Exciting times here at GR Motosport entering 2015, It has been a very busy winter preparing for our 20th year in top flight Motorcycle sport. We have put together quite a program with six riders across four disciplines creating a fantastic platform for the amplification of our partners advertising messages.
Since the last BSB race of 2014 the Team has had 2 main priorities, Promotional duties and Race preparation. We prepared the demo fleet of Team WD-40 Superbikes and the Stauff Connect Academy Superstock 600 to attend some of the World biggest and best exhibitions across Europe making sure our sponsors messages were highly visible.
Andy Jamison joined us and Teamed up with Danny Wright to develop and prepare our 2015 Kawasaki ZX10 and ZX6’s for competition, with the first Test scheduled for the beginning of March at Cartagena in Spain. We would like to say everything went smoothly but with time scales and supply chain problems we all gained a few grey hairs before the Trucks left for Spain.
On arrival at Cartagena it was quite clear we had put together a great little team with everyone fitting in just like old friends. The first couple of days for the Team WD-40 superbikes were beset with electrical issues which were final fixed with replacement parts and then the boys started to fly. The Stauff Connect Academy boys, Tarran and Joe had a brilliant 4 day test effortlessly getting through their work load to finish in a great place for the start of the season, next stop Donington Park 26th March official BSB Test.
Jack Kennedy: “We had a really good test in Cartagena despite some issues at the Start. The Team worked tirelessly though it and managed to turn it into a very productive and positive test. By the end of the four days we had come on in leaps and bounds with the Team WD-40 ZX10 and left the track happy and looking forward to Donington
Taylor Mackenzie: “I absolutely loved riding the Team WD-40 Superbike for the first time. The whole team worked great together and I just want to keep progressing. I can’t wait for Donington!”
Tarran Mackenzie: “ I am really happy with how the test went in Cartagena. I was riding round with a big smile on my face as my bike felt so good to ride. I worked realy well with Geoff, Juan and Joe ‘Toad’ and I am looking forward to the BSB test.
Joe Irving: “ The test went really well for me, I was happy to get a lot of laps in on the ZX6 as my main aim was to get comfortable on the bigger bike and start to work with my new Team. We achieved all these goals and I can’t wait to get back out on the Stauff Connect Academy Kawasaki at Donington”
WINNING : While the rest of the Team were away sunning themselves in Spain both Josh Bannister (Team WD-40) and Sam Atkinson (Stauff Connect Academy) were having their first races of the 2015 season. 5 year old Josh Bannister was racing his MiniMoto against the big boys some into their late teens and all of them would end the day slightly embarrassed. Josh showed well throughout practice but its racing that Josh loves the best and he had two to really look forward to.
In his first race Josh made a great start leading to the first turn and making it hard work for anyone to pass, a little mistake cost him but then the fight back to grab 2nd at the flag, if the huge grin wasn’t enough after that Josh was determined to go one better in race 2. Again leading from the start, this time with no mistakes Josh lead all the way to the finish taking his 2nd victory with Team WD-40.
Sam Atkinson’s had his first local race meeting on his ‘STAUFF Connect Academy’ Kawasaki KX85 the only Kawasaki in the field. Sam has trained hard all winter to improve both himself and the little KX into the right package and the results said it all. In his first 2 races Sam did not make the starts he wanted – leaving himself plenty to do, but his determination shone through to grab second in both legs, all he need was to make the start for the final. Grabbing the holeshot Sam was away and like Josh never headed to take the win and secure 2nd in the Championship standings.
Brent Gladwin: “It’s been quite tough getting everything finished for the start of the season with far too many things not quite working out how we had wanted. The final few days before the truck left for Spain were quite traumatic even to the point of having to change routes completely when ferries were cancelled when we were sat on the dock (we won’t be using their services or lack of again), in the end everyone pulled together and made it all happen. The test had its problems but that’s what it’s all about, overall we were very pleased with the Kawasaki’s and the whole Team. We are looking forward to the season.
Both Josh and Sam had a great time racing while we were away and more importantly delivering the goods for both Team WD-40 and ‘The STAUFF Connect Academy’ Little Winners is what they really are. Next stop is the BSB test at Donington Park on the 26th of March.”