battle at beaverun

September 9, 2008

i’ve been meaning to post up about my most recent trackday that i did a month ago with nesba at beaverun. so here it is…

despite some electrical gremlins, the day turned out to be one to remember.

we camped overnight so there was no rush waking up early, traveling to the track, and getting set up. just rolled out of the tent, made breakfast, and chilled out until the rider’s meeting. the first couple sessions were rough. i needed to shake the cobwebs out and get my sense of speed back. i was riding ragged missing braking marks and apexes… it was especially fun to ride with johnny, who got bumped up to intermediate a few weeks prior.

then unexpectedly my bike wouldn’t start. it would crank over but wouldn’t fire. i missed the 3rd session and tore the bike down to try to find the culprit. long story short, we got it bump started and it ran perfect the rest of the day albeit it wouldn’t fire using the starter.

the day was fairly drama free. i had a couple off road excursions but kept it upright.

the last session was by far the funnest riding i’ve ever done!!! i had the pleasure of mixing it up with a gsxr-750 (rich). we were going back and forth trying to figure out each others strengths and weaknesses riding different lines trying to maximize advantages. we were pushing each other but in a good way. riding was tight but i never felt out of control or over my head throughout the session. in one instance, we into turn 1 side-by-side and felt comfortable with him next to me. i got the better of him but he made it up coming out of turn 8. all in all, fantastic riding. the kicker: we did a 1:05.77 lap!!! that’s bumping into advanced times. i dropped my personal best by 2 secs. extremely happy with that!!!

lap timing acquired by harry’s lap timer (available from twistandshift.com) top speeds indicated in red. green and yellow graph indicate g’s.

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sound the trumpets – phillip island wss roundup

March 6, 2008

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supersport

sandwiched in between the 2 superbike races is the always entertaining supersport race. typically, wss been a dominated by the screaming 600cc inline-4’s of honda and yamaha (ducati only won the championship once in 1997). that could all change this year with the fim’s decision to allow triumph’s brilliant daytona 675 (675cc inline-triple aka trumpet) into the paddock.

ok… i’m a little biased since in own one but u can’t deny the fact that the 675 will be the fly in the wss ointment (much like the 1098rs). round 2 on the island is proof of this notion.

let’s just say qualifying for the triumphs was less than good with a lonely ivan clementi (be1 racing triumph) mixed in with japanese machinery. garry mccoy on the factory-backed bike struggled to find grip.

the race got off to a cracking start with andrew pitt (ten kate honda) leading the way followed closely by a group of 4 other riders. coincidently, the be1 triumphs swapped places on the first lap. mark aitchison moved up to 8th while clementi slipped to 13th. broc parkes (yamaha wss) surged into the lead on the second lap but mg corner unkindly pulled the rug out from under his front tire ending his day.

this group of 5 riders (pitt, robbin harms – stiggy honda, josh brookes-stiggy honda, fabien foret-yamaha wss) were engaged in a fierce dogfight that ensued for the entire race. an injured jonathon rea (ten kate honda) couldn’t hang with them and dropped back a couple seconds to lead the second group. tv coverage was so focused on the lead pack that the wily mccoy managed his way up from a dismal 17th to pass rea on the 7th lap shocking the announcers. i wasn’t so shocked ;) more stoked!

mccoy bridged the gap (more than 2 secs) with 5 laps to go mixing it up at the sharp end. rea was also pulled along and poked his nose into the brawl. mccoy briefly battled for 4th but unfortunately his tires were knackered with a couple laps to left and ended up 6th as rea squeezed by for 5th. the top 3 left foret on the on the final lap (after he was leading) and it was anyone’s race. pitt pipped (aaahhahaha!!!) brookes for the win by a hair (= 0.062 secs) with harms rounding out podium.

i was thoroughly surprised to see the stiggy motorsports hondas ruff up the factory boys.

but i was even more taken aback with the efforts of garry mccoy and triumph-sc especially considering that they retired in qatar just a week prior. in only their 2nd race, they managed a top 10 finish. franco farne black magic must’ve worked as the bike managed the 2nd fastest top speed down the chute at 284kph (176mph!!!). this result really demonstrates that the mccoy-675 package is working. like honda’s revamped superbike, the triumph should be able to make considerable improvements over the season.

as was said in the previous post, we’ve got a month break.

now we get to see if motogp can compete with wsbk/wss… 


triumph-sc unveil livery

February 23, 2008

it’s not that big of a deal for most of u but it is for me so deal with it.
 
the factory boys finally unveiled their paint scheme in qatar during fri practice. gone is the monotone silver of preseason testing. triumph-sc are sporting a classy blue-silver-black paint job. triumph stickers must’ve been on sale because there are about a bajillion of them all over the bike. “lookin’ good, billy ray!”
 
furthermore, franco farne went with tried and trued temignoni for the exhaust. amazing the influence this guy has. the whole triumph675.net community couldn’t get akra to develop a can… franco gets what franco wants. but i want one too!
 
in related news, garry mccoy lead the triumph charge in qualifying setting the 7th fastest time of the day. he was closely followed by fellow triumph and be-1 racing rider ivan clementi who was a tenth behind. atcho brought up the rear in 11th ahead of some reasonable talent. amazing that all triumph bikes qualified ahead of suzuki and kawasaki. booyah suckas!!! the race will be held sat instead of the normal sunday (crazy muslims) and hopefully we’ll see a little of this from mr mccoy:
 

be1 racing ready for battle

February 15, 2008

earlier this week in qatar, triumph be1 racing fired a warning shot across the wss paddock’s bow. they took part in a preseason test just 10 days before the start of the 2008 season to work on bike setup and tire testing. one would think the 675 would behind in development but it looks like it’ll be competitive right from the get go.
 
rookie rider, mark aitchison, posted the fastest time of 2’03.1 ahead of some notable riders like fujiwara, walker, and notably his teammate, ivan clementi (1+ sec back). respect!!! [/ali_g]
 
mark aitchison
[translated/google]“Although the work has been to prepare for the race, I managed to pull an excellent time which I repeated on several occasions. I’m really satisfied with the team and the team are working very good and I hope to continue on this path. I have reached a good basic set up that gives me confidence prior to my debut.”

 

ivan clementi
[translated/google]“We worked very hard to get useful data to understand the reactions of the bike on this track, the right relationship and the wear on tires. This data will help us tackle the race. Unfortunately at the end day when I had the track to myself to put some fast laps in, I encountered a technical problem that forced me into the pits.”

note: i’m unsure if all the teams were here for this test as the press release only contained 4 positions.


break out ur tea and crumpets!!! 675 in bss

January 31, 2008

oy!!! it looks like triumph is racing in a bunch of series this year thanks to the fim allowing 675cc triples to race supersport. yeah, capitalism [/austin_powers]!!! 

embassy racing was chosen by triumph to race the 675 in this year’s british supersport and nat’l superstock championships. the team’s main sponsor will be map electrics and will compete under the map/embassy racing banner. bss riders are the highly experienced glen richards and paul young. rookie, aj venter will race in the nsstk bike.

man, racing-underground is going to be under assault from me trying to keep up on all the racing. i’ll be following motogp, wsbk, wss, and now bss. cheerio…


be1 racing moves up to wss

January 31, 2008

be1 racing will be joining big brother triumph-sc on the wss grid fielding none other than the world’s best supersport bike – the daytona 675 :D last year, be1 raced a 675 in the italian supersport championship and managed a best second place finish at mugello.

be1 brought their bikes to valencia to test in early january and looked impressive. veteran rider, ivan clementi, posted a time that would land him on the front row of last year’s grid while teammate, mark aitchison, was 7-tenths behind. 

a few weeks later, they were back in spain at the almeria wss test. despite its short development, the 675 was very competitive. clementi posted the 2nd fastest time of the event behind gb-honda rider craig jones who broke the circuit lap record. according to clementi, who was running an advanced marelli marvel 4 ignition system, “the new engine management  is undoubtedly a step forward.” on the standard bike, aitchison managed a very respectable 6th place.

a new sheriff’s in town and the wss paddock is shaking in its boots. yeeehaaaw!!! the next wss test is in doha feb 10-11. stay tuned…