Rebel Read

Rebel Read

I’ve just finished reading Phil Read’s autobiography entitled ‘Rebel Read’ subtitled ‘Prince of Speed’ which was the t**le of his earlier book. I know there are mixed opinions about Read and particularly his a**ociation with the TT, but I was a fan then and I still am now and I can heartily recommend his book. It’s well written with loads of great photographs. He does seem to have made things difficult for himself at times but nontheless he could certainly race motorcycles and his career record is really impressive.

Source: Rebel Read

Mackenzie becomes third different Donington winner as t**le fight rages

Mackenzie becomes third different Donington winner as t**le fight rages

Mackenzie becomes third different Donington winner as t**le fight rages ahead of Brands Hatch

Tarran Mackenzie became the third different rider to top the Bennetts British Superbike Championship podium at Donington Park this afternoon, grabbing the lead with four laps to go to give McAMS Yamaha the final victory of the weekend.

The final race of the weekend got underway with Josh Brookes leading the pack into Redgate for the first time ahead of Jason O’Halloran, but Tommy Bridewell was instantly on the attack and grabbed second on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati.

Glenn Irwin was making a move up the order, edging into third with a move on lap four, before the Honda Racing rider snatched second two laps later from Bridewell.

Bridewell’s race ended in disappointment when he retired with a technical problem on lap seven, but at the front Brookes was leading Glenn Irwin with Mackenzie piling on the pressure in third place.

On the ninth lap, there was drama for O’Halloran, when the McAMS Yamaha rider collided with Christian Iddon as the pair battled for fourth place and the collision with jammed his clutch in his lever guard, which dropped him down to eighth place by the finish.

By the tenth lap Glenn Irwin had grabbed the lead with Mackenzie in second and Brookes in third, but the McAMS Yamaha rider made his move at the Fogarty Esses and was able to hold off his Honda Racing rival.

Brookes completed the podium and his biggest points haul overhaul from the three races meant he was crowned the Monster Energy King of Donington; the VisionTrack Ducati rider leads the standings by 16-points into the final three rounds.

Christian Iddon was fourth fastest on the second of the VisionTrack Ducatis, and he heads into the final rounds in second place in the standings, with Gino Rea completing his best weekend of the season in fifth place for Buildbase Suzuki.

Lee Jackson led the Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki charge in sixth place, ahead of Round 13 winner Andrew Irwin and O’Halloran whilst Luke Mossey and Joe Francis completed the top ten.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Round 15 result:

1.Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha)
2.Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +1.223s
3.Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +3.951s
4.Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +6.742s
5.Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +7.441s
6.Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +7.685s
7.Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +8.090s
8.Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +9.274s
9.Luke Mossey (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +10.383s
10.Joe Francis (Lloyd & Bowker BMW Motorrad) +10.860s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Round 15:

1.Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 225
2.Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 209
3.Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 207
4.Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 206
5.Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 179
6.Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 146
7.Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 139
8.Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 131
9.Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) 130
10.Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 101

Source: Mackenzie becomes third different Donington winner as t**le fight rages

Glenn Irwin fights back with runner-up finish at Donington Park

Glenn Irwin fights back with runner-up finish at Donington Park

Glenn Irwin clawed back some ground in the British Superbike t**le battle with an important runner-up finish in race three at Donington Park on Sunday.

The Honda Racing rider lost his championship lead after crashing out in the wet in the opening race, which was carried over from Saturday as a result of bad weather at the Leicestershire circuit.

However, after finishing seventh in race two – won by t**le rival Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) – Irwin battled back to clinch the runner-up spot behind McAMS Yamaha rider Tarran Mackenzie in the third race, with Brookes completing the podium places.

Former champion Brookes was leading the race until he was overhauled by Irwin, who appeared on course for victory.

However, Mackenzie was on a charge and began to reel in Irwin after passing Brookes for second place.

Mackenzie also lined up a move on Irwin and once the Scotsman had his nose in front, he was able to open a slight gap to claim victory by 1.2s from Irwin, with Brookes taking third ahead of team-mate Christian Iddon.

Andrew Irwin finished seventh, Jack Kennedy (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 13th, Keith Farmer (Buildbase Suzuki) 15th and Graeme Irwin (Team 64 Kawasaki) was 19th.

With one round to go at Brands Hatch (October 16-18), Brookes leads Iddon by 16 points in a one-two for Paul Bird’s Ducati team, with Carrickfergus man Irwin two points further behind in fourth, only a point ahead of Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha).

Kyle White

Source: Glenn Irwin fights back with runner-up finish at Donington Park



Jonathan Rea won the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race at Magny Cours but just missed out on securing the 2020 WorldSBK championship t**le itself after finishing fourth in the final 21-lap race. Jonathan’s KRT team mate Alex Lowes scored his second podium in as many days in the Superpole race and was then seventh in race two.

In the Tissot-Superpole race, held in cool and wet conditions, KRT recorded a 1-2 finish, with Rea winning his 99th race across his entire WorldSBK career after what was his 300th race start in this category of racing. Lowes was a constant threat behind Rea and finished a confident second after another strong ride in the wet.

The second full distance race of the penultimate round was eventually held in damp but not heavily wet conditions, which played a part in not allowing early race leader Rea to continue his run of Magny Cours race wins and take another perfect hat-trick – which he achieved at Portimao earlier this season.

With his only championship rival Scott Redding out front in race two, third place would still have been enough to give Jonathan a sixth consecutive t**le with Kawasaki. After his old championship rival Chaz Davies passed him for the final podium place, Rea finished fourth and will go to the final round in a commanding championship position.

Now Jonathan needs just three points across three races at the final round to win the t**le.

A race two seventh in France for Lowes, added to his two earlier podiums, puts him up to fifth in the championship overall.

With one round to go Rea has a total of 340 points, Redding 281, Davies 222, Michael van der Mark 203 and Lowes 179.

The final round of the 2020 championship will take place at Estoril in Portugal, between 16 and 18 October.

Jonathan Rea, stated:

“Having started 300 races in WorldSBK makes me feel a little bit old, but it was a nice Superpole race because Alex was keeping me very honest. The gap was very stable and I had to concentrate to the max. We made a small set-up change from yesterday and I felt it really helped me, especially in the final laps with tyre drop. In race two, with the weather conditions at Magny Cours, you have to expect the unexpected and we saw all weekend that when there was not a lot of surface water, we were struggling. In morning warm-up and in the Superpole session, for example – especially with traction in the exit of the corner. I was losing too much on the exit of T5. But the bike set-up was pretty good in the chicanes and all the places where you had to be aggressive with the bike. It was pretty good but just this stop-and-go corner, on the exit, I had too much TC working and too much spinning. It was a really fun race because the bike was moving a lot and I was riding on the limit, but unfortunately not to the podium place that was the target.”

Alex Lowes, stated:

“Overall it was a positive weekend for us. I got a positive start in the Superpole race and felt good in the initial laps. Johnny was a bit quicker at the end and I was struggling a little bit with the front end. In those ten lap races you have to get a good start and get into a good position and we did that really well. It was a great 1-2 for Kawasaki. The final race was a bit tricky and I did not have the feeling I needed. When the track dried up I just couldn’t seem to get the grip and I could not attack and ride like I wanted. This was frustrating but overall in the wet I was really happy with the work the guys did. Big thanks to them because it is never ideal in these cold and wet conditions. I am really happy to be leaving France with two podiums.”

Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 12th and then a faller today, Valentin Debise (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) 16th and 17th, and Xavier Pinsach (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 18th and then a no-scorer. In the championship Xavi is 15th, Debise 27th and Pinsach 28th.


RACE-2. Stunning Sunday for the Racing – Ducati Team

RACE-2. Stunning Sunday for the Racing – Ducati Team

Scott Redding dominates Race-2 and Chaz Davies completes the masterpiece with a fantastic podium finish

Scott Redding and Chaz Davies were the protagonists of a fantastic race held in very tricky conditions after the rain had given a respite, letting the Magny-Cours circuit dry out, before falling again a few minutes before the start.

Starting from P4 after a stubborn comeback in the SuperPole Race, Scott got off a strong start, and on lap four he successfully attacked Rea (Kawasaki) to take the lead. His race pace was dominant and allowed him to pass under the checkered flag in first position comfortably.

The progression of Chaz Davies – who started from fifth position – was constant. After overtaking Rinaldi (Ducati) on lap 9, the Welshman started to chase the leading group. Between lap 11 and lap 14, Chaz managed to recover two seconds from Rea, overtaking him with seven laps to go and then defended himself to finish third.

P1 – Scott Redding ( Racing – Ducati)

“It was a good race. I pushed to the maximum since the first lap trying to find the feeling with the bike immediately. It has been a difficult weekend, and for this reason, I am extremely happy with this result. During the SuperPole Race, I realized that I was losing precious hundredths in two corners of the circuit. I told my team: ‘If you can solve these two details, I am sure I can win’. They did it, and I thank them”.

P3 – Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati)

“I am very satisfied with this result. The feeling with the bike has been really positive all weekend, and for this, I want to thank my team for the work done in these days. The start was good, and I pushed hard to get Van Der Mark. Then I had a good duel with Jonny, and I’m happy to have finished with this good result”.

Stefano Cecconi (Team Principal Racing – Ducati)

“After the difficulties encountered in the first two days of this weekend, having obtained this result is for us a reason of great satisfaction and confirms the quality of our team. We have managed to keep the Superbike World Championship open, and even if the task is obviously difficult, we will go to Portugal to try. This is our DNA”.

Source: RACE-2. Stunning Sunday for the Racing – Ducati Team

VisionTrack Ducati team leave Donington with Josh Brookes & Christian Iddon 1-2

VisionTrack Ducati team leave Donington with Josh Brookes & Christian Iddon 1-2

VisionTrack Ducati team leave Donington Park with Josh Brookes and Christian Iddon 1-2 in the British Superbike Championship standings

Josh Brookes wins Race 2
Double VisionTrack Ducati podium in Race 1 with Josh Brookes and Christian Iddon 2nd and 3rd respectively
Tommy Bridewell out of the t**le race after retiring from Race 3

Race 1

Sunday’s opening British Superbike race at Donington Park proved to be a great one for the VisionTrack Ducati team, after both riders stepped on to the podium with Christian Iddon taking the Championship lead for the first time this season.

Saturday’s qualifying and race were cancelled due to poor weather conditions, with the grid for Sunday’s opening race formed using combined Free Practice times. Josh Brookes had topped both sessions so started from pole, with his VisionTrack Ducati teammate Christian Iddon lining up on the grid in 4th.

Iddon got the better start to move into 3rd as Brookes got swamped and demoted to 5th. Drama was to come later on the opening lap as the then current Championship and race leader Glenn Irwin crashed his Honda at Goddards.

Honda Racing’s Andy Irwin inherited the lead, with Iddon promoted to 2nd. On Lap 4 Brookes passed Danny Buchan to move up into 3rd behind his teammate. The two VisionTrack Ducati riders traded fastest laps and by two thirds race distance the three leaders had opened up a 6 second gap.

Andy Irwin had a 1 second lead as the riders started their 15th and final lap. Brookes was running close to Iddon but ultimately was unable to challenge him for 2nd. The two Ducati riders went on to claim a double podium for the VisionTrack Ducati team, with Iddon’s result seeing him take the championship lead for the first time this season.

Oxford Products Racing’s Tommy Bridwell started his race from 8th. A tyre gamble, where he opted for the harder rear option for the damp conditions, did not pay off and he finished his race in 15th position.

Race 2

Starting from 6th on the grid Brookes was soon up into 4th place and on the move towards the front, going on to pass Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea for 1st place on Lap 5. Brookes managed to maintain his lead for the rest of the race, taking the chequered flag and with it the championship lead.

Tommy Bridewell had a lot to do from 19th on the grid but made fantastic progress to put his tyre woes from Race 1 behind him, going on to claim a Top 5 finish, half a second ahead of VisionTrack Ducati’s Christian Iddon in 6th.

Race 3

Brookes lines up for the day’s third and final race on the front row in 2nd, with Bridewell and Iddon starting from Row 2 in 4th and 5th respectively. Brookes got the holeshot to lead the pack around Donington. Tommy Bridewell slotted into 3rd, before going on to pass McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran for 2nd place at Craner on his opening lap.

On Lap 7 Christian Iddon also passed O’Halloran, who had dropped down the pack, to move into 4th. But that same lap disaster struck for Bridewell, when a problem forced him to retire from the race whilst he was running in a podium position.

Brookes led until two/third race distance when he was passed Glenn Irwin and McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie on Lap 10. Mackenzie went on take the win, with Irwin 2nd and Brookes claiming the final podium position, 6.7s ahead of his VisionTrack Ducati teammate Iddon in 4th.

After finishing on the podium in all 3 races today, Josh Brookes was crowned ‘King of Donington’ and heads to the final British Superbike round at Brands Hatch next month leading the championship with a total of 225 points.

Iddon now lies 2nd in the championship with a total of 209 points. Sadly, for Tommy Bridewell, his Race 3 DNF meant he dropped to 6th in the championship with 146 points and is no longer in contention for the t**le.

Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati #25) – Race 1, 2nd – Race 2, 1st – Race 3, 3rd

“I wanted to keep the lead but both Glenn and Taz had a bit more pace. Lap times were slightly better than the previous race but not as fast as those guys. I wanted to try and keep staying with them, but I had a bit of a front-end moment. And I thought that this is an important race to stay on and finish. Obviously, I would have wanted to do better but still pleased to have come out with the championship lead and another 3rd place for the team, the sponsors, VisionTrack Ducati, they’ll all be pleased.
It’s nice to lead the championship going into the last round. I’ve often been going into Brands trailing and trying to win races to claw back. So, hopefully this is enough this year to just enjoy the wins and hopefully the championship.”

Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati #21) – Race 1, 3rd – Race 2, 6th – Race 3, 4th

“The main focus was to leave Donington Park still with a good chance of the championship and I’ve managed that and got the boxes ticked. It was good to get on the podium in the first race in the damp conditions, but I struggled quite a lot in the second race with a couple of issues. We improved the bike for the final race but 4th was the best I could do, although maybe I should have tried a different plan in hindsight. I’m just 16 points off the championship lead with all to play for at Brands Hatch, although we missed a couple of opportunities to close the gap today. But either way, I’m looking forward to it.”

Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing #46) – Race 1, 15th – Race 2, 5th – Race 3, DNF

“I am certainly looking at the weekend as pint half-full. It’s no secret this year that I’ve struggled to get the feeling with the bike that I have had previously and to be honest for me at Donington in Race 3 the bike was absolutely fantastic. So, so good. It was brilliant so I’m happy. Yes, I’m very disappointed that we suffered a technical, but you have to take the positives. We have been searching a fix for the problem we’ve had this year and I now feel that we have certainly made some very good inroads with that and have a very strong direction to how we can now improve and just keep going forward. I’m taking the positives from this weekend, for definite. It’s not all doom and gloom!”

Source: VisionTrack Ducati team leave Donington with Josh Brookes & Christian Iddon 1-2

old tt pics

old tt pics

Hi there im a new member to the forums,my dad was obsessed with bike racing and loved the TT above everything,sadly he died a few years ago and i found 100’s of old slides (pics) of bike racing from the years (the earliest ive found is 1973) ,ive just got round to converting them and would like to post them somewhere where they will be appraciated and id also like any info on any of them.

Im not a fan of bike racing it was my dads thing,so any info on any of them would be greatly appreciated names,dates,locations etc.

is there a place on the forums to post pics or can i post them anywhere,could someone let me know before i post them as i dont wanna break the rules and get banned on my first day :

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