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

More Points for Canadian Ben Young at Donington Park

September 10, 2014

Team WD-40 by GR Motosport Ltd, had a tough weekend at Donington Park with only Ben Young shining through to bring home a result. Donington Park is in reality our home track, within very easy reach of our base at Stauff UK in Sheffield and a stone’s throw from the Mackenzie home and the Head Office of HAE, Cargolink. We had a healthy stream of VIP guests all weekend with family, friends and most importantly employees and customers of our partners, all enjoying the sun and fun of a weekend at the MCE British Superbike Championships.

 

STK 1000:- Ben had carried his form from his first points score last week into Donington where at the end of first qualifying he was a very creditable 12th, unfortunately his inexperience with the British weather, Ben made a bad call for 2nd qualifying missing the first half waiting for a drier track. He went out and to his credit went faster but crashed out on the last lap dropping down the order to 21st and leaving work to do. Brent and Ben again sat down and made a plan for the start of the race which worked well with Ben soon finding himself in a tight group battling for the points. This fantastic battle went on the whole race with places being swooped on just about every corner. With 2 laps to go Ben tried to make a decisive move grabbing 14th  and going after top 10, one of the riders in  this battle crashed out on the high speed Hollywood/Craner section just missing Ben and bringing out the red flag race stoppage with the result being declared with Ben in 14th. Great points and something Ben had worked really hard for!

 

Ben Young:- “FP started good with getting up to speed quickly put us in good shape for Q1, We made some changes and I dug deep at the end and was over the moon to find out I was 12th. Q2 didn’t go to plan, on my 5th lap I went down at Goddard’s and got dropped to 21st.

For the race I knew I needed to get a good start and get going. It was a tough race and not doing the pace that I wanted to, glad we were in one piece and managed to score some points. I am now travelling back to race in the AMA for one race and look forward to being back for Silverstone.” 

 

STK 600:- Tarran was after all at his home track and out to impress, faultless throughout practice and qualifying he secured a very comfortable 5th on the grid, unfortunately for the second meeting in succession things did not go his way in the race. Taz made a fantastic start dropping straight into 3rd place and with the leaders but it all came to nothing as he and 2 others crashed out, all riders OK at the Old Hairpin. Tarran was distraught but pleasantly surprised by the warmth and support he found from all our VIP guests on his return to the team base all happy to see he was OK.

 

Tarran Mackenzie:- “My weekend ran pretty smoothly qualifying 5th just 0.4 off pole. I was fairly confident that I would be able to run with the front guy’s as my Team WD-40 ZX6 was perfect all weekend. Unfortunately I crashed on turn 4 on the first lap with 2 other riders while at the front ending my race early. I was gutted but I will make sure I come back stronger at Silverstone and I can’t thank my team enough!”

 

Superbike:- We have had time to reflect on our weekend with the superbike. After Barry’s crash at Cadwell, Danny and the crew had burnt the midnight oil repairing the damage whilst the rest us were enjoying Ben racing at the MotoGP. Everything was check and there finished work looked immaculate as always as it rolled out for practice. From the start Geoff, Danny and Tom struggled to find pace for Barry, despite making some pretty radical changes to the chassis nothing the guy’s did could get Barry comfortable enough to go fast. After a long debrief looking at everything over the last few races it was clear Barry could not find his comfort zone as each change seemed to move but keep the problem. Barry was forced to pull out of the first race and the Team then made the decision not to go out in the second race. The ZX-10 is now being fully examined and rebuilt for the next race in Assen where we hope to pull everything together  to have a confident Barry Burrell secure 2 good results.

 

Barry Burrell:- “I don’t really know what to say is been a tough weekend, we tried loads of different settings but just couldn’t make anything work. I hope to be back in the top ten at Assen like we deserve!”

Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “ What a weekend it’s been and a repeat of Cadwell park on the racing side. Ben did a great job with his confidence growing with each good result, he now returns to America to race his Tim Hortons 600 in the AMA while we are at Assen. Young Taz is just so desperate to win for the Team but things are just not going his way, it will come he just needs to be a little patient and keep that huge smile. Barry has had all kinds of problems this weekend and none of us quite understand why. The bike is being checked for Assen on the improbability that the guy’s missed something from the Cadwell crash, we will let you know what we find. We have had a fantastic weekend with our VIP guests and their families, it’s always great to entertain but special to introduce new people to our sport and see them become dedicated fans! – Finally a very special thanks goes out to Aidan, Adam and the Team from Cargolink who straight after the meeting got some very important parts moved by air door to door across 3 countries in 12 hours for us they can do the same for your company ”

 

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More Points for Canadian Ben Young at Donington Park

September 10, 2014

Team WD-40 by GR Motosport Ltd, had a tough weekend at Donington Park with only Ben Young shining through to bring home a result. Donington Park is in reality our home track, within very easy reach of our base at Stauff UK in Sheffield and a stone’s throw from the Mackenzie home and the Head Office of HAE, Cargolink. We had a healthy stream of VIP guests all weekend with family, friends and most importantly employees and customers of our partners, all enjoying the sun and fun of a weekend at the MCE British Superbike Championships.

 

STK 1000:- Ben had carried his form from his first points score last week into Donington where at the end of first qualifying he was a very creditable 12th, unfortunately his inexperience with the British weather, Ben made a bad call for 2nd qualifying missing the first half waiting for a drier track. He went out and to his credit went faster but crashed out on the last lap dropping down the order to 21st and leaving work to do. Brent and Ben again sat down and made a plan for the start of the race which worked well with Ben soon finding himself in a tight group battling for the points. This fantastic battle went on the whole race with places being swooped on just about every corner. With 2 laps to go Ben tried to make a decisive move grabbing 14th  and going after top 10, one of the riders in  this battle crashed out on the high speed Hollywood/Craner section just missing Ben and bringing out the red flag race stoppage with the result being declared with Ben in 14th. Great points and something Ben had worked really hard for!

 

Ben Young:- “FP started good with getting up to speed quickly put us in good shape for Q1, We made some changes and I dug deep at the end and was over the moon to find out I was 12th. Q2 didn’t go to plan, on my 5th lap I went down at Goddard’s and got dropped to 21st.

For the race I knew I needed to get a good start and get going. It was a tough race and not doing the pace that I wanted to, glad we were in one piece and managed to score some points. I am now travelling back to race in the AMA for one race and look forward to being back for Silverstone.” 

 

STK 600:- Tarran was after all at his home track and out to impress, faultless throughout practice and qualifying he secured a very comfortable 5th on the grid, unfortunately for the second meeting in succession things did not go his way in the race. Taz made a fantastic start dropping straight into 3rd place and with the leaders but it all came to nothing as he and 2 others crashed out, all riders OK at the Old Hairpin. Tarran was distraught but pleasantly surprised by the warmth and support he found from all our VIP guests on his return to the team base all happy to see he was OK.

 

Tarran Mackenzie:- “My weekend ran pretty smoothly qualifying 5th just 0.4 off pole. I was fairly confident that I would be able to run with the front guy’s as my Team WD-40 ZX6 was perfect all weekend. Unfortunately I crashed on turn 4 on the first lap with 2 other riders while at the front ending my race early. I was gutted but I will make sure I come back stronger at Silverstone and I can’t thank my team enough!”

 

Superbike:- We have had time to reflect on our weekend with the superbike. After Barry’s crash at Cadwell, Danny and the crew had burnt the midnight oil repairing the damage whilst the rest us were enjoying Ben racing at the MotoGP. Everything was check and there finished work looked immaculate as always as it rolled out for practice. From the start Geoff, Danny and Tom struggled to find pace for Barry, despite making some pretty radical changes to the chassis nothing the guy’s did could get Barry comfortable enough to go fast. After a long debrief looking at everything over the last few races it was clear Barry could not find his comfort zone as each change seemed to move but keep the problem. Barry was forced to pull out of the first race and the Team then made the decision not to go out in the second race. The ZX-10 is now being fully examined and rebuilt for the next race in Assen where we hope to pull everything together  to have a confident Barry Burrell secure 2 good results.

 

Barry Burrell:- “I don’t really know what to say is been a tough weekend, we tried loads of different settings but just couldn’t make anything work. I hope to be back in the top ten at Assen like we deserve!”

Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “ What a weekend it’s been and a repeat of Cadwell park on the racing side. Ben did a great job with his confidence growing with each good result, he now returns to America to race his Tim Hortons 600 in the AMA while we are at Assen. Young Taz is just so desperate to win for the Team but things are just not going his way, it will come he just needs to be a little patient and keep that huge smile. Barry has had all kinds of problems this weekend and none of us quite understand why. The bike is being checked for Assen on the improbability that the guy’s missed something from the Cadwell crash, we will let you know what we find. We have had a fantastic weekend with our VIP guests and their families, it’s always great to entertain but special to introduce new people to our sport and see them become dedicated fans! – Finally a very special thanks goes out to Aidan, Adam and the Team from Cargolink who straight after the meeting got some very important parts moved by air door to door across 3 countries in 12 hours for us they can do the same for your company ”

 

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First BSB Points for Canadian Ben Young at Silverstone MotoGP

September 4, 2014

Sheffield’s Team WD-40 by GR Motosport Ltd were in action at Silverstone over the weekend at the British round of MotoGP. The MCE British Superbike Championships, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 were the feature support race at the event.

Situated in the new Formula 1 ‘Wing’ the BSB Teams and riders had a time table to support the 4 races of MotoGP – with practice and qualifying to follow the normal BSB schedules of practice, qualifying and race. This was Scottish born Canadian Ben Young’s first time at the Silverstone Arena and it was a daunting task to learn in the 5.6 kilometre circuit in the time allocated. With the full support of all Team WD40 and Jon Cornwell, Ben did a great job of work and on the very last lap of qualifying managed to achieve his personal best position of the season with 19th on the grid.

STK 1000 Race:- Ben’s start position and the way he gets off the line gave everyone high hopes of seeing his first points haul of the year. Social media across the world were chatting and wishing him luck, he even had friend and Moto2 regular Josh Herrin and family come down to support him.
Ben made that start jumping up to 16th and putting him line to show what he could do. On his 2nd flying lap Ben went 7/10th faster than he had in qualifying to put him in to a race long battle with 2013 championship 3rd place finisher Victor Cox. In a brave move Ben pushed past Cox into the points and then benefited from a couple of retirements to take a very well deserved 12th place and 4 points at the line by a wheel from Cox !

Ben Young:- “I had such a fun and relaxing weekend with my team. Being the only rider this weekend was great focus but also a lot of pressure that I put on myself. The weekend started off good with a nice practice to learn the track and figure out which direction the wind gusts were coming from, so when we moved on to Q1 my whole attention was on moving forward. Starting the race off in 19th great, we already had our foot in the door for points but I knew I could get a good start and have a safe first lap and charge forward. After I passed Cox I could see Usher ahead and started to reel him in before the safety car came out, on the safety car restart I didn’t get the best of start and Usher immediately was making passes ahead. I managed to pass Hunt with two laps to go on the brakes and held Cox right to the line. Over the moon for me and my team, ready to keep the ball rolling into Donington Park this coming weekend”
Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “MotoGP at Silverstone is always a special weekend for me as I remember my youth and the heyday with Sheene and Roberts battling and get to see all our friends and supporters in the World Championships. We were looking forward to the possibility of Ben Scoring points as the whole Team could focus its full attention on him with Barry and Taz having a weekend off. Ben took a little time to learn the huge track but managed to put a lap in right at the end of 2nd qualifying which is really all about that ‘ONE’ lap for the grid. Ben always makes good starts on the Team WD-40 ZX10 so we talked about the best strategy for the start and the first lap, Everything went to plan apart from the pace car incident where Ben made a little mistake which cost him a shot at top ten. The truth is we have all been working hard all season trying to get Ben his first point and just like buses 4 came at once, he now needs to keep the ball rolling for more points into this next weekend at Donington Park the 9th round of BSB.”

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The Pleasure and Pain of Cadwell Park

August 27, 2014

Sheffield’s Team WD-40 by GR Motosport Ltd had great aspirations for Cadwell Park, with the launch of the Limited edition can of WD-40 Multi-Use Product and the results we had in 2013. The weekend turned in to a huge wave of highs and lows:- the high of launching the can to the media and the fantastic BSB fans and the Lows of 2 riders crashing 1 with injury.

 

The Limited edition can was always to be a focal point of the event featuring action shots of Team WD-40 riders past and Present its impact with the fans was fantastic. We have a great picture of Tommy Aquino’s wheelie on the front and all action Tarran Mackenzie on the rear with information on how to follow the Team in the MCE British Superbike Championship (BSB). We were delighted that Tom Aquino decided to fly in from California to join us for the event, Tom could not be at any of the races last year to see Tommy in action and really wanted to see Cadwell Park and be a part of BSB. Tommy’s long time leathers sponsor Cortech made Barry Burrell a fantastic one off pair of boots for the occasion something we have to thank Mark Gandy and Dan Thomas of helmet house very much for their continued support. We also have to thank Stuart Higgs and the MSVR Team for their full support at the event!

 

The Limited edition can is now on general sale and available in all good retailers throughout the UK from its eye catching display units, again featuring Team WD-40. To further promote Team WD-40, every limited edition WD-40 can sold will also receive a free Team WD-40 window sticker to help support the team during the rest of the season.

 

The racing at Cadwell hit another low point for the Team, the first casualty was young Taz Mackenzie who fell in first practice on the very fast Charlie’s in breaking his left thumb and initially putting him out of the meeting. Barry crashed out of the first superbike race damaging the ZX10 badly enough that it could not be fixed at the circuit. Ben Young suffered all weekend with a flu virus and even after many visits to the med centre could not shake of its effects.

 

STK 600:- After a night’s Sleep Taz decided to try to ride in the last qualifying his first challenge passing fit to do so, The BSB medical team gave him a good looking over and passed him fit enough to ride. Taz did a great job putting the Team WD-40 ZX6 on the grid although in a lowly 29th place. Another night’s sleep with strapping and pain killers and he was ready to race and what a brilliant job he did. Launching off the line by the end of the first lap he was up to 12 place and pushing hard towards 8th then he started to slow with initial thoughts being the pain had got the better of him – unfortunately he had to pull out of the race with a problem with his own equipment which made it impossible to continue.

 

Tarran Mackenzie:- “ the team had built me a new engine, fixing a gear change problem I had had and it felt fantastic, something went wrong in the first corner in free practice and I crashed breaking my thumb. We all thought that was it for me but watching  my Team Mark and Gary rebuilding the bike I started to wonder if I could ride. I went to see the medics who said I could race so then everything went flat out. My start was good and I just seemed comfortable passing loads on the first lap, I settled in for the battle and was looking at a good top ten when I had a problem and was forced out, The Team and little bike have been brilliant again and I am looking forward to the next race at Donington!”

 

STK 1000:- Ben’s season continues to make improvement but again thwarted by something outside his control, being stuck by a flu virus he made every effort to do a good job under difficult circumstances. Starting in the low order of the grid with streaming eyes and nose Ben pushed as hard as he could at the time to bring his ZX10 home. and now looking forward to his next race at the British GP this weekend at Silverstone.

 

Ben Young:- “I didn’t have the best start to my weekend with a illness but we tried our best to save all my energy for race day. It sucks for a red flag to come out and cut the race short but it helped me out with not having to run full race distance. We have a busy few weeks ahead so it was good to start it off with a decent weekend and roll on forward with the positive momentum

 

Superbike:- Barry was finally back to full fitness and it showed throughout dry practice andqualifying sitting as high as 4th in free practice. Qualifying was a fantastic effort with him taking 11th place and just missing the cut for Q3 by 1/1000th – The first race started in every teams worst ideas of weather it just could not make its mind up on rain or not. Barry in his own admission is not at his best in these conditions, but making a good start he got boxed in and held back he started to regain ground into the points on lap 9 but crashed out as rain fell badly damaging his ZX10

 

Barry Burrell:- “I had good pace all weekend getting faster and further up each session, and we found some new settings on the bike that will help at the remaining tracks. I pushed too hard in Q2 just missing out on getting into Q3. The weather in race 1 was drizzling a little and I had a messy couple of laps dropping back. When I pulled my finger out and made a few places I was catching people and just pushed too hard into turn 3 and tucked the front. Positive weekend again for our pace and ill be pushing for two top 5’s at Donington”  

Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “We taken back by the fantastic worldwide reaction to the ‘Limited Edition Can’ from WD-40 even though it is for the UK market. We are so proud to be part of it and really enjoying the feedback we are getting. Picking Tom Aquino up at Manchester airport was quite emotional on holding the can for the first time in real life, he loved the way we had chosen a picture of Tommy for the front of the can as you can see from the all smiles picture attached. Mark from Cortech Leathers responded to a request of support for Barry, was a fantastic pair of handmade Cortech boots befitting the occasion which we have to say a huge thanks for to him and Dan who designed them. The racing was simply a disaster this weekend as far a results go. My team are just fantastic they all work extremely hard and the results show this, we just need a little luck and constancy over the last few races to show our full potential. I would like to say a special thanks to Sam and Clare who really looked after our VIP Guests over the weekend in all that horrible weather the food and service was great.

Next race this weekend is for Ben in STK 1000 as a support race of the MotoGP, we are looking forward to it as Jon Cornwell from Ohlins Canada is flying in specially to look after him. so a big effort to grab those elusive points”

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Wd-40 announces limited Edition Team WD-40 Inspired can

August 20, 2014

Sheffield based Team WD-40 by GR Motosport Ltd, are looking forward to the 8th round of the MCE British Superbike Championship this Bank Holiday weekend, where we will proudly be exhibiting the first ever WD-40 Limited edition can.

 

The stunning ‘Team WD-40’ branded version of its much loved and iconic blue and yellow 400ml Multi-Use Product can, is to celebrate WD-40’s on going partnership with GR Motosport Limited in the MCE British Superbike championship (BSB).

 

The Limited edition can’s all action images are a touching tribute to our late friend and rider Tommy Aquino whilst featuring current Team WD-40 rider Tarran Mackenzie and BSB.

Available in all good retailers throughout the UK from their eye catching display units, again featuring Team WD-40, while stocks last. To further promote Team WD-40, every limited edition WD-40 can sold will also receive a free Team WD-40 window sticker to help support the team during the rest of the season.

 

To mark the launch of the limited edition cans, WD-40 has announced a competition to win a VIP trip to the final round of the British Superbike Championship, 17-19th October, at Brands Hatch. The lucky winners will win a chance to spend the final round of the year as guests of the team to experience all of the excitement that the last weekend of British Superbike Championship has to offer. The competition will be hosted on the official UK WD-40 Facebook page, where further information about the prize and full terms and conditions are available.

 

To enter the Team WD-40 VIP ticket competition visit:www.facebook.com/OriginalWD40.UK

 

David Whittome, head of marketing for WD-40 Company, said:  “To celebrate our ongoing partnership with Team WD-40, we have created this limited edition can in conjunction with the team. Our relationship with Team WD-40 has seen us develop and launch the new WD-40 Specialist Motorbike range, which was developed with the help of the team and our in house R&D team. This range has been developed to help riders maintain their bikes all year round, as well as helping to improve performance. However, our WD-40 Multi-Use Product still remains a key tool for motorcyclists to clean and protect their machines.”

Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “We are absolutely stunned with the way this, the first ever ‘Limited Edition Can’ from WD-40 has turned out.

David Whittome and his Team have done a fantastic job, managing to pay a fitting tribute to Tommy while showing the excitement of BSB, the World’s best national motorcycle road race series. The striking point of sale display stands capture the essence of the Team and the sponsorship partners involvement. Everyone involved is proud to be known as an important part of ‘TEAM WD-40’.

We are really looking forward to this weekend at Cadwell where we will present the can and welcome a special guest – Tom Aquino.  We are expecting it to be emotional as this will be Tom’s first time at BSB and Cadwell Park the scene of Tommy’s awesome victory last year.

Along with the thanks we give to our current sponsors, We have many people to thank for their support in the coming weekends activities including BSB Race Director Stuart Higgs and Mark Gandy of Helmet House  USA ( more on this later)

Please call by the Team in the Paddock to see the Limited edition Can meet the riders and receive free Team Posters and WD-40 Specialist Motorbike chain lube samples”

 

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Mixed weather and fortunes at Oulton Park, Superbike triple header

August 12, 2014

Sheffield based Team WD40 by GR Motosport were again in action in the MCE British Superbike championships for the 7th round at Oulton Park. The back to back weekends meant a quick dash from Thruxton to the Cheshire circuit to set up for the event. The Team looked forward to Barry Burrell taking the extra few days rest, helping his continued healing process. The weather forecast for the weekend looked to be able to cause quite a few issues with the possibility that Oulton would get caught by the tail end of Hurricane Bertha.

Practice and qualifying went extremely with Bertha staying to the south allowing the sun to blaze on Oulton as Team WD-40 took full advantage with our best Superbike qualifying to date, on the second row in 5th for the first of 3 superbike races. Tarran Mackenzie also continued his form qualifying mirroring the Superbike with 5th on the grid.

SBK:- Geoff, Dan and Tom put a fantastic package together for Barry allowing him to push hard even with his quickly repairing injuries. Their strategy throughout helped Barry through practice and into qualifying where for the first time this season we pushed into Q3 giving Barry a shot at the top 10. Geoff and Dan worked out a setting showing the true potential of our ZX10 where Barry even though still carrying a few aches and pains could push for the front times just missing the front row by 2/10th of a second.
Race1 held on Saturday in brilliant sunshine, Barry made a good start and was running with the leading group when a mistake forced him to run on at ‘Hizzy’s’ losing valuable places, although disappointing he still managed to bring her home in the points but with a lower grid position for race 2.
Race 2/3 the tail end of Bertha hit Oulton on Sunday causing all sorts of havoc for the BSB community, the changing weather made tyre choice a lottery and rider decisions hard where we were unable to finish either race.

Barry Burrell “Had some good pace in the free practises. Made a change to the suspension for qualifying that give me a little bit more confidence to push on. Ending up 5th. In race one I glazed my pads up n struggled to stop from lap one. Race 2 I choose the wrong tyres. Played it a bit to safe. Race two we didn’t know till it was to late that it was a dry race. I thought it was gona rain again after the start and already been at the back I was gona take a gamble but by the time we seen it was a dry race it was to late to change back to slicks like everybody else. Positives we found some more speed but need to turn that into race results for the second half of the season”

STK 600:- MCE British Superbike race director ‘Stuart Higgs’ has one of the hardest jobs anywhere and looking to the weather mans forecast made a controversial decision, fully supported by Team WD-40 and the majority to run the Superstock races on Saturday evening, with hindsight on Sunday it was pure brilliance on his part. After the warm up lap Tarran reported a problem with the ZX6 gear box making it difficult to select 5th gear. As the race got underway it was clear Taz could not match the leaders pace slowly dropping back as the race went on , Tarran started to slowly move forward again putting in a huge effort on the last lap to grab 6th the points moving him up to 7th in the title chase.

Tarran Mackenzie said “that was a hard race I lost 5th gear and was struggling with a couple of the others, It took me quite a few laps to understand the problem and figure out a way round it so I could bring her home. I was changing from 6th to 4th and back which was quite funny as it really did not have drive then. At the end I was really happy to finish 6th and more importantly move up the championship standings. I want to really thank my Team Garry and Big Mark who again did a fantastic job, roll on Cadwell Park!”

STK 1000:- Ben continues to improve throughout the weekend with his fastest laps again coming in the race, He is still hovering around gaining his first points in the British Championships and with the races coming thick and fast over the next few weekends he needs to carry the momentum to achieve that goal.

Ben Young said “It was great to have my Dad and Mike Rice fly over from Canada for the weekend – Mike was blown away by the whole experience of the BSB stating that the AMA could learn a huge amount by visiting and taking on some of the ethics and principals of the series to help American racing back on its feet. I had a good weekend we made a few small changes to the bike which really helped, I am enjoying the racing and just focused on grabbing my first points for the Team which I hope will come by Donington. We have a weekend off which I will spend with my family in Scotland and a little later in the month I might get back to the states for a flying visit. Really looking forward to Cadwell as I have done a few laps around there and loved the place”

Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “A strange weekend really, Sunday was disappointing, we are showing what we are capable of with the Superbike but I suppose we need just a little more consistency. Ben is improving all the time but when he gets his first point I see his momentum gaining ground fast. Little Taz is our Star when we stripped his gear box to see what was going on, none of us could understand how he had brought her home never mind in 6th we have ordered the new parts from Kawasaki and will refresh the whole motor for Cadwell Park. We have some fantastic news next week which as a Team we can’t wait to share with you all so watch this space”

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Classic Oulton Park Photos by Aaron Scott and Ryan Smith – London bikers
Picture caption 1: Barry Burrell – Deer’s Leap
Picture caption 2: Ben Young exit Druids
Picture caption 3: Tarran Mackenzie enjoying life
Picture caption 4: Ben and Barry caught in pit lane by Aaron Scott

Team Partners
Stauff UK, Cargolink Express, L&A Reinforcements, Tim Hortons, Scott Build, Lexelle, Amtech, Optimum Fleet Management, F&G Commercials, 3 Squared, Signsxtra

Technical Partners
Dymag Wheels, Kawasaki, Scorpion Red Power, R&G, Dynojet UK, Swinton Motorcycles, PPG Paint, Goodridge, Pipercross, Robby Moto, NG Brake Discs,
Solo Motorcycle products, Super B, STIHL, 3 Squared, Ohlins

Calendar

Round 1 Brands Hatch Indy April 18th, 2014 - June 21st, 2014
Round 2 Oulton Park May 3rd, 2014 - May 5th, 2014
Round 3 Snetterton 300 June 13th, 2014 - June 15th, 2014
Round 4 Knockhill June 27th, 2014 - June 29th, 2014
Round 5 Brands Hatch GP July 18th, 2014 - July 20th, 2014
Round 6 Thruxton August 1st, 2014 - August 3rd, 2014
Round 7 Oulton Park August 8th, 2014 - August 10th, 2014
Round 8 Cadwell Park August 23rd, 2014 - August 25th, 2014
Round 9 Donington Park September 5th, 2014 - September 7th, 2014
Round 10 TT Circuit Assen September 19th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
Round 11 Silverstone Grand Prix October 3rd, 2014 - October 5th, 2014
Round 12 Brands Hatch GP October 17th, 2014 - October 19th, 2014

The Team

Barry Burrell
Born: August 14th, 1986

Barry Burrell

Born:August 14th, 1986
Nationality:British
Hometown:Co Durham
Hobbies:Riding
Favorite Circuit:Brands Hatch Grand Prix
Favorite Food:Steak and chips, nandos
Favorite Car:VW Caddy
Helmet:Scorpion helmets
Leathers:4sr leathers
Gloves:Kushatani gloves
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

Personal Sponsors:Scorpion helmets, 4sr leathers, kushitani gloves, 151s,
Ben Young
Born: June 8th, 1993

Ben Young

Born:June 8th, 1993
Nationality:British
Hometown:Bathgate
Hobbies:skiing, longboarding, cycling
Favorite Circuit:Road America
Favorite Food:Pasta
Favorite Car:Audi R8
Helmet:Arai
Leathers:AXO
Boots:AXO
Gloves:AXO
Career Highlights:

Daytona 200 – 2013 8th

Personal Sponsors:Tim Hortons, Scot Build
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 Barry, Ben and Tarran best use to wash their bike?

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

  • Past Masters

    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

    Let's Talk

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    07957 424 580
    brent@grmotosport.co.uk
    www.grmotosport.co.uk