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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

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

July 22, 2015

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

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

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

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Jack leads the pack at Clearways

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

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

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

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

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

You can purchase the Team WD-40 and Stauff Connect Academy Kiddimoto Balance bikes on eBay follow :- Click Here

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

July 22, 2015

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

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

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

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Jack leads the pack at Clearways

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

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

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

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

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

You can purchase the Team WD-40 and Stauff Connect Academy Kiddimoto Balance bikes on eBay follow :- Click Here

GR launch replica Kiddimoto with victories from Josh and Sam

July 14, 2015

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

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

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

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Josh and Tarran testing the Kiddimoto wheelie pose.

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

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

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

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Sam Atkinson flying to overall Championship lead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

TARRAN MACKENZIE takes first race win at KNOCKHILL

July 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taylor and Jack lead the pack.

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

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

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

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

We have a new face book page for you to like and follow about our Promo Girls Holly and Abby.

https://www.facebook.com/TeamWD40Twins?ref=ts&fref=ts.

POINTS, PODIUMS, HEROES and FIRE at SNETTERTON

June 24, 2015

The forth round of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton was something of a roller coaster for Team WD-40 Superbike and the STAUFF Connect asademy.

Jack Kennedy was making his much antispated return after surgery Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie were excited after their testing results and Joe Irving was looking for much needed improvements

Practice did not reall go according to plan for the superbike boys both falling early, putting the team under pressure for qualifying, where the intenses competition in BSB found them low down the grid with work to do. I race one unfortunatly Taylor was forced to pull out with a problem from his crash but Jack was a different story. Starting 25th on the grid for the 16 lap race Jack made a good start and started to push forward finding himself in a race long battle with Championship leader James Ellison and former Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari for the final point. Jack did a fantastic job scoring his and our first Superbike points of the season.

Race 2 was a different affair with all our luck deserting us both Jack and Taylor were to retire early witha simular problem, Taylor much more visible than Jack. The resulting video has gone viral and Taylor was perfectly OK

The Stauff Connect Academy riders Taran Mackenzie and Joe Irving continued their excellent form and progress. Taz is on a real roll at the growing in confidence as his tallent shines through. Throughout practice and qualifying Tarran was with the front group finally qualifying front row in 3rd. Joe had his best quailfying today in 18th all part of a young riders learning curve. The race was shaping up to be a classic with all the top riders in contention. A good start by Taz saw him in contention when championship leader Mason Law went down in the early laps leaving Taz and Ben Curry to fight over the spoils. Taz broke the lap record twice to take the lead only to lose it on the last lap though no fault of his own and having to settle for 2nd place, moving to 3rd overall in the championship. Joe came home in 20th pace.

Josh Bannister fresh from his first national win was with the Team enjoying the British Superbike Championship atmosphere with his family when he was introduced to the legend 15 times World Champion Giacamo Agostini who signed his Team WD-40 shirt

The next race is at Knockhill in Scotland something we all particularly the Mackenzies are looking forward to.

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Jack Kenndy leads Broc Parkes.

Jack Kennedy: “We struggled a bit in qualifying to find the speed to match the pace being set. It’s a tough job from 25th on the grid, it’s not where we wanted to be and I know we are capable of more. I got a decent enough start and kept my head down but with the hotter track temperature, the feeling from the front end wasn’t great making it was difficult to push any harder. I kept an eye on my pit board keeping the consistency lap after lap to cross the line in 15th. We made some changes for race two which really improved the feeling. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as the engine had a technical issue forcing me to retire on the opening lap. It was all the more frustrating as I really felt confident I could push in that race. I’m gutted to say the least but I’ll move on to the next round in two weeks time at Knockhill and be ready to fight again. JK#44

Taylor Mackenzie: “Another tough weekend for me, but i was pleased to further improve my riding and prove when everything’s going right I can run in the top 20 now. I’m looking forward to Knockhill to see what I can do there !!

 

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Josh meets Ago – Taz’s TV interview after Podium.

Tarran Mackenzie: “Snetterton for me was really good, I had a great qualifying ending up on the front row with good consistant lap times. In the race I didnt get the best of starts but but I managed to catch the leader by breaking the lap record within a few laps and I felt really comfortablesitting behind him. I lead a few laps but in the end i finished 2nd moving up to 3rd in the championship. I am feeling confident for Knockhill and the rest of the season”

Joe Irving: ” Me and my Team made some big steps forward with my best qualifying of the season so far. I was aiming for points in the race but a slow start left me with a lot of work to do. I am looking forward to Knockhill one of my favorite circuits.

Brent Gladwin: “Snetterton 2014 is where we turned our season around and we seem to have started that proccess again this year. The crashes put us back a little with Jack unfortunatly keeping his 100% record but Joe and Taylor joining in. Jack did a great job to score our first points and T-Mac’s stunt riding sent the Team image viral. Tarran is doing a fantastic job in a very competitive class and Joe is learning but he needs to push a little harder. Our Josh Bannister is becoming something of a star and typical of a 6 year old does not quite know his P’s and Q’s when meeting Legends ! when meeting Ago josh said ” Are you as good as Tom Sykes?” Ago smiled and said “I used to be” what a gentleman. Our next race is in Scotland where we will be involved with some great BSB PR for the event.

Podium Joy for Tarran Mackenzie at Brands Hatch

April 23, 2015

It was a mixed weekend for Sheffield based GR Motosport at round two of the MCE British Superbike Championship Series. After a fantastic showing in qualifying where Team WD-40 Superbike rider Jack Kennedy qualified 10th, first of the none factory bikes and Taylor Mackenzie, only 0.7 off pole qualified 23rd – both riders were taken out in other peoples crashes in the first few laps of race one, leaving the Team and mountain of preparation to be ready for race 2. Both riders and machines suffered from the first race melee in race 2 bringing the Kawasaki ZX10’s home in 18th and 28th respectively not what we were looking for.

 

Jack Kennedy: The results don’t really reflect what the positive weekend we had.  We made big steps in the right direction with set up and qualified well.  I was fired up for race one but on the opening lap I got taken out by the domino effect

of Christian Iddon’s high side.  It’s horrible when you know the inevitable is about to happen but it’s just one of those nasty racing incidents you have little control over. We were looking good for a top ten finish initially in race two and it felt good to be in the mix in this company.  Unfortunately I couldn’t hold the pace for race distance and got passed by a freight train dropping down the pack to finish a disappointing 18th.  It’s frustrating and a missed opportunity for a good points haul.  I guess it just wasn’t meant to be, will look to Oulton now and come back stronger.”  

 

Taylor Mackenzie:  “Although I finished Brands Hatch Indy with a DNF and a 28th place in the two races it was one of the best weekends I have had in a long time. It was my first solid run at riding my ZX10 and I did nearly 200 laps trying to make up lost time for Donington. I managed to qualify 23rd narrowly missing out on making it through to Q2 which I was thrilled with as I had 2 BSB race winners behind me on the grid so I can’t really ask for more in my second Superbike race meeting .”

 

The STAUFF Connect Academy: Boys followed the lead of their Team WD-40 counterparts in qualifying, Joe Irving #6 continued his learning curve with the Kawasaki ZX6 making continual improvements mixed with some off track excursions. Tarran Mackenzie #40 really started to show his potential finishing towards the top of the sheets in every session and finally taking 4th on the grid.  The race its self was red flag after the first lap and we wish the injured riders a speedy recovery. After quite a long delay while Race direction, the Race Safe Marshalls, and Medical staff worked impeccably to help racing resume the Race got underway. Tarran did not get the best of starts dropping back to 7th on the first lap, where Joe started his race by grabbing a few places, everyone settled into the race and both riders started pushing their way forward. On the final lap Tarran made his move for 3rd into druids securing The Stauff Connect academy’s first podium and Joe pushed through to 20th a good days work!  

 

Tarran Mackenzie: “The weekend for me was really good! I qualified 4th overall which was better than Donington. In the race I didn’t get the best of starts dropping down to 7th but I managed to catch 3rd with 3 laps to go and pass him on the last lap getting my first podium of the which is awesome! I have to say a big thank you to my whole team especially Geoff and Juan as my bike was really nice to ride, I am now excited for Oulton Park. I would like to wish the 2 boys who crashed a fast recovery”

 

Joe Irving: “We made good progress all weekend especially in the race where my best lap time was only 0.5 off Taz who finished on the podium. I can’t wait for Oulton Park as I love the place and feel we can come back from there with our first points of the season. ” 

 

Brent Gladwin: “ What a weekend! the highs and lows of motorcycle racing are really an addiction for everyone but we need to find some consistency. After qualifying we were all ecstatic with what we had achieved with all four riders but to lose everything we had gained in the first few laps of the first Superbike race was just wrong. To lose both Jack and Taylor to other peoples incidents was a little too much for everyone to swallow .The Team WD-40 Superbike crews did a brilliant job of getting everything ready for the battered riders to go out in the second race which both riders completed not where any of us wanted. The Stauff Connect Academy boys did everyone proud we know there was a huge TV following back home in Eckington where yes football and snooker took a back seat in the local. Next stop is Oulton Park where we will again try our best to level things out   ”        

 

Calendar

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

The Team

Josh Bannister
Born: June 11th, 2009

Josh Bannister

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

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

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

Jack Kennedy

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

2014: World Supersport Championship (12th)  Best finish – 2nd Portimao

2013: World Supersport Championship (7th)

2012 British Supersport Championship (2nd)

2011 British Supersport Championship (7th)

Monarch of Mondello (1st)

2010 Briitsh Supersport Championship (4th)

2009  British Supersport Championship (11th).

Sunflower Trophy Superbike  (3rd)

2008  R1 Cup Championship (5th)

Irish Superbike Race of the Year (1st)

National Supersport Championship (2nd)

2007 British Supersport Cup Championship (5th)

Irish Southern Centre Supersport Championship (1st)

Leinster 200 (1st)

2006 British Supersport Cup Championship (4th)

Irish Southern Centre Supersport Championship (1st)

Birrane Cup Championship (1st)

Leinster 200  (1st )

2005 National Irish Supersport Championship (1st)

Birranne Cup Championship  (1st)

2004 Irish Clubmans SuperSport Championship (1st)

2003 125 Aprilla Challenge Championship (2nd)

2002  Irish Mini-Moto Championship (1st)

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

Taylor Mackenzie

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

1997 to 2005: Rode various off-road bikes and quads for fun. First bike was a PW 50 aged 4.

2006: Competed in Scottish and British Mini moto Championships. Numerous wins in both championships.

2007: Competed in Scottish and British Mini moto Championships. Numerous wins in both championships and only finished off the rostrum once.

Began road racing on an Aprilia RS 125 with different clubs so never completed a whole championship. Won first time out at Donington, then went on to take numerous rostrums throughout the year.

2008: 16th British 125cc Championship – best result 6th
5th British 125cc Under 16 ACU Academy Cup – best result 3rd

2009: 20th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup – best result 9th

11th British 125cc Championship – best result 4th (2x)
4th British 125cc Under 16 ACU Academy Cup – (2x) 1st (2x) 2nd (1x) 3rd

12th in the final round of the Spanish Championship

2010: 4th British 125cc Championship (After missing rounds to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup) – best result 3x 1st place

15th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup – best Result 5th place

6th place in the final round of the Spanish Championship after qualifying 3rd

2011: 24th MotoGP 125cc World Championship – best result 5th place

2012: 14th British Supersport Championship – best result 6th place

2013: 10th British Supersport Championship – best result 5th place

2014: 10th British Supersport Championship – best result 2nd place

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

Sam Atkinson
Born: September 27th, 2003

Sam Atkinson

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

2013;  Started local club racing (3 years too late) competition was hard, but progressed well through out the year 65cc class

2014  Club Racing and British youths 65 and 85, Best result, Hole shot Award  and Won

2015 British youth Nationals, North east, then visiting other club racing

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

Tarran Mackenzie

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

2006/ 2008 – British and Scottish Mini Moto Championship

2009 – Various Aprilia rs125 championships to secure national licence

2010 – British 125cc Championship, Best result 17th

2011 – British 125cc Championship, Best result 4th, 13th overall

2012 – British Motostar Championship, Best result 2nd, 10th overall

2013 – British Motostar Championship, Best result 1st, 2nd overall

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

Championships

12 British Championships Won
1 Euro Championships Won
2 Other

Sponsors

Competition

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  • Past Masters

    Joe Irving

    Born:August 6th, 1996
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Holmfirth
    Career Highlights:

    2002 – 2005 Junior grasstrack, second place finishes in British national championship loosing out on winning the championship due to injury.

    2006 – 2008 British Conti Cup UK, First experience of a purpose built race bike after two years learning against the best in the country I went on to take victory in 2008.

    2009 – 2010 Spanish Championship, I competed for two season in spanish championship racing against some of the best up and coming riders from around the world, I took top ten finishes in both championships. many of the riders that I raced against are now in world championship.

    2011- British Superbike Motostar championship, Racing a full 125 gp bike was another big step in my career and I ended my first season in eighth.

    2012- British Superbike Motostar Championship, In my second season in this championship I managed to finish the season fourth, in the championship standings.

    2013- Monster Energy Motostar British Championship, I ended the season in Third place.

    2014- Motul Motostar British Championship, second in the championship missing out on the title by three points.

    Taylor Knapp

    Born:August 8th, 1987
    Nationality:American
    Hometown:Lapeer MI
    Career Highlights:

    Taylor joined the team for a few races on the Aprilia RSV4 in 2012 a great guy who unfortunately did not gel well with the Aprilia or the UK returning to the US to continue his racing there.

    Marshall Niell

    Born:November 9th, 1975
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Portadown NI
    Career Highlights:

    Marshall joined the Team to ride our Factory Aprilia RSV4 becoming the most successful Aprilia rider in the world that year outside the Offical WSB Superbike Team. Winning numerous races, just missing out on the Irish Superbike Championship Title in 2011. Still racing today Marshall is always smiling and fun to have around

    Jon Railton

    Born:March 15th, 1991
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Huntingdon, Cambridge
    Career Highlights:

    We have been involved with Jon for a few years from our time as the official Aprilia Team. Jon joined Team WD40 in 2013 for what looked on paper to be a great year riding in 2 classes. His season high lights were winning races and regular podium visits in the Ducati cup just missing out on the title.

    Pete Jennings

    Born:September 15th, 1977
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:T’up North!
    Career Highlights:

    Pete was our first rider at the start of the team in 1995. Pete set the bench mark for the Team and following riders taking the British National 600 title in our very first season. Pete went on to win many races and still enjoys the odd ride out – His currant main vocation is ‘Crew Chief’ to the Official Yamaha British Superbike Team.

    Tommy Aquino

    Born:May 24th, 1991
    Died:February 2nd, 2014
    Nationality:American
    Hometown:Santa Clarita, Cal
    Career Highlights:

    Tommy joined the Team in 2013 for his first foray into the British Superbike Championship on board the Team WD40 ZX10in Superstock1000. Tommy grew with the Team and it was not long before we were race winners and regular podium visitors. We had fantastic plans with Tommy but a freak accident while out riding with friends took him from us, he passed away 2nd February 2013, sadly missed RIP

    Kenny Tibble

    Born:May 26th, 1980
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Barnsley
    Career Highlights:

    We were please to help Kenny and his Dad Steve win the British Championship in 2000, Steve helped the Team with our 125 project with Lisa Thorne. When we introduced NVIDIA to Motorcycle racing Kenny led the Team for a while under the Team NVIDIA banner.

    James Westmoreland

    Born:June 24th, 1988
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Hull
    Career Highlights:

    James joined the Team as a raw teenager in 2004 the first year of NVIDIA sponsorship of the. James has progressed his career through the BSB rank and is currently (2014 racing the factory BMW in Superbike and challenging for the shootout)

    Lisa Thorne

    Born:January 24th, 1979
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Sheffield
    Career Highlights:

    Lisa spent most of her racing career with the Team pathing the way for today’s current crop of competitive female motorcycle racers. Lisa set many land marks including:- first female to qualify pole in a British National Race and the first to finish in the top ten of a BSB championship race which was at Donington Park. Now retired enjoying family life  

    Karl Harris

    Born:October 10th, 1979
    Died:June 3rd, 2014
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Sheffield
    Career Highlights:

    Karl joined the Team at the end of 1998 for a shot at the new FIM European Superstock 1000 Championship in 1999. The Championship was designed to develop new talent alongside the World Superbike Championship. 1999 was an incredible year for British riders in the WSB Championships with Carl Fogarty (Ducati) and Karl Harris winning their respective titles. Karl Harris set the bench mark for future Champions, by winning the first title but he is still the only rider ever to win it on a 750cc machine against all the other 1000c. 

    Steve Plater

    Born:August 22nd, 1972
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Lincoln
    Career Highlights:

    Steve joined the Team for some of his first national races on board our Lynx Express Honda Fireblade production racer in 1996 we formed a fun relationship with Steve which we still have today. Steve went on to create his own fantastic racing history until his premature retirement through injury. Still around the sport his infectious smile and laugh can be seen as one of today’s TV pundits

    Barry Burrell

    Born:August 14th, 1986
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Co Durham
    Career Highlights:

    2yrs superteens

    2 yrs BMW boxer cup

    2yrs European 600 championship

    2yrs European 1000 championship

    1yr Bsb superstock 1000

    1yr Evo Bsb superbike

    1 full yr full Bsb spec superbike

    Ben Young

    Born:June 8th, 1993
    Nationality:British
    Hometown:Bathgate
    Career Highlights:

    Daytona 200 – 2013 8th

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