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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

Stauff Connect Academy Mackenzie wins again

July 14, 2016

GR Motosport’s Stauff Connect Academy rider Tarran Mackenzie wins his second race of the season from pole position at Snetterton.

The Dickies British Supersport 600;- The weekend started well for Tarran collecting his second R&G Rookies cup award. The Team were determined to make sure there was to be no repeat of the problems seen in qualifying at Knockhill for Taz. Throughout all the mixed weather condition, practice and qualifying sessions, they were able to set the bike up perfectly enabling Tarran to take Pole position and collect his second ‘London Watch’ award of the season.

Starting from Pole Tarran took the hole shot in the sprint race, when on the opening lap Championship leader James Westmoreland crashed out followed by several others bringing out the safety car. Once the safety car pulled in, wild card entry reigning British Champion and current World Supersport contender Luke Stapleford took the lead, Taz followed Geoff’s instruction not to get involved with Luke and settled for a comfortable second place and vital championship points.

Sundays Feature race again Tarran took the hole shot this time for Stapleford to take the lead on the second lap but made a mistake running off track to leave Tarran battling with Andy Reid. Stapleford rejoined the race as Reid’s engine expired. Tarran with stood the relentless closing pressure from Stapleford to win his second race of the season crossing the line just 2/10th clear. Taking 70 points from the last 3 races Taz is just 6 points behind the title leader as we near the halfway stage

Tarran Mackenzie: – “My weekend wasn’t far from being perfect! My Stauff Connect Academy ZX6r and crew were fantastic allowing me to Qualifying on pole, take 2nd in the Saturday Sprint race and a 1st place finish in Sunday’s Feature race. I jumped from 4th to 2nd in the championship and now only 6 points behind, I can’t ask for much more. I’m really looking forward to getting back out at Thruxton in 2 weeks time

img1Aaron Scott captures the perfect Team moment in Victory
The MCE British Superbike Championship: – It was a testing weekend for Team WD-40 Superbike, who were pleased to have #44 Jack Kennedy return fully fit and raring to go along side #16 Josh Hook at Snetterton.

Jack not being on a bike since his crash at Brands Hatch, took a little time to settle in, and Josh continued his BSB learning curve. Josh’s highlight was taking an incredible 2nd place in wet practice then a intermittent fuel pump problem ruined his weekend forcing him out of both races. Jack qualify 17th for the first race and made a great start, but had to take evasive action to avoid a first lap incident and ran onto the grass. Jack rejoined but had to retire with a broken gear lever putting him further down the grid for race 2. With another great start and consistent lap times Jack had a good race just missing out on adding to his 2016 BSB points tally.

Jack Kennedy:- “It’s not been the weekend I had hoped for and to come away from Snetterton with zero points is not what I wanted. The results don’t show the work put in, by me to return to fitness or by the efforts from my team. We started off the weekend with radical changes to the bike but with the mixed weather conditions it was a hard to know if it we were going in the right direction. We made it into Q2 but couldn’t improve any further so after a debrief we decided to revert to our previous settings from the start of the season.

I got a great start in race one but was unlucky to get pushed wide onto the grass with the incident at the hairpin. I regrouped but unfortunately just a lap later I had to retire due to a mechanical fault with a broken gear lever. Without setting a decent lap time in the first race, it put me way back on the 2nd last row starting race 2. I got another great start and was catching and passing a few riders. I felt comfortable, had the confidence to push and was enjoying the race, feeling like I could have gone on for a lot more laps. That’s probably the only consolation I can take from a difficult weekend because I know we are capable of doing a lot better. We have to look to Thruxton in two weeks and do everything in our power to improve our results.

Josh Hook :- “Rough day in the office. I went P2 in free practice and everything looked good. Then we had some technical problems with the fuel pump which ruined the weekend. Thanks to the Team for their hard work and I am looking forward to Thruxton which is another new track to me!

img2Jack Kennedy #44 returns on the Team WD-40 ZX10r
Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “Another racing weekend full of highly mixed emotions for me! I am devastated that all the efforts put in by my Team WD-40 Superbike is just not getting the rewards they so richly deserve. We are constantly working on improving this and when it jells, it’s going to be awesome.

Tarran took his 2nd WIN, 2nd Pole and 5th podium of the season jumping into title contention. I know there is still a long way to go but I can’t deny it’s a great feeling for the moment.
Then were have the super highs of the Stauff Connect Academy, The Launch of The Cool Fab Racing/BSB partnership and MotoX all doing so well.

Stuart Higgs and BSB have partnered with Cool Fab Racing to help promote the youngsters racing, which I really feel rewards and endorses everything that we GR Motosport have been promoting in that area for so long.

Again on the MotoX front, nothing but good news, Young Sam Atkinson had his best weekend to date taking 6th overall in the SW 85 British Youth Championships jumping to 6th overall in the Title chase. We are extremely proud to be involved with Sam and have some big plans for the future here….

Social media is a huge part of my team and its activities; Clare is doing an absolutely brilliant job here keeping everyone up-to-date with all our daily activities of the whole team. Please join in and get involved in the fun on our FACE BOOK, Instagram and Twitter accounts by clicking on the links below.

LINKS:- As always with our newsletters, I would ask that you support our partners and their business without whom none of these great results could happen. Please take a moment of time to check the links below and don’t hesitate to enquire about and purchase their product or services.

Sponsorship;- We are delivering fantastic Advertising, Social Media and Corporate Hospitality and creating great B2B opportunities. We tailor packages to suit individual needs that work together in amplification. If you’re interested in finding our more, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

Stauff Connect Academy Mackenzie wins again

July 14, 2016

GR Motosport’s Stauff Connect Academy rider Tarran Mackenzie wins his second race of the season from pole position at Snetterton.

The Dickies British Supersport 600;- The weekend started well for Tarran collecting his second R&G Rookies cup award. The Team were determined to make sure there was to be no repeat of the problems seen in qualifying at Knockhill for Taz. Throughout all the mixed weather condition, practice and qualifying sessions, they were able to set the bike up perfectly enabling Tarran to take Pole position and collect his second ‘London Watch’ award of the season.

Starting from Pole Tarran took the hole shot in the sprint race, when on the opening lap Championship leader James Westmoreland crashed out followed by several others bringing out the safety car. Once the safety car pulled in, wild card entry reigning British Champion and current World Supersport contender Luke Stapleford took the lead, Taz followed Geoff’s instruction not to get involved with Luke and settled for a comfortable second place and vital championship points.

Sundays Feature race again Tarran took the hole shot this time for Stapleford to take the lead on the second lap but made a mistake running off track to leave Tarran battling with Andy Reid. Stapleford rejoined the race as Reid’s engine expired. Tarran with stood the relentless closing pressure from Stapleford to win his second race of the season crossing the line just 2/10th clear. Taking 70 points from the last 3 races Taz is just 6 points behind the title leader as we near the halfway stage

Tarran Mackenzie: – “My weekend wasn’t far from being perfect! My Stauff Connect Academy ZX6r and crew were fantastic allowing me to Qualifying on pole, take 2nd in the Saturday Sprint race and a 1st place finish in Sunday’s Feature race. I jumped from 4th to 2nd in the championship and now only 6 points behind, I can’t ask for much more. I’m really looking forward to getting back out at Thruxton in 2 weeks time

img1Aaron Scott captures the perfect Team moment in Victory
The MCE British Superbike Championship: – It was a testing weekend for Team WD-40 Superbike, who were pleased to have #44 Jack Kennedy return fully fit and raring to go along side #16 Josh Hook at Snetterton.

Jack not being on a bike since his crash at Brands Hatch, took a little time to settle in, and Josh continued his BSB learning curve. Josh’s highlight was taking an incredible 2nd place in wet practice then a intermittent fuel pump problem ruined his weekend forcing him out of both races. Jack qualify 17th for the first race and made a great start, but had to take evasive action to avoid a first lap incident and ran onto the grass. Jack rejoined but had to retire with a broken gear lever putting him further down the grid for race 2. With another great start and consistent lap times Jack had a good race just missing out on adding to his 2016 BSB points tally.

Jack Kennedy:- “It’s not been the weekend I had hoped for and to come away from Snetterton with zero points is not what I wanted. The results don’t show the work put in, by me to return to fitness or by the efforts from my team. We started off the weekend with radical changes to the bike but with the mixed weather conditions it was a hard to know if it we were going in the right direction. We made it into Q2 but couldn’t improve any further so after a debrief we decided to revert to our previous settings from the start of the season.

I got a great start in race one but was unlucky to get pushed wide onto the grass with the incident at the hairpin. I regrouped but unfortunately just a lap later I had to retire due to a mechanical fault with a broken gear lever. Without setting a decent lap time in the first race, it put me way back on the 2nd last row starting race 2. I got another great start and was catching and passing a few riders. I felt comfortable, had the confidence to push and was enjoying the race, feeling like I could have gone on for a lot more laps. That’s probably the only consolation I can take from a difficult weekend because I know we are capable of doing a lot better. We have to look to Thruxton in two weeks and do everything in our power to improve our results.

Josh Hook :- “Rough day in the office. I went P2 in free practice and everything looked good. Then we had some technical problems with the fuel pump which ruined the weekend. Thanks to the Team for their hard work and I am looking forward to Thruxton which is another new track to me!

img2Jack Kennedy #44 returns on the Team WD-40 ZX10r
Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “Another racing weekend full of highly mixed emotions for me! I am devastated that all the efforts put in by my Team WD-40 Superbike is just not getting the rewards they so richly deserve. We are constantly working on improving this and when it jells, it’s going to be awesome.

Tarran took his 2nd WIN, 2nd Pole and 5th podium of the season jumping into title contention. I know there is still a long way to go but I can’t deny it’s a great feeling for the moment.
Then were have the super highs of the Stauff Connect Academy, The Launch of The Cool Fab Racing/BSB partnership and MotoX all doing so well.

Stuart Higgs and BSB have partnered with Cool Fab Racing to help promote the youngsters racing, which I really feel rewards and endorses everything that we GR Motosport have been promoting in that area for so long.

Again on the MotoX front, nothing but good news, Young Sam Atkinson had his best weekend to date taking 6th overall in the SW 85 British Youth Championships jumping to 6th overall in the Title chase. We are extremely proud to be involved with Sam and have some big plans for the future here….

Social media is a huge part of my team and its activities; Clare is doing an absolutely brilliant job here keeping everyone up-to-date with all our daily activities of the whole team. Please join in and get involved in the fun on our FACE BOOK, Instagram and Twitter accounts by clicking on the links below.

LINKS:- As always with our newsletters, I would ask that you support our partners and their business without whom none of these great results could happen. Please take a moment of time to check the links below and don’t hesitate to enquire about and purchase their product or services.

Sponsorship;- We are delivering fantastic Advertising, Social Media and Corporate Hospitality and creating great B2B opportunities. We tailor packages to suit individual needs that work together in amplification. If you’re interested in finding our more, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

Mackenzie wins first Supersport race on home track

July 1, 2016

What a fantastic weekend for GR Motosport’s Scottish Stauff Connect Academy rider Tarran Mackenzie winning his first ‘Dickies British Supersport’ race at his home track of Knockhill.

The Dickies British Supersport 600;- The long trip north is something we have grown to look forward to as Tarran has never failed to be on the podium whilst with the team. Things started well in free practice with Taz in a comfortable position going into qualifying where it all went horribly wrong. A problem with the clutch forced Tarran to have to start from last on the grid in Saturday’s first race.

Starting from last on the grid is never a good position for any rider, but Tarran had to do just that in the 18 lap sprint race. A down pour of rain just before the start levelled things out a little with Taz blasting off the line and passing 11 riders on the first lap. He continued his progress to storm home in 8th place but more importantly setting the 5th fastest lap of the race to secure 5th on the grid for the feature race.

Sundays 26 lap race again started in the rain but this time with Taz blasting off the line to take the lead, settling into a great rhythm he built up a 5 second advantage and by the chequered flag he had lapped everyone upto 15th place to take and emphatic win and move up to 4th in the Championship.

Tarran Mackenzie:- “ I am so happy to finally get my first win of the year! The weekend wasn’t the smoothest I’ve ever had. I had clutch problem in qualifying which meant I didn’t get to do any flying laps so unfortunately I had to start from the back of the grid for the sprint race. My start was good and I managed to make up some positions with in the first few laps and by the time the chequered came out I crossed the line 8th with the 5th fastest lap, putting me 5th on the grid for Sunday’s race. On Sunday the weather couldn’t make up its mind but when it was time for my race the heavens opened! I was quite confident going into the race as I had good wet pace from the first race on Saturday. Again my start was really good and by the time I was tipping into turn 3 I was leading! From then on I just got my head down, riding in a really good rhythm and increasing my lead every lap. My lead increased to 5 seconds over but as I started to catch some back markers I lost quite a lot of time. When the chequered flag came out I still had a 1 second lead and won my first British Supersport race! Over the moon and I can’t thank all of my team enough, for all of their hard work. Bring on Snetterton!

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Taz pushing his Stauff Connect Academy ZX6r
The MCE British Superbike Championship: – with Jack Kennedy missing Knockhill whilst still recovering from his injuries sustained at Brands Hatch, Team WD-40 Superbike were pleased to welcome 23 year old Australian Josh Hook to the team and British Superbikes.

Josh resident of Troy Bayliss’s home town Taree, New South Wales had never ridden a BSB specification bike or seen our circuits before testing with us at Snetterton, but he settled in to do a solid job. Throughout practice the Team WD-40 Superbike crew worked with Josh to help him learn and move forward.

Starting 25th on the grid for both races, Josh made good progress in the terrible weather conditions, battling with some of the established BSB stars to take 18th in the first race just behind Stuart Easton and 16th in the second race just missing out on the points.

Josh Hook :- Knockhill for me was a little bit difficult, we haven’t had a lot of laps on the bike and being in such a competitive championship it was always going to be that way. I want to thank Team WD-40 for giving me this opportunity, they are a good bunch of guys that are working extremely hard to make the bike work for me. We make a lot of progress every time we went out on track and I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable with everything.

I feel like it won’t be long until we will be competitive, heading into Snetterton with a fresh mind after having a few more laps under our belt and the test there a few weeks back we will be capable of a much better job and I really look forward to that.

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Josh Hook on the Team WD-40 ZX10r

Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “ I am so pleased to say overall – just a fantastic weekend for the team!

Even though he was under quite a lot of home town pressure, Tarran just nailed it grabbing our first Supersport win of the season. Josh came in a short notice and in true Ozzy style fitted in straight away, working hard with his crew to get the best results he could.

Looking forward, I am happy to say that now fully fit Jack will return to join Josh for Snetterton in a week’s time.

On the MotoX front, Young Sam Atkinson was again in action in the Pirelli masters taking 3rd overall. I think he is going to need a much bigger trophy cabinet.

LINKS:- As our country enters a new era and things settle down there are going to be some great opportunities for everyone. I would ask that you support our partners and their business without whom none of these great results could happen. Please take a moment of time to check the links below and don’t hesitate to enquire about and purchase their product or services.

Sponsorship;- We are delivering fantastic Advertising, Social Media and Corporate Hospitality and creating great B2B opportunities. We tailor packages to suit individual needs that work together in amplification. If you’re interested in finding our more, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

Australian Josh Hook joins Team WD-40

June 20, 2016

Sheffield based GR Motosport are pleased to announce that former Australian Champion Josh Hook will join Team WD-40 Superbike for the forth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Knockhill.

Josh who came to the team highly recommended by WSB star Leon Camier recently completed a 2 day BSB test at Snetterton to familiarise himself with the Team and bike. Although Josh has not yet seen Knockhill he is now looking forward to his first BSB race.

Josh’s first thoughts about BSB after his first day at Snetterton

The Team and Jack, who is still on the road to full recovery from his spill in qualifying at brands hatch, decided it would be the best option for him to sit this one out ensuring his return to full fitness for Snetterton in 2 weeks time.

Knockhill will also see on form Tarran Mackenzie, début his Stauff Connect Academy Supersport ZX6r at his home circuit. Tarran’s form at the first 3 Dickies British Supersport races has been fantastic taking pole position and podiums. Resently leaving the Snetterton BSB test heading the times at the end of day one, set the tone for Knockhill where Taz won last year’s Superstock 600 race in style.

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Danny Wright wins first speedway race for Team WD-40

In the long break after Brands Hatch BSB, Team WD-40 / Stauff Connect Academy have been extremely busy away from BSB. Team WD-40’s Danny Wright took our first Speedway victory, whilst Josh Bannister and Amanuel Brinton have been piling on the points in the Cool Fab Minimoto Championships. Stauff Connect Academy’s Sam Atkinson continues his very busy schedule and winning streak in MotoX, and we even took part in a Soap Box Derby.

GR Motosport’s busy off track activities has seen our bike and equipment and more importantly our partners branding at many events including, The Seaworks exhibition, Oakley bike night, VW owners Club and The coffee House. We have had some fantastic visits to the HQ’s of our partners, Tungum and Borley’s Minimix where we were able to meet staff have a laugh and get a real insight to their industries.

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Josh Bannister on his way to 3rd over all at LLandow

Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “Whilst everyone else has been away doing the NW200 and the IOM TT, It’s been a very interesting break for us. We have been flat out with the fun and success of the junior team’s, while enjoying our many and varied promo activities.

I love what the little ones are doing on track and as m any of you have seen on our social media it is hilarious what they do off track too. Rob and Sue of Dunsley Heat came to Rawrah and never stopped laughing.

Jack has had time to nearly fully recover but not quite so will mis Knockhill and we will look forward to his return at Snetterton. We decided to bring in Josh who did a excellent job at the test, He seems like a great kid and made me ‘smile’ by requesting number 16 th e one we ran with Bomber in winning the European Championship.

I hope that the weather in Scotland is kind to BSB again encouraging the hugh crowds to visit and see what BSB is all about.

Sponsorship;- We are creating opportunities and delivering fantastic advertising and corporate hospitality, we tailor individual packages that work together in amplification. If you’re interested in a chat, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

LINKS:- We are please to introduce our 2016 Partners and Team Sponsors, some you are familer with others are new. Please take a moment of time to check the links below and dont hesitate to purchase their product or services.

Pole Position, Podiums and Pain

May 26, 2016

GR Motosport had a very busy weekend participating in 2 major events at the same time with both British Superbikes and the Judd National MX.

The MCE British Superbike Championship made its first of 3 visits to Brands Hatch, the Kent circuit is the home of MSVR so is always the place to be. Team WD-40 Superbike and Stauff Connect Academy Supersport riders, Jack Kennedy and Tarran Mackenzie were looking forward to the event for different reasons. Jack was looking to continue on the fantastic form and Taz looking to put things right from Oulton Park.

Fate has a strange way of dealing its cards, turning the tables on both riders. Jack made a mistake crashing out of qualifying, the subsequent injuries ruling him out of the rest of the meeting. Tarran blasted his ZX6r to his first ‘Royal London Watches’ pole of the season only to be taken out of Saturday’s sprint race by another rider.

The Dickies British Supersport 600;- With Jack out all the Teams race day focus was on Tarran for the feature Supersport race. Because of his fall in the sprint race Taz was put back to 7th on the grid for the 26 lap feature event. Making a good start into the leading group, a breath taking battle started with positions changing on every corner giving the leader the opportunity to edge away into a comfortable lead. With 10 laps to go Tarran pushed into second place which he held to the flag, again proving his and the teams level of competition.

Tarran Mackenzie:- “Another up and down weekend but with a lot of positives! We ended Friday P1 so I was looking forward to qualifying. I managed to secure my first pole position which I was over the moon with and I was rewarded with a smart London Watch ! The sprint race was going really well leading the way until it got red flagged due to rain. After restart another rider crashed in front of me and I had no where to go but the grass and crashed in the gravel. Sunday’s feature race was probably my best race of the year so far. Starting 7th I had work to do but I managed to get to 2nd by half race distance and kept consistent with no mistakes and managed to get my second podium of the year and some more strong points! Can’t wait for my home round at Knockhill next time out”

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Taz sprays Sam with joint podiums

 

MotoX:- Stauff Connect Academy’s Sam Atkinson was in action at the 4th round of the ‘JUDD MX Premier Cup’ at Fatcats near Doncaster over the weekend. His 5 race program, 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday started well with the 12 year old Alnwick School boy qualifying 3rd in the small wheel 85 on his KTM.

Sam took advantage of his qualifying in the 3 races on Saturday, fighting to 3 podiums with a 2nd and two 3rd place finishes setting himself up for a great overall finish on the Sunday.

Unfortunately Sam did not have it all his own way in the first race on Sunday as you can see from the picture below falling from the lead. Sam jumped up remounted in last place and fought his way back to a brilliant 4th place at the flag. Everyone held their breath for the final race, could a sore and very tired young man get the result he needed for the overall Podium, your right he can !! Taking another podium was enough to take 3rd place overall and jump to second in the Championship…

 

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Jack and Sam trying their best Superman impressions

 

Jack Kennedy:- ” Well, what can I say, just when we had started to make big steps forward it all goes horribly wrong. In the opening qualifying session it was looking good for a top ten spot when I high sided at Graham Hill bend. It was a heavy fall but I might have got away with it if the bike hadn’t followed me in and hit me. At the medical centre the doctors diagnosed a broken left ankle and right hand, heavy swelling on my knee and elbow and aggravated my previously broken left wrist. It brought an abrupt end to my race weekend and to say I was disappointed would be an understatement. It’s such a let down not just for me but for my team who work their socks off to make it happen. All I can do now is take the doctor’s advice of strictly no weight bearing or else I might end up needing an operation which I don’t want. I have to take this ankle injury seriously but as soon as it’s possible, I will be doing everything I can to speed up the healing process and all going well, I hope to return for Knockhill.

Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “ an Interesting weekend really and quite exciting trying to keep your eye on 2 fantastic events. Jack was doing a brilliant job again on the superbike and in the blink of an eye it was over.. Taz is showing championship form, and Sam is just a little star.

It’s interesting that all 3 are at the top level of their own categories and just need a little magic for things to really fall into place, something I am sure will happen very soon. We continue our difficult search for a suitable candidate for the second superbike and hope something will happen soon.

This coming weekend will also be quite busy with World Superbikes at Donington and the little stars of Team WD-40 factory Blata minimoto, Josh Bannister and Amanuel Brinton racing with ‘Cool Fab Racing’ at Rowrah in Cumbria. Please try to look at what this championship is doing the future stars of our sport are sure to come from there..

Sponsorship;- We are creating opportunities and delivering fantastic advertising and corporate hospitality, we tailor individual packages that work together in amplification. If you’re interested in a chat, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.
LINKS:- We are please to introduce our 2016 Partners and Team Sponsors, some you are familer with others are new. Please take a moment of time to check the links below and dont hesitate to purchase their product or services.

KENNEDY BSB DOUBLE TOP TEN AT OULTON

May 9, 2016

May 6th 2016

Sheffield based GR Motosport burst to the front in the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park.
Both Team WD-40 Superbike and Stauff Connect Academy Supersport showed our true potential at the Cheshire venue with front running pace in both categories.

The MCE British Superbike Championship;- Team WD-40 down to just one rider for the moment after Sam Hornsey’s shock retirement, concentrated its efforts on Dubliner Jack Kennedy. Jack now fully fit from his wrist injury sustained in pre season testing, showed the pace we know both he and the Team WD-40 ZX10 are capable of. Jack and his crew did a fantastic job throughout qualify taking us through to Superpole, 8th on the grid and setting us up for 2 fantastic races.

Race 1;- Jack made a tremendous start in the tricky conditions grabbing second on the first lap of the televised 18 lap race. In the thick of a front running battle, Jack brought home his distinctive blue and yellow Team WD-40 Superbike home in a brilliant 7th place setting the Team up for the second race.

Race 2 :- the changing weather conditions caused concern to all the teams on just which tyre choice to go for. The options went from full wet to full dry with every combination in between. After our first race result we made our decision to put Jack in the strongest place to bring home more valuable points. Jack again made a fantastic start in the tricky conditions this time pushing his way into the lead. Our tyre choice would see jack push early and leave it to everyone else to try harder if the track dried which unfortunately it did in the last few laps.  Jack brought his Team WD-40 superbike home in 9th place earning more valuable points.

Jack Kennedy:- “All in all, not a bad day with two top ten finishes in tricky conditions. I’m happy to get some points on the board and get the season properly started.  Big up to Team WD40 for all their hard work, it’s just the boost we needed as a team after such a tough start to the season.  Now we’ve shown we can run at the front, we can build on this and I’m hungry for more”.

Taz ready to start his STAUFF Conect Academy ZX6r

The Dickies British Supersport 600;- Qualifying did not quite go to plan for Stauff Connect Academy’s Taz Mackenzie ending 9th on the grid. His first race was all starting to look really good when a problem forced him out and down to 16th on the grid for the start of the second race. Tarran made a reasonable start then started to carve his way through the field posting fastest laps. He forced his way into 2nd and set out after the leader who had pulled a 3 second lead. Again pushing the lap times Tarran close the gap to 1 second when on the 10th lap the rain started to fall in the dry race. Taz was the first rider to get caught out, crashing just a fraction of a second before the race was stopped where the rules left him out of the result..

Tarran Mackenzie:- Although I didn’t finish both races, for me my weekend was very positive. I qualified 9th on Sunday and was battling for a top 5 finish in the wet race until I had a mechanical issue which made me pull into the pits. On Monday the track dried out for my second race so I was confident I could make a good job even though I was starting from 16th position. I made my way all the way up to 2nd position and reduced the gap to the leader from 3 seconds to 1.4, setting the fastest lap along the way until a mistake on my behalf made me crash out just a split second before they red flagged the race because of the rain. I’m feeling so confident now with the bike I can’t wait to get back out at Brands Indy.

Sam Atkinson #127 continues great form.

MotoX ;- Its fantastic to be able report that STAUFF Connect Academy MotoX start ‘Sam Atkinson’ continues his brilliant form. Sam currently lying 8th overall in the British Youth Nationals took his first National podium at Preston Dock Judd MX and won last weekend. We are extremely proud of what all the youngsters are doing but Sam is flying our flag alone in MotoX brilliantly !

Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “Everyone is doing a fantastic job at the moment, Jack finally showed our full potential in Superbike and Taz now knows what we are all capable of in Supersport. Sam Hornsey’s shock decision to retired has again caused continued controversy and left the team looking for his replacement. We will only field Jack and Tarran at Brands giving us the opportunity to give correct thought to our line up.

Sponsorship;- We are creating opportunities and delivering fantastic advertising and corporate hospitality, we tailor individual packages that work together in amplification. If you’re interested in a chat, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

LINKS:- We are please to introduce our 2016 Partners and Team Sponsors, some you are familer with others are new. Please take a moment of time to check the links below and dont hesitate to purchase their product or services.

Calendar

Round 1 Silverstone Grand Prix April 8th, 2016 - April 10th, 2016
Round 2 Oulton Park April 30th, 2016 - May 2nd, 2016
Round 3 Brands Hatch Indy May 20th, 2016 - May 22nd, 2016
Round 4 Knockhill June 24th, 2016 - June 26th, 2016
Round 5 Snetterton 300 July 8th, 2016 - July 10th, 2016
Round 6 Thruxton July 22nd, 2016 - July 24th, 2016
Round 7 Brands Hatch GP August 5th, 2016 - August 7th, 2016
Round 8 Cadwell Park August 27th, 2016 - August 29th, 2016
Round 9 Oulton Park September 9th, 2016 - September 11th, 2016
Round 10 Donington Park September 16th, 2016 - September 18th, 2016
Round 11 TT Circuit Assen September 30th, 2016 - October 2nd, 2016
Round 12 Brands Hatch GP October 14th, 2016 - October 16th, 2016

The Team

Amanuel Brinton
Born: December 1st, 2008

Amanuel Brinton

Born:December 1st, 2008
Nationality:British
Hometown:Brighton & Hove
Hobbies:Rock climbing/ bouldering, Ninjutsu, skateboarding, Tennis, motocross, and swimming
Favorite Circuit:Rowrah (Cumbria) , but I like all circuits
Favorite Food:Tuna/chicken mayo wraps but I eat pretty much everything really
Favorite Car:N/A I like bikes
Helmet:Shoei nxr
Career Highlights:
Winning all three races at Rowrah, near the end of my rookie season in 2015
( my first ever win ) :Coming 3rd overall in the Cool-Fab racing British
championships 2015 in the Minimoto rookie class. 

Being approached by Blata factory and being chosen to be there Factory
rider in the uk for 2016 and having the backing of Team WD40 factory Blata
Personal Sponsors:Blata (bike) , Janman (leathers). 151's, R&G racing, B&A
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

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 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

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