Roads across the country have once again been significantly impacted by the winter weather. The UK has seen a surge of potholes appearing more and more frequently.
The UK is said to be experiencing a pothole epidemic
Potholes are caused by a structural failure in the road surface. They are usually caused by water in the underlying soil structure, but they can also be caused by continuous traffic passing over the affected area.
Potholes are a major issue for bikers on the roads, especially for bikers and cyclists. Bikers will often risk being flung from their motorcycles by going over them, or risk being hit by swerving around them.
Figures show one in three vehicles are damaged by potholes
The AA recently released figures showing that one in three drivers has had their vehicle damaged by potholes. However, only one in five people reported the potholes.
Potholes can lead to damage to tyres and bodywork, but for motorcyclists, they can be potentially fatal. Bikers rarely consider putting in a claim against the council in respects to unkept road surfaces. As a result of this, many simply don’t try to reclaim the cost of the damage caused to their bike.
SorryMate can help you make a claim
Making a claim against local councils can be a daunting process. However, we can do all the work for you. SorryMate’s dedicated biking solicitors boast years of experience in dealing with motorbike accidents caused by potholes or other types of damage to the road.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by a pothole in the road and wish to make a claim then give us a call or submit a form by clicking here.
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.
Dean Harrison was the dominant figure once again as he claimed a fifth feature Cock O’The North title. Oliver’s Mount is a circuit sponsored by SorryMate to take his tally to 38 wins in total at the venue.
Harrison defended his title
The Bradford-born rider has made the track his own by successfully defending his crown. In addition to this, he repeated the feat of seven wins from seven races for the second year in a row.
Harrison saw off the challenge of Daley Mathison in both Senior races. Following this, during the main event, he went on to claim the weekend’s biggest prize. Not only did he maintain a three-second gap throughout, but he also demolished Guy Martin’s lap record from 2013. He successfully took home a stunning lap time of 1 minute 43.362 seconds
Steve and Matty were also victorious
Elsewhere, Steve and Matty Ramsden produced a hat-trick of victories in the Sidecar races. The pair narrowly avoided securing all four by finishing just 0.434 seconds behind race one winners Lee Crawford and Harry Payne.
Super Twins master Ivan Lintin controlled the class with a pair of wins. He proved to be the closest challenger to Harrison and Mathison during the Senior and Solo Open A races.z
<h3″>Steven Haddow celebrated his success
Meanwhile, there were triumphs for riders at very different ends of the spectrum as Ian Lougher sealed his 138th win at Oliver’s Mount. Steven Haddow celebrated his Scarborough debut with a maiden victory in the first of two Junior B races. He then went on to claim a top spot in the second race to complete a dream weekend for the Scot.
James Cowton, Paul Marley and Brian Greenfield were also victors, while Joe Thompson and David Bell doubled up in the Lightweight and Classic Superbike classes, respectively.
SorryMate was delighted at the outcome
SorryMate was happy to sponsor the circuit for such a great event for a third successive year. We look forward to continuing the partnership at the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival at the latter stages of July. This is in addition to the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup in September.
Round four at Knockhill proved to be a tough one for SorryMate riders. Both Matt and Kurt Wigley as both suffered injuries that significantly hampered their progress.
Matt, unfortunately, broke two vertebrae
Matt was unable to race after breaking two vertebrae during qualifying. Furthermore, Kurt battled on with muscular and tissue damage from a crash in FP2. This happened despite scoring three points in a courageous 13th place finish. The team enjoyed a hugely successful 2016 at the circuit. It started with a first and second row start for the pair and a maiden pole position in the series.
This year’s luck seems to have run out
However, this year’s fortunes were in complete contrast to the last. Kurt had an awful high side attempt that forced him off the track and into the gravel. This, unfortunately, happened during the first practice session to set the tone for the weekend.
In addition to this, Matt found the opening session equally as tricky. He saw that the 1000cc bike was much less suited to the tight, twisty and bumpy course, ending in a lowly 30th position.
Kurt struggled to gain stability
Kurt was much improved for FP2. He even posted the second fastest time in the first sector. However, also though a top-five finish was looking like a distinct possibility, he failed to complete his flying lap. This occurred after losing the front on a high speed right turn and crashed out for a second time.
This incident resulted in a red flag as Kurt struggled to gain stability in his legs. This was due to substantial damage to his lower back. Fortunately, further assessments in the ambulance showed that nothing was broken.
Matt began to build confidence
Another red flag cut short FP2 in the Superstock 1000 class. However. Matt started to gain some confidence in the bike during qualifying as he rode among a fast group of riders. As a result, he knocked 2.6 seconds off his practice personal best.
But having worked his way to 22nd on the grid, Matt suffered a horrific crash. He collided with the fence entering the final turn at high speed that provoked yet another red flag. Unlike Kurt, investigations at the local hospital confirmed that Matt had sustained significant damage that would prevent him from taking part in the race.
Kurt placed 14th on the grid
So it was left to Kurt in the Supersport class to salvage the weekend, but it required a great deal of resolve and determination with his FP2 injuries restricting his ability to walk. In a tremendous effort, Kurt placed 14th on the grid and despite a slow start to the race that dropped him down the order, he launched his way back up to a respectable 13th to seal a second consecutive points finish, taking his tally to nine for the season.
The South of England will experience its first motorcycling event this weekend. Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit is hosting its BikeFest South 2017.
The BikeFest event is due to take place on Sunday 11 June. It will consist of:
- Motorcycle test rides
- Deals on new and used motorcycles
- a Young biker of the Year competition
- Trade stands
SorryMate will be in attendance with a marquee, providing leaflets and offering the opportunity to network with the company.
So come down to the BikeFest get involved, say hello and collect your free Smidsy card.
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.