Aug 20, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Milwaukee Yamaha
MCE British Superbike Championship: James Ellison (77) in action on his Milwaukee Yamaha.
MILWAUKEE YAMAHA BID TO REPEAT WINNING SUCCESS AT CADWELL PARK
The Milwaukee Yamaha team head to Cadwell Park this August Bank Holiday weekend for the eighth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship with James Ellison determined to secure his position in the end of season Showdown.
Ellison can mathematically claim his Showdown place after the two races this weekend and after returning to the top step of the podium last time out at Oulton Park, he is gearing up to continue the team’s strong success rate at the challenging Lincolnshire circuit. The team have celebrated victories in the past five races at Cadwell Park and are now preparing to come out fighting again this Bank Holiday Monday.
Josh Waters returns to British action following a podium finish in the World Endurance Championship round in Germany last weekend and the Australian is hoping to turn his fortunes around in the two races at Cadwell Park.
Ellison said: “We showed our form at Oulton Park; we are working hard as a team and I have been doing my homework on what I can improve too. I know we can be in the top six as that is where we should be and if we can solidify that position this weekend then that is the aim. Cadwell Park has been good for the Yamahas in the past but we can’t rely on previous history. What you can bet on is that I will be trying my absolute hardest to be up the front and trying to get the Milwaukee Yamaha back on the top step of the podium.”
Waters said: “We had a good weekend in Germany with the podium finish but now my focus is on this weekend at the British Championship. It has been tough so far but I will try whatever it takes as I want to improve this weekend and I determined to make it a good one.”
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More, from a press release issued by Honda:
MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 08 MONDAY 26 AUGUST CADWELL PARK
LOWES AND KIYONARI CHASES VICTORIES ON TEAM’S HOME CIRCUIT
Alex Lowes and Ryuichi Kiyonari are keen to make the most of their Samsung Honda team’s home circuit in the Holiday Monday seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park. The races at the Lincolnshire circuit, close to the team’s base in Louth, come at a crucial stage of the campaign for both riders.
Lowes is already assured of a place among the “title-fighters” in the Showdown sequence of races while former three times BSB title winner Kiyonari needs strong rides to join him among the six elite riders who will make the cut.
The team has tested at the picturesque circuit with its unique “mountain section” which see the bikes airborne as they crest the steep rise and both riders have found improvements as they chase what would be for each of them a first Superbike victory at this circuit – both have had podium finishes but the target for them both is to take the top step.
Local rider Lowes goes into the races in third place in the standings and is eager to take the fight to the series leading Shane Byrne, the winner of nine races so far aboard his Kawasaki, to continue to rack up the all important “podium credit scores” which click into place once the Showdown begins. While Byrne currently has a 54 points lead over Lowes in the main season standings, that is effectively reduced to a dozen points when the podium scores are taken into account.
Kiyonari meanwhile has still to secure his place among the top six – he is currently fifth and with 100 points at stake in this round and the next at Donington Park he need to score a further 49 points to be mathematically certain of making the step into the Showdown. He should be able to that, building on his four third placings scored so far as he turns around a difficult start to the season.
But for the other Honda riders, the chances of making the Showdown is something of a long shot, but that will not stop them bidding to be at the sharp-end of the pack. Lincolnshire rider Peter Hickman will be keen to turn on the speed and style aboard his Lloyds British GBmoto Honda, along with team-mate Dan Linfoot while both Jakub Smrz, riding Padgetts Honda, and Michael Rutter on the Bathams Honda are keen to chalk up their seasonal best results. And keep an eye on Jenny Tinmouth, battling on aboard her Two Wheels Racing Honda.
HONDA RIDER QUOTES
Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda): “We have done some testing and found some improvements and any time spent on the bike is good – these races excite me as it is my home round and I scored my first ever BSB podium finish there. It is a nice feeling to be able to go back there knowing that there is a chance of winning races. But, I also need to start riding better, be more consistent, find a bit more speed and continue to work on my fitness. This is the crunch time of the season and while I am already in the Showdown I need to see how close we can get to Shane Byrne in the standings to be in the best position possible when that starts at Assen.
I have to go to Cadwell and win.”
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda): “Cadwell Park is like a home round to me and I want to have a good result in the races. I am excited about this weekend because we have a better feeling with the bike now and it is encouraging as we have been making a step up each weekend. This is a hard circuit but it is also a special track for me because it is almost a home circuit to me and we want to step up a bit more this weekend to try and get back on the podium.”
More, from a press release issued by Team WD-40:
TEAM WD-40 TARGET CADWELL PARK BANK HOLIDAY BONANZA
The British Superbikes Championship heads to Cadwell Park this weekend with Team WD-40 eyeing a Bank Holiday bonanza and intent on continuing their second half of the season charge.
Tommy Aquino will aim to continue his blistering form in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 where he will compete along with team-mate Jon Railton, while teenage talent Joe Francis will be hoping his title quest remains firmly on track in the Monster Energy British Motostar Championship.
All three riders are in action at the Lincolnshire track in practice and qualifying over the weekend before race day on Monday.
Back-to-back podium finishes from Californian rookie Aquino has provided compelling evidence he has truly acclimatised to UK racetracks and conditions on the GR Motosport-prepared Kawasaki ZX 10r bike.
He finished second at Brands Hatch and third at Oulton Park in his last two outings, results which have seen him climb to seventh in the championship.
“The last month has been absolutely fantastic for me,” said the 21-year-old.
“I feel as though I’ve been improving throughout the season and to get on the podium twice is a massive boost heading into the last four meetings of the season.
“The next challenge for me is to try and get that first win and I don’t think it’s too far away. There is a great feeling within Team WD-40 and hopefully we can continue the good results at Cadwell Park.”
Railton is heading to his home track and hoping to enjoy a weekend of pain free-racing.
After getting in the points at Knockhill and Snetterton, a niggling knee injury has prevented the Huntingdonshire rider from firing on all cylinders.
“The last couple of meetings have been tough because I haven’t been 100 per cent fit,” said Jon.
“It has restricted my performance and been frustrating not to reach my full potential.
“But I’m hoping my injuries are fully behind me now and I can look forward to a strong end to the season.
“Top 10 finishes are very much my aim over the last few meetings.”
Francis, from Backford near Chester, will be defending an 11 point lead at the summit of the Monster Energy British Motostar Championship .
The ultra-consistent 15-year-old has yet to finish off the podium at any of the meetings so far this season.
“It’s great to be still leading the championship at this stage but there is still a long way to go,” he said. “The other guys will be pushing hard to get past me but everyone at Team WD-40 is giving everything to trying to be in top spot at the end of the season so hopefully all the hard work will pay off.”
Team WD-40 manager Brent Gladwin said: “We’ve had an excellent last two meetings and it would be fantastic if we can get more podium finishes at Cadwell Park.
“Tommy and Joe are riding very well and I think we will see the best of Jon now that his injury problems are behind him.
“It should be an exciting end to the season for the whole team.”
WD-40 is the new title sponsor of GR Motosport. The company has just launched seven new products specifically for use on motorbikes, under its recently launched WD-40 Specialist Motorbike brand.
Team Partners: Stauff UK, Cargolink Express, L&A Reinforcements, Carrino access flooring, The Air Con Experts, F&G Commercials, Bennetts Motorcycle Insurance, Kent Holiday Cottages, RS Components, 3 Squared, Signsxtra
Technical Partners: Kawasaki, Scorpion Red Power, Dynojet UK, Swinton Motorcycles, R&G, PPG Paint, Goodridge, Pipercross, Solo Motorcycle products, Super B, MG Competition, STIHL, Geo Technology, Sigma