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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 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.

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.

SILVERSTONE PODIUM JOY for GR MOTOSPORT

April 15, 2016

The story leading up to Silverstone is well documented; the theft from GR Motosport’s Sheffield base really put the team under pressure to be ready for the event in just 3 weeks. The welcome from the BSB community on arriving at the circuit was tremendous, but we still had work to do on all 3 bikes.

Tarran Mackenzie on his Stauff Connect Academy ZX6r started the weekend well finishing 3rd in free practice. Sam Hornsey and Jack Kennedy did a fantastic job throughout free practice showing great promise for the future with Sam taking 2nd in the mixed weather free practice 3. Our final qualifying places were not what we wanted but it did look at one point that we might not even make the first race of the season.

The Dickies British Supersport 600;- normally having 2 races over a BSB weekend, starts the BSB race schedule on the Saturday afternoon. Tarran started this race from 7th on the grid but the weather was against everyone from the start, after just a few laps the race had to be stopped with Taz up to 3rd. On the restart Tarran and quite a few of the other front runners crashed in the terrible condition forcing the race to be abandoned. Sunday’s race was a different; Tarran was again 7th on the grid and made a good start to go with the front group. As the race progressed the Kawasaki’s of the front 3 including Tarran had pulled clear of the pack creating great TV theatre as they sorted the podium places. A crazy move from 3rd placed Mason Law on Tarran allowed the leader to pull away, Tarran fought back to take a comfortable 2nd, seven seconds clear of Law. Tarran now sits 2nd in the Championship and leads the R&G rookie’s cup.

Tarran Mackenzie:- I am really happy to secure my first podium of the year with 2nd place. Its nice to repay the Team after all the hours and hard work they have put in this last month. Roll on Oulton Park!

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Sam Hornsey had a great debut in British Superbike.

The MCE British Superbike Championship;- practice went well for Team WD-40’s riders, Jack still suffering the effects of the injury he picked up the week before took 10th in the first session, then it was Sam’s turn to shine grabbing 6th and 2nd in the next 2 mixed weather sessions. Qualifying and Racing at this event were hard work for the riders and Team, Jack had small technical issues in both races where Sam did a good job in his first BSB event just missing out on points finishes.

Sam Hornsey:- My first BSB weekend went very well considering everything, We found a great setup for the damp conditions, being fastest for a while and taking 2nd in FP3 at the first race meeting was not something I expected. I am enjoying riding the Team WD-40 Superbike, we need to work on our dry set-up which we hope to do at the Oulton Park test next week.

Jack Kennedy:- Well that didn’t go to plan! To come away from Silverstone not finishing either of the races certainly wasn’t the start to the 2016 season we had hoped for. Two unlucky mechanical DNF’s are hard to take and it’s disappointing for us all as a team.

The changing weather conditions throughout the weekend challenged us to find the ideal set up and qualifying on the 8th row didn’t help our cause. I got a great start off the line in race 1, from 21st up to 12th but it was short lived and on lap 4 I had to retire.

Race 2, I got another good start but only managed 2 laps before I had to retire to the pits once again. It happens, that’s racing and all you can do is regroup and come back fighting. We have a couple of weeks before Oulton which will also give my wrist more time to recover so then we can make amends by getting this season properly started.

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Taz in full flight on the STAUFF Conect Academy ZX6r

Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “ What a way to lift a TEAM! A Podium at the first BSB of 2016 continues our overall form in racing this year, adding to Amanuel’s Podium in the World Minibike Championship in Spain. We will test again before the next BSB event at Oulton Park on Monday the 2nd of May.

“I am proud of what we have come through and achieved in the last month. Although 2 of our bikes are still missing we as a Team can only look forward and move in that direction.
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.

 

GR Motosport previews BSB 1st round at Silverstone

April 4, 2016

The lead up to the first round of the 2016, MCE British Superbike Championship at Silverstone has been quite traumatic for Sheffield based GR Motosport. With everything ready to start testing on the 11th of March, the Team suffered a break in where thieves stole 2 bikes, spare parts and tools, leaving impossible time scales to be ready for the first race.

The Team with help and support from our partners and the BSB community, worked miracles to build new bikes in just 20 days, to be ready for the official BSB test day at Silverstone on the 28th and press day at Donington on the 31st of March.

Our Team WD-40 Superbike riders Jack Kennedy and Sam Hornsey although seriously lacking in track time proved their worth with some great times. Both Jack and Sam suffered crashes where unfortunately bikes and riders did suffer a little but both bounced back with good times.

Jack Kennedy:- All credit to the team for all their hard work after what we’ve been through to get us back on track. We used the testing to iron out any issues with our new bike and to make it feel like mine again. At Silverstone I got a neutral and the rider behind me ran into the back of me causing us both to go down. It’s just one of those racing incidents but unfortunately I picked up a small wrist injury too. Hope to be fully fit or close as possible for this weekend to repay the team for all the hard work.

Sam Hornsey: - Firstly I cannot express how impressed I am with the team for getting us through such difficult times. Considering we have been seriously limited regarding testing we got a lot done and by the end of Donington we found something that we can take to round one. We had a crash at Silverstone that I’m just putting that down to a rookie error, but I’m really happy with the bike and can’t wait for round 1 now..

 

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‘Stauff Connect Academy’ British Supersport rider ‘Tarran Mackenzie’.

Our ‘Stauff Connect Academy’ Kawasaki ZX6r was also taken by the thieves! We have to thank Kawasaki UK for their support in supplying a new ZX6r road bike for the team to convert into a Supersport race bike in just 5 days. Danny and new Team member Garry R with support from STAUFF UK, FW Developments, Scorpion Exhaust, Motec, Ohlins and Paul Gilbert made it happen; the stunning part was Tarran pushing this brand new bike into the top 4 at both the Silverstone and Donington tests…

Tarran Mackenzie:- Really excited to start the first race now, testing obviously hasn’t been ideal but from the two test days I’ve completed on the new bike they have been really positive. It just goes to show what an awesome team I have, not only to build me a brand new bike within a week but for it to be very competitive straight away! I can’t wait just to do more laps on it!

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Sweedway – Danny Wright             Minimoto – Amanuel and Josh            MotoX – Sam Atkinson

After all the bad news of the theft it’s great to be able to report some exciting new projects for 2016 in Minimoto, MotoX and Speedway.

Minimoto:- As you all know we have had a huge amount of fun with 6 year old Josh Bannister, racing the Team WD-40 MiniMoto. We love the fun of racing and these guy’s supply oodles of it, so we looked at a bigger presence in the ‘Kool Milk Fab Racing’ Championship. It was time for Josh to get a new bike with the favourite being the Czechoslovakian ‘BLATA’. After a conversation with Michael Milne of BLATA UK plans were soon put in place for ‘Team WD-40 Factory Blata’

A factory team should have 2 riders and Michael had the perfect suggestion in 7 year old Amanuel Brinton to become Josh’s team mate. Team WD-40 factory BLATA with support from Stauff UK and Dunsley Heat, made their debut last week with both riders bursting into the top 10 of the Championship and setting the standard for their season ahead.

MotoX:-  After securing GR Motosport’s first MotoX title, Alnwick school boy Sam Atkinson has taken his ‘Stauff Connect Academy’ KTM to the 2016 British Youth Nationals. Sam has been working hard all winter with guidance from Carlton Husband; this pairing has put together a stunning result today with Sam taking 8th over all at Fat Cats Motopark, we are all looking forward to Sam’s next race.

Speedway:- GR Motosport / Team WD-40 crew chief Danny Wright has taken his hobby and passion to the next level and is now representing Team WD-40 skidding on the shale with top results something everyone is proud of!

Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “To say the last 3 week have been stressful is an colossal understatement.. The support we have received has been phenomenal, we have reached nearly 3.5 million on social media all trying to help recover our stolen bikes. I keep being told its character building, but I was sure before the event we had some great characters involved with us. I can tell you it is Team building and I do have a great Team. I have to thank Jack, Sam and Taz for their patience and support, it’s been tough on them watching others testing while they have been waiting for us trying to catch up.

“My Team has worked all hours to make sure we will be at Silverstone for the first round of BSB and I am proud to say yes we will be there and competitive!

“2 of our bikes are still missing and I would ask for your vigilance, 90% of the bikes are unique to this team so sooner or later something will turn up somewhere…..

“Our new projects have been overshadowed by events but it does not belittle their importance to GR Motosport and our ethos of helping and developing young talent. The launch of Team WD-40 Factory Blata at the first race surprised the Fab Racing paddock with both cheeky chaps Amanuel and Josh getting solid results. I am sure they are going to be very successful and enjoy every moment too. Sam Atkinson continues to impress me, the quiet lad doesn’t say much but on track his improvements speak for themselves ‘Awesome’.
Our Danny dragged us into speedway, he is ultra competitive and the results are there his riders need to watch out for who is getting the best results 

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.

TUNGUM joins GR Motosport in 2 year sponsorship agreement

January 8, 2016

Sheffield based GR Motosport are extremely pleased to announce that starting this season TUNGUM Ltd will join the Team in a two year sponsorship agreement. As part of the agreement the ‘TUNGUM’ Logo will be prominently displayed on The Stauff Connect Academy rider Tarran Mackenzie’s Kawasaki ZX6r and leathers for the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. The TUNGUM Logo will also be seen on the seats of Team WD-40 Superbike riders, Jack Kennedy #44 and Sam Hornsey #94 in the, ‘MEC British Superbike Championship’

History

Tungum Alloy was originally produced for decorative purposes, because when it is polished it looks like gold! Tungum has a rich engineering history dating back to the 1930s. Leading up to the start of the Second World War Tungum tubing was developed for pneumatic and hydraulic applications for – RAF aircraft Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and Wellington bombers. Plus, Naval frigates, tanks and personnel carriers.
When drawn into tube with thin wall thicknesses it held the pressure required. This allowed significant weight savings to be made over the available materials at the time. This was the origin of the Tungum Alloy Co Ltd in 1933.
There have been some interesting and prestigious applications along the way of Tungum Alloy Tubing’s development. Such things as the hydraulic pipework for raising and lowering Tower Bridge, the hydraulic systems on the Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft, Hyperbaric systems, right through to luxury items such as dive watches from Drass and H2O.

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Applications

Tungum Alloy Tubing has been used in a multitude of applications across numerous industries for over 80 years. Three of the major sectors where Tungum Tubing is widely used are oil & gas, defence, and in hyperbaric chambers.

Tungum Alloy Tubing has been in use offshore since the mid 1970s for non-process applications. It is used extensively for oxygen lines due to its inherent non-sparking characteristics.

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Drass Hyperbaric Chamber Similar to that used by Cal Crutchlow in his recovery from injuries

Hyperbaric chambers

Tungum Alloy Tubing is ideal for use in hyperbaric chambers. Its non-sparking feature is a must when in contact with oxygen. It is also exhibits excellent antimicrobial characteristics as it contains >81% copper.

Ian Johnstone, MD Tungum LTD:- “We are extremely excited to be involved with Brent and the GR Motosport team for the 2016 & 2017 seasons. We see real tangible benefits in sponsoring such an organisation. Not only because of the association with BSB but also the worldwide exposure that this amazing sport brings. We look forward to working with the team and wish them the very best in 2016.

Brent Gladwin: – “It is fantastic to welcome a new sponsor like TUNGUM. I was introduced to Ian Johnstone by John Morris on the Stauff UK, Offshore Europe stand, and my excitement about Tungum joining the team is hard to contain. The fact that Tungum alloy has been used in so many ways throughout history in innovation and safety is something that they are proud of. Its uses across some iconic moments like in the Battle of Britain in the Spitfire, and then continuing today in to one of my favourite things ‘watches’ and of course something our sport uses Hyperbaric Chambers is brilliant. Tungum has decided to place the bulk of their support into the younger end of our team helping with the Stauff Connect academy which is the heart of our future racing program.
Please visit the TUNGUM web site you will be suprised at its uses.

http://www.tungum.co.uk

It is important to understand that without our sponsors the sport would be a poorer place so please take a moment to click on the links below to see what they all do and spread the word, Thank You

Dunsley Heat join GR Motosport in 2016 sponsorship agreement

December 29, 2015

GR Motosport are pleased to announce that Holmfirth based Dunsley Heat Limited will join the Team as a sponsor for the 2016 season. As part of the agreement the ‘Dunsley Heat’ Logo will be displayed on The Stauff Connect Academy rider Tarran Mackenzie’s leathers and Kawasaki ZX6r for the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. The Dunsley Heat Logo will also be displayed on the bike and crash helmet of Team WD-40’s, Josh Bannister in the, FAB British Minimoto Championship

Dunsley Heating was started by brothers James and Ernest Broadbent in 1950 making open fires and boilers to run the first central heating for the home. In 1960 they bought land in Holmfirth and built a new factory to meet increased demand, in 1988 they acquired further land and an engineering company at Bridge mills from where they still operate today.

Robert Broadbent: – “Dunsley Heat are happy to join GR Motosport for 2016 and be represented by Tarran Mackenzie in BSB Supersport and Josh Bannister in the Minimoto British and European Championships. We are looking forward to the start of racing and hope they have a great season

Brent Gladwin: – “It’s fantastic that Robert has chosen to be part of the GR Motosport family with his company Dunsley Heat for the new season and that he is supporting the younger riders. We are sure that both Taz and Josh will do a great job for Dunsley Heat and all our partners in their respective Championships. Please take a moment to look at the fantastic range of wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves Dunsley Heat manufacture and sell via the link below

http://www.dunsleyheat.co.uk/index.html

It is important to understand that without our sponsors the sport would be a poorer place so please take a moment to click on the links below to see what they all do and spread the word, Thank You !

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

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

  • Which WD40 Specialist Motorbike Products would Jack Kennedy use to best wash their bikes?

     WD40 Specialist Motorbike ‘Chain Cleaner’ WD40 Specialist Motorbike ‘Total Wash’ WD40 Specialist Motorbike ‘Brake Cleaner’

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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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