in 2 weeks time.
This coming weekend we have another focus, and that is our participation in the racing events of the British MotoGP at Silverstone. I am not quite sure what it is going to be other than fun. Josh Bannister is to race against the best of Europe’s Mini Moto riders, and Geoff Crust is going head to head with Niall Mackenzie and others in the reformulation of the hit 1980’s ‘Yamaha LC Pro-am Challenge.
It’s going to be a steep learning curve for everyone at Silverstone. Josh to see his level against Europe’s best and Crusty and Niall’s realisation of just how old they are, and I am not quite sure which will be the bigger shock – Oh yes and I am on the spanners. The Yamaha Pro-am and Josh’s Mini Moto will all be based down at ‘The Wing’ a highly recommended point of visit for your weekend to see both young and old alike enjoying life to the full.

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KENNEDY breaks leg and scores points. Mackenzie rushed to hospital for surgery.

August 26, 2015

Mixed fortunes for Sheffield based GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike and the Stauff Connect academy at Cadwell Park, the 8th round of the MCE British Superbike Championships.Taylor was rushed to hospital for surgery to remove appendix.Tarran takes Pole and Jack breaks his left leg.
MCE British Superbike practice and qualifying didn’t start well when after 6 laps Taylor pulled in feeling unwell. After examination by the BSB medical team he was taken to hospital for his appendix removing leaving Jack as the sole Team WD-40 rider. Jack now fully recovered from his high speed Thruxton spill made the most of the Teams attention getting through to Q3 securing 10th on the grid.

Race 1, was in question for Team WD-40 Superbike when Jack crashed in morning warm-up breaking his left fibia. Again Team WD-40 made use of the BSB medical team’s expertise where it was decided that Jack could races after special strapping of the leg. An extremely sore Jack Kennedy made a good start holding his10th place and sitting on the back of the leading group unable to attack because of the leg. Jack battled for the whole race to hold on bringing home a stunning 11th place and smiles as his crew lifted him off the bike at the finish.
Race 2, although now very sore Jack buoyed by the results of the first race, made another good start but finding his way a little further back in the field just outside the points. Conserving his strength Jack sat with the group until the last few laps of the 18 lap race, when he focused and pushed hard to grab more BSB points in 14th place.Two good results on the day, but leaving a feeling of what if.

Pirelli National Superstock 600 Stauff Connect Academy rider, Tarran Mackenzie continued his recent sizzling form throughout practice and qualifying pushing to his 2nd pole position of the year just 0.0002 ahead of the Championship leader. All the hard was was to no avail as Tarran was unable to maximize the position crashing out of the lead in the early stages of the race. Fortunately Taz was unhurt and able to hold onto his 3rd place in the championship as we move back to Oulton where Taz scored his first pole of the season.

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Taylor suffers watching TSL live timing from his hospital bed

Jack Kennedy: “I feel we have turned things up another notch this weekend and have come away from Cadwell stronger than before showing a great pace and two point scoring finishes. In every session we moved forward and after a good qualifying we made a few small tweeks in morning warm-up to try to further improve. Unfortunately I had a tip off and was unlucky to fracture my left leg. It’s fair to say they were the toughest races I’ve ever had but I had a consistent pace in both and dug deep to finish in 11th & 14th and with a broken fibula, I’ll take that! It’s a pity I picked up the injury because I think we could have finished higher up the order but it was a great team effort particularly by my crew chief, Andy and spanner men, Martin and Tim who always work flat out behind the scenes. Also big thanks to everyone who looked after me, marshals, medics and in particular the BSB Physio’s who did their magic me to get me back out to race. All in all I’m feeling positive and once we keep moving forward I’m happy. Hopefully my leg will be a bit stronger in two weeks time when we have the triple header at Oulton Park.

Taylor Mackenzie: “My weekend didn’t quite go to plan as I woke up Friday morning with severe stomach pains. I managed to sneak out on my bike but after I’d jumped the mountain a couple of times my appendix decided it had had enough and wasn’t keen on going for a ride much longer. I was taken to hospital later that day and after not eating for two days waiting for an operation, I eventually had it removed on Sunday. I managed to come round in time to watch all the racing from my bed on Sunday and came home yesterday (Monday). The doctor told me it should be at least 5-6 days before I can ride again…well she might of said weeks actually but I’ll pretend she said days. Joking aside I’m hoping to be back on a bike as soon as possible and will keep you all informed.

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Tarran and his crew await qualifying.

Tarran Mackenzie: “I had a very disappointing end to an awesome weekend! After setting some really good lap times in qualifying I managed to secure my 2nd pole position of the year so I was really looking forward to the race. In the race I made a big mistake at the end of the back straight, out braking myself and then hitting a false neutral. I couldn’t stop the bike and lost the front, crashing out of the race. I’m really annoyed with myself as for the past 4 races I’ve had some really strong results so I’m sorry to my team and sponsors and I’ll come back to Oulton Park even stronger! ”

Brent Gladwin “I thought the saying was ‘The Luck of the Irish’ well we have Dublin’s Jack Kennedy but not much luck at Cadwell Park.
Taylor came to us early on Friday morning saying he’d been up all night with stomach pain. He had visited the med centre who advised that he could have a problem with his Appendix. Taylor as all good riders do, put the pain to one side for free practice. A few laps later he was back in the Med centre and from there onto hospital for surgical removal of his Appendix.
Jack and his crew were left to uphold the honour of Team WD-40 Superbike, which throughout practice and qualifying they did, with 10th on the grid. Unfortunately it went wrong in morning warm-up when Jack crashed breaking his left fibia. He had the leg strapped and raced to points in both races a true warrior.
Our Tarran and his Stauff Connect Academy crew never put a foot wrong all weekend until the opening lap of their race, when a mistake ended in him crashing out of the lead. The weekend left us all with the thoughts of what could have been, but now we are working toward the next BSB race at Oulton Park in 2 weeks time.
This coming weekend we have another focus, and that is our participation in the racing events of the British MotoGP at Silverstone. I am not quite sure what it is going to be other than fun. Josh Bannister is to race against the best of Europe’s Mini Moto riders, and Geoff Crust is going head to head with Niall Mackenzie and others in the reformulation of the hit 1980’s ‘Yamaha LC Pro-am Challenge.
It’s going to be a steep learning curve for everyone at Silverstone. Josh to see his level against Europe’s best and Crusty and Niall’s realisation of just how old they are, and I am not quite sure which will be the bigger shock – Oh yes and I am on the spanners. The Yamaha Pro-am and Josh’s Mini Moto will all be based down at ‘The Wing’ a highly recommended point of visit for your weekend to see both young and old alike enjoying life to the full.

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THRUXTON Podium joy continues for MACKENZIE – KENNEDY cracks BSB Top Ten

August 5, 2015

Sheffield based GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike and the Stauff Connect academy we again in action at the 7th round of the MCE British Superbike Championships at Thruxton. The riders and Team were all determined to build on the success of the last event at Brands Hatch, and what a fantastic job they made of it.

Qualifying in the ultra competitive MCE British Superbike went very well continuing to make improvements in performance. Taylor Mackenzie and his crew continue to make strong steps forward in moving up the field and Jack Kennedy and his crew were tasked with a strategy change which saw immediate improvement taking him to 12th on the grid with plenty of TV time for both riders.
Race 1 both riders made brilliant starts, their improved positions gave an advantage when unfortunate the race had to be stopped after 5 laps for an oil spillage. At the restart both Jack and Taylor had vastly improved grid position which gave them both a great opportunity in the 15 lap restart. What a race Jack battling for the top Ten and grabbing 7th on the line and Taylor tantalisingly just missing his 1st BSB championship point.

Race 2 Jack was to start from 7th and Taylor 23td on the grid another fantastic Start from both and they were in the thick of it. Jack forced himself into a huge battle with current Champion Shakey Byrne which looked like it was going for the podium unfortunately they touched and Jack went down at super high speed  destroying his Team WD-40 Superbike but thankfully Jack after medical check up is going to be a little sore but in his own word a 100%. Taylor was again in a battle for the last point breaking through to 16th with a lap to go some 3.9 second off 15th, putting his head down he closed the gap to just 08 missing out again, but we can all feel it’s there for him any race now.

In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Stauff Connect Academy’s Taz Mackenzie was again in championship form never out of the top 2 all weekend. In the race he took the lead at the start pushing hard on every lap. Unfortunately and ONLY with the aid of the slip stream Taz was piped to the line taking 2nd  and his forth podium in as many races his disappointment did show for a moment or two before the return of that fantastic Mackenzie smile.

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Jack explains just how it is to Taylor and Paddy

Jack Kennedy: “t’s been a really good weekend for us and finally all our hard work as a team is paying off.  A good qualifying position gave us a better crack at it for race one and it was great to take 7th at the line, our best finish of the season so far.

Race two I was feeling even stronger but the nature of Thruxton lends itself to many different race lines which resulted in me clipping Shakey and crashing out big style.  Luckily I didn’t take him with me and I’m thankful to walk away from it relatively lightly.  Sorry to Team WD-40 for wrecking my bike and big thanks to them for all their hard work this weekend.  Obviously while I’m really disappointed not to get a result in race two, I’m still feeling upbeat about how things are going as we are not too far off now. It feels great to be up the sharp end and I’m back to enjoying my racing.  I want to keep that momentum going and finish the season strong for the remaining 5 rounds JK#44

Taylor Mackenzie: “I made more progress this weekend with my best races day so far coming home just out side the points with 16th in both races. Although we are one big team, I want to say a massive thank you to my side of the garage for all their efforts this weekend. This year is without doupt one of the toughest BSB seasons ever and were not far off scoring points now week in week out. Hopefully we can make another step forward and grab our first points before the year is out….

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Tarran on his way to a 4th straight Podium.

Tarran Mackenzie: “I had another very strong weekend as I wasn’t out of the top 2 again over the 3 days. At the end of the race I was gutted not to get my 3rd win of the year. Looking back at it now, I was happy with how the race went as I was setting a very fast pace at the front with no slipstream! Geoff, Juan and Gary did an awesome job with my bike all weekend which gave me the confidence I have, so a big thank you to those guy’s as well as the whole Stauff Connect Academy – Team WD-40, GR Motosport set up. I am looking forward to cadwell where we will get a run out at the track before the event. ”

Brent Gladwin “Wow what a weekend we had at Thruxton! The highs and lows of racing are something I am sure we are all addicted to which is why we all work so hard to be the best we can and achieve our goals in life and racing – some would say racing is life and who am I to argue that one away.

In what can only be described as the best and worst year to be a competitor in BSB we are finally in the mix. Best because currently BSB is the most competitive Superbike series in the world and worst because BSB is the most competitive Superbike series in the world, where anyone of 25 riders are capable of getting on the podium at any race.

‘My Team’ is something my Sponsors and I continue to be particularly proud of!  We have a fantastic group of people, who over this season has become a TEAM
The Girls led by Clare and her PR machine are just simply the best! The Team WD-40, Stauff Connect Academy Twins, Holly and Abigail are The Team and Sponsor brand ambassadors everyone wants to be seen and photographed with. Sam and Kate deliver stunning hospitality for Team and VIP guests alike so thank you Ladies.

The Technical Crew led by big Geoff have no understanding of whether it is night or day – can or can’t they just simply do it. Team WD-40 Superbike crew chiefs Danny and Andy lead and focus their teams of Rob and Ashley, Martyn and Tim respectively in the march forward. Stauff Connect Academy’s Juan and Garry are simply the best in class at this moment!

The riders we now have are all special to us. We again took a calculated gamble in 2015 some of which did not work out. You all know how well young Josh Bannister and Sam Atkinson have gone right from the start, but now Jack, Taylor and Tarran are starting to fulfil our dreams for them. Jack suffered with arm pump and is now stunningly battling wheel to wheel with current championship contenders. Taylor is a great little superbike rider and banging on the door of his first BSB points. The fact Tarran was gutted to have only been second this weekend speaks volumes of the young man.
Our Partners and Sponsors are without doubt the best in their own fields of commerce. Their continued unrivalled support and involvement of all our activities on and off track are a fantastic part of the image we have created. Their enthusiastic business to business amplification of message ensures worldwide recognition of all brands, the Team and the MCE British Superbike Championship!

Back to Back Victories for MACKENZIE – More BSB points for JACK KENNEDY

July 22, 2015

Another great weekend for Sheffield based GR Motosport. Stauff Connect Academy rider Tarran Mackenzie took his second successive Superstock 600 win just a fortnight after picking up his first; while Team WD-40 Superbike #44 Jack Kennedy took his first double points haul of the season.

With the confidence of two podiums and a lap record already under his belt 19 year old Tarran was really looking forward to Brands Hatch, his performance throughout practice and qualifying was stunning to take 2nd on the grid just 0.057 of Pole
Tarran made a great start to get away with the leaders where unfortunately Ben Currie made a better start and started to pull away while Taz was battling with 3rd 4th and 5th place riders. Tarran made the brake and set off after the leader again breaking the lap record to catch up. The lead then seemed to swap on just about every corner with Tarran making the decisive move on the last lap to win by just 0.047 of a second moving ever closer to the leader in the final championship placing.

Team WD-40 Superbike stars Jack Kennedy and Taylor Mackenzie had slightly different practice, qualifying and races. Jack is starting to understand the big ZX10 and throughout practice was settled into the top 10. Taylor after some overnight planning with his crew made a great jump in practice on Saturday too. Moving into qualifying it went wrong for Taylor very early on when a small mistake cost him dearly leaving him in 25th. Jack had a good run into Q2 where the times were again so close finishing 18th.
Race 1 both riders got away with the pack but unfortunately the gremlins struck Taylor again forcing him out his luck is due for a change. Jack fought hard to get into the points for the second time this season and set himself up for the second race Race 2 Jack made a tremendous start into a race long battle for top 10 and Taylor fought the whole way with factory riders Josh Waters and former Champion Kiyonari – with 2 laps to go Jack was in 9th and the last lap tussle just shuffled him into 12th for more points.

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Jack leads the pack at Clearways

Jack Kennedy: “A solid weekend with good progress made and two points scoring finishes. I feel we are going in the right direction now and can keep building on this with the net traget of breaking into the top 10. Team WD-40 worked great over the weekend and I am really looking forward to the next round at Thruxton.. JK#44

Taylor Mackenzie: “I made a small mistake in qualifying losing the front at Druids meaning I had to start the race from 27th on the grid. Unfortunately my bike got too hot sat behind the saftey car in the first race and I had to pull in. Race 2 was a lot better and I spend the whole race with Josh Waters and Kiyo who are both former race winners and I was able to learn a lot from those guys, eventually coming home in 20th place. Not the position I want but I was glad to improve my riding and hopefully I can take to the next race at Thruxton in a couple of weeks…

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Holly, Juan and Abbi wait for Taz to arrive on the front row of the grid.

Tarran Mackenzie: “So happy to get my second victory of the year! It was a very strong weekend for me and the Team as I finished in the top 2 of every session. The race came down to just me and Ben Currie and on the last lap I made the pass at the end of the back straight and defended to the line to take the win. I just can’t thank my team and sponsors enough, now I am really looking forward to Thruxton!”

Brent Gladwin: “Another great BSB weekend for GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike and the Stauff Connect Academy. All 3 riders did a fantastic job with Tarran wining again and both Jack and Taylor making significant progress on the Superbikes. I have to say I personally really enjoyed this weekend the best so far this season. The Team, our racing family became closer and the sponsors and their guests really enjoyed the atmosphere this creates. We seem to have hit a sweet spot in results over the last few weeks where including Josh and Taz we have won 7 British Championship races, 2 further podiums, and 2 lap records. Sam Atkinson took his Championship lead and more points in Superbike. The Press and PR exposure continues to grow worldwide, this Thursday evening at 8pm UK time on Motors TV you can watch Josh winning and experience his first TV interview something I am personally looking forward to.. Next race of the MCE British Superbike Championships is in just over a week’s time at the super fast Thruxton circuit near Andover and we hope to see you there!.

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GR launch replica Kiddimoto with victories from Josh and Sam

July 14, 2015

GR Motosport Ltd in conjunction with Kiddimoto launches limited edition children’s balance bikes in Team WD-40 and Stauff Connect Academy livery.The idea of the limited edition replica Kiddimoto came from our growing family orientated fan base, where many of our sponsors VIP guests bring their children to our events and they just love having their pictures taken on the race bikes.
With only very limited numbers these Kiddimoto’s will be available direct from the Team and a few other outlets at £100 – There are going to be some fantastic spot prizes competition to win one from the Team, WD-40 and Stauff so keep your eyes open as it could be on social media, web or point of sale.

The launch of these superb balance bikes was planned to coincide with the younger members of the Team Josh and Sam’s latest race weekend. Team WD-40 MiniMoto racer Josh Bannister was in his second FAB racing British Championship event and Stauff Connect Academy motocross star Sam Atkinson was battling in the NE.

Both Josh and Sam had a 3 race weekend with the normal ups and downs, Josh crashing out of wet practice and Sam laying down on the job too but the story doesn’t end there!

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Josh and Tarran testing the Kiddimoto wheelie pose.

MiniMoto: Josh did not start the weekend well with a huge crash in wet free practice at turn one. Even with the R&G protection the resulting damage to bodywork, foot rests, and handle bars left Dad and mechanic Paul Bannister loads to do over night to be ready for qualifying.
Josh did not make the same mistake twice and absolutely dominated to take is first pole in the Championship. This lead to his first television interview and anyone who has seen him on our YouTube channel will know it’s going to be funny. It is broadcast on Motors TV, look for

The first race also to be shown on TV was a start to finish Josh Bannister affair, rapidly followed by 2 more race wins collecting the gentleman’s set of Pole, Fastest laps and 3 out of 3 race Wins!

Josh Bannister: “I had a good weekend although Dad was not happy with the crash. The TV people wanted to talk to me after and said I will be on the TV show so that will be good. I got the whole shot in all the races but in the 2nd race had a good battle with Ollie, Amanual and Ryan again but I managed to bring it home in first place again! 3 Wins from 3 starts im happy!

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Sam Atkinson flying to overall Championship lead.

Motorcross: Round 7 of the Northeast championship was something that Stauff Connect Academy rider Sam Atkinson was really looking forward to, after a run of bad luck over the last few races. Sam needed a good strong showing to push his Championship ambitions on a track he knew well. A few small problems in practice set him back a little but nothing much to deter the Alnwick school boy. The day is again made up of 3 races with results in all 3 to carry forward for the overall and Championship title chase.

Race 1;- not making the best of starts left Sam with work to do forced to make passes as they were needed but bringing her home in a solid 3rd Place.

Race 2:- a slightly better start left Sam in a good 4th but with the leaders giving him the opportunity to maximise the result grabbing the lead in the final moment to take his first win of the day.

Race 3; Sam finally made the start taking the ‘WD-40 holeshot award’ and putting him right where he needed to be. A fantastic battle for the lead ensued, with Sam just losing out to take second. The overall result was what everyone had hoped for with Sam now leading the Championship after the 7 rounds.

Sam Atkinson: “It’s been great to get 3 race results and get the Championship lead. The last few meeting have been hard as I have not managed to get 3 races finishes through the bike or me falling off. I want to thank my Dad and John for all their hard work and all my sponsors

Brent Gladwin: “I am excited to launch the Limited edition Team WD-40 and Stauff Connect Academy Kiddimoto Balance bikes. I believe we are the first BSB Team to do this kind of promotion and we hope that along with the Limited edition Team WD-40 can of WD-40 Multi Use Product they become practical daily used collector’s items. I have to thank Simon Booth of Kiddimoto for all his help and guidance in the design and delivery of the 175 Team WD-40 and 25 Stauff Connect academy bikes. They will retail at £100 and be available direct from the team.
I am so please to launch these this weekend when our young riders Sam Atkinson and Josh Bannister are doing so well. Their achievements on track are mirrored by their activities off track including sponsor promotion mostly on social media but importantly in their schooling too. We are all proud of them.
Our next race is this weekend where we return to Brands Hatch for the next round of the MCE British Superbike Championship on the GP circuit, where we are looking to continue to improve our results.

TARRAN MACKENZIE takes first race win at KNOCKHILL

July 9, 2015

Racing in Scotland with the Mackenzie Clan was always going to be exciting. It started with a BSB and Knockhill Circuit PR event where Taylor, Team WD-40 Superbike and Tarran, STAUFF Connect Academy along with other leading BSB riders were privileged to ride a closed Fourth road bridge to promote the event and road safety.

Proud of their Scottish heritage both Tarran and Taylor who’s father Niall runs track days at Knockhill were really looking forward to racing at what is their home circuit. Tarran took his first ever 600cc podium in 2014 and hoped to repeat that form, where Taylor was looking to continue his impressive first season in BSB.
Both Jack Kennedy and Joe Irving have also had past success in Scotland which they hoped to continue. Practice did not start well for Team WD-40 with Taylor missing most of the first session and Jack settling in. Over the next 2 days with great progress in closing the time gap to the leaders the final qualifying was a stunning affair and something other Championships can only dream of – Jack was only 0.4 and Taylor 0.6 of pole to end 21st and 25th on the grid unbelievable !

Race 1, unfortunately Jack again crashed out early on, but Taylor put together a great race just missing his first points in 16th.
Race 2 both riders made good starts and started to move forward. Interestingly championship contender James Ellison ran off track and rejoined between Jack and Taylor and started a race long battle showing the Team WD-40 riders have the race pace to run with the leaders. Jack made a little mistake on the last lap costing him more points and again Taylor just missing out

Stauff Connect Academy riders Tarran Mackenzie and Joe Irving again continue their excellent form and progress. Taz arrived at Knockhill looking relaxed on the back of his podium and lap record at Snetterton last time out. Joe was eager to get cracking as the weather forecast for final qualifying was terrible. Taz put together a fantastic qualifying taking 2nd on the grid and showing brilliant race pace and Joe again with a solid effort.

The Pirelli Superstock 600 race immediately grabbed the hearts and attention of the home Crowd with Tarran Mackenzie making a fantastic start and sitting with the leaders, Joe unfortunately retired early with an electrical problem. Tarran lying in 4th made his move grabbing the lead to the delight of the home crowd on the 3rd lap and simply pulled away, building a 1.7 second lead to take his first ever 600 cc race victory and again setting the fastest lap.

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Taylor and Tarran taking part in BSB PR on the Fourth Road Bridge.

Jack Kennedy: “This weekend has been a bit disappointing, the times were very close but that is the nature of Knockhill. It is hard to get your head around when you’re 0.4 off pole in qualifying and still only 21st on the grid. Race one I was feeling ready to push for some points but I ended up in the gravel at the hairpin and unfortunately my race was over. That put me on the back row of the grid for race two. The red flag in race two gave me a better chance moving me up to 21st on the grid for the restart sprint race. I battled my way into the points only to hit a neutral on the penultimate lap losing two places ending 17th. It still hasn’t clicked with us yet , but with all the effort we are putting in as a Team it’s bound to come right soon.. JK#44

Taylor Mackenzie: “Happy to finally get two decent finishes under my belt. I was unlucky to miss out on my first points this weekend but hopefully we can rectify that at the next one at Brands Hatch..

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Taylor and Jack lead the pack.

Tarran Mackenzie: “I had such and awesome weekend! We only had one qualifying due to the weather so I ended up 2nd on the grid. Going into the race I felt really confident, In the first few laps I was battling for a podium but felt I had the pace to lead so went for it and then got my head down to make a brake and build a 1.7 second gap on the riders behind me. I’m so happy to finally get my first victory and I can’t thank the whole Team and sponsors enough! I am really excited for Brands hatch GP in 2 weeks as I had my first pole there last year,! ”

Joe Irving: ” Free practice went well and I got my best placing of the year so far. Going into qualy I felt really confident unfortunately I didn’t put my best sectors together in one laps and ended up 22nd. In warm up I did my best lap of the weekend but had a problem. My Team Jez and Garry worked really hard to fix for the race. I really struggled in the race and with 10 laps to go the electrical gremlins returned and I could not finish. I am taking the positives from Knockhill to Brands Hatch and see what we can do there.

Brent Gladwin: “Knockhill was a strange event for us all-round a real roller coaster. It started with the fantastic PR event on the Fourth Bridge which brought the public attention to our sport and the BSB event at Knockhill. The Weather was just a nightmare with really weird changes from high winds, rain, thunder and lightning to the hottest day on record. The racing was just no different; it’s hard to comprehend being 0.4 off pole and sitting 21st on the grid. In other championships the top 10 can be some 5 seconds of pole! I have to say I am over the moon with how Team WD-40 Superbike crews and riders are working and we just need to get closer in qualifying to give the boys a run at it. Tarran finally got the monkey off his back to win and what better place for a Mackenzie to do it than Knockhill bringing tears to the eyes of his proud Mum and Dad. Taz now sits in a solid 3rd in the championship at the half way stage, quite a nice place to be. Next race is Brands GP where the team has had quite good recent success so we are looking to build on that.

Josh has his next British Championship race this coming weekend and Sam is again out at the North East. So we all wish them continued sucsess ther.

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Calendar

Round 1 Donington Park April 4th, 2015 - April 6th, 2015
Round 2 Brands Hatch Indy April 17th, 2015 - April 19th, 2015
Round 3 Oulton Park May 1st, 2015 - May 3rd, 2015
Round 4 Snetterton 300 June 19th, 2015 - June 21st, 2015
Round 5 Knockhill July 3rd, 2015 - July 5th, 2015
Round 6 Brands Hatch GP July 17th, 2015 - July 19th, 2015
Round 7 Thruxton July 31st, 2015 - August 2nd, 2015
Round 8 Cadwell Park August 21st, 2015 - August 23rd, 2015
Round 9 Oulton Park September 4th, 2015 - September 6th, 2015
Round 10 TT Circuit Assen September 18th, 2015 - September 20th, 2015
Round 11 Silverstone Grand Prix October 2nd, 2015 - October 4th, 2015
Round 12 Brands Hatch GP October 16th, 2015 - October 18th, 2015

The Team

Josh Bannister
Born: June 11th, 2009

Josh Bannister

Born:June 11th, 2009
Nationality:British
Hometown:Nuneaton
Hobbies:Mounting Biking
Favorite Circuit:Angmering
Favorite Food:Anything & Everything
Favorite Car:Range Rover
Helmet:X-Lite N-602
Leathers:Dannisport
Career Highlights:

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

Personal Sponsors:VCAD LTD A1 Cufflinks R&G Racing 151's Louga Graphics
Jack Kennedy
Born: December 6th, 1987

Jack Kennedy

Born:December 6th, 1987
Nationality:Irish
Hometown:Dublin
Hobbies:MX, Boxing, cycling, training
Favorite Circuit:Portimao
Favorite Food:Penne Arrabbiata
Favorite Car:Ferrari F50
Helmet:Arai
Leathers:RST
Boots:Alpinestars
Gloves:RST Tractech Evo
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)

Personal Sponsors:Dawn International, VTL Van Fleet Transport, Megabikes, Caffrey International, Harry’s Bikes, RST Moto-Direct, Arai Helmets, High 5 Sports Nutrition, Crunch Fitness, Premier Active, You Twist Cafe
Taylor Mackenzie
Born: January 24th, 1993

Taylor Mackenzie

Born:January 24th, 1993
Nationality:Scottish
Hometown:Stirling
Hobbies:Motorbikes, Cycling, Designing
Favorite Circuit:Donington Park
Favorite Food:Pasta
Favorite Car:Lamborghini Aventador
Helmet:AGV Pista GP
Leathers:RST
Boots:Puma 1000 V3
Gloves:RST Tractech Evo
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

Personal Sponsors:MPS Aviation Amtech Lexelle Borleys Mini-Mix Merit Merrell Motorpoint Cleverass Moto Direct AGV RST Knockhill Circuit Raceways Optimum Fleet Focused Events

Sam Atkinson
Born: September 27th, 2003

Sam Atkinson

Born:September 27th, 2003
Nationality:British
Hometown:Alnwick
Hobbies:bikes, football training
Favorite Circuit:Anywhere I can win
Favorite Food:steak medium rare
Favorite Car:VW Transporter it takes me racing
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

Personal Sponsors:L&A Reinforcements, 7t racing
Tarran Mackenzie
Born: October 29th, 1995

Tarran Mackenzie

Born:October 29th, 1995
Nationality:Scottish
Hometown:Stirling
Hobbies:Running, Cycling, Dirt Track/TTR, Pitbiking Relationship
Favorite Circuit:Austin, Texas
Favorite Food:Chicken Fajitas
Favorite Car:BMW M3
Helmet:AGV Corsa
Leathers:RST
Boots:RST Tractech
Gloves:RST Tractech
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

Personal Sponsors:Amtech, Lexelle, Merit Merrell, Motorpoint, Cleverass MPS Aviation, Moto Direct, AGV/ RST, Knockhill Circuit, Replicast Racing, Raceways, Optimum Fleet Managment, Focused Events, Alan Duffus Motorcycles

Championships

12 British Championships Won
1 Euro Championships Won
2 Other

Sponsors

Competition

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  • Past Masters

    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.

    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

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