Following the recent Isle of Man TT, statistics have been released showing the number of arrests made over the duration of the festival.
Arrests continue to grow during the festival
In 2018, the number of arrests made was 126. In 2019, it has increased to 148. What’s the reason for this increase? Well, with poor weather taking over the event many days, spectators flooded into local pubs and clubs to make the most of what they could do. Many of the arrests were drink related!
However, collisions are on the decrease
However, despite the increased number of arrests, the number of collisions has decreased from 78 (2018) to 62 (2019). Was this because the weather forced everyone in the pub for a social?
A temporary speed limit has helped decrease accidents
Due to the high police presence and a temporary speed limit of 50mph, there were no motorcycle accidents on the Coast road. A success in the eyes of many.
There were two fatal accidents on the Isle of Man this year, both taking place in different locations on the Sloc A36 road in the south of the Island.
The statistics released were measured from Saturday 25th May to Friday 7th June, giving us the most accurate statistics possible. It is hoped that the statistics of fatalities will continue to decrease, and the number of arrests will follow the same path.
We would like to offer condolences to the families of people that lost their lives this year at the TT, including the family of Daley Mathison after he sadly passed away due to an accident on course.
Bennetts BSB is heading to KnoxHill, with a superb support line-up including action from the Dickies British Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 Championships.
Check the timetable below for more information on what’s to come over the weekend.
KNOCKHILL – 28-30TH JUNE 2019
BSB EVENT TIMETABLE
|09.00 – 09.30||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||Free Practice 1|
|09.40 – 10.10||Dickies British Supersport||Free Practice 1|
|10.20 – 11.05||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI||Free Practice 1|
|11.15 – 11.45||HEL Performance British Motostar||Free Practice 1|
|11.55 – 12.25||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Free Practice 1|
|12.35 – 12.55 //||Molson Group British Sidecars||Free Practice|
|13.45 – 14.15||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||Free Practice 2|
|14.25 – 14.55||Dickies British Supersport||Free Practice 2|
|15.05 – 15.35||HEL Performance British Motostar||Free Practice 1|
|15.45 – 16.30||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI||Free Practice 2|
|16.40 – 17.10||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Free Practice 2|
|17.20 – 17.45||Dickies Junior Supersport||Free Practice|
|17.55 – 18.15||Molson Group British Sidecars||Qualifying|
|09.00 – 09.05||Molson Group British Sidecars||Warm up|
|09.10 – 09.35||Dickies Junior Supersport||Qualifying|
|09.45 – 10.15||HEL Performance British Motostar||Qualifying|
|10.25 – 11.10||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI||Free Practice 3|
|11.20 – 11.50||Dickies British Supersport||Qualifying|
|12.00 – 12.30||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Qualifying|
|12.40 – 13.10||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||Qualifying|
|13.25 //||Molson Group British Sidecars||Race 1 – 15 laps|
|14.15||Dickies Junior Supersport||Race 1 – 15 laps|
|14.45||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Race 1 – 24 laps|
|15.25||HEL Performance British Motostar||Race 1 – 18 laps|
|16.00 – 16.18
16.25 – 16.37
16.44 – 16.52
|BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES
IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING
|17.05||Dickies British Supersport Championship – Sprint||Race 1 – 18 laps|
|17.40||Dickies Junior Supersport||Race 2 – 15 laps|
|18.10||Molson Group British Sidecars||Race 2 – 15 laps|
|09.00 – 09.05||Molson Group British Sidecars||Warm up|
|09.10 – 09.18||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Warm up|
|09.40 – 10.00||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI||Warm up|
|10.05 – 10.13||HEL Performance British Motostar||Warm up|
|10.18 – 10.26||Dickies British Supersport||Warm up|
|10.40||Dickies Junior Supersport||Race 3 – 15 laps|
|11.10||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Race 2- 24 laps|
|11.35 – 12.25||Pit Walk, Bennetts/VIP Safety Car & Pillion laps|
|12.40||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||Race – 22 laps|
|13.30||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI||Race 1 – 30 laps|
|14.15||Molson Group British Sidecars||Race 3 – 15 laps|
|14.50||HEL Performance British Motostar||Race 2- 22 laps|
|15.40||Dickies British Supersport Championship – Feature||Race 2 – 26 laps|
|16.30||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI||Race 2 – 30 laps|
|17.20||Dickies Junior Supersport||Race 4 – 15 laps|
|Weekend Admission (Friday-Sunday)||£ (online)||£ (online)||Free|
|Friday Admission (Practice)||£7||£ 4||£18|
|Saturday Admission (Qualifying/Support Races)||£32||£10||£46|
|Sunday Admission (Main Raceday)||£32||£18||£82|
Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife is Scotland’s national Motorsport centre. The circuit is located in the Fife countryside about 10 miles north of Dunfermline. The track, initially opened in 1974, is 1.3 miles long and was created by joining service roads to a nearby disused railway. Since the 1980s Knockhill has been extensively developed to a point where it is able to host rounds of most of the major British car and motorcycle racing championships.
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World leaders in beautifully made bikes, Ducati, have released concepts for a new electric motorcycle. With global warming at the forefront of everything, leaders in the motorcycle industry are all beginning to design electric bikes to keep up with the times. Even Harley Davidson are joining in!
The bike resembles its popular Panigale Superbike
Now, what else could you expect from the Italian designers other than something that is aesthetically stunning to look at? They have indeed continued the tradition onto this new bike. Traditionally, electric bikes can look very futuristic and stick out in a crowd of “normal” bikes. However, the Ducati Elettrico has a striking resemblance to the very popular Panigale Superbike.
While technical details are yet to be released; the renderings suggest that the bike will have a single-sided swingarm with offset mono-shock, a mid-mounted motor, chain drive, inverted front fork and Brembo brakes – all standard on many of Ducati’s current bikes.
It is important to remember that Elettrico exists only in these renderings, and there is no guarantee that Ducati is working on a bike like this. But if you take their CEO at his word, then you might not be surprised to see a motorcycle that looks something like this in the next few years.
The concept of an electric motorbike is far from the conventional bikes of Ducati, but, looks wise the designer has kept with the trendy ideas that already exist within the brand.
The new Ducati will come with a gearbox
On close inspection, it seems as though Ducati will make the bike with a gearbox, as the renderings include a gear shifter. This may encourage some of the more traditional petrol heads to give the Elettrico ago, as they have not cut out the control that the rider has over the bike with a completely automatic transmission. I would steer clear of an automatic electric motorcycle, as it could be seen that the bike was doing all the work. However, there are many benefits if Ducati were to choose to make the motorcycle automatic, as this would open up the machine to riders that otherwise wouldn’t be able to ride the bike.
We hope that other manufacturers will follow carefully in the footsteps of Ducati and begin to make electric motorcycles that look similar to their already successful petrol relatives. This would create less of a divide in the motorcycle world and enable those that choose to ride electric bikes to blend in with the crowd should they decide to do so
Bennetts BSB is heading to Oulton Park this weekend, with a superb support line-up including action from the Dickies British Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 Championships.
Check the timetable below for more information on what’s to come over the bank holiday weekend.
Saturday 4th May
|09.00 – 09.20||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||Free Practice 1|
|09.30 – 09.55||Dickies British Supersport/British GP2 Cup||Free Practice 1|
|10.05 – 10.50||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES in association with PIRELLI||Free Practice 1|
|11.00 – 11.20||HEL Performance British Motostar||Free Practice 1|
|11.30 – 11.55||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Free Practice 1|
|12.05 – 12.25 //||Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup||Free Practice|
|12.55 – 13.20||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||Free Practice 2|
|13.30 – 13.55||Dickies British Supersport/British GP2 Cup||Free Practice 2|
|14.05 – 14.30||HEL Performance British Motostar||Free Practice 2|
|14.40 – 15.05||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Free Practice 2|
|15.15 – 16.00||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES in association with PIRELLI||Free Practice 2|
|16.10 – 16.30||Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup||Qualifying|
|16.40 – 17.00||Molson Group British Sidecars||Free Practice|
Sunday 5th May
|11.00||Bennetts BMW VIP Safety Car and Pillion laps|
|12.00 – 12.40||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES in association with PIRELLI||Free Practice 3|
|12.50 – 13.15||HEL Performance British Motostar||Qualifying|
|13.25 – 13.50||Dickies British Supersport/British GP2 Cup||Qualifying|
|14.00 – 14.25||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||Qualifying|
|14.35 – 15.00||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Qualifying|
|15.15||Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup||10 laps|
|15.50||HEL Performance British Motostar Championship||10 laps|
|16.15 – 16.33
16.40 – 16.52
16.59 – 17.07
|BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES
in association with PIRELLI
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING
|17.20||Dickies British Supersport Championship/British GP2 Cup – Sprint Race||12 laps|
|17.55 – 18.15||Molson Group British Sidecars||Qualifying|
Monday 6th May
|08.30 – 08.38||Molson Group British Sidecars||Warm up|
|08.45 – 08.53||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||Warm up|
|09.00 – 09.08||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||Warm up|
|09.15 – 09.35||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES in association with PIRELLI||Warm up|
|v||Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup||Warm up|
|10.00 – 10.08||HEL Performance British Motostar||Warm up|
|10.15 – 10.23||Dickies British Supersport/British GP2 Cup||Warm up|
|10.45||Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse||18 laps|
|11.20 – 12.20||Pit Walk, Bennetts BMW VIP Safety Car and Pillion laps|
|12.35||Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse||14 laps|
|13.15||Pit lane opens for Bennetts BSB race one: Bennetts/VIP grid walk|
|13.30||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES in association with PIRELLI||18 laps|
|14.20||Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup||10 laps|
|14.55||HEL Performance British Motostar Championship||14 laps|
|15.40||Dickies British Supersport Championship/British GP2 Cup – Feature Race||16 laps|
|16.15||Pit lane opens for Bennetts BSB race two: Bennetts/VIP grid walk|
|16.30||BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES in association with PIRELLI||18 laps|
|17.20||Molson Group British Sidecars||12 laps|
|BSB General Area||£22||£14||Free|
|BSB Quiet Area||£22||£14||Free|
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
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.
To read more news articles from SorryMate, click here.
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.
To view more of our articles about Oliver’s Mount, click here.
It has been a successful season for SorryMate’s Endurance Team. They secured the No Limits Racing ACU National Endurance 600 crown in a dominant campaign.
The team achieved a 43 point margin
Gaz Evans and Colin Norris, with notable contributions from Gary Johnson and Daniel Drayton, helped the team to achieve success. They achieved a comfortable 43-point margin at the top of the UK’s only National Endurance Championship.
The season opened up at Silverstone in March. The endurance team produced a solid second place finish. In spite of faltering in the following round at Brands Hatch by sliding to seventh.
SorryMate saw two excellent wins
The results following Brands Hatch proved to be the first and final time that SorryMate would miss out on a podium in 2017. The team responded with two excellent wins. In addition to this, it was on top of terrible weather conditions in May and July at Donington Park. The success didn’t stop here. The team also managed to take home second position at Anglesey Coastal. This allowed them to climb to the top of the championship standings.
And they refused to relinquish control of the competition having hit the front, registering the third win at Snetterton in between third-place finishes at Cadwell Park and Croft that saw Sorrymate seal the title with a race to spare.
The team celebrated in style
The team celebrated in style with another podium to cap off a sensational year and this was after claiming a haul of 176 points out of a possible 225 from the nine rounds.
We would like to congratulate the team on their hard work and efforts. Furthermore, A big thank you is due to the pit crew and their incredibly supportive family and friends who made the victory possible through their hard work and dedication.