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.
SorryMate once again invested in twins Kurt and Matt Wigley in 2017 as the racing duo continue to progress through the BSB ranks.
Kurt enjoyed a promising season after stepping up to the Dickies British Supersport class. In contrast, Matt only managed five outings in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000. This was before suffering a broken vertebra at Knockhill in June.
Matt recovered well and numerous manoeuvres
Despite his limited action, Matt showcased his overtaking prowess with numerous manoeuvres, in particular during his first race on the 1000cc Kawasaki at Donington Park as he recovered from starting last of 46 competitors on the grid to finish 16th, although he did not register a championship point prior to his season-ending injury.
Kurt managed to avoid any serious damage
Kurt avoided any serious damage. He was able to build on an early-season promise by claiming his first points in the feature race of round three at Oulton Park. His 10th position proved to be the first of eight top 10 finishes. He started a run of earning points in 14 of the remaining 19 races.
With Matt sidelined, Kurt took centre stage with a spectacular performance during the fifth round at Snetterton, producing his best result of the season by coming sixth and eighth in the two races to add 18 points to his tally.
Kurt was the first supersport to test Mupo suspension
Kurt then became the first rider in the Supersport class to test the new Mupo suspension in September, which provided immediate results in the sprint race at Silverstone by crossing the line in ninth spot, recording the sixth fastest lap time in the process to secure a second row start for the feature race. However, he, unfortunately, missed out on a potential top-five finish by crashing in the wet conditions.
The 22-year-old then came seventh twice and ninth once across the next four races at Oulton Park and Assen to increase his points tally further and the Sorrymate rider completed the campaign on a high with five more at Brands Hatch to conclude the year in 15th position overall in the Championship with 83 points.
The Wigley brothers are eager to further establish themselves in their respective classes in 2018.
SorryMate‘s rider Kurt Wigley produced a fantastic weekend of racing by collecting 18 points from the two races in the Supersport class at Snetterton.
Kurt took centre stage in his brother’s absence
With brother Matt absent following the vertebrae injury he sustained during the previous round at Knockhill, Kurt took centre stage with a terrific display. Following this, he recorded his best results of the season. Friday’s first practice session kicked off on a positive note. Kurt posted a new personal best lap time and lifted himself comfortably inside the top 10.
Some adjustments to the suspension paid dividends in FP2. This was when the fastest lap time dropped by 0.4 seconds. However, the team could only manage 14th with the bike conceding 9mph in the speed traps to its competitors.
The SorryMate crew took a gamble
Ahead of qualifying, the SorryMate crew took a risk by making significant changes in a bid to improve the speed of the bike. The modifications proved to be a success with Kurt back at the sharp end of the grid. He managed to improve on his FP2 time by 1.4 seconds to put him in a strong 10th position for Saturday’s sprint race.
The 10-lap race began with Kurt being pushed wide into the fast sweeping first corner. As a result, he immediately slid down to 13th. However, the circuit offers many opportunities for overtaking manoeuvres, which the SorryMate rider utilised to significant effect.
Kurt battled for an eighth place
Having made his way up to ninth, Kurt was involved in a back-and-forth battle for eighth place. Eventually, he came out on top as his competitor was unable to handle the pressure. This resulted in him going off the track.
Having secured his best result of the year, Kurt entered the feature race in high spirits. This is despite lap times from the first race landing him in 13th place on the grid. Kurt learned his lesson from Saturday’s race. He decided to stay out of trouble on the opening lap. Only after this did he force his way through the pack and up into seventh.
Kurt claimed sixth place
A leading quintet of riders pulled away from the rest, but Kurt had sixth in his sights after reducing a 4.5-second gap. This is while fending off competitors on his tail. With only two laps remaining, Kurt had erased the deficit. He had taken no hesitation in claiming the sixth spot, which he then successfully defended to the line to seal a stunning weekend. This was following the unexpected event at Knockhill.
Meanwhile, Matt’s ongoing recovery took a bizarre twist. A specialist had found that further examination revealed that one of the broken vertebrae was, in fact, an old break from a previous crash that he had shrugged off as an ache. The injury forced him to miss out on the weekend at Snetterton, although despite suffering from the double break, he hopes to be back on track again soon.
Tyco BMW rider Ian Hutchinson triumphed in the RST Superbike TT race in the Isle of Man at the weekend.
Hutchinson sealed a 15th TT victory
The Yorkshireman comfortably saw off the challenge of podium finishers Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison. He managed to seal his 15th TT victory. This makes him the third most successful solo rider in the event’s history. The win also lifts the 37-year-old up to second in PMH Promotions’ King of the Roads series. This has been re-introduced to the road race scene this year for the first time since the 1980s.
His success meant moved onto 26 points
The opening two races of the championship North West 200, is where Hutchinson finished 10th and third, respectively. His success in the Isle of Man meant he climbed above Glenn Irwin. This allowed him to move onto 26 points but is still one adrift of Alastair Seeley. Although neither Irwin nor Seeley competed in the TT race.
Success all round
And while those three have boosted their chances with a race win each so far, Michael Rutter has positioned himself into contention through great consistency. Rutter managed with a trio of top six finishes putting him level with Irwin on 23 points. Seeley and Irwin are expected to return to the field for the third instalment of the series at the Ulster Grand Prix, before it concludes with the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup at Sorrymate.com’s partnered circuit Oliver’s Mount in September.
SorryMate’s Matt Wigley produced a solid display on a global stage as the British Superstock 1000. He joined the World Superbike schedule at Donington Park last weekend.
Matt made great improvements throughout Friday’s Free practice sessions
Matt’s weekend got off to a great start. He combated sweltering track temperatures in the region of 40 degrees Celsius to record consistent improvements throughout Friday’s Free Practice sessions. However, qualifying the following day took a turn for the worst as his progression was stalled by an unbalanced tyre that crippled lap times.
Matt was unable to overcome these issues as the front end was unstable. This meant he only managed to match the pace set in FP1 to place 31st on the grid.
Race day brought on positivity
Race day brought some positivity. A quick getaway lifted the SorryMate rider up to 23rd after two laps of the 100-mile race. HoweverTyre wear caused a drop of four positions by lap 10 but a red flag provided a significant advantage for Matt as he held the inside line on the track for the restart. This allowed him to gain places yet again heading into the first corner. With fresh rubber, he pushed through the pack and worked his way into the top 20.
In typical fashion for the weekend, Matt made things difficult for himself with an off-track excursion at the Foggy Esses, but once again he showed great composure and resilience to battle back up to a respectable 19th, while knocking 1.9 seconds off his personal best lap time around the circuit.
As a result, it was a positive weekend for the team with another finish in the teens in the Superstock class.
The North West 200 was as action-packed as ever last week as Alastair Seeley dominated with four wins from eight races at the event held in Northern Ireland.
The Tyco BMW rider triumphed in last Thursday’s Superstock race before winning three more on Saturday, including the first Superbike contest.
Martin Jessopp claimed two victories on the Thursday on his Kawasaki, while Michael Rutter and Glenn Irwin also ensured they didn’t leave empty-handed with a win apiece.
The event had major ramifications for PMH Promotions’ King of the Roads series, which has been re-introduced to the road race scene this year for the first time since the 1980s.
Seeley has placed himself in pole position after the opening two races, with a win and a second place putting the 37-year-old on 27 points, four ahead of Irwin, who was victorious in an epic three-way battle with Seeley and Ian Hutchinson in Race 2.
The two superbike races were the first from four events that will form the championship, along with the TT Races and the Ulster Grand Prix, as well as the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup at Sorrymate.com’s partnered circuit Oliver’s Mount.
The track, situated in Scarborough, is England’s only natural road race circuit with a racing heritage that dates back to 1946.
The partnership is now in its third year and we look forward to supporting September’s event that could decide the series champion.
Prior to that, Sorrymate.com will be sponsors for the Cock O’ the North Continental Road Races on June 24 & 25, as well as the Barry Sheene Festival in July.
The new British Superbikes season is three rounds in and Sorrymate riders Kurt and Matt Wigley have already been making significant improvements in their respective classes.
Kurt produced a top 10 finish in his third race weekend in the Supersport Championship at Oulton Park, while Matt broke into the teens in the Superstock 1000 at the same event.
The 2017 campaign kicked off at Donington Park and both twins were forced to overcome adversity, with Matt carrying a shoulder injury and Kurt failing to record a lap in the first practice session due to a severe mechanical issue.
This problem led to a change to a standard Superstock engine, but the wet conditions levelled out the field, enabling Kurt to record an impressive 15th position in qualifying.
Matt’s luck was less positive after initially climbing to 17th out of 46 competitors as he lost the front under braking at the Melbourne Loop which forced him out of the remainder of the session.
This proved to be costly as a dry line appeared, meaning he dropped to 30th for Saturday afternoon’s first 100 mile race of the season for the Superstock 1000 class, which consisted of two 50-mile stints separated by a short pit stop for tyre changes and refuelling.
A mechanical issue then pushed Matt to last on the grid for the start of the race, but his speed was on full display as he made his way through the field, eventually just missing out on points in his maiden race on the new 1000cc Kawasaki, bringing home a 16th place finish. However, part two of the race proved less fruitful as technical faults caused a DNF.
Sunday was Kurt’s turn to take centre stage and he notably over-performed with the weaker engine by taking an aggressive approach on the brakes, crossing the line in 16th despite giving up 10mph in top speeds on the long straights in comparison to his other competitors.
Following a promising first weekend, the Sorrymate Racing team headed to Brands Hatch for three Supersport and two Superstock races.
Kurt completed his first ever session on the Supersport bike in fine form in 13th position, but Matt’s preparations were hampered by technical difficulties after a software update on the ZX10R.
And this time it was Kurt’s turn to crash out of qualifying after he lost the front while attempting a later braking marker in a bid to climb into the top 10.
Kurt struggled in the first sprint race as he finished 21st following a slow start off the line due to issues with the clutch that pushed him down the order, but he soon showed his class in the second race on the Indy track, battling his way through the pack to secure an improved 16th position.
Meanwhile, Matt also displayed his ability to overtake as he climbed from 35th on the grid to 27th, tackling treacherous conditions that eventually caused the race to be red flagged.
Both riders were again in action on the Bank Holiday Monday. Kurt made a spectacular start to reach 13th by the end of the first lap, but a restart was required following a red flag.
Unfortunately, clutch issues again cost Kurt time and he was then forced off-line at the hairpin, but he showed great determination to recover back to a respectable 18th.
Matt had a similarly disappointing getaway, but likewise managed to claw back positions before fighting with a considerable loss of rubber on the tyres late on to gain a second 27th place finish of the weekend.
The third round of the season saw the Sorrymate team visit Oulton Park and both riders were in positive mood.
Kurt was in particularly good form, recording 13th and 11th placed finishes in his two practice sessions as he eyed the top 10 spot that he’d been craving.
Matt also made great strides in practice on the awkward ZX10, cutting a second off his lap time in the second session.
However, Kurt’s sprint race ended early as he charged towards a pack of five riders, losing the front in the middle of the first chicane and crashing out.
Matt fared much better as he worked his way through the field from 33rd on the grid to 20th inside four laps, but after a red flag, he was forced to begin the restart from the back following a mechanical issue in pit lane.
Despite this, he took the setback in his stride and went on a rampage on the slippery surface, eventually launching his way back up to a terrific 19th.
The Sorrymate team’s morale boost didn’t end there as Kurt recovered from an early error in his feature race and rose up the pack into 10th.
He was in hot pursuit of ninth but took the chequered flag around half a second behind, although the top 10 finish is a stunning achievement so early into the season.