BRITISH SUPERSPORT LEADER LUKE STAPLEFORD JOINS JG SPEEDFIT FOR FINAL 2 ROUNDS

BRITISH SUPERSPORT LEADER LUKE STAPLEFORD JOINS JG SPEEDFIT FOR FINAL 2 ROUNDS

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki team are delighted to welcome current Motorpoint British Supersport leader Luke Stapleford into the fold for the final two rounds of the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship.

Following discussions after Assen with Profile Racing, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team is excited to be welcoming young Luke Stapleford into the squad for the final two races of the season. It has been a fantastic season for Luke, having taken eleven wins in the ultra-competitive Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. The 24 year old rider needs just three points from Silverstone to secure the 2015 title, and this remains the priority for both the JG Speedfit team and Profile Racing.

As one of the brightest young talents in Britain, the move will allow Luke to gain invaluable experience on a Superbike as he looks to make a decision on his 2016 plans. With no prior experience in the BSB class, there is no pressure on Luke to perform and the entire team are looking forward to helping him achieve his best.

Enthusiastic to be joining the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team for the final two rounds, Luke Stapleford said

“I’m so excited for Silverstone, it’s incredible to be joining a high profile team like JG Speedfit Kawasaki and I want to thank Mark and everyone for this opportunity. Obviously our main goal is to wrap up the Supersport title at Silverstone, but we’ve not changed the bike for the past few rounds as it’s so good, so our plan is to not do too many laps before the race in order to concentrate on the Superbike. 

I’m under no illusions as to how big of a challenge it will be given the strength and depth of the British Superbike grid, but there’s no pressure on me from the team or anyone to perform, so we can use Silverstone and Brands as almost a test to see where we stack up and help decide what my moves are next year. I’ve ridden a 1000cc bike a few times before, so hopefully the Superbike won’t be a massive shock – I just can’t wait to get going now!”  

GBmoto Team Principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen said,

“Following a change to our rider line up at Assen, we are really happy to welcome Luke Stapleford into the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team for the final two rounds of the series. Luke is very close to securing a fantastic 2015 Supersport Championship at Silverstone and we will be working closely with Profile Racing, to ensure that we combine and assist his work with us, to prioritise that as early as possible. He is committed to finishing his year on their Triumph 675 and so will face a tough schedule throughout both race weekends!

For Luke, it is the chance to try Superbike racing in earnest and to work with some experienced technical people, as he makes an assessment about his racing future and his plans for 2016. We feel really confident that the package we have will allow him to get a top level insight into the premier class, and the entire team is looking forward to working with such a talented and accomplished young rider. There will be no preconceived ideas or pressure to perform, however his inclusion in our squad will help to bolster the fresh confidence we have, as we attempt to battle our way back to the top of the BSB table before the final flag drops this year.”



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Is this GN250 a good first bike?

Is this GN250 a good first bike?

Hi everyone,


What do you think of this GN250 as a first bike?

http://www.donedeal.ie/motorbikes-fo…gn250/10453921


Would the age be anything to worry about?

What about resale value? Is there a market for 250’s?


I’m 24, 70kg, 5’9″. Mostly want a bike just to learn on for now, bits and pieces around town, the odd spin out the back roads. Nothing major.


Thanks very much!


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Injured motorcyclist left in ditch over police territory confusion

Injured motorcyclist left in ditch over police territory confusion

B645 Tilbrook Road
The B645 near Tilbrook, Cambridgeshire. Picture: Google Street View

A MOTORCYCLIST was left in a ditch with a broken arm due to police confusion over which regional force should respond.

Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire police have all apologised to the rider, who waited nearly two hours and forty minutes for emergency services to arrive.

The motorcyclist suffered arm injuries in a crash on Sunday on the B645 near Tilbrook, Cambridgeshire, close to the border of the three counties.

A 999 call was made shortly after 4pm but police did not arrive until 6.40pm.

Bedfordshire Police said it was told of the crash by the Northamptonshire force at 4.25pm, but responded that the accident was not in its territory.

Bedfordshire Police said it sent a car at 5.30pm after being told that no other emergency services had gone, but the distance and difficulties finding the victim meant it took another hour and 10 minutes to arrive.   

The casualty was taken in the car to Bedford Hospital.  

The force said it understood that East Midlands Ambulance Service had been contacted but the service told the BBC the incident had not been logged.

Cambridgeshire Police said it was still unclear which force area the crash site was in but it was ‘clear that a better response should have been given’.

Ch Insp Nick Lyall of Bedfordshire Police said the forces ‘would like to apologise to the man involved’ and that an investigation was underway.

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Does the VW crisis pose a threat to Ducati

Does the VW crisis pose a threat to Ducati

Ducati HQ

IF only one thing is clear from the ever-worsening storm surrounding revelations about VW cheating on the emissions certification of up to 11 million of its cars, it’s that we’re still a long way from seeing the full extent of its impact. But from a two-wheeled perspective the biggest concern is whether VW’s only motorcycle-making subsidiary, Ducati, will get caught in the crossfire. 

Of course, Ducati has no involvement in the actual emissions scandal currently rocking VW, but the fact that the parent firm has suffered a 35% drop in its share price in the two days since the news of its emissions test cheating with certain diesel models in America emerged has got to be a concern. Now, with further models being examined for evidence of similar cheats and testing underway in Europe and Asia to see if cars in those markets are also using the same tricks, it seems that there’s a chance even worse news might be around the corner.

Even before this week’s scandal, Ducati’s position in the VW Group wasn’t as clear as it was when the brand was purchased back in 2012. Back then Volkswagen was under the iron rule of chairman Ferdinand Piech, a bike lover who’d long yearned to add a two-wheeler brand to his empire. In April this year, 78-year-old Piech was ousted from VW’s board after an attempt to unseat his former protégé, Martin Winterkorn, from his position as VW’s chief exec backfired. At once, Ducati lost its strongest, and most powerful, supported in the VW group.

Today, Winterkorn has resigned. Chief executive of VW since 2007, his contract was up for renewal on Friday and won’t be renewed. While Ducati is not going to be at the forefront of anyone’s mind at VW right now – they have far more to worry about – Winterkorn’s successor will become the person who ultimately controls Italy’s most famous motorcycle brand.

As of right now there are two front runners as Winterkorn’s replacement. One is Porsche boss Matthias Mueller, while the other is recently-appointed VW head Herbert Diess.

If that second name is familiar, it’s because a decade or so ago (from 2003 to 2007), Diess was the boss of BMW’s Motorrad arm. He moved to VW recently enough (he was appointed in July this year) to be able to convincingly stand aloof from the firm’s current problems. Given his motorcycle heritage, there may be some at Ducati who hope he eventually gets the top job at VW to help cement the continuing support for bikes at the VW Group.

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Road Hazard: Dublin 18

Road Hazard: Dublin 18

Watch out anyone using the roundabout on the end of Brewery Road, Leopardstown, Dublin 18, under the Luas flyover.


As you go around it from the M50 side, there is gravel all over the place just as you are leant over where the mingmongs doing the road works dug a trench across the lane and then never bothered refinishing it before oepning to traffic.


Arse winking moment this morning as I came into work!


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Gary Rothwell claims world wheelie speed record

Gary Rothwell claims world wheelie speed record

HERE’S Gary Rothwell claiming a world wheelie speed record as he hits a blistering 209.8mph on the back wheel over 1km.

He set the new record at the World Motorcycle Wheelie Championship at Elvington Airfield last Sunday. Click here to see him set the front wheel of his turbo Hayabusa down and get confirmation from the timing system.

After getting off the bike, Gary said, ‘I can’t actually believe it myself, 20 minutes ago I’ve done 200.3 mph but I’ve just went back out again and done a 209.8 mph. I couldn’t believe it.’

It’s not the first time Rothwell has landed in the record books  – in 1999 he claimed the world record for the fastest speed being dragged behind a motorcycle when he got towed along at 156.3mph in titanium-soled boots. It’s a record he and his huge plums still hold.

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New XMAX IRON MAX heads Yamaha scooter updates for 2016

New XMAX IRON MAX heads Yamaha scooter updates for 2016

Yamaha X-MAX IRON MAX 400
The X-MAX IRON MAX 400

Yamaha Yamaha X-MAX IRON MAX 250
The X-MAX IRON MAX 250

Yamaha Yamaha X-MAX IRON MAX 250
And the X-MAX IRON MAX 400

YAMAHA has revealed updates to its scooter ranges for 2016, including ‘IRON MAX’ editions of the X-Max 400, 250 and 125, plus new colours for 50cc models.  

The Iron Max editions feature a ‘Liquid Darkness’ paint job with ‘aluminium-type emblems that project an even more redefined and sophisticated look,’ according Yamaha. So shiny badges.

They have different seats to the base models, embossed with the X-Max logo and featuring gold-coloured stitching and a bum-stop for the rider.

Other exclusive extras include aluminium footboards and ‘satin chrome’ speedometer rings and handlebar cover. The 125 and 250 versions also have a white instrument panel backlight.

The 50cc Aero and BW ranges come in new colours while the Neo range gets new ‘Star Silver’ forks, all shown in our gallery below. 

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