28 October 2012
27 October 2012
The All Japan Road Race Championship has finally reached the final round. The MFJ-GP at Suzuka will see two races run over the weelend. In testing on Thursday the pace setter was TSR's Kosuke Akiyoshi. The reigning Japanese Superbike champion is not in the overall title hunt due to an injury earlier in the season. However he showed why is champion by setting the fastest time at the Suzuka Circuit.
Kosuke Akiyoshi commented " I want to show the pride of the number one plate. My best time of 2 min 07 sec 036 marked was set in the second session. At last I feel back in control with the bike , I do not know what the weather will be on race day , so we now have good dry settings, while we experimented , I just want to get on with the racing "
Championship leader YSP-Yamaha's Katsuyuki Nakasuka followed with a time of 2min 07sec 387 , and many are saying the battle will be between these two over the weekend.
Returning also to the track after injury are Honda's Takumi Takahashi and Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama who is is in far from perfect condition and is struggling after his crash at Round seven at Autopolis. Kagayama said" I need to take it easy and must remember I still have problems , being up with the leaders will be a big ask. But I will try."
26 October 2012
It is great sadness that we report the passing of Keith Biddle today peacefully with his family in Auckland. Keith will be remembered for his support of his daughter Avalon in her racing activies in New Zealand and around the World. The picture was taken by NZSBK at Taupo in March this year. Avalon's Bucket Racer had just stopped and Keith raced out to push her back to pits for repairs. Keith you will always be remembered.Our condolences to Avalon , Bev and Family.
25 October 2012
23 October 2012
With the New Zealand Road Race summer season fast approaching, a new pairing of riders are gearing up to take their bright orange Repsol Suzuki's to the front of the grids. John Ross of Christchurch will continue to run his already successful team and welcomes the extended support of Suzuki NZ and Repsol oils, along with new rider, Avalon Biddle.
Both riders will be aboard GSXR600s in the 600cc Supersport class with John doing double duties also racing a GSXR1000 in the Superbike class.
The pair will be hitting the track for some local club racing, the Burt Munro Challenge and the Suzuki International Tri-series before Christmas in preparation for their main focus - the 2013 New Zealand Championships - starting in January.
John was sitting second in both the 600cc and Superbike title chases in the 2012 championship when a broken wrist ended any title hopes. The necessary speed and experience is obviously there and he is looking to finish this season in one piece and with a New Zealand title to his name if any luck goes his way. ''Every thing is looking great for the season, Avalon is a great asset to the team, we have great sponsors on board and I have really been enjoying riding my new GSXR1000."
|Avalon in the thick of the action #4 at Mugello|
"When John asked if I would like to team up for the 2013 season I jumped at the chance. Not only because I believe the Suzuki is a great bike, but John and his crew have a heap of knowledge and experience that I hope to add to what I have learned in Europe this year. I want to return overseas next year so I will be squeezing the most I can out of the New Zealand season to prepare myself for that.''
Avalon finished second in the Italian Women's Championship this year.Winning two of the rounds. Avalon is a former NZGP and NZTT winner in the 125 Grand Prix Class and championship runner up.
words: Team Repsol Suzuki
22 October 2012
International racer Cameron Donald took out the Senior 500cc Pre-63 New Zealand TT at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park today. Riding the number one McIntosh Manx Norton the Australian showed his class that has made him an Isle of Man TT winner ,Leading Road Racer in the UK and Ireland and world endurance championship campaigner , he was never really troubled except early in the race when New Zealand superbike racer Nick Cole (Norton) looked like he would give chase, but had to settled for second. The best battle was between Chris Swallow(BSA) and another regular Superbike racer and current world 500cc classic champion Hayden Fitzgerald (Matchless). Swapping back and forwards throughout the race , it was finally settled with a race to the finish line with Swallow taking a hard fought third. Dave Cole (Matchless) and Warren Marsh(Norton) rounded out the top five. The meeting was part of the first ever Barry Sheene Trans Tasman Challenge , which was held over the three day labour holiday weekend. The weekend was affected by the weather with day two cut short.
Words: Ian Dawson
Pic: Doug Cornes Photography
21 October 2012
20 October 2012
Important: Due to the fact that their was a muck up by my good self regarding our old blogs domain name . We wish to annouce the following. Our blog can now be accessed via nzsbk.net or nzsbk.blogspot.com. Please convey this to your friends who tell you that they cannot access nzsbk.com because it is now a Japanese website.
However please note The blogsite for the 2013 New Zealand Road Race Championship is nzsuperbike.com (this belongs to us). There is a link between the two sites.
Due to tight economic conditions Motorcycling New Zealand has decided not to fund the blog this year after six years. However this has not stopped us planning coverage for the 2013 National Season and will find some way of doing this. Please note Motorcycling New Zealand has never owned the NZSBK name. The MNZ series is called the New Zealand Road Race Championship not the NZSBK series. So please save the above blog sites to your favorites to get the best up to date news on road racing in the South Pacific....and don't forget we will still live on facebook ;-). so remember nzsbk.net or nzsuperbike.com.
Today is Day 1 of 3 at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park of the first ever trans tasman Barry Sheene challenge. The Morning has dawned fine , weather forecast is for unsettled weather over the next three days.
More Details of the meeting are at Website
Pic: Post Classic
More Details of the meeting are at Website
Pic: Post Classic
19 October 2012
17 October 2012
They're small, fast, custom-built – and this year they are going large.
Hundreds of students from all over the North Island, and the top of the south, are back at Manfeild for a fifth consecutive year of New Zealand Secondary Schools’ mini motorcycle racing, in which midget motorcycles they've designed and built to gain NCEA unit standards are raced.
The kids - boys and girls, aged from 15-18 - start with a $380 kit that delivers wheels, an engine and brakes then go from there to create fun machines capable of zooming along at up to 70kmh; quite fast enough when you’re just centimetres off the seal.
The annual October outing, started Monday (October 15) and wrapping up today October 17, the second day of racing, has progressively grown since the first in 2008, when 100 students and five schools raced, Manfeild Park chief executive Heather Verry noted.
“This year’s event is especially impressive - 224 motorcyclists and nine sidecar crews representing 19 schools, from as far north as Mercury Bay to as far south as Murchison,” she said.
“We feel this shows what a key ingredient Manfeild is to this amazing annual project. I’d say that, for many of these young enthusiasts, the opportunity to give their bikes the ultimate test at our world-class venue is too good to pass up.”
Labels: nzsbk 2013
15 October 2012
Mike Pero returns to the track this weekend at the Hampton Downs racetrack in the Waikato. This time to race on two wheels at the first ever "Barry Sheene Trans Tasman Challenge" for classic and post classic machines. Mike is most well known in New Zealand as the face of "Mike Pero Mortgages" and has been involved in Car racing for some years.
However it was motorcycles where he had a lot of success. Between 1977 and 1983 Mike won 22 NZ Titles from two New Zealand titles & two NZGP titles in 410cc Production .He also won the NZTT in 125cc, 250 and 350cc racing class, Four NZGP titles in the 250 class.Four 350cc class one 500cc and one Open Class NZGP title all riding a TZ350. He also won a pair of NZ 350cc and 500cc National Road Race Championships again on a TZ350 Yamaha.
The meeting has attracted 330 entries from New Zealand and Australia.
More Details of the meeting are at http://www.barrysheenetranstasman.co.nz/.
14 October 2012
13 October 2012
10 October 2012
With less than 90 days till round one of the 2013 New Zealand Road Race Championships , the season is shaping up to be another exciting one. With a tight economic conditions it can only be expected that Motorsport would be effected. Time will tell.
In the Superbike Class the line up looks as competitive as was the case last year. Reigning New Zealand Champion Australian Robbie Bugden is set to return on the Triple R Suzuki 1000 to try and win a fourth New Zealand Title.
However several Kiwi's may have different ideas. Lead by Multi New Zealand Superbike Champion Andrew Stroud who is rumoured to retire at the end of the season and what a better way to leave the sport , as another Superbike Champion. Popular racers Craig Shirriffs , John Ross and 600 Supersport Champion Dennis Charlett all line up on Suzuki Superbikes as well and are all likely to be serious challengers. Christchurch's James Smith has swapped his Suzuki for a Honda previously ridden by Hayden Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald has swapped to Suzuki.
New Zealand number three , Sloan Frost will line up again on a BMW for the M1 Motorsport Team. The having taken delivery of the 2012 model , he has shown early pace at several winter meetings recently. Christchurch's Ryan Hampton lines up again on the Hampton Honda CBR1000 , and it is expected that Nick Cole will once again be on the Kawasaki ZX10.
As at this time , it is rumoured that Yamaha may return to the Superbike field with Daniel Stauffer as rider for the Bernard Racing Team.
The first round starts at Powerbuilt Raceway Christchurch on the 5th-6th January.
Entry Forms and Sub Regs are now available for the 2013 Motorcycling New Zealand Road Race Championship. The NZRRC will start with the NZ Grand Prix meeting at Christchurch on January 5th and 6th then moves to Timaru and Invercargill for the following two weekends. Before a break , then the two North Island rounds. Starting with the NZTT at Hampton Downs 23-24 March and moving to Taupo for the finale the following weekend. The 2013 Championship will be able to be followed at www.nzsuperbike.com. Entry forms are here.
9 October 2012
Young 14 year old Tyler Lincoln lines up for the Red Bull Rookies Cup Trial in Spain Tonight (NZT). Our best wishes to Tyler. Tyler will be racing in the 125GP New Zealand Road Race Championship Class in 2013.
Peter Clifford (Director of Red Bull Rookies Cup) writes
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