2011: Bring it on

With a successful end to last season at the Duke of Donington event securing 4th overall, 1 point from the podium! Preparations for the coming season are marching on. I have been extremely lucky to have secured some real support. In the shape of Kemtile, a hygienic floor tiling company from Warrington. They were a massive help at the end of last season and have committed to this season also.
A new, fully branded awning is in manufacture, to replace my own tired/leaky one. Team clothing is also in production along with some give away t shirts and promotional material. This will provide as much advertising for Kemtile as possible.

The bike, as I write this, is a frame and rear wheel lying on my garage floor!! The engine has gone to RLR motorsport once again, for a check over Ricky did a great job last year and the bike was super reliable. I should have the engine back this week. The suspension has just been returned from Maxton who carried out a refresh on both forks and shock. I’m hoping to be building the bike back up in the next few days for the first test day on February 27th at Mallory park.

With the support from Kemtile I have been able to commit to a full season of Thundersport GB. They have launched a Superstock 1000 class for this season which, as my bike is in this spec, is the logical choice. The tv coverage on Motors is a big draw in attracting support  I’ll also be gearing my season around the main event for me the Isle of Man TT. Preparation for the TT was somewhat rushed last year but I was happy with my results. With more time to prepare, ie not running the bike in 2 days before catching the ferry!! I am confident of improving my personal best 124.5mph lap and hope to better my 10th place in the 2009 senior. I hope to squeeze in at least one meeting at Scarborough too. A really thrilling circuit.

So far the only thing not cemented in place is a 600 for the TT. A deal I had to use a kitted triumph 675 looks to have fallen through. I’m hoping to sort something out shortly. As soon as the season kicks off the TT suddenly looms on the horizon.

Anyway I think that is all the news. I’ll keep you posted with a report on the test day.

Posted: February 17, 2011

Ian Mackman