It’s that time of the week again – time for the Bike Devil Week on Two-Wheels – and have we got some news for you… where to start?!
It was a busy weekend for racing with BSB and World Superbikes taking place. We’ll start closest to home at Oulton Park with the British Superbike gang.
Two championships were wrapped up at the Cheshire circuit, with Buildbase Suzuki’s Richard Cooper clinching the National Superstock 1000 title aboard his GSX-R1000. The 2011 champion, racer of everything from superbikes to C90s, and all-round good guy has been on the podium at every round bar one this year, and took 11 wins along the way including a double this weekend.
The GP2 class – that runs within the Supersport grid – also saw Kyle Ryde take the title with three rounds to spare.
After a poor start to the year, it was a better weekend for the Buildbase Suzuki team on the whole, with fan-favourite Bradley Ray finally getting back onto the podium for the first time this season, but he could do nothing about the three Ducati’s. The trio of machines from Bologna took a win apiece, with PBM Ducati’s Josh Brookes and Scott Redding winning before loveable rogue Tommy Bridewell took victory in the final race for privateer outfit Moto Rapido Ducati, his first of the season and not undeserved one iota.
Oulton Park’s triple-header also marked the last chance for riders to clinch a spot on the coveted Showdown. After crashes, penalties, mechanical failures and near misses, your title fighters are Brookes, Redding, Bridewell, plus Danny Buchan, Tarran Mackenzie, and Peter Hickman, all with three rounds and seven races to sort out this year’s champion.
Over in Portugal, it was a momentous occasion for the World Superbike Championship as it celebrated the 400th round in the history of the championship. To add to the occasion, it was Portimao’s 11th occasion hosting the world’s fastest production-based championship.
Four-time World Superbike Champion, Jonathan Rea, is topping the WSBK Championship standings – with a 91 point lead – following a win in race one and a second place in race two. It was a photo finish in race two as his closest rival, Bautista, took victory by just 0.11 seconds – the closest finish of the season so far…
There was a return to the track for Ben Spies on the 10th anniversary of his Championship win, back at the track where he clinched the championship for Yamaha in 2009. He was a special guest of Yamaha for the weekend and completed a parade lap ahead of World Superbike race two on Sunday aboard the 2020 variant of the Yamaha YZF-R1.
Ducati has announced a charity auction to support the newly established Carlin Dunne Foundation – bidding has already started for a limited-edition Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 and will run until 15 September. The bike is number five of 500 in commemoration of Carlin Dunne’s racing number. Proceeds will support Carlin Dunne Foundation to help with preventative resources and rehabilitation programs supporting extreme sport athletes. Here’s a link to the auction – https://www.ebay.com/itm/233333233744 – at the time of writing, bidding had already gone to US $48,600. Chaz Davies has also donated his leather racing suit from the Laguna Seca round as part of the auction… we hope it raises as much money as possible for a great cause.
Ok, so not ‘technically’ two-wheeled news, but we thought this deserved a mention. You’d be forgiven for getting confused this weekend in the Formula 1 in thinking Valentino Rossi had made an appearance as F1 driver, Lando Norris, raced with a special VR-inspired helmet and boots at the Italian GP. It’s great to see cross-racing admiration…
Tenuous link time…
Talking of admiration – check out the newly unveiled Indian Scout Bobber Twenty and the Scout 100th Anniversary launched to celebrate the 100-year birthday of the cruiser. You can clearly see the inspiration for the Bobber Twenty with its wire spoked wheels, bobber seat, ape hanger bars and touches of chrome. It’s powered by a 94bhp water-cooled V-Twin 1133cc engine. The Scout 100th Anniversary model features a special paint scheme as well as 100th-anniversary badges – there will be just 750 produced worldwide, so it’s a piece of history… There are some further updates to Scout Bobber and Scout so check out the Indian Motorcycles website if you want more info!
On the new bike front, Yamaha has announced a new 2020 WR250F which is their most powerful WR250F enduro to date – with a motocross-derived engine, new chassis and revised suspension. Fans of sports bikes will also be happy to learn there are new colours for the 2020 R6, R3 and R125.
Log On, Tune In, Ride Out……