Scarborough Spring Cup
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MARTIN WINS SPRING CUP FOR TYCO BMW ON THE S 1000 RR
Guy Martin gave Tyco BMW their first victory with the all-new S 1000 RR at Scarborough on Saturday, and the Lincolnshire man went on to lift the main prize at the meeting – the Spring Cup – after finishing fourth on Sunday in treacherous conditions.
Speaking afterwards Martin said: “It’s our first race in anger on the BMW Motorrad machine, and considering the conditions were not very appealing; yeah… we did a damn good job. Granted we still have work to do, but as I said in Spain during the test – what a great bike, we just need to work on finding the sweet spot. But a win’s a win and the trophy they all came for was the Spring Cup and it’ll be sitting on Philip Neill’s sideboard today, so job done.”
Team Manager Philip Neill added: “There are quite a few Oliver’s Mount specialists these days and with Guy having won so many races at Scarborough, he’s a big scalp, so to take a win and the Spring Cup overall is very satisfying. As Guy said, we still have a bit of work to do, but it’s hard to complain when you are standing on the top step. Full credit to Guy and Mark for working well together this weekend in tough conditions, and to BMW Motorrad – hopefully this is the first of many victories this season with the S 1000 RR in Tyco BMW livery.”
BSB 2015 Round 1
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James Ellison celebrated his first victory since 2013 and the first for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team in the opening race at Donington Park ahead of defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne. There were also celebrations for the Milwaukee Yamaha team as Josh Brookes snatched third place on the final lap - the first podium finish for the new YZF-R1.
On the opening lap the pack piled into Redgate as Byrne and pole-sitter Ryuichi Kiyonari battled to take the advantage, but it was Ellison who carved into the lead to head to pack into Craner Curves for the first time.
Byrne was instantly on the attack and he held the lead by the exit of the Old Hairpin. The pack was shuffling all the way through the field until the Nissan GT-R Safety Car was deployed a lap later as Rhalf Lo Turco crashed out at Melbourne.
When the race resumed Ellison snatched the lead into Hollywood and then Byrne was doing everything in his power to look for a move to claim the opening win. However, the still injured champion couldn't find a way ahead and he had to settle for second behind the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team, who celebrated their debut race win in MCE BSB.
Ellison said: "Shakey definitely pushed me all the way and had a strong pace. I figured I had to get away at the start and race with these boys as I wanted a clean race. There are a lot of guys that are new to the championship and have a bit of a point to prove and I knew they would be a problem if we got mixed up with them. My plan doesn't normally work, but this time it did for once! Shakey kept me honest right until the end and I had to dig a bit deeper and I felt strong right until the end and we still had some more left in the tank. I want to dedicate the win to the team for all their hard work."
Behind the leading pair the battle for third intensified with Josh Brookes showcasing the all-new Milwaukee Yamaha by moving up through the field to close in on third-placed Dan Linfoot over the closing laps. The pair swapped paint on the final lap, but it was the Australian who emerged ahead as they exited Goddards for the final time.
Linfoot was forced to settle for fourth and then behind the next swarm of riders were scrapping for the top ten places. Peter Hickman put in an impressive performance to claim fifth place for the RAF Reserves BMW team after Be Wiser Kawasaki contender Danny Buchan crashed out unhurt.
Tommy Bridewell was sixth overall after moving up through the order from his sixth row start for the Tyco BMW team, holding off Christian Iddon on the Bennetts Suzuki. Chris Walker held eighth ahead of Michael Laverty and Richard Cooper who completed the top ten at his home round.