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Victory for Laverty on Beacon supported Tyco BMW
19 Oct 2015
Michael Laverty finished the 2015 British Superbike season in the best way possible, taking a debut win for Tyco BMW in the last race of this year’s championship on Sunday October 18. Third place in the opening race was his third podium of the season, but with his BMW Motorrad S1000RR working perfectly, Laverty fought his way to a debut win in race two ahead of James Ellison and Shane Byrne.
Speaking afterwards Laverty said: “We kept the best to last, but all credit to the Tyco BMW lads, they have kept their faith in me and this is a perfect reward for their efforts. We’ve been building towards a win this past few rounds and since we had the upgrades at Assen, I’ve always believed we’d have top three pace.
“Coming into Brands at the weekend I was thinking I’d love stand on the top step, and after a few tweaks after race one, I really rode race two with a lot of heart – I wanted that win. In the early laps I wanted to get to the front but was scared of over working my tyre, but thankfully I had grip right until the end. I was a little weak into the second last corner and I knew the boys would have a go, but I kept going straight back at them. This win is as much for the whole team as it is for me, but thanks to the boys for giving me a great package as my S1000RR worked perfectly.”
Tommy Bridewell took eleventh and twelfth placed finishes in Sunday’s two BSB races at Brands Hatch and in the 1000cc Superstock class, Alastair Seeley crashed out, but had a great season overall, taking second place in the championship standings.
Team Manager Philip Neill said: “What a great way to end our first BSB season together with BMW Motorrad: two podiums and a fine win for Michael in one of the best races of the year. We’ve said it all before but this really has been a learning year for Tyco BMW and to finish the year with two race wins and five podiums is very satisfying and we still have more development to come with the all new S1000RR. It was a difficult round for both Tommy and Alastair, however they both played a significant part in a memorable season.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank BMW Motorrad, Tyco Security Products and all our valuable partners. It’s a long season, but once again I am extremely grateful for the support and hard work from our crew, who make this sort of success possible.”
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Podium for Laverty at Assen on Beacon backed Tyco BMW
01 Oct 2015
Michael Laverty took his debut podium of the season for Tyco BMW in the opening race of this year’s British Superbike Championship Showdown at Assen on September20. The Ulsterman made the best of his fourth place in qualifying and overcame a late onslaught from reigning champion Shane Byrne to take a strong third placed finish on the Tyco BMW S1000RR.
A heavily delayed second race was run in mixed conditions, making it a bit of a lottery, where Laverty eventually finished ninth. Tommy Bridewell crashed out of the leading group fighting for the podium positions in race two after taking eighth place in race one in the Netherlands.
Michael Laverty: “I was just too cautious in that second race but the conditions were horrible. When I started to get going I got a false neutral and ran across the gravel and had to fight my way back up again. It’s not ideal but we will take the positives, especially the race one podium. In those race one conditions the Tyco BMW felt superb and with the changes we’ve made I now have a BMW Motorrad S1000RR that I feel comfortable racing. The first part was a good start to the Showdown and although I’m a bit disappointed with race two, I can go to Silverstone in the confidence that we have found the set-up we need to be competitive, even though we can still make improvements from here.”
Tommy Bridewell: “It’s just been one of those weekends that I’d like to forget. In race one we dug out a result but in that second race I was just unlucky to get caught out as I was in the main pack fighting for a result. That’s what can happen in racing in those tricky conditions and the boys in the garage are as disappointed as I am. We still have five races left to show what we are capable of and as I said on the run up to Assen, anything less than podiums are not good enough at this stage of the year.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager: “For us as a team the weather was simply the winner in that second race, which is really disappointing as I firmly believe we could have enjoyed a double podium. Tommy has had a tough weekend, there’s no point trying to gloss over that, but Michael showed us a large portion of his talent this weekend. His podium was very satisfying for the whole team and proved just how our Tyco BMW S1000RR package can work. Silverstone is up next, which will give Tommy an opportunity to get his Showdown challenge back on track and it’s also a favoured venue for Michael – so we are really looking forward to going there. Thanks to all our sponsors and those who travelled to support us at Assen this weekend.”
Josh Brookes [Yamaha] 603pts; Shane Byrne [Kawasaki] 575; James Ellison[Kawasaki] 562; Michael Laverty [Tyco BMW] 523; Tommy Bridewell [Tyco BMW] 515; Dan Linfoot [Honda] 509
The penultimate round of this year’s British Superbike Championship will take place at Silverstone on October 2/3/4.
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Dunlop Clinches Irish Superbike Title
16 Sep 2015
It maybe hasn’t been quite the season William Dunlop was expecting on the roads, but after the disappointment of his crash at the TT back in June, the 30-year-old has clinched the Irish Road Racing Superbike Championship with Tyco BMW.
The Ballymoney man finished on 137 points after the nine round championship, six points ahead of Dubliner Derek Sheils in second place. Guy Martin, who only took in the Cookstown 100 and Armoy Road Races as a warm up for his international campaign, finished fifth in the championship standings with two wins.
William Dunlop said of his achievement: “It’s been a hard year for me, but it’s good to finally win my first Superbike championship. A big thank you must go to the Tyco BMW team and Metzeler, as without their support it would not have been possible.”
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Beacon supported Tyco BMW book two BSB Showdown Spots
07 Sep 2015
The 2015 British Superbike Championship top six Showdown positions were confirmed after Sunday’s triple-header at Oulton Park. Beacon supported Tyco BMW will enter the final seven races of the year as the only BSB team with two riders in the Showdown, where Tommy Bridewell and Michael Laverty still have a mathematical possibility of becoming this year’s BSB champion.
Tommy Bridewell continued to demonstrate his single-mindedness and dogged determination over the weekend in Cheshire aboard the Tyco BMW S1000RR. In race one on Saturday, whilst holding a strong second place, the Wiltshire racer suffered an uncharacteristic mechanical problem.
Then in Sunday’s opening race he was wickedly thrown over the highside of his S1000RR whilst holding a podium position. Many other riders would have sat out race three, but Tommy bounced back to take a hugely impressive podium [3rd].
Michael Laverty demonstrated his own level of determination over the weekend at Oulton, despite openly admitting that he felt anything but comfortable in his pursuit of a top six Showdown spot. Ninth place in race one left the Presteigne based Ulsterman with an uphill task from row five on the grid in race two, but seventh and twelfth placed finishes followed, which was enough for Laverty to make that all important top six.
Tommy Bridewell: “This weekend is a massive credit to the whole Tyco BMW team. I’ve worked with a lot of teams in the paddock, but those boys did a superb job getting my bike ready for race three. It really was not in good shape at all after that crash. I just got on the gas too early and left the whole garage working to get the bike ready. That’s the sort of atmosphere we have in there, so I’m really happy to be working with those boys and that podium is for them. The bike might have had a few scratches here and there and a little dent in the tank, but the S1000RR worked perfectly. We have two riders in the Showdown, which no other team has done, so again that’s credit to the whole Tyco BMW team.”
Michael Laverty: “That’s the first objective of the season completed, getting both riders into the Showdown, which is a huge achievement for the Tyco BMW team. All the boys should be proud for the work they have put in. Personally it was a difficult weekend for me and I wasn’t comfortable, so I had to focus on scoring enough points to secure my place in the Showdown. It’s not how I like to go racing, but we got the job done and we will push hard now in the final three rounds and come out fighting at Assen in a fortnight.”
In the Superstock 1000 class, Alastair Seeley kept his title hopes alive after taking his fourth win of the season on the Tyco BMW. Seeley now has two races remaining to overturn a 17-point deficit.
Alastair Seeley: “I said after Cadwell Park that the only goal was to win the remaining three races and hope that things played into our hands. We have completed part one of that goal and all I can do is keep applying the pressure and see what happens. The Tyco BMW worked really well at Oulton, which is the team’s third win here this year on the S1000RR. Silverstone should suit us and it then comes down to the final day. I’m ready for it. I’ve been here a few times before so I know what to expect.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager: “It goes without saying, we are extremely happy to have secured a top six Showdown position for both our riders. This was clearly our goal from the beginning of the year, although it was never going to be easy as we familiarised ourselves with the new BMW S1000RR.
“Thankfully the bike is a great package and Tommy in particular was unlucky not to record a second race win at Oulton this weekend: he suffered an engine problem in race one and a crash in race two, when realistically he was in a strong position to challenge for the race wins.
“It was the performance in race three that really stood out however, as Tommy was stiff and sore from his big crash just a few hours’ earlier, although it was barely visible. He ran with the leaders for most of the race before settling for a very safe and sensible third place, earning him huge respect in the process.
“Michael didn’t quite find his best form this weekend but he did what he had to do to secure enough points. Hopefully he can find some confidence with his bike for the remaining rounds and challenge for the positions we know he is capable of.
“Alastair once again did exactly what he had to do and simply outsmarted the opposition today, to record another valuable victory on the Superstock specification Tyco BMW.
“Thanks as always to our partners who have supported us in becoming the only team with two riders in the Championship Showdown. I would also like to thank our team for their efforts. It was a stressful weekend at times and everyone pulled together as always to get the job done.”
British Superbike Championship standings ahead of the Showdown:
- Josh Brookes (Yamaha) 553
- Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) 551
- James Ellison (Kawasaki) 522
- Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 507
- Dan Linfoot (Honda) 507
- Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 500
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Double Podium for Tyco BMW at Cadwell Park
27 Aug 2015
Two podiums for the Beacon backed Tyco BMW team concluded a strong weekend for the Northern Ireland based BMW Motorrad team, with Tommy Bridewell’s third place in BSB race two, all but matching Alastair Seeley’s second place podium in the National Superstock 1000cc class earlier in the day.
Bridewell was openly frustrated at not having turned his front row start in race one into a podium, losing out on the final lap to finish fourth, one place ahead of his Tyco BMW team-mate Michael Laverty.
In race two Bridewell fought all the way to the flag, with third place a fitting reward for his efforts. Michael Laverty unfortunately crashed out whilst disputing a top six spot after a strong weekend for the Ulsterman. Tommy is up to fourth in the BSB championship standing and Michael sixth, with just three races to come at Oulton in a fortnight’s time before the top six Showdown for the title is decided at Assen, Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
Tommy Bridewell: “Podiums are what we come racing for and races like that gives the team a whole boost. They are working so, so hard for me this season with the S1000RR. Even though I train twice a day, I feel exhausted as I am over riding the bike a little at times, but we’re constantly making progress and we can look forward to the remaining rounds this year beginning at Oulton Park, where we took a win earlier in the season.”
Michael Laverty: “I gave it everything I had today. I was missing a little bit on acceleration in race one but the team improved the bike for race two and I had much better pace. I was pushing hard and simply clipped the kerb with my engine casing and slipped off. It’s disappointing to lose the points in race two but fifth was solid in race one. We will now look to consolidate my position inside the top six at Oulton Park, whilst working to take the next step of development with the Tyco BMW.”
Alastair Seeley: “I think we got out of jail a little today having fluffed the start before the red flag. Josh was that little bit stronger than me in the second sector and taking into consideration I almost got wiped out by Joe Burns’ bike, I’ll take those 20 points today. We’re 22 behind now with three races left, so we know what we have to do, but I’ve still every confidence we can take it to the final day and the final race of 2015 on the Tyco BMW.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager: “Overall we are satisfied with our weekend at Cadwell Park, where the BMW S1000RR showed its full potential with strong results all round. Congratulations to the other BMW riders who also finished on the podium. In Superbike we bagged some solid points once again to strengthen our challenge in the top six, although I feel both riders had the pace for the podium today, so in that respect we would have liked more than one podium credit.
“In Superstock we can again be satisfied with second place after a messy race. Although after dominating most of the weekend Alastair naturally wanted to challenge for the race win today. We still have a chance to challenge for the Superstock title in the remaining rounds, and are also in a good position to have both our BSB riders in the championship showdown. We now look forward to Oulton Park in two weeks time.”
BSB Championship Points: Josh Brookes 316; Shane Byrne 277; James Ellison 147; Tommy Bridewell 141; Stuart Easton 139; Michael Laverty 126; Dan Linfoot 105
Superstock 1000 Championship Points: Josh Elliott 180; Alastair Seeley 158; Hudson Kennaugh 125; Luke Quigley 85; Jesse Traylor 75; James East 69
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Third Victory for Seeley and Tyco BMW
11 Aug 2015
A masterful display of character and ability saw Alastair Seeley take his third win of the season for Tyco BMW at Thruxton [August 2] in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc class. The former champion is now just 17 points behind current series leader Josh Elliott after back-to-back wins on the Beacon supported Tyco BMW.
In the British Superbike class, Thruxton provided it’s usual brand of excitement and drama, and despite being taken out in race one, which included a trip to the medical centre, ‘tough man’ Tommy Bridewell picked himself up to finish fourth in race two.
With Michael Laverty taking ninth in race one and a battling sixth in race two, both Tyco BMW Motorrad riders are now inside the all-important top six, with just two rounds and five races remaining before the Showdown cut off.
Alastair Seeley: “I knew when I dropped to seventh not to panic, as from experience I know it’s all about managing your tyres here at Thruxton, I picked them off one by one and the only problem I had really was getting past the other BMWs. I knew where I was stronger than Elliott and actually had to feather the front brake slightly on the last lap, as I got too close to him too soon. We made the pass into the final chicane to take the win and have closed the gap in the championship again. Thanks to the team for all the hard work.”
Tommy Bridewell: “It is disappointment having a DNF again in race one, but what could I do today, it wasn’t my fault. But all credit to the team, the front end feel I’m now getting has transformed the whole bike for me; not to mention having to get my Tyco BMW ready for race two after the crash. I’m just glad I was able to get out for race two, after being potentially deemed unfit to ride, so fourth place isn’t bad considering. I’m now looking forward to Cadwell Park. That result today has got me back into the top six after dropping out of it in race one, so not a bad weekend for us.”
Michael Laverty: “It was a tough weekend, which I anticipated, but I tried to be as positive as possible. The Thruxton circuit is so unique and with not being quite there with the set-up on the S1000RR yet, meant I just had to keep chipping away. I knew in the races we would be better than qualifying, but two top tens is satisfying enough and we’ve moved up two places in the championship at a track which is going to be my worst this season.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager: “Thruxton always presents a big challenge in terms of set up with its unique wide open bumpy corners. We may not have found the perfect set up on our S1000RR machines today, however everyone dug deep and we are very satisfied with the effort from each of our riders.
“Alastair once again showed his experience in putting together a perfect race plan: he used the power of the Tyco BMW S1000RR perfectly and his race craft was impeccable. Tommy really impressed today also with his determination: it honestly was touch and go if he would ride in race two after being knocked off earlier in the day, as he took a heavy bang to the head. His result in race two may prove very significant towards the end of this championship.
“Michael never really found his comfort zone this weekend but once again he dug deep in race two and delivered a strong result, which was vital in the points’ battle. Well done to everyone involved and thanks once again to BMW, Tyco Security Products and all our partners, many of whom turned up this weekend and enjoyed the sunshine.”
British Superbike Championship Points
Josh Brookes 266 points; Shane Byrne 254; James Ellison 147; Stuart Easton 139; Michael Laverty 115; Tommy Bridewell 112
National Superstock Championship Points
Josh Elliott 155 points; Alastair Seeley 138; Hudson Kennaugh 109
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Beacon to Support TAS Racing with all new BMW project
11 Jan 2015
Beacon supported motorcycle team TAS Racing joined forces with BMW Motorrad for the 2015 season, becoming the German manufacturer’s official representatives in both British championship and also on the International Road Racing scene. The team will run under the title – Tyco BMW.
The rider line-up for 2015 will consist of a two-pronged attack in the British Superbike Championship, with Northern Irishman Michael Laverty returning from MotoGP to partner Englishman and current BSB number 3 Tommy Bridewell.
Double British champion and 12-time International North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley will campaign a Tyco BMW S 1000 RR in the Pirelli National Superstock class during 2015. The diminutive Ulsterman will also ride a full stable of Tyco BMW machinery at the North West 200 next May.
“I’m delighted to be back in the TAS Racing fold for 2015; this time with a new manufacturer in BMW Motorrad behind us. It’s a very exciting time for both myself and the team: we are both new to the BMW S 1000 RR but it is a bike built for the race track and I believe we have all the ingredients required to deliver the BSB title.
“I’m very motivated about my move back to BSB. I’ve spent the last two seasons in MotoGP and feel I’m a much stronger rider thanks to that experience, both on the riding and the technical side. I’ve really missed not being on a machine capable of delivering wins and podiums, so I’m already daydreaming about the battles ahead with Shakey and Co. next season.”
“I’m really excited to be joining Tyco BMW for next season. I’ve met the team and they are a great bunch of guys and having ridden the BMW before, and watched what Kiyo was able to do on it this season, I know we will have as competitive a package as anyone on the BSB grid in 2015. In 2012 I put a standard BMW into the top six, so with factory support and the help of everyone at Tyco BMW, the goal is to be challenging regularly at the front and winning more races. I’m also looking forward to working with Michael [Laverty] as he has a lot of experience both in BSB and with the team. So I’m now counting down the days to the first test.”
“It’s great to be back with TAS Racing and to be part of the whole Tyco BMW set-up for next year. With factory support and what I believe to be the best machinery for both the Superstock class and the North West 200, I really can’t wait to get started. TAS Racing gave me the opportunity to win two British championships so the goal this year is to repay them and hopefully make that three. I’m also happy to be back in the Superstock class as I feel the BMW S 1000 RR will give me a great chance to win the championship and I’ve already started doing my homework for next season.”
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Guy Martin and William Dunlop have been retained and will spearhead Tyco BMW’s assault at the ‘big three’ international road racing events: North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, as well as selected national races.
“Moving to BMW Motorrad is an exciting change and one I’m looking forward to. We all saw what the BMW S 1000 RR was capable of achieving this season, so with the expertise of the guys at TAS Racing, I’m pretty sure we can do a good job in 2015. I got my first international Superbike win last year and I’d really like more next year as it’s the class to do it in. We have a top team and I’m happy to be working with Guy again at the TT, where I think together we can be even stronger with this exciting new package.”
“Moving to BMW Motorrad machinery is the reason I’m still racing next year and not retiring. I’ll always give it my all and to be with a quality manufacturer like BMW is mega.
I’m looking forward to getting on the bikes as soon as possible. It’s a new bike and I’ve never ridden it before, but we all know its pedigree. TAS are the best team I’ve ever ridden for; they get me and I get them and we meet in the middle, which is why we’ve been successful and this new venture with BMW is just what we need going into next season.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“It really is a great honour for TAS Racing to be chosen by BMW Motorrad to spearhead their official racing efforts in 2015, and everyone involved has been very supportive in helping us put the correct package together. As part of our agreement with BMW Motorrad, we will have full support from the factory both technically and personnel-wise next season to help us achieve our goals.”
On the rider line-up for 2015, the Tyco BMW team manager added: “We put a lot of thought into our rider line up for 2015 and as always the goal is to win races both in British championship and also at International level on the roads. We fully expect to be championship contenders in British Superbike and the National Superstock class next season racing BMW’s S 1000 RR, and on the roads I’ve every confidence that William and Guy will also benefit from riding top class Tyco BMW machinery.”
Lee Nicholls, BMW Motorrad Marketing and PR Manager, said: It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce BMW Motorrad’s support of the TAS Racing team for the 2015 British Superbike and Road Racing season.
“In 2014, BMW Motorrad had its most successful season of racing ever in the UK, which has enabled us to increase our support to both the British Superbike and Road Racing paddocks for 2015. The TAS Racing team will spearhead our assault on track, and on the roads, and will receive the full technical support from BMW Motorrad Motorsports in Munich within the framework of the BMW Customer Racing Strategy.
“As a company we are very much looking forward to working with Hector and Philip and their team and we are confident that together with the all-new S 1000 RR we will challenge for podiums and wins across the UK and Ireland next year.”
Beacon Support Signing of William Dunlop at Tyco Suzuki
14 Nov 2013
Tyco Suzuki can today [November 12th] confirm the signing of talented Ballymoney road racer William Dunlop for the 2014 season. The 28-year-old, supported by Beacon, will ride alongside Lincolnshire’s Guy Martin in next season’s ‘Big Three’ International Road Races – The North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
In addition to the aforementioned international events, Dunlop will also take in a selection of national road races during 2014, and will partner Guy Martin at the Southern 100 in July – aboard a full stable of GSX-R machinery decked out in Tyco Suzuki livery.
Dunlop, who joined the Superbike ‘130mph Club’ at this year’s Isle of Man TT back in June, complimenting his Supersport Race 1 podium; after which he took victory in the second Supersport race at the Ulster Grand Prix – is delighted at the prospect of joining his local Northern Ireland based team for 2014.
“Now that I have it all signed off I’m pretty excited to be honest. I know how fast the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600 is having followed Guy Martin this year at the Southern 100 and his results on the Superbike at the Ulster Grand Prix speak for themselves. I never expected to be riding for Hector and Philip this year, but it just shows you what can happen in racing, and now that I am, I can’t wait to get started.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“We are very pleased to complete our road racing line-up for 2014. It was a fairly last minute agreement with William, but one that we are delighted to announce, and our goal is now to help him achieve his first Isle of Man TT victory in 2014. As well as the three internationals, we will also compete in a number of national events with him next season.
“He’s a very talented rider and I believe he’s now at the right stage of his career to challenge for victories at all three internationals, and not just in the 600 class I might add, as he’s also a very good Superbike rider.”
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Brookes Signs Off with Brands Hat-Trick
Josh Brookes finished off the 2013 British Superbike season with a dominant hat-trick of wins from two pole positions onboard his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000. Brookes followed up his win on Saturday with one of the greatest victories even witnessed at a Brands Hatch BSB event, coming from 16 seconds behind to win Sunday’s opening encounter.
Brookes then went on to take a lights-to-flag third race win from pole position, securing him third place in this year’s championship on the final day of racing for 2013. His young team-mate PJ Jacobsen was fifth in the opening BSB race and retired from race two with visor problems in the wet conditions, which was disappointing for the 20-year-old having qualified beside Brookes on the front row in second place.
Taylor Mackenzie had a storming start in Sunday’s British Supersport race and having briefly led his first race in the class, he was comfortably mixing it at the front. Unfortunately the conditions caught him out and he slid off unhurt, but showed great promise all day on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600.
My attitude was that the championship was out of our hands going into Brands, so I went into the weekend wanting to finish the year on a high. I wanted to try and elevate the image of the team and the spirit of the mechanics and crew as we’ve had a couple of tough weekends. There was no game plan I just wanted to do my best for the team and all our sponsors, so two pole positions and three wins on the Tyco Suzuki was ideal. I want to thank the team and everyone involved for their support this year. We’ve finished the year on a high going into the off season and a long winter away from racing so I’m pretty happy.”
“The weekend wasn’t so bad for me with some good performances but the final race made me pretty mad when my visor steamed up and I couldn’t see. It’s not a great way to end the year but I just want to thank Philip and the team for everything , as they’ve done a great job and I’ve really enjoyed riding the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000.”
“I was second in warm up on Sunday morning which gave confidence for the race and the plan was to finish the season and have a good dig. I got a really good start and went round the outside of O’Halloran and when I got to the front, I felt really comfortable in second place. Even when Cooper was on the front I felt comfortable and was confident I could go with him, but I just out-braked myself a little bit. It was damp off line and I lost the front, but all in all it’s been a good weekend. I’ve really enjoyed riding the GSX-R600 this season in a year when the Supersport class has been really tough. Hopefully we can do it all again next year.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“What a way to end our season. The BSB Championship really does present the most exciting racing and today was no different. Josh once again proved his capability by mastering the damp conditions and the GSX-R1000 worked perfectly throughout the weekend. It is of course a shame that our championship hopes where realistically over before we reached Brands however, our first BSB treble victory certainly leaves us felling positive.
“PJ had another solid weekend and I’m sure if he hadn’t suffered with a misted visor in race three today he would have challenged for a podium finish after starting from second place on the grid.
“Again Taylor enjoyed a largely positive weekend even though he slipped off in the second race. Unfortunately these things happen, but it was nice to see Taylor have a go and actually take the race lead briefly on the GSX-R600.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every member of our team and also our sponsors, Tyco Security Products, Suzuki and all our loyal partners for their continued support.
“I would also like to congratulate former TAS Racing team member Tom Sykes on becoming World Superbike Champion today.”
Brookes’ Title Aspirations Dented but Jacobsen shines at Silverstone
08 Oct 2013
Unfortunately the first mechanical retirement for Tyco Suzuki and Josh Brookes in almost two seasons, put a disappointing halt on this year’s British Superbike title aspirations for the Northern Ireland based team, during the penultimate round at Silverstone today.
Brookes took fifth place in the second encounter, one place ahead of his 20-year-old American team-mate PJ Jacobsen who had a phenomenal weekend as a BSB rookie, with fourth place in race one after posting an impressive front row start during qualifying.
Obviously disappointed at seeing his 2013 British Superbike title bid come to an early conclusion, Josh Brookes – who is now 58 points behind series leader Shane Byrne – said: “I’m disappointed again. In practice and qualifying I had some chatter issues that didn’t really go away, although they certainly got better in the races, which is a positive.
“Our general package wasn’t just quite good enough to compete at the front this weekend. It has been before, but for whatever reason, we’ve either lost some pace or I’ve lost some form – or the other guys have just found extra performance from their machines.
“At the minute I just can’t match what I’ve been able to do in the past. Race one was out of my hands, but in race two the young Tyco Suzuki protégé wanted to get ahead of me, and fair play to him, but it created a gap and once you lose that draft on the front guys, then the race for the podium is over really.”
PJ Jacobsen was pleased with his weekend’s work at Silverstone and added: “The weekend was really good for me and my GSX-R1000 was working really well from qualifying into the two races today. In race one I was up dicing with Bridewell and finished just eight seconds off the winner, and my race pace was pretty good.
“The second race was a bit of a struggle in the beginning but I managed to get in behind Brookesy and we diced it up a little bit. The boys at the front got away, but I tried to pass Josh at the last corner on the last lap but he just came back past me on the outside. It is what it is and we can take the positives from Silverstone going into the final round now at Brands Hatch.”
“We are obviously very disappointed to see out championship aspirations virtually come to an end for 2013 here at Silverstone today,” said team manager Philip Neill.
In summing up the penultimate round he added: “Although if I’m honest, I think we had a very steep hill to climb in terms of our championship hopes, with the damage having been done in previous rounds. It’s never nice to see them end with a ‘DNF’ for Josh, but we have to be realistic and say that we never really challenged the front-runners for pace all weekend.
“For whatever reason Josh seems to have lost some pace in recent rounds and it’s something we need to address before Brands Hatch, as we would still like to go out on a high. It’s been a long hard season for Josh and he’s had some fantastic races both in BSB and on his road racing debut this year on GSX-R machinery. Unfortunately we’ve fallen that little bit short with our championship challenge this year again. All we can do is re-group as a team and come back next year and go again.
Switching rider focus Neill then said: “What can I say about PJ, other than he was majorly impressive again this weekend. He showed great pace all weekend and continued to amaze people with the lap times that he can turn in. He was right on the pace with the leaders in every session, proving that the GSX-R package is as good as anything out there.
“Yes he still has a bit to learn in terms of race craft, but that is to be expected for a 20-year-old rookie learning new circuits on a Superbike. He was very unlucky to miss out on a second successive BSB podium in the first race and had a good battle in the second race. He is coming on in leaps and bounds and we’re now looking forward to seeing a good strong end to the championship for him at Brands Hatch.”
British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, race two result:
1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.012s
3. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +3.686s
4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +6.916s
5. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +7.507s
6. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +7.597s
7. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +14.060s
8. Matteo Baiocco (Rapido Sport Racing Ducati) +22.419s
9. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +23.609s
10. Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +26.118s
British Superbike Championship standings ahead of Brands Hatch finale:
1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 604
2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 603
3. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 562
4. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 546
5. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) 534
6. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 522
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