Full Throttle 8

benjy1978

By northern bikers for northern bikers

Summer 2015

Texas Tornado

Boot Camp

Guy Martin

30 Years of

VMAX

Shed

Find to

Cafe

Racer

Plus...

British

Superbikes

Ian Hutchinson • Jenny Tinmouth • 2015 Race Dates


Contents Summer 2015

Here comes the sun (fingers crossed), I racer took himself off to spend time with the

love this time of year, light nights and Texas Tornado Colin Edwards at his amazing

warmer days, I can barely contain my ranch for Texas Tornado Boot Camp. Andy

excitement, let’s hope we have glorious weather came home in once piece and wrote about his

throughout the spring and summer months. experience. We also talk to Guy Martin about

By the time you read this it will probably be his love of bikes with or without an engine. I

May bank holiday weekend and I’ll be at

hope you enjoy the read and as always your

Oulton Park cheering on the Appleyard’s team comments and

in Supersport for the 3rd round of the BSB! ideas are always

Good luck lads!

welcome. Have

Inside the latest edition of Full Throttle we fun and stay safe.

take a look back at the first two

races of the season with

Danny Webb and

Harry Hartley.

Andrew Lund,

another local

5 Two-Wheel

Tornado in

Texas -

Colin

Edwards’

Texas Tornado

Boot Camp.

11 News

17 Guy’s Pedal Power -

Guy Martin on his

love of cycling.

23 Shed Find to Cafe

Racer.

27 Riding High - News

on the BSB

Championship.

41 Celebrate 30 Years

of VMAX

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Me (19) with

James Ellison

Tornado

Two-Wheel

By Andrew Lund

Ifirst heard about Texas Tornado Boot

Camp when it was just an idea developing

in Colin Edwards’ head some years ago.

I remember him saying how he wanted

develop some land that he owned into a

playground for motorcyclists who wanted to

develop their skills, and I was immediately

intrigued by such a novel idea.

Edwards – ‘The Texas Tornado’ - is a double

World Champion and has raced for the last 20

years at the very top level, in AMA Superbike,

World Superbike and Moto GP and clearly

would have much to teach.

In 2011 the Boot Camp opened its saloon

doors, and I found myself occasionally looking

at their website and thinking how I would love

to give it a go. Early in 2015, I finally decided

in Texas

to make some enquiries to TTBC. The sevenday

racers’ camp would fast-track through the

usual drills and techniques, with more time

being devoted to competitions, races and

games.

In addition to riding flat-track prepped dirt

bikes, campers also have the opportunity to try

shooting a range of handguns and rifles in a

safe environment on the 21-acre TTBC site in

Montgomery, Texas.

When you book on at TTBC, the cost

includes absolutely everything -

accommodation, food, drink, fuel, bike and

gear hire, bullets, everything. The only thing

you need is a toothbrush and an airline ticket.

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In the weeks before the event I was a little

nervous. My riding experience was limited to

roads/tarmac and my total experience off road

amounted to a flat zero. I have been road

racing for just under four years and enjoyed

podium finishes in a British Superbike support

series in 2014, but this was going to be a whole

new ball game.

Would I be faced with group of hardcore

American flat-trackers and embarrass myself?

Would I get hurt or injured a long way from

home and ruin my 2015 season before it

started?

After around 13 hours in the air, I arrived in

Houston, collected my rental car and headed

for Montgomery, just 40 miles north.

When I arrived

at camp at around

5pm, the other

camp mates were

already signed in

and getting a feel for the bikes, riding in a

huge covered arena just outside the Saloon.

The 60 plus bike fleet

The Saloon

was just what

you would

expect.

Designed by

The Tornado

and his long

term buddies

Mike Myers and

Steve Bodak, it

looks just like a

rustic western

salooneverything

made of timber

with a concrete

ground

floor, but no

expense spared on

quality or luxury.

A kit bag was

produced with my name on, containing

helmet, boots, armour, padded pants, jersey,

gloves and goggles- all in my size.

As I sat filling in a form, the saloon door

swung open and in walked Colin Edwards,

offering a handshake with a “how ya’ll doin?”

I was then introduced to my bunk room - a

relatively small communal room with eight

beds, but everything you could need. (If you

feel the need for more privacy or are travelling

with a partner, deluxe and double rooms are

also available.)

Next it was time to choose my ride

from the remaining fleet of Yamaha

TTR125’s.

The bikes were immaculate,

fitted with a race exhaust

system, knobbly front tyre

and slick/ street rear tyres.

“In walked Colin Edwards, offering a

handshake with a ‘how ya’ll doin?’”

Me and Colin

The camp

group photo

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The three TTBC tracks (Arena, TT and

oval) are man-made with a red clay, brought in

by the truckload and regularly topped up and

packed down. It gets watered to keep it from

breaking up, but has a coat of red dust/dirt

blowing around on the surface. Not the

grippiest surface you could imagine, but that’s

kind of the whole point.

I was soon introduced to some of our

instructors, Shea

‘Fooch’ Fouchek, (ex

AMA National road

racer), Jake Johnson

(two time AMA flat

track champion), Cory West (AMA Superbike

rider) and guest instructor James Ellison

(British Superbike rider).

It became obvious that I was going to have

to forget everything I knew and start again.

The gear shift was the opposite to my usual

race shift pattern, I would HAVE to use the

rear brake (which I never touch on my race

bike), plus you need to lean the opposite way

to the corner on dirt- keeping your weight

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“We were all soon laughing and

getting on like a house on fire”

central over the bike and skating your foot on

the ground on the inside, effectively as a

stabiliser.

After wobbling about for 15 minutes, lead

instructor Joe Prussiano announced we would

be having a qualifying session to establish

people’s starting levels. Great! The other

campers had enjoyed a couple of hours

practice.

I did my best under

the circumstances and

ended up around the

midfield, feeling at least

glad I wasn’t last or on

the floor, but in any case, I was having fun.

Other campers came from Poland, The

Philippines and a father and son from

Australia, but mostly they were Americans

with varying levels of flat track or off road

experience. All of us had one thing in

common, we were all there for a lifetime

experience and to improve our riding skills,

and we were all soon laughing and getting on

like a house on fire.


Me (19) with

James Ellison

As the week rolled on, there was never a

dull moment.

There were team games, a timed shooting

competition, sniper rifles, endurance races and

Superpole laps, 1/8th mile oval races and

much more.

I was soon getting the

hang of sliding the bike

into and out of the

corners and carrying

more speed around the

dusty, slippery circuits

than I would have

imagined possible.

On our final day, we

got one final shot at the

Superpole lap and I drew

on all the advice

received from the

instructors, and slid

Me shooting

with Colin

around to post the fifth fastest time of the

week, knocking almost 10 seconds off my

initial run on the Superpole course.

My efforts and improvement earned me an

award from Colin, to cap off an unforgettable

week.

I had stepped outside my comfort zone, met

some fantastic people and learned heaps that I

can take away and apply to my own riding and

racing.

Everything about the

Camp is operated with

MotoGP precision, from

the organisation, to

food, to the bikes, kit

and guns, to the

photographer.

At the end of the

week, each camper

receives a signed group

photograph and a flash

drive containing photos

and video footage to

take home. A nice touch.

As I wrote this at 37,000 feet, on my way

home on a Boeing 777, I feared that it would

all seem like it was just a dream. A truly, truly

awesome dream.

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Eight-time TT Race winner Ian

Hutchinson – ‘ The Bingley Bullet’ - will

race a factory backed MV Agusta in the

Monster Energy Supersport TT Races.

Hutchinson returned to the TT last year

after missing the 2013 meeting through

injury.

Tsingtao

Racing/Hampshire

MV Agusta has

confirmed that its

team will campaign

the iconic Italian

marque’s F3 675

machine. It has a

unique three-cylinder

engine with a

counter-rotating

crankshaft – a

ground breaking

solution previously

only seen on

MotoGP bikes.

MV Agusta is one

of most widely

revered

manufacturers at the

TT. MV Agustas have

won 34 TT races and

taken 61 podiums

between 1952 and 1972.The first race win

came in the 1952 Ultra-Lightweight race, won

by Cecil Sandford, while the last was the 1972

Senior won by Giacomo Agostini.

While Agostini is the most successful MV

Agusta rider at the TT with ten wins to his

name, some of the greatest names in the

event’s history have also raced on MVs

including John Surtees (six wins), Carlo

Ubbiali (five wins), Mike Hailwood (four

NEWS

‘Bullet’ is Agusta’s

Big Shot

“Ian Hutchinson is a legend

around the Mountain Course”

wins) and Tarquinio Provini (three wins).

Other race winners have included Gary

Hocking (two wins) while John Hartle, Bill

Lomas, Cecil Sandford and Les Graham have

also stood on the top step.

MV Agusta President Giovanni Castiglioni

commented: “MV

Agustas are indelibly

associated with the

Isle of Man TT Races

and we are looking

forward to adding

the next chapter in

our long and

successful history of

racing on the Isle of

Man.

“Ian Hutchinson is

a legend around the

Mountain Course

and it is fitting that

he is following in

some of the great

names that have

raced MVs at the

TT.”

Team manager

Dave Tyson added:

“I’m really pleased

with the signing of

Hutchy for this year’s IoM TT as well as the

North-West 200.

“It gives us a great opportunity to challenge

at the front and, as we all know, he is a TT

winner.

“MV Agusta has a winning tradition at the

TT and we are going to do everything we can

to do that. I know that Giovanni and all the

staff at the Italian factory are supporting us

and it means we can have a real shot at it.”

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Jenny Slides into

Record Books

Jenny Tinmouth wrote herself into the

spent her entire biking career as a privateer

British Superbikes record books at

before being signed by Honda in a lifechanging

deal.

Donington Park at Easter, although it was a

less than ideal start to her season.

“I’ve spent all I’ve ever earned on motorbike

Tinmouth, signed up by Honda Racing for racing,” says Tinmouth, who works from

this year’s championship, was the first female Monday to Friday as a mechanic. “I don’t earn

racer in history to compete in an official

a wage riding, unfortunately, but that still goes

national race as part of a factory-backed team. for most of the paddock.”

She crashed out of

Tinmouth worked

race one then

alongside Tom

technical difficulties

Cruise as a stunt

prevented her from

double for the actor

making a return to

Rebecca Ferguson in

the track for race two

the forthcoming

on the same day.

Mission: Impossible –

Afterwards

Rogue Nation, and

Tinmouth, who raced

holds several world

as a privateer in the

records to her name

Superbike series last

as a pioneering

year, told her 27,000

female in

followers on Twitter:

motorsport. But she

“Gutted with my

has often struggled

weekend, lots of

to pay the bills to

spills. Unfortunately I

keep her bike on the

got it going into the

track.

Melbourne loop by

Last season she

Ralf (Lo Turco) in

had to drop out of

race one which bent

the championship,

my exhaust. I came

into the pits and the

team got it

straightened out and I

rejoined the pack behind the safety car but

unfortunately I had a rear-end slide into the

start/finish and went down.

“The team did an amazing job to try and get

me out for race two but there was more

damage than first thought and there wasn’t

enough time to get it fixed before the start.

“I’m gutted but still chuffed at the same

time. The team have been brilliant all weekend

and I’m still learning all the time.”

The 36-year-old from Ellesmere Port had

“There was more damage than first

thought and there wasn’t enough time”

NEWS

three rounds before

the conclusion,

because she ran out

of money. Her

toughest year was in 2005 when she could not

even afford the fuel to race.

“I’ve begged and borrowed everything to do

this,” she said. “For the first five years of racing

I never had new tyres, I’d just get old tyres off

the scrap pile. I bought my first set of leathers

secondhand off a guy at college for 50 quid.

Whatever money I had went on entry fees to

races and my fuel. I just really wanted to do it

even though I didn’t have enough money to do

it properly.”

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Guy’s

Pedal

Power

Guy finished second at this

year’s Strathpuffer 24-hour

mountain bike event in the

Highlands of Scotland.

Photo www.garywilliamson.co.uk

By Andy Dukes

Guy Martin is slightly confused by his

celebrity status. He has amassed legions

of fans due to his exploits over the years

at the Isle of Man TT – the world’s most

dangerous motorcycle races – and yet he has

never won there.

He is, however, the undisputed people’s

champion due to his fighting spirit, straight

talking and unerring ability to ‘ride it like he

stole it’.

“I always give 100 per cent effort, no matter

what I’m doing but I’m not going to make any

stupid predictions for the year ahead,” he

commented during the team launch for his

forthcoming TT campaign, which he has

decided will be his

last.

“I wouldn’t even

consider turning up if

I wasn’t fully prepared.

It’s not about money

for me, or waving at

the crowd and picking

up cheques. Stuff that.

I go to the TT to try

and win.”

Surprisingly, Guy’s

true love is cycling and

this takes in

everything from his

daily commute, to 24-

hour endurance

racing, to what he

considers will be his

greatest challenge to

date – the 4,418 km

Tour Divide race traversing the length of the

Rocky Mountains, from Canada all the way to

the Mexican border.

Fortunately for Guy, he doesn’t need much

sleep, as his typical working day starts early

with a ride that takes place in all weathers,

year round, twice a day.

“It’s a 19-mile ride to work and I set off at

5.30am. There’s not much on the roads then.

I’ve done it for years and never had any bother.

I’ve got a fixed-wheel single speed bike, which

is really good for training – for ‘sustainable

suffering’. I love a fixed wheel; it makes things

a bit more awkward. I use a fairly big gear for a

single speed and I’m often coughing a lung up

No stranger to challenges. With mountain bike racer

Jason Miles, Guy broke the World Record for distance

travelled in 24 hours on a tandem (565.34 miles/ 904 km).

Photo: Channel 4/North One TV “Guy Martin: Speed”

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y the time I get to the top of Caistor bypass.

That said, it’s half an hour in the van, so there’s

not a lot of difference.”

Guy adds to these 200 miles of road riding

every week with some extra mountain bike

sessions, often with his young labrador Nigel

in tow. His competitive nature also saw him

enlist in the 2015 Strathpuffer 24-hour

mountain bike endurance event in the

Highlands of Scotland in the middle of

January. It’s one of the top 10 toughest

mountain bike events in

the world, with snow,

sub-zero temperatures

and 17 hours of darkness

at that time of the year.

Guy finished in second

place and is finding the whole extreme

mountain bike thing addictive.

“Yep, cycling certainly clears my head,

purges the system,” he says.

“I probably race push bikes more than

motorbikes now. I did the first British Series

round at the end of January – a 24-hour race –

and that left me mentally and physically

exhausted. Twenty-four hours on a bike is

grim, but that’s what makes it so special – it’s

good for getting your head sorted out, that is!”

The 33-year-old knows more than most

about how extreme sports can punish your

body and he has set off a few airport X-ray

machines in his time thanks to the various

“I probably race push bikes

more than motorbikes now”

plates and screws inside him.

“You get the odd beep, but it’s not bad. I

suppose I’ve spent a bit of time in hospital. I’ve

broken both thumbs, wrists, my leg, ankle,

back and ribs. That said, I don’t have any

niggles and feel 100 per cent fit – unless it’s

damp, and then I struggle a bit!”

For Guy’s next challenge, he’s going to need

to be 100 per cent fit – and then some. The

Tour Divide from Canada to New Mexico is a

serious test of endurance, self-reliance and

mental toughness,

averaging 175 miles (280

kilometres) a day for a

fortnight, encountering

all kinds of challenge

from snowstorms to bears

and a total of nearly 200,000 feet of total climb.

That’s equivalent to summiting Mount Everest

from sea level seven times.

Guy is fascinated by whether his body will

be able to withstand the challenges.

“The biggest thing is dealing with this race

mentally. You have to go there with the idea

that you can win it, but in a race like that your

body self-cannibalises and that’s what you have

to try and deal with mentally. Your body can

only process 20,000 calories in a 24-hour

period, but to do that much riding – up to 18

hours a day – it’ll burn 25,000 calories. You

won’t finish a race like this without being

broken.”

Guy took this bike to 112mph

(179 km/h) to set a new

British cycle speed record.

Check out the gearing!

Photo: Channel 4/North One

Television “Guy Martin:Speed”

With Nigel, his labrador.

“I love my dog. It’s the

first time that I’ve had

any responsibility”.

Photo Paul Bryant

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2015 Race Dates

British Superbike Championship

Apr 06 Donington Park

Apr 19 Brands Hatch Indy

May 04 Oulton Park International

Jun 21 Snetterton 300

Jul 05 Knockhill

Jul 19 Brands Hatch GP

Aug 02 Thruxton

Aug 23 Cadwell Park

Sep 06 Oulton Park International

Sep 20 TT Circuit Assen

Oct 04 Silverstone GP

Oct 18 Brands Hatch GP

World Superbike Championship

Feb 22 WSBK Phillip Island, Australia

Mar 22 WSBK Chang International, Thailand

Apr 12 WSBK Motorland Aragon, Spain

Apr 19 WSBK Assen, Netherlands

May 10 WSBK Imola, Italy

May 24 WSBK Donington, UK

Jun 07 WSBK Portimao, Portugal

Jun 21 WSBK Misano, Italy

Jul 19 WSBK Laguna Seca, USA

Aug 02 WSBK Sepang, Malaysia

Sep 20 WSBK Jerez, Spain

Oct 04 WSBK Magny-Cours, France

Oct 18 WSBK Losail, Qatar

Moto GP Championship

Mar 29 Qatar MotoGP

Apr 12 Austin MotoGP

Apr 19 Argentina MotoGP

May 03 Spain MotoGP

May 17 Le Mans MotoGP

May 31 Italy MotoGP

Jun 14 Catalunya MotoGP

Jun 27 Assen MotoGP

Jul 12 German MotoGP

Aug 09 Indianapolis MotoGP

Aug 16 Czech MotoGP

Aug 30 British MotoGP

Sep 13 San Marino MotoGP

Sep 27 Aragon MotoGP

Oct 11 Japanese MotoGP

Oct 18 Australian MotoGP

Oct 25 Malaysian MotoGP

Nov 08 Valencia MotoGP

Road Racing 2015

May 10-16 North West 200

May 29-Jun 1 Pre TT classic races

May 30-Jun 12 Isle of Man TT

Jun 13 Post TT races

Jun 20-21 Barry Sheene race & rally festival

Jul 3-4 Skerries road races

Jul 6-9 Southern 100

Jul 11-12 Walderstown road races

Jul 18-19 Cock of the north road races

Jul 24-25 Armoy road races

Aug 3-8 Ulster Grand Prix

Aug 22-23

Aug 22-Sep 4

Cork road races

Manx Grand Prix

Aug 29-31 Classic TT races

Sep 12-13 Scarborough gold cup

Nov 19-22 Macau Grand Prix

RIP John

Sad news has reached Full Throttle that

former double Southern 100 Sidecar

Champion John Watson passed away on

Thursday 16th April after a short illness.

From Leeds, John made his Southern 100

debut in 1970 with Melvyn Beanland as his

passenger, taking 12th place in the

Championship race in what was their second

race around the Billown Course, returning the

following year with similar successes. A change

of passenger in 1972 saw John Wright in the

‘hot seat’ and coming away from that year’s

Southern 100 not only as the Sidecar race

winners, but as Sidecar Champions having

taken the chequered flag in the feature race on

Championship Day on their Windle outfit.

The two John’s competed together at the July

races in 1973 and 1974, each year taking

podium places.

Taking a sabbatical in 1975, the

Yorkshireman once again entered the 1976

Southern with a new passenger, Brian Hoyle

and repeated his success of four years earlier,

taking the victors laurels in the opening sidecar

race and lifting the Sidecar Championship

Trophy for the second time on their Laverda

powered machine.

John and Brian were to stay together for

their annual trips to the Southern 100 in 1977

and 1978 where the pairing won the first

sidecar race and finished runner-up to Allen

Steele and Tony Barrow in 1978.

John Watson and Brian Hoyle made their

final Southern 100 appearance on a Yamaha

Sidecar in 1979 taking a third place in the

sidecar race and a fifth place in the

Championship race.

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Shed Find

Café

to

Racer

By Andy Malham, Thunder City Motorcycles

Flicking channels on the telly I happened

upon the programme Café Racers. After

watching all of series one and half of

series two, I decided I needed an old, unloved

Japper, two or four cylinders, 500cc or above.

A barn find would be ideal and a runner

would be best.

As luck would have it I

was dropping off a Harley at

a customer’s house and I saw

the back wheel of an old

Japper poking out from

behind his shed. A quick

shufty revealed an old and

very rough-looking Yamaha

XS650 US Custom.

It was pretty much all there apart from the

clocks and the seat and it had been hand

painted a yucky blue, but it wasn’t sitting in a

pool of oil so that was a good sign. Money

changed hands and half an hour later I had it

on the work bench.

The look I was going for was old and new. I

wanted a bike that looked like a traditional 60s

café racer at first glance, but had some modern

features to enhance the reliability and

rideability. It also had to look minimalistic, the

accent being on the Racer part of Café Racer –

“I saw the back wheel of

an old Japper poking out

from behind his shed”

functional rather than pretty.

I hope we have achieved this and I’m pretty

sure there is nothing on the bike that isn’t

absolutely necessary to make it go and stop. I

don’t like to see oil tanks and battery boxes but

my old bones needed an electric start, so I put

the battery in the seat hump along with the

voltage regulator and the

solenoid. The wet sump XS

motor doesn’t need an oil

tank so we could get away

with that lovely big empty

space under the seat.

The Mikuni carbs and

electronic ignition are spot

on and the bike starts on the first prod. The

first ride was a revelation. The riding position

is somewhat extreme and the Tomaselli quick

action throttle is all or nothing. The pickup

and acceleration are very good and the gear

change is very positive. The brakes are vicious

and need a light touch, and I am very pleased

with the handling at all speeds. It really does

corner like it’s on rails but it is still easy to

steer at very low speeds.

So that’s our first café racer. I am up for

doing another one but I probably won’t spend

as much money next time.

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Danny Webb

ready to race

Riding High

As one of the longest established teams in

the paddock Team Colin Appleyard

Racing have amassed an impressive

track record including 90 Grand Prixs and

seven British

Championship titles.

Now, with both

Appleyard and

Macadam combining

their experience and

strength, the result is a potent force, ready and

able to achieve further success.

“Our aim is and always has been, to focus

on young British talent bringing forward the

stars of tomorrow. We use our knowledge and

experience to develop the potential and to help

“Our aim is and always has been,

to focus on young British talent”

them progress with their racing careers,” says

team manager Robin Appleyard.

As ever the team will run two Yamaha R6

machines and will be managed by ex-GP rider

and British Champion

Robin Appleyard.

Robin will devote his

time and expertise to

help the riders

perform to the best of

their ability. Also looking forward to an

exciting and successful season are joint team

owners and long time supports of motorcycle

racing, Colin Appleyard and Doug Macadam.

With two new riders, Harry Hartley and

Danny Webb, competing in the British

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Harry and Danny take a well earned break

Supersport Championship, Team Appleyard

Macadam Racing enjoyed a promising start in

the Donington Park sunshine over the Easter

weekend.

After a disappointing opening outing both

riders fought back well to gain top ten finishes

to kick their season on

Easter Monday.

Free practice saw both

Webb and Hartley inside

the top ten but over a

second behind the pace

setters prompting

overnight changes with

the electrics on the Yamaha R6 in order to find

some more speed in time for qualifying the

following morning.

Sunday brought bright weather and the first

qualifying of the year. Experienced Tunbridge

Wells rider Webb was lapping with a group of

the front runners and looked to be on course

for bagging a grid spot within the front rows.

However, with half the session remaining,

Webb fell victim to a slowing rider ahead of

him.

The rider slowed up around the last corner

of Goddards causing a domino effect to ensue.

Webb was left with nowhere to go and clipped

the back of the rider ahead of him, ending his

session prematurely.

This meant he slipped down the order

eventually finishing the

session in 12th with

“The pit team brilliantly young Burnley lad

Hartley a place behind

rebuilt Webb’s bike overnight

him in 13th.

after his crash the day before” Later in the afternoon

the first race of the year

got underway but it was

to be a disappointment. Hartley was forced to

pull in halfway through the race due to a

clutch problem and Webb crashed out heavily

at the Craner Curves.

After the pit team brilliantly rebuilt Webb’s

bike overnight after his crash the day before,

Monday brought hope of getting the season

properly underway.

Webb was 13th on the grid and Hartley

back in 19th but both riders made great starts

to the 18-lap feature race. Hartley quickly

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Harry and Danny ready to race

began to make his way through, passing four

riders in one lap during the opening stages. He

eventually caught up to the rear of Webb

before passing him.

Despite having the pace to run nearer the

front, the talented teenager came home in

eighth place. Webb meanwhile, struggling with

his left wrist that he injured in Sunday’s crash,

battled through to cross the line in tenth place.

Afterwards Harry Hartley said: “This

weekend has been up and down really. Sunday

was a massive disappointment not only for me

but the whole team after the preseason build

up. However, Monday’s result was a great

confidence boost and I can’t wait to move on

to Brands Hatch now.

The team worked

tirelessly all weekend

and that showed with

the pace of the bike in

Monday’s race. Eighth

is the benchmark now

and we need to build

from here throughout the season.”

Commenting on his first outing Danny

Webb said: “A couple of crashes left us on the

“Eighth is the benchmark now

and we need to build from here

throughout the season”

Harry Hartley

in action

back foot and in the first round especially

track time is vital. Everyone learns so much

from the races and to crash out was a big

disappointment. The

bike was a bit of a mess

but the team were

fantastic in putting it

back together in time. I

was struggling with my

wrist, an injury that

seems to reoccur, but I

kept going and to grab a top ten finish at the

end of it was pleasing. There’s a long way to go

from here but it’s a positive start.”

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JvB-moto Celebrates

30 Years of VMAX

with Yard Built ‘INFRARED’

2015 is a very special year for the legendary

Yamaha VMAX as it celebrates its 30-year

anniversary. The game-changing bruiser

dropped jaws across the motoring world on its

original launch in 1985 with its awe-inspiring

power.

To mark the special occasion Yamaha has

formed a new collaboration in the Yard Built

world with cult German builder JvB-moto to

create a fitting tribute to the iconic VMAX.

The Cologne based custom builder is a

long-time fan of the VMAX, and credits the

machine as one of the sparks that ignited his

passion in motorcycles at the age of 15 in

1985. Despite not being available in Germany

at the time due to its outrageous power it has

inspired JvB-moto’s Jens vom Brauck to this

day, where he has finally had the opportunity

to pour that passion into this stunning

creation.

JvB-moto’s vision for the VMAX Yard Built

special was to transfer the stock VMAX into a

radical dragster meets café racer concept,

exaggerating the brutal power for all to see. A

second key element in the design is a tribute to

the 30-year history of the machine,

encapsulating elements from the first roll out

of the bike in 1985.

Starting at the front end, a custom-made

aluminium mudguard sits below a JvB-moto

signature style custom carbon fibre headlight

unit integrated into the front forks and

Motogadget indicators above custom carbon

wheel covers. Modified aftermarket clip-on

bars add the café racer element and the rider

looks down on an authentic American

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“A bike that

looks this good

needs the right

sound and this

machine doesn’t

disappoint”

dragster rev counter by Autometer.

A beautiful custom carbon tank cover sits

over a heavily modified airbox and electrics

and is complemented by special air intake

scoops crafted from stock aluminium units

taken from the original 80’s VMAX.

The stunning craftsmanship continues with

a handmade aluminium subframe crafted from

bits of the stock unit and a custom fuel tank

placed under the seat, also made from

aluminium and holding the same fuel as the

standard tank for an unspoiled riding

experience.

The rear is beautifully finished with another

JvB-moto signature piece, a custom carbon tail

unit, handmade by Jens. A bike that looks this

good needs the right sound and this machine

doesn’t disappoint. The exhaust system is

modified with a custom 4-1 collector and

finished with a growling Termignoni silencer.

Last but by no means least is a beautiful

paint job. Again reflecting the history of the

bike, and of Yamaha, JvB-moto chose a retro

colour scheme based on the livery of Yamaha’s

1985 GP team for real authenticity.

Every custom aluminium and carbon part

on this Yard Built special was handmade by

JvB-moto, perfectly blending the VMAX story

with the German builder’s signature style.

“The Yamaha VMAX has been an icon

without rival since it burst onto the streets in

1985 as the ultimate drag racer inspired street

bike,” commented Shun Miyazawa, Product

Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe. “It was

immediately a favourite with fans across the

world, not only in its standard form, but also

as a base for personalization and

customization. To respect the culture that has

grown around this icon we’ve chosen to

celebrate 30 years of the VMAX by working

with three highly respected custom builders to

create three VMAX specials that will inspire

not just Yamaha, but also owners of the

VMAX and those who maybe want to own

one. We’re starting this exciting anniversary

build year with cult German builder JvB-moto.

We are huge fans of his work, and feel his

minimalistic, industrial style fits well with the

VMAX. The results are clear; the Yard Built

‘INFRARED’ pays homage to the origins of the

VMAX but also hints at the performance of

tomorrow.”

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