Team SorryMate has now reached the halfway point of the season, Snetterton in Norwich. The weekend commenced with glorious sunshine, and the rain was minimal. The sun was a welcome change following the recent weather forecast in Knockhill, which inevitably lead to the Sprint race being postponed due to heavy downfalls.
Unfortunately, Matt is still recovering following his crash at Brands Hatch which led him to break his ankle in two places. Although Matt has been utilising hyperbaric treatment to speed up the healing process, he was not ready to hit the track at Snetterton. Nonetheless, Matt is looking forward to having his non-weight bearing cast removed and upgraded to a supportive ankle boot in the upcoming weeks.
Despite this, the Snetterton weekend commenced with high aspirations with Practice one and two leading Kurt into a top ten position. This placement included a P5 for FP1. However, despite his strong and consistent lap times, Kurt faced issues in terms of the handling of the motorcycle, particularly around the twelve demanding turns of the Snetterton Circuit.
Kurt felt that improvements could be made to his bike as well as the bike’s suspension to resolve his issues. As a result, the team worked hard through Friday afternoon to the late evening, making adjustments.
With Saturday morning came overcast. However, the track remained dry. Kurt had an excellent opportunity to put the newly make bike adjustments into practice. He continued to improve throughout the season and eventually achieved a P6 in Qualifying. However, Kurt felt that improvements could still be made to his bike.
Despite a heavy spell of rain on Saturday afternoon, the track was dry ready for the Sprint race. Kurt had a good start and kept in with the pack fighting for the top 10 positions. However, halfway through the race, a couple of GP2 riders interrupted his flow, setting Kurt and his fellow competitors back slightly. There was a close battle that enabled the fight to achieve 10th to continue. By the end of the race, with a gap of 0.164, Kurt crossed the finish line in P11.
Kurt began the Feature Race on Sunday from the fourth row of the Grid. A bad start set him back slightly, surrounded amongst three GP2 riders. Kurt fought hard to keep with the group, not losing sight of his fellow Supersport competitors just ahead. However, after significant changes to the bike’s geometry over the weekend, we fell short of grasping that ideal setup, closing the race with a P13 finish. The weekend at Snetterton was a significant struggle in terms of achieving the best setup. However, The Wigley brothers continue to prepare for the next round with high spirits.
Scott Beaumont’s goal for 2019 was to win the BMX and 4X World Championships in the same year. This is something which has never been done before. However, the events which unfolded from this goal was not what Scott had in mind.
Scott was leading at the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships. In addition to this, last Friday at the UCI BMX World Championships, Scott went unbeaten in his qualifying races. Scott ended up setting the fastest lap of the day.
During the race, Scott was on fire. He was attacking the first straight already in the lead that was until another rider lost control on the takeoff of the double jump. The rider went on to hit Scott side on. Scott was thrown like a rag doll. Medics were quick on the scene in treating Scott on the trackside. Following this, he was then rushed to the medical centre on-site.
The injury Scott sustained was an open fracture, dislocation of his right thumb. The doctors on site tried to put the dislocation back into place but with no luck. They then administered local anaesthetic and tried again. In agony, Scott was desperate for the dislocation to go back in. It wouldn’t. So it was straight into an ambulance and with lights on straight to the hospital.
Following this, the doctors administered further local anaesthetic to try and get the bones back in place. At this stage, his thumb was starting to turn black from all the bleeding and swelling. They were unable to get it back in, and he was rushed into the operating theatre.
There was a 50/50 chance of Scott losing his thumb at this stage. 2 hours later and the operation was a success. The thumb joint back in place, colour restored to his thumb, and the genuine threat of having his thumb removed was now reduced. Scott’s, however, had to stay in the hospital for 48 hours while anti bionics were administered through a drip to try as a precautionary measure.
On Sunday afternoon, Scott was discharged, and the team drove straight back home. On Monday morning, Scott met up with his doctor to discuss the next 12 weeks and how best he can recover from his injury.
By Tuesday afternoon, he had a doctor saying that by racing this weekend in Italy, the risk of infection in the joint wouldn’t mainly increase and that in 9 weeks he could start training again.
However, this won’t hold Scott back, and he has already commenced training.
Team Sorrymate were looking forward to a positive weekend following on from previous races. Matt especially anticipated some strong lap times following his practise sessions however his weekend was unfortunately cut short during the opening stages of qualifying when a fellow competitor lost the front exiting turn one resulting in his bike shooting across the track leaving nowhere to go for Matt. This, unfortunately, left him with a broken ankle requiring surgery and an extended stay on the sidelines.
Kurt was additionally hit, but with the flu
Kurt additionally had a difficult weekend as he spent a vast majority of his energy battling with flu. But in keeping with his determined nature, he continued to soldier on completing practice within the top 5. Although initially starting strong in qualifying, Kurt’s continuingly depleting energy saw him have to cut short the sessions resulting in a 9th finish.
The bad luck didn’t end here…
They say that bad things come in three’s, and Team SorryMate, unfortunately, experienced this first hand on race day when Kurt was caught out with the new minimum tyre pressure rule brought in by Pirelli resulting in a back of the grid start for Kurt.
Despite this, he battled through the crowd and was able to bring the bike home in a very respectable 10th. Team SorryMate are keeping their spirits high are already preparing for the next round. More for BSB news, click here. Altentaielt, follow SorryMate on Facebook by clicking here.
One of SorryMate’s client had come off his motorcycle as a result of excessive mud on a country road. We pursued a local farmer and his insurers met the claim.
The client was proceeding at approximately 40mph. From here, he had hit the mud. As a result, this caused him to come off his motorbike which then rolled on top of him.
SorryMate has successfully claimed damages of £3500 for injuries to his neck and shoulder, policy excess as the client went through this insurance, damaged kit and travel expenses.
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If you think you may have a similar claim, then simply fill in the contact form below and one of our motorcycle accident specialists will get back to you.
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
SorryMate will be attending the Manchester Bike Show which is the North of England’s Premier Motorcycle Show.
What is the Manchester Bike show?
The Manchester Bike Show is a show hosted at Event City in Trafford. This year will be the show’s eight successful years since it’s started. The event will showcase brand new 2019 models from all the major manufacturers such as Suzuki, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, Triumph, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Benelli, CCM and of course, SorryMate will be there too!
What can I expect from the bike show?
Once inside the show, you will find a display of over 750 bikes from modern to street, hosted and sponsored by a variety of clubs and private individuals. There will also be Live entertainment, demonstrations and many fantastic guest appearances such as Carl Fogarty. In addition to this, there will be a large retail store on site for bikers so you can grab a bargain on leathers, helmets, accessories, parts and services.
Where can I find SorryMate at Manchester Bike show?
You can find us at Stand 133 located at the front entrance of the show. Make sure you pop over to grab your free SMIDSY card or alternatively you can order a card online here. So pop along, meet some of the SorryMate team and have a chat.
What dates will the event run on?
The event runs on the Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019 from 9:30 am-5: 00 pm in Event City at Trafford.
How much is entry?
|Advance Price||On the Day Price|
|OAP (aged 65 and over)||£12.00||£15.00|
|Family: 2 adults and 3 children (aged 5-14 years)||£35.00||£40.00|
Will parking be available?
There are over 2,000 FREE parking spaces on site and 15,000 within walking distance. In addition to this, there is a free dedicated bike park directly outside the venue so no need to worry about attending on your motorcycle.
We interviewed one of the Sorrymate.com two-wheel claim specialist Legal Executives, Stephanie Phillips, who took time out to tell us all about her love of Motorcycling.
Q. How long have you been a Biker?
Stephanie: Got my first bike when I was 18.
Q. What got you interested in Motorcycling?
Stephanie: Dad had a motorbike, although he and mum preferred cycling. It must have been in my blood, but I much preferred the two-wheeled bikes to have engines!
Q. Which bike do you ride?
Stephanie: I am lucky I have a choice – We have 3 between us:
BMW R1100S (had it since new and its now 17 years old and part of the family!)
Triumph Explorer 1200 – with two seats, the original and the lowered “baby” seat for me!
BMW F800 – my little favourite coz it’s so much FUN!
Q. Where was your best Ride-out?
Stephanie: Any ride out on the bike is good and I am lucky that I live close to many good biking areas. I do enjoy exploring Derbyshire – Bakewell has fabulous cakes and the sticky toffee pudding at the pub in Edale is wonderful! Up into the Forest of Bowland and over into Yorkshire are also good “coffee and cake” ride outs!
Q. How long have you been a Solicitor/Legal Executive?
Stephanie: Been a qualified Legal Executive now since 1999. Been with Sorrymate for 4 years and loving every minute!
Q. What do you like doing other than Biking?
Stephanie: Skiing definitely. Also walking my dogs and going camping.
Q. What is your most interesting Fact?
Stephanie: I’m not that interesting! I did do my first ever Ron Haslam race day last year as a special birthday treat and I was the only female in our group, actually, I didn’t see any other female riders at all AND I wasn’t last! AND I did get to meet Charley Boorman.
Thank you to Stephanie for telling us more about her passion for motorcycles.
Stay tuned for more profiles of our team in future editions.
We warmly welcome to the Sorrymate.com Team, Tony Carter as Motorcycle Accident Specialist.
Tony was involved in a serious motorcycle crash many years ago whilst a serving Police motorcyclist which left him with a permanent disability. When he had his crash, there was no one to fight his corner outside of the Police service, and not understanding how the civil legal process worked or being any the wiser, he accepted a settlement that he later found was substantially below what he should have been awarded.
Much of this was down to the fact that the law firm that represented him (union appointed) had no understanding of the dynamics of motorcycling, and clearly just wanted the case settled so that they could move onto the next case.
Tony was forced to retire as a result of the injuries he sustained, but found that there were a number of people both in the legal profession who wanted someone who could explain the dynamics of motorcycling together with an explanation of how the crash occurred, and motorcyclists who themselves wanted to talk to someone who actually understood what they were talking about.
He was also one of 3 responsible for writing, setting up and running the RoSPA diploma for advanced instructors. He has been an advanced motorcycle and car examiner for RoSPA since 1982, and has run many advanced riding courses.
We look forward to having Tony on our team.
During a test at Cartagena in February when the Sorrymate Endurance Team were shaking off the cobwebs for the new season we met up with Joe Burns 53 who raced in BSB last year to discover that he does not have a ride this year. This has to be wrong. Joe is a very talented rider who should, by anyone’s reckoning have a decent ride this year.
While we do not have the resource to sort a superstock or superbike ride for him, Joe will be riding for the Sorrymate endurance team at a number of rounds. Fergus, the owner of Sorrymate, is lending Joe his own Kawasaki ZX6R track bike and Sorrymate will put fresh tyres on it. Come down to Oulton Park for the first round on 25/26th March 2016 for the No Limits National Endurance Championship and see him in action. When asked, Fergus said “definitely going to be there to support the team. I also want to see what a good lap time on my bike is around Oulton. I know what I have done……”
From the day he could walk, Fergus has lived on two wheels whether that be pedal powered or petrol powered. From building his first bicycle at about 10 years old to his first motorbike at about 15 his life has revolved around anything two-wheeled. Fast track forward 25 years and as a solicitor who has ridden and been knocked off both motorbikes and pushbikes Fergus set up Sorrymate.com to look after all two-wheel users who have the almost inevitable misfortune to come into contact with something 4 wheeled. Fast track forward another 8 years and Fergus is going to cycle 1001 miles in a week to raise two wheel awareness and money for 5 Air Ambulance charities.
When asked why Fergus said “ the message here is simple, to all car, van, bus and truck drivers out there: If you hit us you hurt us so please don’t. Be aware.” As to why 1001 miles in a week the blame is put squarely on an evening in the pub where a chance conversation became a definite challenge.
The challenge starts on 21st June at Oliver’s Mount race circuit in Scarborough during the Barry Sheene Memorial Meeting. Over the next seven days, Fergus will be cycling all over the country. Along the way, he will be visiting various Air Ambulance stations and points of interest including cycling the famous Cat & Fiddle Run. That one will hurt!
Training hard currently involves running 10k 4 times a week with a couple of hours most the evenings on a cycling treadmill. The weekends are taken up with cycling on the road unless he is motorcycle racing with No Limits in their Endurance series. Fergus has support from lots of people who are doing everything from providing nutritional advice to cycling kit and cameras for the bike.
We kindly ask for the generosity of the supporters of British Cycling and British Motorcycling to give a donation to Fergus’s Challenge through our JustGiving Fundraising page:
A very big thank you from Fergus and the 1001 Cycle Team.