Jordan Salter, HM Racing new reception man, rode to an impressive 5th in the SMX A group at Northchapel on Sunday. Jordan races a Yamaha YZ250F built and dyno tested at HM Racing.
Again, many thanks to Team Principal Miles Hutchins for the following report…
BSB Thruxton 13/14/15 April
Friday started fair and warm and Piers had his first experience of a lap at Thruxton – notorious for its unbelievably fast corners and abrasive surface. Taking the 600 Superstock practice to learn the circuit from scratch, he surprised us by learning it quite quickly and getting into the low 1.24s after only 20 mins.
Next came the T3R practice – with Piers now almost familiar with the circuit, it was Joe’s turn to be thrown in the deep end. Both riders came back in looking slightly bemused by the speed of the circuit with probably the fastest corners anywhere in theUK, and that are punctuated by two chicanes, many bumps and reverse cambers.We also realised that it was a very abrasive surface that tyres weren’t going to last long without a combination of Dave Carnell and Perry Leask’s magic!
Piers had 600 Superstock qualifying next and put in a very creditable performance after such a short learning curve to come in 23rd position. Following this both riders had another T3R practice and both improved their lap times dramatically and Piers was just dieing to get further up the grid the following day in the 600 Superstock with his faster lap times…
This was more like it – grinning faces – both from the sheer exhilaration and the delight of warm sunshine!
Oh but what bitter disappointment when we work up to cold drizzle Saturday morning.
First came the baptism of wet fire for Piers in his second 600 Superstock qualifying session. Not surprisingly no one changed grid position. Still it rained and so the same conditions continued again for both in the T3R qualifying.
Even though they were improving towards the end of qualifying all Piers could say was – he couldn’t get used to idea of going so fast in the wet… it just didn’t seem possible! But as the track dried late afternoon he made amends in the first T3R race ending up 6th and 2nd in the cup meant a trip to the podium at last.
Sunday dawned dry and sunny, but with a bitterly cold track and a strong wind down the back of the circuit. Piers ended up an exciting 11th in the 600 Superstock warm up. Come the T3r race, both riders did their best to combat the wind and cold tarmac ending with Piers on the podium again and Joe doing his fastest lap of the weekend.
Finally came the 600 Superstock 600 race. Piers managed to avoid a crash of 5 bikes in front of him at the complex, but then trying to make up for the delay it caused, he came off on probably the fastest bend of the circuit – so his race was over almost before it started.
Next up Oulton Park on May bank holiday 5/6/7th May.
HM Racing congratulate Piers Hutchins and Team Diablo 666 for their first BSB 600 Superstock point at the weekend; another significant step forward in 2012.
The following report from Team Principal Miles Hutchins…
What a difficult weekend it became…
We arrived to a bright and very frosty Brands on Good Friday and which turned into a reasonably warm day with a track that was dry but still very cold. Piers managed to get in a practice session on the new Triumph 675R in the Superstock and came in with some very encouraging lap times. However the TTC riders didn’t have a practice slot on Friday and were waiting around for Saturday to flex their muscles.
However that was when the weather turned as we feared it would from the forecasts, and although you never know at Brands as it is a law unto its self with weather, it didn’t this time.
Saturday started damp with a drying track – however Piers managed to get a 17th on the grid in the Superstock 1st qualifying with a wet front and a dry rear. In the TTC free practice the weather continued to be unpredictable, but both Piers and Joe used it to test the difficult conditions. Late afternoon for TTC it still was very greasy, but Piers managed 7th and Joe 20th on the grid in qualifying.
Sunday was more of the same changing conditions but with much more persistent rain showers. The Superstock 2nd qualifying changed none of the grid positions with a wet session that became more and more treacherous.
The TTC first race was postponed because the Ducati 848 race had to be abandoned after so many fallers had caused the track to be closed for 50 mins whilst it was cleaned by machine to try to eliminate a oil spill that rain the whole circuit. This together with the worsening weather meant all the track activity during the afternoon was a very precarious business with everybody, including the superbikes qualifying, being marred by fallers. We had more or less settled for the TTC race to be run as a double header at Thruxton when we received an urgent summons to the grid at 17.40. Both riders managed the conditions well with what had suddenly become a quickly drying track and the first bit of sunshine of the day. They went out on wet tyres which was the correct decision and Piers managed 5th and Joe 15th but at the cost of completely shredding their rear tyres in the last three laps. Piers ended up 3rd and Joe 15th on the grid for Monday’s race based on lap times.
The brief show of sun on Sunday was quickly forgotten as a proper wet and cold Easter Monday dawned. With the previous incidents, the track continued to be tricky even though it was properly wet. Piers rode well in the morning Superstock race, finishing 15th. So he was buzzing for the TTC race with his 3rd on the grid. But it was not to be… on the first corner Paddock bend the riders next to him tried to cut across and took him and the pole rider out. Joe suffered nearly as bad luck as the rider next to him bent his brake lever, so Joe could hardly use the brake for the whole race. The race was red flagged shortly after another faller at Paddock needed attention.
Piers Hutchins had his first outing for 2012 at Brands in the Parkitt MotoGrande 600 Championship and recorded pole position and two race wins on his HM Racing prepared 675 Triumph. This was his T3 Championship bike so a good shake-down for his 2012 campaign. Fastest lap was 49.9s. Congratulations to Team Diablo
Great start to 2012 with Tim Cripps and Westley Crozier placing 3rd overall and 2nd in class in the ACU/Sorrymate.com National Endurance Championship. The pairing finished 2nd and 3rd in last year’s BEMSEE Rookie championship and have decided to concentrate on the Endurance series in 2012. Westley was racing his new 2012 S1000rr hot from the dyno at HM Racing and Tim his trusty S1000rr from his successful 2011 season.
Both riders use HM Racing for engine, dyno and suspension services along with HM Quickshifters and STM slipper clutches. More details of the 2012 development to follow.
Tim Cripps (50) completed a fine first season of racing finishing 2nd in the BEMSEE Rookie 1000 Championship with Westley Crozier a fine 3rd. Tim would like to thank Pondchase for all their help in 2011 and Westley would like to thank TEC Distributors for valuable help throughout the year. Both riders run BMW S1000RRs with HM Racing providing suspension, dyno services and race preparation.
This was an impressive result for Rob McNealy as he was using his new Superstock S1000RR BMW in the Powerbike class having ridden his tuned Suzuki GSXR1000 for the majority of the series. Close races with Michael Neeves on a Powerbike BMW saw the pair finish only 0.27 secs and 0.17 secs apart in two of the races. Rob’s best time of the weekend was 47.948 recorded in the second race where he finished second to Neeves.
Rob would like to thank McNealy Brown (fairly obviously!), Park Lane BMW who have worked hard to make the switch from Suzuki as smooth as possible and William Meeks of Allsite Services for valuable help. Rob uses HM Racing for engine, suspension and dyno services.
Tony Hughes won the final race of the year at Cadwell Park and the Bridgestone Supermoto Series overall. Tony has had a fantastic season winning by 62 points from fellow HM Racing customer Sean Goldsmith. HM Racing provided engine tuning, dyno and suspension services for the top three finishers and in fact five of the top six. HMR would like to congratulate Tony Hughes (499pts), Sean Goldsmith (437pts), Chris D’Willett (306pts), Mick Everitt (186pts) and Garry Coombes (170 pts).
Probably the most important mod to a Supermoto bike…. is and STM Slipper Clutch. Recommended for the Bridgestone Supermoto road race series. Contact HM Racing for details
In 2007 Ashley was taken on as a full team rider, he rode a 2007 Suzuki 450 RMZ, he joined a line up of six Flatoutracing team members who were also riding Suzukis including British Championship runner Shane Parkin, Peter Nis ex GP MX racer who unfortunately crashed at Battice and broke his neck in September, but is making a steady recovery from this serious accident. The other team members included Michelle Disalvo a top runner in the AMA supermoto Championship; it was her first year riding in Europe. Wout and Roel Vanlerberghe which both had an up and down season, where Roel not finishing the championship due to an injured knee. Wout finishing towards the front of his championships.
The Start of the season was a testing faze, where the most was to be got out of the bike. HM racing then supplied us with some amazing engine work which was to make the bike as competitive as the other top riders in the group. The newly tuned HM racing engine was a tremendous help in the last three rounds where the competition and opponents became quicker and world class.
Ashley Finished the 2007 Season in both Holland and Belgium Championships at the top of the results, his best results coming towards the end of the season where he poled on very technical tracks, including Spa Franco champs and Lelystad. Where both his poles where followed up by finishing on the podium, the start of the 2007 season went off to a good start, where he was towards the front of both the Holland and Belgium Championship, the mid season unfortunately made the hope of his winning the Championships come to a end, a fortune of bad luck bought him back down the result tables. After a big crash in Boekel in the Holland Championship crashing out of third, he bent the gear selecting shaft which gave him two DNFs in the Holland Championship.
With the end of the season nearing every point counted, the second to last round at lelystad in Holland was time to make the points back up, he qualified first by over half a second, where he picked up a first place and more valuable points to the table, in the Belgium championship the top Five was just out of reach after some amazing results a DNF ruined all his hard work brining him back down to sixth overall in the Championship. In the Belgium Championship he was unable to get pole, with a 2nd on the grid at Florrenes the second round of the championship and a 3rd at Epre Mere in the wet conditions towards the end of the season. He ended up with some amazing results in the later part of the season, beating many top European and world riders, in the Spa endurance he qualified 1st in front of Sven Bruglemens top motocross rider and Kevin Demarco who finished in 2nd in the Belgium Championship competing in the same Belgium Championship as Ashley.
In Between the Last of the Holland rounds was the Famous Mettet Superbiker where he qualified and joined the elite in the superbiker finals, after getting 2nd in his group behind Marcel Van Drunen and in front of Lee Jones put him through to the finals. In Ashley’s third season brought along with flatout racing 2nd in the Dutch euro Championship, 6th in the Belgium Championship and places in the best biker finals at Mettet..