October 20, 2014

Martin Hovin

My 2015 Ktm 250 exc-f six days. 
I'm attending the 4 rounds in the FIM extreme-enduro cup in 2015.
England, Portugal, Sweden and Romania
Looking forward to it.

October 10, 2014

Team Winks

Hey FTWCo,
Thanks for posting the pics. Really glad you liked them.
Simone just got back from a couple of days at Phillip Island GP circuit. Unfortunately I was stuck in the office.
All went well, a few things we've tried have paid off. Others not so. Especially the quickshitter currently on the bike, it's going in the bin!

Thanks again for your support. Please find attached some hi-res photos purchased from SD Pics for you guys.

October 06, 2014

Nick Weimer

Been a busy, busy, year. Had my rotax apart about 12 times, and destroyed a triumph motor. With some last minute wrenching and late nights in the garage we luckily did not miss a race. When parts did not arrive soon enough I borrowed a two hot rod triumphs from Hugh Mackie of 6th street specials in nyc and rode them against modern 450s , did quite well and had a ton of fun. Made a lot of podiums this year and hope to get more as the season continues. The day after the Brooklyn invitational there will be a big vintage national flattrack at Oakland Valley speedway, you should stop by. Its about and hour and 20 from the city.
Thanks for everything this year,
 Nick Weimer 495

Gary Inman

The fourth round of the DTRA series was held on the Friday night of Sideburn's Dirt Quake event at King's Lynn.
I'm one of the organisers of Dirt Quake, and subsequently had so much to do that I didn't think much about the racing and, until I checked, had no idea where I finished in the finals. 
It was a great atmosphere. Dirt Quake attracts racers from all over the world. Riders we'd never seen before entered the DTRA just so they could be part of the Dirt Quake event. We had racers from France, Italy, Australia, USA and Switzerland just on the Friday night, with more nations added the next day - Netherlands and Belgium.
Guy Martin also raced on the Friday night on his 450 DTX bike. 
I made both mains and had a 7th and an 8th. Nothing special as I'd been on the podium (with an admittedly smaller entry) the race before. Still, it was a lot of fun.
Round five took the championship to the big track at Amman Valley, Wales. The only half-mile on the UK calendar. Due to work I'd missed the last two visits to the track. Before that it had been soaked and I hated it. 
This area of Wales is notoriously wet, and a scorching, sunburnt morning gave way to a wet, sludgy afternoon. In the dry I had a second in my heat race, but I hate racing on waterlogged tracks. I have no MX background and too much mechanical sympathy mixed with not quite enough balls-to-the-wall skill/bravery. After getting through a year's worth of tear-offs in three laps, I put up my visor and proceeded to race as fast as I could while my eyeballs got gritblasted. Fuck this!
My bike felt the same way and started misfiring. I made both finals, again, but pulled out of one. I race for fun and this wasn't. By the end of the day, my bike looks like it had spent an afternoon in the back of a cement mixer.
Next race, the last of the 2014 season, is coming up on September 21st. I'm praying for sun.
Thanks FTWCo. Keep doing what you do.
Gary Inman
Dirt Track Riders Association, UK


DTRA National Dirt Track Championships Round 6

Rye House Speedway provided an excellent venue for the last weekend of dirt track action of the 2014 calendar. A well-attended Saturday practice helped riders set up for a day of fantastic racing on Sunday across all classes. The morning meeting included the Rookies, Minibikes, Vintage and Youth classes with the Pro, Restricted and Thunderbikes racing in the afternoon.

The whole 2014 Pro Championship boiled down to the last final of the last round. It was set to be an epic race with twins Tim and Tom Neave joint first in the championship ahead of Aidan Collins (the defending number 1 plate holder) sitting in third position. Any one of those riders was in contention for the overall 2014 win. With team mate Oliver Brindley out with a broken hand it was left to Alan Birtwistle to try his best to represent the Kawasaki team and Peter Boast was also looking to move up the leader board for Suzuki. Also looking strong in the heats on the day were Darren Trapmore and Richard Mason.

It was Aiden Collins who got the hole shot with Birtwistle close behind followed by Tim Neave. Tom Neave got a bad start from the front row and was left with a lot of work to do. As Tom moved through the pack Alan Birtwistle and Tim Neave were putting increasing pressure on the leader Aidan Collins who was controlling the race well from the front.

With two laps to go the order at the front was still Collins, Birtwistle, then Tim and Tom Neave. 

With the yellow and black last lap flag in sight Collins and Birtwistle fought over the same spot of the track and managed to come to a complete stop in a three bike crash also involving Tom Neave. Catastrophically, Tom Neave was left with a bike he could not restart. Tim managed to avoid the incident and rode into the lead. Birtwistle held his second place and Richard Mason made a last lap move on Peter Boast for third place. Collins who managed an incredible remount managed an admirable fifth place. Unfortunately this was not quite enough for him to regain his number one plate.

The results-
Tim Neave
Alan Birtwistle
Richard Mason
Peter Boast
Aiden Collins
Darren Trapmore
David Homan
Mark Richardson
George Pickering
Derek Brindley
Vince Hurst
Tom Neave

Team Winks

We spent a few days at Phillip Island a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately track time there is pretty rare as it's a GP track and mostly open during the week. Plus it's quite a distance, about 4 hours drive for us.
Unfortunately tyre choices were working against us, but we still had a successful couple of days, with the only challenges being on & off rain both days and the ZX10 overheating (which I was able to resolve).
Simone is heading back there next week so I'll keep you posted with how that goes.
Thanks again for your support.

Komiyama Daiki

September 11, 2014

Travis Newbold

 Kansas County Fair Circuit
Here are some shots I took last month at the kansas county fair series or the I-70 series or what ever you want to call it. for the last four years It has become the most fun week of the year for me. Missed Twitch and Andy but I am sure they are up to no good, having fun, and going fast elsewhere. Good to see Garrett getting around good. Hope to see him on a bike soon. Come out to Kansas if you want to race some great 1/2 miles! Hays is 9/13.

Travis Newbold

 PIKES PEAK - Photos by Sam Christmas
The one wolverine portrait pic was taken shortly after I watched the fellow run off the Finish line. And then receive cpr in the back of a flatbed plow truck. That was not the first time I have seen chest compressions at the races. It was the first of this summer but not the last. Racing is real. Deep and real.

Team Winks

Hope you guys are well.
We've been back at the track, continuing with testing and riding. I've finally had a couple of opportunities to get my Buell 1125R track bike out.
We brought this bike as a stolen recovery & writeoff. It was a mess: leaking forks, still hot wired and damage all over. Added to this was the crushed exhaust and cracked engine case from when the police salvaged it with a forklift!?!?
We pulled it apart, rebuilt and repaired components as needed. Freshened everything up, including suspension and brakes, then added a couple of minor upgrades for good measure.
So far it's running really well and the only issue has been a fuse that decided to blow at random.

We're off to Phillip Island GP circuit next up. I will update you guys after that.