May 09, 2013
Well the season has got underway.......... > The venue Norfolk Arena Speedway Circuit > > > The new season brings a new club the DTRA (dirt track riders association) > with Anthony taking the reins & doing a great job organising a very well attended event! > > I am racing in the "pro" class as well as thunderbike this year. > Anthony is in restricted & thunderbike. > > My pro qualifying went better than I expected running battling for third but eventually finishing forth. > I ended up qualifying in eighth for the final. > In the final I made a few mistakes & lost the tow to the leading pack & finished 10th > > Anthony in restricted had some great races battling in every race ended up with two seconds & a win > In the final getting the holeshot & finishing an strong second. > > Thunderbike qualifying went well for me & I ended on the front row for the final. > Getting a good start I got into second & quickly got pushed back to forth with a mistake from third place I snuck through. > Ending happy with a podium. > Anthony did a good job too in qualifying he ended up starting in fifth. > Being caught in first corner mayhem & punted back to last, managed to pick the way back up to a good six finish. > > It was a good first meeting for me & Anthony, but more importantly for the DTRA > Next we are going trail riding in Spain & soon after the next DTRA round at Rye House Speedway Track > See you there? > Co Built Geoff #45 Co Built Anthony #47
Had my first shorttrack/TT of the season April,27th at Western Reserve motorcycle Club and had a great night of racing! Won my vintage class,3rd in +30, and 5th in the TT. The pics are from this dude>http://www.mxfreakspix.com/Art/WRMC-FT-42713/29141679_mmXSpK#!i=2481897781&k=WRMQ66s he comes out and just loves snapping shots, at no charge.
May 02, 2013
We are proud to add Stefano Mesa, David Sadowski, and Matt Sadowski to our 2013 line up.
Stefano Mesa finished first in Supersport at Daytona
With David Sadowski in 2nd and brother Matt Sadowski in a photo finish for 4th
David in in the Orange Yellow and Green Leathers and Matt is in the white black and gold
We ran the Black turbo nitrous BSA in the MPS/PBF-750 class for the first time at Wilmington where the standing record was 122 mph. First run out of the trailer on Saturday managed a really smooth and perfect 159mph run with a pretty strong head/quartering wind (13-20mph). Not quite our 650 record speed at 162.5 but I was really happy considering the wind we were fighting.
Up next I ran the orange hornet in the M/PG-650 class that had a standing record of 115 mph. This bike we are on our "millionth" engine configuration so it was untested besides some dyno work and it was making some real good power, more then we ever have, internal gear ratios where changed with a modified trans along with final gearing. First run in the same head/quartering wind as the black BSA the bike started off real strong, even carried a power wheelie with our tall ass gearing in second gear and passed the half mile at 114 mph, when I shifted into high gear it was really hauling until to jumped out of gear and went back into third on its own, I fought with the shifter to keep it in gear but by then we lost all of our momentum that couldn't be regained and the bike passed the one mile trap at 107mph.
On our second and final runs for the day the wind really picked up and started coming straight down the track at around 20 mph, with that wind the chances of us picking up speed from our previous 159 run with the black bike was going to be next to impossible so we used the run to do a real world test on some new surface fire plugs. On our run just after the half mile mark the bike developed a severe misfire so I backed off the nitrous and coasted through the traps around 137 mph. Lesson learned, surface fire spark plugs will need some more testing before we can try again.
With the wind still coming straight down the track I jumped onto the orange bike and really gave it hell, hit all shift points and when I reached top gear I held the shifter down with my foot while making myself as small as possible on the bike but we just didnt have the horsepower to break through the 20+ mph head wind and passed the traps at 112 mph.
Unfortunately the rainy and windy weather on Sunday did not allow us to run again so we never got to run the hornet or the black bike again. We will be praying to the weather gods for good conditions on our 1.5 mile assault at Loring, Maine in July.
April 25, 2013
The number one plate holder started the afternoon with two comfortable wins, kicking off his 2013 campaign with a from-the-back success in the opening round of heat races before utilising his front row grid slot to maximum effect for a second consecutive win. Tim Neave was also an opening round race winner, working his way through from the back row impressively to set down a marker early in the match. Neave, who recovered from frightful injuries sustained in a track crash last year, is undoubtedly one of the favourites for the title this season, and showed that kind of form in pursuit of first round runner-up Tim Greig. Greig was back to his best in the second round, proving why King’s Lynn was his track of choice last year as he worked his way through from the middle row to take victory.
But with a poor final round heat race, Greig ruled himself out of taking a front-row grid slot, on a baking hot day that created a slick surface and made starting vital. Tom Neave stole the final front row grid slot away from him in the third round, taking a shock win over brother Tim who in turn held Aidan Collins at bay for the entire race distance. But the number one’s ten point haul was enough to give him the first gate choice for the final, and he flew from the start and onto a tightrope of rubber that saw him cruise to his first success of the year.
There were also positive displays from Deus ex Machina rider of the day Alan Birtwistle, who finished runner-up to Aidan Collins in the heat stages but whose favoured outside blasts were unfavourable on the late-match track conditions. And Peter Boast recovered from three disappointing heat races to work his way through traffic in the final. But the final word was reserved for Collins on his birthday, taking the champagne and celebrating in style.
**Paul Scott was awarded the Ace Café Award for his efforts in the MiniBike class. Scott, who races regularly in the rookie class, got the better of Stephen Rhodes in a last lap dash to the finish to take a third and match-winning race victory. He also competed in the rookie class, but was beaten to the flag by Andrew Collinson. Vince Hurst was the outstanding winner of the restricted class, while Oliver Brindley, Ben Neave and George Hopper all made names for themselves as stars of the future with successes in the youth classes.
Posted by Jeff Wright at 10:17 PM
Sunday was Round 1 of the DTRA British Flat Track Championship which took place at King's Lynn speedway track.
The weather was great all day, which was lucky for us guys as just lately its been awful!
Unfortunately my Honda CR500 Framer Thunderbike broke in practice - the shock bust! So that put me out of that class for the day, not a great start, but I'm sure we'll get the points back together and be pushing for the championship after the next few meetings!
I also competed in the Pro 450 class on my Suzuki RM-Z 450. The bike worked great all day after making changes to gearing and tire pressures... I won my first heat from the back row, my second heat I finished 4th much to my disappointment after been passed by Alan Birtwistle (who has just spent all winter racing ice speedway and flat track with you guys in the States). Heat 3, I finished 2nd after holding off 3X British FT champion.
I had qualified for 3rd on the front row of the grid for the main event. After making a good start, I was 2nd into the turn 1. I managed to hold my line throughout the 12 lap race and finished the race in 2nd with a comfortable lead from 3rd, and I was catching the race winner towards the end. I'm pleased with this result and it gives me some good points going into the championship. The next round is at Rye House speedway on 19th May.
April 15, 2013
Welp, my season has finally started. I packed up the kids, my dad, and some bikes, and drove 13 hours to Waco for the Waco Eagles/VDTRA half-mile! It was a stone-cold BLAST! The track was perfect, wide and fast.
It took me a few laps to get back into form since I hadn't ridden in awhile, but I'll be danged if things didn’t improve quite a bit.
On Saturday I took 2nd in the Open AM class. On Sunday, my chain broke while battling for the lead in my heat race, so my weekend ended a bit too soon.
My kids did great though. My son took home 2nd on Saturday and 1st on Sunday, and my daughter rode hard and fast on her little 50 against a bunch of bigger bikes. She got 3rd on Sunday (but 1st against bikes her size!).
Saw lots of FTWCO t-shirts and stickers!
April 09, 2013
March 29, 2013
Hey FTW Co,Here's a few pictures and a little story...
Had to get used to racing a 2 stroke, which wasn't exactly easy, but I got some decent lap times. The hardest part was getting them off the line at the start. Normally on my Triumph, I've been the holeshot king for the last several races I entered it in. Not the case with a 2 stroke unfortunately. I bogged out on Carl's and got swallowed, then Sunday on Jack's, I wheelied like a bastard and almost lost it at the line. Thankfully, no one hit me.
Ended up taking 2nd on Saturday on Carl's bike...lonely 2nd I might add. Sunday after almost looping Jack's tiny bike, I got swallowed up again by everyone in 250GP and about everyone in the class behind us, Classic 60's 650. I got going and passed about half of them into turn one, but then got sort of stuck behind a BSA that had the drive out of the turns, but was slow in the mostly fast sweeping corners killing the much needed momentum I had to have to get around the track on the little giant killer.
Had a few laps of trying to get enough speed in the slow turns to make a pass while also fighting off a pretty quick CB160 that was in my class. He was able to motor past us in the fast "esses" section, but I lost my momentum. I finally was able to get some good drive out of the last few turns to get enough of a gap so he couldn't pass down the very long front straight. I tried to gain some ground on the CB160 and was closing in until I almost collected a Harley in the Classic 60's class in a section of about a 4 apex right hand turn. He was having some mechanical issues and I tried to pass on the inside and he didn't see me coming. Had to get on the brakes and yell, "SHIT, SHIT, SHIT!" Then drop a gear and take off. By that time, the little Honda was too far away to catch up to before the end of the race.
March 21, 2013
Hi FTW Co,
Final round of Mablethorpe sand racing championship took place on Sunday.
The day started out great with good weather, I was fastest in practice which set my confidence up...
I managed to win race 1, just taking it on the last last corner of the last lap.
I also won race 2, taking the lead on lap 2 after passing #62 around the outside and gaining a comfortable lead.
Race 3 and 4, finished 2nd in these two races... #62 had the inside line after making the hole shot... I just couldn't get around the outside of him.
So it was all down to the final race to determine who got the win. #62 managed the hole shot again and pulled away... I chased him hard and got around the outside, cross-rutted and fell off. I layed down and got the race cancelled, then jumped up and rode to the restart (maybe wasn't supposed to, but I had to do it!). 3 laps remained.. I tried multiple lines to make the pass, but couldn't quite manage it!
Went into the meeting with a 1 point lead, came out 3 points behind.... Didn't quite have the speed, so I finished 2nd in the championship much to my disappointment!
Can't be too disheartened though, as I did miss 3 rounds, whereas #62 made every race.
I have attached some images, and here is a link to a short video of race 5 - the restart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUZgOW0hCzA
March 14, 2013
Juha ‘Flying Fin’ Kallio will be racing the North West 200
on a brace of JHS Racing Suzuki SV650 (Supertwins).
on a brace of JHS Racing Suzuki SV650 (Supertwins).
A few weeks later, Kallio will jet to the Isle of Man for a full event’s racing. Juha is set to ride a Suzuki SV650 Supertwin again, plus a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the Supersport race.
"JHS Racing will also have a presence on the short circuits, with Fast Bikes magazine’s Alastair Fagan campaigning a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in Thundersport GB’s GP1 class, plus a few National Superstock wildcards. Fagan is joined by the RAF’s Simon Critchlow, who narrowly missed out on winning the Combined Military Services championship in 2012."
We are super stoked to have him wearing the FTW Co. Brand during these events.
Welcome and follow Juha this season.