The track schedule and TV times for the opening Bennetts British Superbike round at Silverstone over Easter weekend have now been released.
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) will be hosting the 2019 Championship season opener on 19-21 April. As well as lots of exciting track action, there will be off-track entertainment for both adults and children.
In addition to this, there’s free paddock access all weekend as well as a FREE pit walk on Sunday. You will be able to find the SorryMate stall on Sunday locate towards the pit area. Stop by the stall and grab yourself some freebies!
Children under the age of 15 are permitted to enter the event free of charge on a general admission ticket.
Gate Opening Times
Friday – 0800 to 1900
Saturday – 0800 to 1845
Sunday – 0700 to 1800
Motorbike riders are being urged to make sure they’re not putting their own safety, and the safety of other road users, at risk.
This week, West Mercia Police have issued a public reminder to all bikers to remain safe on the road. This announcement follows the launch of their Think Bike campaign last month.
As the weather picks up it’s easy to get carried away on the dry roads. However it’s important to remember that one of the leading causes of motorcycle crashes is the failure to navigate around bends. This alone causes over 22% of accidents.
In addition to this, motorcyclists losing control on their bike and hitting a stationary object such as a tree accounts for over 9% of bike accidents.
Local Policing Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans said: “We know there are some great routes for motorbike riders through our counties and that during the warmer months riders want to make the most of these.
“We have seen cases where the driving behaviour of bikers has caused concern, and the rider has unnecessarily put themselves and other road users at risk.
“Bikers can often be at higher risk of being involved in a collision and we want to make sure everything is being done to reduce this.
“All road users have a responsibility in making our roads safer. We know motorbike riders are more vulnerable and would ask that riders make sure they do their bit by not taking unnecessary risks.”
As a result of the increase in motorcycle traffic, Police will be carrying out proactive operations on key routes utilising several different tactics throughout the summer months. The underlying intent is to target irresponsible and reckless road users.
To find more about our tips on staying safe on the road – visit our biker safety tips here. Alternatively, if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash – click here to contact our expert team. Find out today how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
The Manchester Bike Show is back again for the eighth year running. It hosts 18,000 sqm of biker goodness, all under one roof. This year, the event looks even bigger and better than before. If this is your first time attending, here’s our list of 10 things you can expect to see when you visit the Manchester Bike Show.
1. The Biker retail village
The retail village is the perfect opportunity for bikers to grab a bargain on brand new helmets, leathers and motorcycle accessories. With more than 100 motorcycle shops to pick from, it’s guaranteed you’ll find the right gear for your machine. With hundreds of shops at your fingertips, it’s easy to see why the Bike show is becoming a firm favourite on every biker’s calendar.
2. Motorcycle competitions
We all love a great competition, especially when you’re in for a chance to win things such as a new motorcycle helmet, or even a brand new motorcycle. It’s not uncommon to see the vast majority of stalls and companies at the show to be hosting their give-a-ways and contests. Make sure you check out the exhibitor list online to see which companies will be attending. This year, if you fancy winning a Rossi Replica Helmet, you can visit stand 128, and you could win an AGV K3 SV! You could also win 1 of 10 KGB battery chargers that are up for grabs.
3. Biking Celebrities
The Manchester Bike show is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the big stars in the biking world. For example, this year, four times Superbike World Champion, Carl Fogarty will be joining CCM Motorcycles from 10.00 – 15.00. So make sure you pop over to visit him at their stand. You also have the chance to meet Olympic gold medal winner Jason Kenny CBE. You can find him on the Kawasaki Bolton Motorcycles stand.
4. Great food and drink
The Manchester Bike Show has a fantastic range of food and beverages available on site. With multiple different stalls, vans and coffee shops, you’re bound to find a decent bacon barm and a hot latte. Why not caffeine up and leisurely enjoy all the different stalls available? Or if you’ve travelled in by public transport, why not enjoy a cheeky tipple at one of the onsite bars.
5. Motorcycle Stunt Show
Every year the show wows us with their fantastic stunt shows. The show is entirely free to watch and can be found on the far side of the hall. It’s certainly worth seeing, especially if you’re a fan of trials bikes.
6. Live Music and bands
Who doesn’t love a bit of Rock ‘n Roll? This year, the show will feature the Delray Rockets and Howlin Mat who are a self-proclaimed ‘Oz’ band. They’re a neo-Rockabilly with an 80’s vibe. They create an energetic, hard-hitting ‘in your face’ sound,
Of course, your visit to the bike show wouldn’t be complete without popping over to visit the SorryMate stand. Feel free to pop over and have a chat with the team about any issues you may be facing
MotoE testing for series has been suspended after a fire caused “major damages and losses“.
Devastating fire hits the Jerez circuit
The MotoE championship is due to kick off at Jerez at the start of May. However, that could come to an end thanks to a catastrophic fire last night at the circuit.
The fire broke out in a temporary garage unit. The source of the light at this moment in time is thought to be down to new Energica Ego bikes electric motorcycles. The electric bikes were at the circuit for their second full test before the MotoE competition. The initial report of the fire suggests that the fire has consumed all 18 of the brand new machines.
A race against time
The first European MotoGP race of the season was set to at the Spanish circuit in May. Following this, the season would continue for another four circuits. These included the Le Mans, Sachsenring, the Red Bull Ring and Misano circuit. The bosses are now in a race against time to attempt to resurrect the infrastructure to get the season started.
Unfortunately for riders, the electric motorcycles weren’t the only thing lost in the blaze. All equipment based on the same structure was also destroyed. This included all championship materials, tools, laptops and equipment belonging to the riders. Despite this, luckily no persons were reported as injured.
The race was due to start in six weeks
The season was scheduled to begin in a mere six weeks. According to a statement released by MotoGP bosses, the event has been post-phoned indefinitely. An investigation is underway to establish the exact cause of the fire as at this point, and it is mostly speculation.
However, one thing is for sure. The opener for the season is now cancelled. Officials have stated that changes to the calendar are currently being considered.
Technology advancements bring risk
The FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup is a competition that is one of a kind. The event is powered by 100% renewable and sustainable energy. However, as with all technology advancements, there is always risk involved. This scenario merely highlights that reality once more.
Dorna Sports has stated that they are committed to getting the event up and running as soon as possible. However, for the time being, the race will not be held at the Spanish circuit.
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The UK has seen a fall in motorcycle crime over the last 12 months.
Motorcycle crime decreases as car crime are on the rise
Unfortunately for car owners, as motorcycle crime is falling, cars have become the new target. In the last 12 months, automotive crime has risen from 86,000 thefts to 112,000. This is nearly a 50% increase in crime.
In comparison to this, motorcycle crime has fallen from 34,000 to 27,000 over the last 12 months. Many outlets are accrediting the fall in bike-related crime to the police and their new tactics. Police forces across England have implemented a whole new range of anti-theft measures from tactical vehicle ramming to DNA spray. One thing is for sure, and it’s having some effect.
Motorcycle crime is due to fall even further
Bikers around the UK will be happy to hear that current trends predict that motorcycle thefts will continue to decline in 2019. However, unfortunately, the recovery rate for stolen machines remains low. Additionally, it shows no sign of improvement shortly.
Within the last five years, over 79,228 motorcycles were stolen. This amounted to an excess of £54.5 million pounds. The vast majority of bikes themselves were never recovered. Currently, 59% of bikes which are stolen are either sold on with cloned identities or shipped abroad.
In some cases, the machines are broken down into salvaged parts and make their way onto eBay or Facebook marketplace. As a result, they often their way onto legitimate motorcycles. The owners are often non-the-wiser.
Only 10,400 motorcycles are recovered a year. The vast majority of the bikes are found in a poor state, often set alight. As a result, they are frequently written off by their insurance company.
Police have changed their priorities
About ten years ago, vehicle crime was considered a relatively low priority issue. It was considered an insurance issue rather than a severe offence. However, with the rise of moped gangs and street violence, police forces across the country have been forced to take the issue more seriously. Gang crime has increased ten-fold in the UK. Muggings and robberies are being committed daily and in broad daylight.
As a result, the police have become tougher on bike crime. Without a doubt, motorcycle crime has fallen dramatically. The knock on effect of this is that the Government can no longer afford to see bike crime as an isolated issue.
The Silverstone circuit, a popular motorcycle track, will be resurfaced prior to this year’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix. As a result, the circuit will be shut from Mid-June. This is following the cancellation of it’s 2018 MotoGP.
The condition of the Silverstone circuit was investigated
The track was resurfaced by Aggregate Industries ahead of last season. However, due to heavy rainfall, the MotoGP weekend was cancelled and a circuit investigation was launched. As a result of the investigation, it was found that the circuit still requires work. This is in order to obtain an FIM Grade A licence. Currently, the work has currently been scheduled for June and has been described as “essential track maintenance” in a statement released by Silverstone.
Works have been scheduled in Late July
Fortunately, the works will be carried out after the Blancpain Endurance GT Series Endurance Cup event on May 11-12th and British GT visit on June 8-9th. This will give Silverstone enough time to have the circuit issues resolved before the F1’s British GP on July 10-12th.
Two club meetings will be affected
It appears to be the case that international events are unlikely to be affected. However, two club meetings have been cancelled. These are the MG Car Club MG Live event originally scheduled for June 15-16th and the 750 Motor Club visit on June 22-23rd.
In a statement, Silverston mentioned that they are hoping to final alternative dates in the year to host the club meetings.
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A recently formed motorcycle racing club is helping to bring motorcycle racing back to Scarbrough this year.
Scarborough Borough Council have given their full support
The Two Four Three Road Racing Association are bringing back Oliver’s Mount Circuit to Scarborough, with the full backing of Scarborough Borough Council. Currently, two meetings are confirmed in regards to the challenging 2.43-mile public road race track.
These are the Barry Sheen Classic on 27 and 28 July and the Gold Cup from 27 to 29 September. Both of which, have been agreed by the Auto Cycle Union (ACU).
Oliver’s Mount is the only English road racing circuit
Currently, Oliver’s Mount is the only motorcycle road race in England. As you can imagine, it’s exhilarating to see the iconic event return. Both the tourism businesses on the Yorkshire Coast and motorcycle ace fans around the world have welcomed its return.
Scarborough Borough Council has agreed to a lease to GrantRoberts Ltd. The race is operated by the Two Four Three Road Racing Association.
Two Four Three have a wealth of experience when it comes to road racing
When it comes to road racing, Two Four Three have a wealth of knowledge. This includes
- former Grand Prix and Isle Of Man TT racer
- supplier of Pirelli tyres to the British Superbike grid
- Eddie Roberts,
- and seven times Isle of Man TT winner and multiple winners at Oliver’s Mount, Mick Grant.
Eddie Roberts gives his opinion on the return of Oliver’s Mount
“Behind the scenes, there have been months and months of planning to get us to this stage, and there are a huge number of people I need to thank, including Shaun Dalton and the 1946 Marshal Association. We are working side-by-side with the ACU and work is already underway to improve the safety of the track for both for riders and spectators. We know it’s a huge task to undertake, but we are 100% confident racing will take place at Oliver’s Mount this year.”
“I watched my first road race at Oliver’s Mount in short pants back in the early ‘50s, and it ignited my passion for racing; we couldn’t let this historic track crumble into the history books. We need road racing in England; it’s one of the finest tracks in the world, and it’s unique. I can’t wait to hear and witness classic and modern bikes race around this demanding track once again. Today is an emotional and significant day.”
Oliver’s Mount is the heart of motorcycle racing
For more than 70 years, Oliver’s Mount has been at the heart of motorcycle racing. The circuit was first hosted in 1946. The course itself is narrow and twisty. It boasts hairpin corners and very short straights. As a result, it has become one of the most challenging road races to date. As a result, the race attracts hundreds due to its exciting atmosphere.
Oliver’s Mount has challenged the nerves of many famous riders such as John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene and Carl Fogarty, to name a few.
The race has full support from the locals
Scarborough Borough Council and its tourism partners are entirely behind the new club and are excited to bring racing back to the Yorkshire Coast.
Cllr Derek J Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:
“This is fascinating news! I am delighted that Eddie and Mick are committed to delivering a bright and exciting future for motorcycle racing at Oliver’s Mount; their experience, knowledge and business acumen within the sport is first class.”
Oliver’s mount is an essential part of Yorkshire
The race forms a necessary part of the Yorkshire calendar. It contributes around £1.4million annually to the local economy.
Cllr Martin Smith, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, said:
“Racing at Oliver’s Mount has always played a valuable role in supporting the Yorkshire Coast visitor economy. Today’s fantastic news means that the role is set to continue and prosper. Many tourism businesses have been asking me for months when racing will return to Oliver’s Mount so I’m very pleased that I can finally say 2019 for certain!”
Further updates and news about this year’s events at Oliver’s Mount will follow in the coming weeks.
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Synetiq is one of the UK’s largest salvage auctioneers. Using its market power, the company has taken a revolutionary method of tackling bike theft across the UK. Starting from the 31st of March, customers will no longer be able to receive cash payments for written off vehicles.
Removing easy sales to help prevent bike theft
The move comes about after Synetiq has taken steps to consult with insurance companies and the West Midlands Police. Synetiq hopes that the new rigorous payment methods would deter and prevent motorcycle thefts by discouraging easy sales.
West Midlands Police launched a campaign last year calling for stricter standards for motorcycle resales. They had many concerns that thieves abilities to resell bikes easily were encouraging the recent rise in bike theft.
Criminal gangs are putting biker’s lives at risk
Police investigations have recently shown that criminal gangs are buying written-off motorcycles from auctions. From here, they go on to repair the bikes with other stolen parts. On occasions, gangs will often use complicated fraudulent methods to obtain insurance payouts. This involves buying several damaged motorcycles, selling them on and then reporting them as stolen. One thing is for sure; gangs are profiting at large from bike theft.
Synetiq are working hard with police to tackle the issue
Chris Todd, Chief Superintendent of WMP, has stated that Synetiq has set a great example to other vehicle auctions. They are actively taking steps to prevent criminals from reselling dangerous vehicles to innocent bikers. The new decision could potentially close many theft loopholes. As a result, it will help keep dangerous bikes off the road minimising risk and injury. In addition to this, the new decision will help address money-laundering loopholes by forcing buyers to reveal a banking footprint.
Previous schemes have helped prevent the sale of stolen parts
Previously in 2012, The Master Scheme have helped prevent theft. This is done by registering the vast majority of motorcycle parts with tags. They offer a free ‘confirm or deny’ check that can be carried out by anyone interested in buying second-hand parts
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A neighbourhood team based in Worksop have decided to take it upon themselves to tackle nuisance off-road bikers. Working alongside a local drone training company the team decided to revolutionise the way they address crime.
The drones were donated by SalusUAV
SalusUAV donated the drones to the team. During the test operation, local officers learnt how to manoeuvre the aircraft in the sky. The team hopes that implementing new technology such as drones will help officers be more efficient in identifying criminals quicker.
The drones use onboard cameras to identify issues swiftly
During training, officers were able to fly drones into the air and track individuals using built-in cameras relaying information back to a screen. This meant that the officers could cover more distance than their patrolling officers.
When no issues were identified, the team can quickly move the drone on. What would usually take officers an hour, only took 10 minutes
Drones allowed police to tackle woodland fire early on
During practice, officers managed to locate an area of woodland which had been set alight. As a result, they were quickly able to deploy officers to extinguish it swiftly. The use of drones isn’t the first time the police have used new inventive measures to help tackle crime. Last week it was announced Wrexham police have decided to try out a new DNA spray.
The trial was a success
The team of officers concluded that the trial event was a success. It has allowed local police to understand how technology can help make the force more effective. The team was made up of six local officers, a professional drone pilot and four members of a motorcycle team who acted as the dummy targets.
Neighbourhood Police Sergeant Kate Long said:
“The operation was a great success and has opened our eyes to how effectively we could work to combat rural crime by utilising this technology. It was great to work with SalusUAV and we’d like to thank the local company for offering up their services. Nuisance bikers need to be aware that we’re going to crack down on the issue any way we can and we’ll be looking to use drones in this way in the near future.”
Speeding causes up to 30% of fatalities during road traffic accidents. As a result, the latest proposed changes to EU vehicle law will see ‘intelligent speed assistance’, also known as ISA, devices fitted to all new vehicles.
What is intelligent speed assistance?
ISA is a system which uses built-in road-sign recognition cameras and a GPS-linked speed limit database to alert drivers of their speed. The idea behind the system is to prevent drivers from exceeding the current speed system actively. The technology looks extremely promising in terms of reducing speeding related-deaths. The vast majority of regulations of this nature aim to protect ‘vulnerable‘ road users, such as cyclists and bikers.
When will ISA be implemented?
Due to poor infrastructure, the new scheme will not be implemented any time soon. Currently, road-sign recognition cameras are not reliable. They often give incorrect readings. In addition to this, GPS speed databases are outdated. They are in dire need of reform. As a result, it isn’t likely that we will see any widespread application anytime soon.
Will the new regulations apply to motorcycles?
The short answer: No. Luckily, I if and when the new regulations come into force, they will only apply to vehicles of categories M, N and O. Motorbikes are category L.
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