Posts Tagged ‘Ashley Barber’
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..
Ashley scored two wins and a fourth place at Namur to become the National Champion of Belgium, aboard his HMR tuned RMZ450. He is the first Englishman to achieve this.
A superb win at Florennes lifts Ashley to 2nd in the Belgium championship. Ashley uses HM Racing for Engine, dyno, fuel injection services and STM slipper clutches.