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MOTOBUM, CLUBNEXT or Y’s distraction Dog House?

That is the question. It’s that time of year again when us Westerners trawl though the Suzuka 8hr entry list, pick out our favourite team names and try not to induce a hernia. Team Hooters, TEAM FRONTIER, Honda Blue Helmets and OTOBUM with Ishigaki Island Tuna Racing join the headliners in entertaining squad names. 84 teams are lapping for qualifying… Read more →

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44T Jackanory: When ambition outweighs talent…

The British Superbike circus rolled into Scotland this weekend. I should have been racing in the Ducati TriOptions Cup but was shafted so far up the botty by a ‘sponsor’, that all you could see was this guy’s toenails dangling between my cheeks. Instead, I endured Knockhill’s action on the TV and witnessed a crash-infested race one, with thousands of… Read more →

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James Hillier Breaks Strava

Yesterday, it emerged that the rumour was in fact true: James Hillier does need a wheelbarrow to transport his unfeasibly large testicles around with him. Not only is the Ringwood nipper having a bloody good 2015 Isle of Man TT, he got to spank the 326nhp Kawasaki Ninja H2R round The Mountain Course during a ‘parade’ lap. According to the… Read more →

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Ducati TriOptions Cup: Rd3 Donington Park

The glitz and glamour of being a support race at World Superbikes? Yeah, something like that. A rumbling horde of 899s rolled into to Donington Park for a Bank Holiday weekend of Ducati TriOptions Cup action, although the action started long before circuit activity. With organisers keen to clamp down on ECU tampering, there were a few exclusions/disqualifications and warning… Read more →

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Ducati TriOptions Cup: Rd2 Oulton Park

I’m almost certain a dog poo sandwich seasoned with semtex and barbed wire would have been tastier than the weekend I’ve endured. The second round of the Ducati TriOptions Cup rolled into Oulton Park alongside British Superbikes and, while it was generally a good meeting for my P&H Motorcycles/Carl Cox Motorsport team, it was another mentally challenging few days aboard… Read more →

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Ducati TriOptions Cup: Rd1 Brands Hatch

Racing can an emotional rollercoaster riddled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. When it’s good, everything else in life is irrelevant. When it’s bad, it’s very, very bad – life itself is almost irrelevant, the journey home is a miserable place, something only racers can fathom. After an encouraging end to last season, we headed to Brands Hatch… Read more →

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Project 2015: The Finale

Actually, although the project has ended, 2015 has only just begun. After an epic first round of British Superbikes at Donington to whet the racing appetite, the BSB circus rolls into Brands Hatch for round two next weekend, which also means the first instalment of the 2015 Ducati TriOptions Cup and a chance to reignite my passion for pain and… Read more →

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Casey Stoner to race Suzuka 8hr

We don’t really do race news but this is a gargantuan newsflash: Casey Stoner will make his racing comeback for Honda at the Suzuki 8hr in July. Love him or loath him, having (arguably) the world’s fastest man on two wheels competing again is blockbuster stuff for motorcycling – all we need now is a MotoGP faceoff between Casey and… Read more →

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James Hillier: “riding the TT with dodgy brakes is quite scary”

The vast majority of TT racers are all well-liked, approachable characters and lack that rockstar mentality of some of the, erm, rockstars, and James Hillier is one of the most down to earth, straight-talking riders in any paddock. We do love a good natter with him… The Ringwood rider didn’t have the TT that he and others expected him to… Read more →

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Photo Spesh: Repsol Honda MotoGP

Can anyone beat Marc Marquez in 2015? Probably not. Only six weeks until the season-opener in Qatar, and we’ll get to see these beauties under the floodlights of Losail. Note the analogue dash on Pedrosa’s bike – Marquez uses a digi, which is probably why he’s faster… Pics: Repsol Media Read more →

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How to eat a Honda

Bank Holiday weekend, 2013. What better way to spend such a festive time than with loved ones, family and friends, racing round and round in circles polluting the beautiful Welsh countryside, eating a Honda Fireblade and visiting Bangor A&E. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but this one needs explaining. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve needed to point… Read more →

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It’s all about the Benjamins…

Having spent the past few days getting jumped over/crashing my brains out at the Mick Extance school in deepest, darkest Wales, we hit the pub and got onto the touchy topic of making a living from racing. And it got me thinking… I’ve written about the subject in a previous life, and just how hard (and unfair) it is to… Read more →