Coghlan Takes Motorland Aragon Podium Spot with New Yamaha YZF-R1M

Coghlan Takes Motorland Aragon Podium Spot with New Yamaha YZF-R1M

MRS Yamaha Team rider Kev Coghlan scored third place after the first competitive outing on the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup. Kev fought all the way for the win and only missed out by 1.485 seconds after 13 laps at a warm and dry Motorland Aragon.

With track temperatures higher than he had been able to experience fully in practice, Coghlan was still in contention all the way until near the end of the race. By that stage he was not able to continue his push towards the eventual top two podium riders, Roberto Tamburini and Luca Savadori.

Florian Marino did not find the best set-up to tackle the long and undulating 5.077km circuit in Spain on his MRS Yamaha Team YZF-R1M, despite a late change that improved his set-up for the race.  He took a seventh place and with it valuable championship points at the first of eight rounds in 2015.

Sylvain Barrier, G.M. Racing Yamaha Team, found the race a physical struggle after a practice crash, but he finished 11th in the race, one of five YZF-R1M riders inside the top few positions.

With championship positions mimicking race positions at round one Coghlan is third overall with 16 points, Marino seventh with nine points.

The next round comes along in only a few days time, at the iconic a**en circuit in the Netherlands, on Sunday 19th April.

Kev Coghlan – 3rd / +1.485 / 16 pts. 

“We had some grip issues front and rear towards the end, which was unusual as we have not had any bother with that all weekend. There was a bit more track temperature today and that was probably why. I am happy with that race for the first time out on the new Yamaha R1M. It is a great job from all the guys in MRS Yamaha and all the guys at Yamaha Motor Europe. Things can only move forward from here.”

 Florian Marino  – 7th / +11.563 / 9 pts. 

“Unfortunately this weekend we just did not find race set-up for this track. We tried different things but I was out of where I should have been. To finish seventh was the best I could do but hopefully with the data from here I can move forward and learn from what we did this weekend. I believe we will get better for the next round in a**en.”

Adrian Morillas – MRS Yamaha Team 

“This is a great start of the season. As our bike is so new we still have to get used to it. At the end of the race Kev was losing a bit out of the tighter corners due to grip issues. In the middle of the race grip was good and after that the grip went a little down, so to finish third in the first race is good. We never did a full race distance with these track temperatures. Florian did not find the perfect setting on his bike so it moved a lot on the brakes. We tried some new setting on his bikes after warm-up and it was better for the race.”

Source: Coghlan Takes Motorland Aragon Podium Spot with New Yamaha YZF-R1M

Sheils seals hat-trick at Masters

Sheils seals hat-trick at Masters

Dubliner Derek Sheils continued his impressive early-season form by taking a hat-trick of wins at the first round of the Adelaide Mondello Park Masters.

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Kawasaki-mounted Sheils won race one and race three from Waterford’s Brian McCormack, with Gerard Kinghan from County Antrim third in both events.

Kinghan was runner-up in race two after McCormack overshot at the first corner.

Robert English enjoyed a treble of wins in the Supersport 600cc races, with Conor Parkhill second on two occasions.

Richie Ryan was third in the final Supersport outing of the weekend.

Bike Bits NI Kawasaki rider Sheils was also victorious at the Irish Short Circuit Championship meetings over the Easter weekend, winning the Enkalon Trophy at Bishopscourt and the feature Mayor’s Trophy race at Kirkistown.

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Source: Sheils seals hat-trick at Masters



Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Randy de Puniet and Alex Lowes overcame the weekend’s electronics issues to take 13th and 14th positions in the second race at Motorland Aragon in Spain today.

De Puniet showed consistently-improving pace throughout the afternoon’s action, progressing from his 19th grid start to manoeuvre his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R to 12th by the sixth lap. The final stages of the day’s racing saw the Frenchman battle with Román Ramos (Go Eleven) swapping places a number of times before claiming 13th at the line.

Lowes laid his race one problems to rest with a great start in the second outing. However, an early engine brake control issue saw him run off at turn eight on the first lap and re-join at back of the pack. Head down, the British racer fought his way through nine riders to position his Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the points by lap 11. Exhibiting the speed and control that could have seen him fighting for sixth, Lowes battled bravely, coming home in 14th with two championship points and an understanding of the potential to come.

The morning’s race was fraught with tension after a launch control error at the lights threatened to end Lowes’ race before it had begun. The weekend’s continuing electronics development returned both riders to the pits after five laps – while Lowes re-joined for the remainder of the race and continued to circulate, evaluating the system and collecting valuable data, but de Puniet was forced to retire after seven laps on track.

A dramatic last lap battle saw Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea clinch victory in race one by just 0.05 from Ducati’s Chaz Davies, the Welshman responding to the earlier battle by safely securing the race two victory with a three-second margin.

Development of the GSX-R’s new Magneti Marelli system continues in earnest for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki as the team heads directly from Spain to the Netherlands for the fourth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship taking place at a**en’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ on Sunday April 19th.

Alex Lowes:

“There is no getting away from how difficult it has been this weekend, I did my best today and I really don’t feel I could have done a lot more. There’s no point explaining the problems we’ve had with the new system but I’m frustrated, both for me and the whole team, as the guys have shown so much commitment to moving this project forward but it just wasn’t to be this weekend. I’m still convinced that we will have a more competitive bike when it’s all dialled-in and when we’re challenging for podiums again; whenever that may be, it will make the work we’ve done this weekend feel even more worthwhile.”

Randy de Puniet:

“We knew it was going to be a very difficult weekend, but maybe I didn’t expect how difficult! We have learnt many things; in the first race the bike was impossible to ride, with too many technical problems. I pulled-in three times to try to solve them but eventually we had to stop. For the second race we decided to change the strategy completely and although it was far from perfect it was much better. I finished 13th but was close to 11th, so maybe there was potential for more. We are still far from where we want to be and we need to find the solution quickly, so we will see in a**en how far we can advance. My thanks to the team for their effort during a difficult weekend, I gave my best and so did they. Now it is time to take the information gained and improve for the next race.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“We had hoped to make good progress over the course of the weekend with the new Magneti Marelli system but unfortunately in terms of outright potential that wasn’t the case. We have definitely learnt a lot and we will have a much better base for a**en in a week’s time but after a**en we are going to need a significant amount of detailed development to get back to where we were, and then to progress and exploit the full potential of the new system.

“Alex honestly made the bike look better than it was and did an incredible job under the circumstances. His pace for the last 10 laps of race two was faster than the sixth place finisher – which given the problems he was encountering on track reaffirms the potential of the package and gives us confidence that we will be able to recover well when things are right.

“I would like to also thank Randy for his patience and his efforts this weekend; at least both riders seeing the chequered flag and scoring points in the second race was an outcome we can build on.

“It was great to see all the guests from Tyco Security Products here in Aragon this weekend and I would like to also thank Suzuki and t**le Sponsors Voltcom for their supportive attitude during this process. We will improve and we look forward to putting the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki back into the fight with the front group as soon as possible.”

Aragon – eni FIM World Superbike Championship – Race One:
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) 33’36.937: 2. Chaz Davies (Ducati) + 0.051: 3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) +4.977: 4. Leon Haslam (Aprilia) +15.088: 5. Jordi Torres (Aprilia) +15.290. NC Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki). DNF: Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki). 

Aragon – eni FIM World Superbike Championship – Race Two:
1. Davies 33’34.669: 2. Rea +3.190: 3. Haslam +3.712: 4. Torres +14.216: 5. Xavi Fores (Ducati) +20.524. 13. Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) +42.961. 14. Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) +43.057. 

World Championship Classification:
1. Rea 140: 2. Haslam 114: 3. Davies 83: 4. Sykes 66: 5. Torres 63. 10. Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) 34. 16. Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) 15. 


Victories for Lintin and RC Express Racing at Scarborough

Victories for Lintin and RC Express Racing at Scarborough

Ivan Lintin ensured his debut road race outing for the RC Express Racing team was a successful one at the weekend as he took second overall in the Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough on Sunday with a brace of third place finishes. The Lincolnshire also took three victories over the course of the two days, in Saturday’s 600cc and Sunday’s Senior and Lightweight races, finishing all of his other races inside the top four to complete a strong weekend around the tricky, 2.43-mile woodland circuit.

The weekend was marred by a series of stoppages, due to a combination of crashes and oil spills, and it was 2.45pm before racing got underway on Saturday but when it did Ivan was in sparkling form. He opened his account with a superb, start to finish victory in the Supersport race where, despite limited track time on the Kawasaki ZX-6R came home ahead of Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison.

He led the early stages of the Lightweight race too before having to settle for second behind James Cowton with his two remaining races being on the Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike. The Spring Cup saw him take an excellent third behind Guy Martin and Ryan Farquhar whilst fourth place was the outcome in the Senior although it was close with just two seconds separating second to fifth.

Weather conditions were a lot less favourable on Sunday with the dry weather of Saturday replaced by constant drizzle but it proved to be another strong day for the 30-year old with his first outing of the day giving him the aforementioned third place and Spring Cup success. He followed that up with the runners-up spot in the second leg of the Supersport race, which comfortably gave him the overall victory.

To wrap up an excellent weekend and ensure a 100% finishing record, Ivan took his second win of the weekend in the second leg of the Super Lightweight and completed the two days of action with an identical result in the Senior, which again secured him the overall victory.

Ivan Lintin:

“It’s been a successful weekend with good times in both the dry and wet, although it was certainly tricky on Sunday with the conditions being as they were. It was difficult on all of the bikes but we got good mileage in all of them, particularly the Superbike after my get-off at the Spanish test last month. We made the best of the weather and put on a show for all the fans that turned up whilst all of the bikes were working really well so it’s been a very pleasing weekend. To take a couple of wins and finish all eight races inside the top four has to go down as a good two day’s racing.”

Roy Constable, Team Co-Owner:

“We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and Ivan’s fitted in so well to the team, it’s almost left us a little surprised! It’s easy to forget he’s never ridden a Superbike before but he’s taken to it so well whilst to get a win first time out on the 600 was also great to see. We’re delighted to have signed such a quality rider to the team and on and off the bike Ivan’s a joy to work with. With three wins and top four finishes in all the other races, it’s been a great weekend in what has been difficult conditions and a great start to our road racing season.” 

The next meeting for the team will be the first of the Internationals, the North West 200, which takes place from May 12th-16th.

Pictures by Jon Jessop Photography

Source: Victories for Lintin and RC Express Racing at Scarborough

Wanted : Vfr750 rc36 right side foot bracket and mirror

Wanted : Vfr750 rc36 right side foot bracket and mirror

Buddy had a spill yesterday, heard it and saw it in my mirror, saw traffic headin towards him so parked the bike at the side of the road and ran back him. While k was gettin him and his bike off the road my own one got blown over in the wind. Pure sh*t luck.

Can’t seem to find the right bracket on eBay. Anyone have one lying around??

Source: Wanted : Vfr750 rc36 right side foot bracket and mirror

Fork rebuild

Fork rebuild

It’s prob been asked before but I have a bike I use on the track more than the road and I’m wondering who would be the best place or person to get them refreshed and set up with? I’d do it myself but don’t have the space to take the front end off.

Thanks in advance

Source: Fork rebuild

WANTED Drz400 stator/generator and advice me thinks.

WANTED Drz400 stator/generator and advice me thinks.

Ok men, I has me a Drz400e that won’t charge the battery.
Being a honda lover when it started to kill the battery on a long run I figured battery or reg/rec.

I replaced the battery thinking it was past its prime as the old one was dropping to 11volts when the bike was running.
The new battery is only holding 12v when the bike is running.

So I swapped out the reg rec for a new one and its sill only sending the battery 12v the manual says it should provide 13-15v.

I ran the positive and earth wires direct to the battery to cancel out corrosion in the lume but still am only getting 12v when the bike is running to the battery.

The resistance on the genny checks out to what it should be in the manual but it’s only giving 50% of the voltage it should be when running.

So have I narrowed it down to the genny/stator or could I be missing something?

Also has anyone got one of these parts or know anyone who has broken a drz recently?

Source: WANTED Drz400 stator/generator and advice me thinks.