Steve Smith founded HM Racing in 1990 after years of preparing his own racing engines. Since then HM Racing customers have won more than thirty-five British Championships and enjoyed numerous other regional, national and international successes with engines built, tuned and dyno tested at HM Racing.
During 1999 Perry Leask joined HM Racing, adding chassis and suspension services to HM Racing’s capabilities. Perry is an eight times national champion, five of his titles being won on HM Racing tuned engines. He is one of the original Ohlins technicians with factory training dating back to the early eighties.
2003 saw Ex International sidecar racer Dave Carnell join HM Racing. Dave’s experience in running successful race teams has proved invaluable to the company.
Until late 1995, HM Racing’s specialty was the development of off-road fourstroke racing engines, from National to Grand Prix level. HM Racing has always been observant of technology practiced in other motorsports and is proud of its early off-road credentials. Much of HM Racing’s success stems from the belief that technology must be used to measure, examine and improve results.
1996 saw HM Racing move into Road Racing and record an International race win in their debut season, along with other national and regional race wins.
The late nineties saw HM Racing become synonymous with Husqvarna, tuning the top finishing Husky at British Championship level from 1994 to 2000, in Motocross, Enduro and Supermoto, with a 100% mechanical record. In 1997 HM Racing tuned Huskys finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the British Fourstroke Motocross Championship.
HM Racing has capitalised on its utilisation of technology, linking Dyno Testing with Data Acquisition, which resulted in an association with a major oil company carrying out in depth product testing.6HM Racing’s ‘Intelligent Ignition Systems’, developed in 1997 have assisted teams to a European title and eight National championship wins.
In 2001 HM Racing campaigned a Husqvarna Mono in the British Supermono Championships, their first race team effort. Despite taking a new machine from concept to race track in less than six months, they finished a close second in the championship. Steve Ruth won three of the last four rounds, scored a win and a second place in the two European rounds contested and set a new class track record at Snetterton of all places!
2002 was a very successful year for HM Racing in both Road Race and Supermoto with ten championship wins.
During 2003, HM Racing secured the UK distribution of STM products who are market leaders in slipper clutch design and manufacture. clutches are used by many world class race teams.
In 2005, realising its potential, HM Racing set about developing KTM’s new Super Duke for use as a race machine. This resulted in a debut race win and securing the Sound of Thunder series the following year.
2005 also saw HM Racing re launch Intelligent Ignition Systems, the inclusion of electronics expert Gareth Hopkins to the HM Racing team has been an exciting development which has resulted in the world beating HM Quickshifter. The product was used by 90% of moto2 competitors during 2010 and 2011, and subsequently many others. HM Quickshifter now operates as a separate company, developing other exciting products such as the HM Dash.
HM Racing was able to combine their experience of both road race and supermoto, providing engine tuning, dyno and suspension services for the winner of KTM 660 Bracken Cup in 2006 and 2007. The series became The Bridgestone Supermoto Cup for 2008, expanding the entry to other motorcycles. HM Racing again provided engine tuning, dyno and suspension services for the top three finishers, it fact five of the top six!
Since 2008 HM Racing tuned bikes have won the Belgium Supermoto Championship, Southern Supermoto Championship, ACU International 125 Grasstrack Championship, ACU Senior B Grasstrack Championship, ACU SE Centre Motocross Championship, BSB 600 Superstock Championship, MRO Powerbike Championship, BEMSEE Rookie Championship, BEMSEE Clubman Championship and were runners-up in ACU National Superstock Championship and BEMSEE Thunderbike Championship.
HM Racing is now in a strong position in the UK, being able to offer top flight services for engine development, dyno testing and suspension tuning, all in house.