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Matt Pearce Racing – Rain and Shine at Oulton Park

June 27, 2013

ThundersportGB Formula 600

Race 1 – 11th
Race 2 – 9th

Oulton Park has long been my favourite circuit, and this weekend did not disappoint.

A slightly different format for ThundersportGB (due to Oulton Park’s Sunday noise limits) meant we had qualifying on Friday afternoon and 2 races on Saturday.  The Friday morning was put over to testing, and we made the most of that track time and the great weather we had to really learn a whole load more about the bike and the circuit.

It was sunny and hot for Friday afternoon qualifying, and I went out determined to make the most of the session.  I managed to knock nearly 2 seconds of my previous best time from the morning sessions, and finished the session in the best position this year in the full Sportsman Elite grid, which equated to 9th Formula 600.  Obviously, this was a great result, and I was happy with the day’s work!

Saturday morning the weather had changed, and all was wet.  We had showers on and off, and we felt that the tyre choice would have to be wets.  However, the race was delayed, and during that delay the wind was up and the sun came out – although the paddock was still damp, the track was 90% dry, save for 2 very wet corners, bizarrely!  Nearly all the bikes were on wets though, so it was a pretty even field.  I got a good start, and the first lap was full of overtaking, both for and against me, as everyone got a feel for the track.   As the track dried out, though, I started to struggle to keep with the pace as my full wet setup made the bike a bit soft at the higher speeds!   Towards the end, some of the riders who had gambled on dries started to get the grip they needed and I lost a couple of places to them.  Still, I finished in 11th Formula 600, so more points on the board.

By the time the 2nd race came along, all had dried up and so I was keen to get back out and continue the progress I had been making during the Friday test and Qualifying.   I made a fantastic start, and jumped nearly 2 rows.  This made the first lap a little crazy, as the pace was much higher – I did my best to keep up, riding much better than I have yet on this bike, and every lap learning more.  Although i gradually slid back down the order slightly, I did finish higher than my grid position, and was home as 9th Formula 600.

I came away from the weekend with points in all races again, and my consistency is really paying dividends as I am still 6th in the Championship, despite a good number of extra Supersport riders topping the results sheets and winning big points totals!

I had a great time on the bike, and really started to get a feel for how it handles whilst putting in the quick times. I am looking forward to getting back out at Rockingham on 27th/28th July – another new track for me but I can’t wait.


Tough Weekend for Repli-Cast at Knockhill

June 18, 2013

Team Repli-Cast UK Racing headed up to Scotland this weekend for round four of the Monster Energy Motostar Championship at Knockhill.

Follow link for full report: http://www.repli-castukracing.co.uk/news.html

Costilla joins Team Repli-Cast for the Monster Energy Motostar Championship

Team Repli-Cast UK Racing is pleased to announce that it has agreed terms to secure the services of Daniel Costilla for the remaining 2013 Monster Energy Motostar Championship. American Racer Daniel will be joining the Team on board the Honda 125GP Machine.

Follow link for full report: http://www.repli-castukracing.co.uk/news.html

Sean Neary Racing Report – Donington Park World Superbikes

May 30, 2013

Race Report – Round 2 – Donington
It seems like Brands Hatch was more like a year ago rather than a month so I was eagerly anticipating Donington Park. Donington was my weakest track last year due to a lack of track knowledge. (Last year was my first visit to Donington)I now feel I have a much better understanding of the track and I now really enjoy riding the fast sections of the circuit!
Practice was interesting on Friday as we were waiting around all day until our session at 5pm and then as we were about to exit pit lane the heavens opened. With us all being on dry tyres we turned around and headed back to the paddock. We woke up on Saturday morning to clear blue skies and being first on track for qualifying at 9am was very welcomed. We changed the rear shock spring on Friday so solve some issues we have been having and it was a pity we didn’t get the practice session to get this dialled in. That said we finished qualifying in 11th place after the session was stopped early after a big accident for Mike Edwards. Fingers crossed Mike can build a new bike over the coming weeks and his fingers repair quickly!
Race 1
4 laps into race 1 our brake issues reared its ugly head and we lost brake power. This is due to the brakes overheating. We have tried to buy a replacement seal kit for the Brembo calipers however Ducati only sell new calipers @ £400 each side rather than selling a replacement seal which would probably cost around £3.00!!! That’s Ducati for you. Since Brands Hatch we have changed the master cyclinder, brake lines and also upgraded our brake fluid thanks to Motul lubricants.
We managed to limp home in 9th in race 1 to score some solid points. Thanks to some advice from multiple champions JHP we tried some alternative brake pads for race 2.
Race 2
A blinding start saw me up to about 6th place in the first corner and with the leading group. Things were going well until about 5 laps into the race where I kept losing rear grip on the right hand side of the tyre. I persevered for a few laps until two near fast crashes where the rear was letting go with no warnings forced me to pit. The rear slides throughout any race but this felt different as it would let go with no warnings which led me to think there was oil on my rear tyre. Once I had this in my head I didn’t feel I could carry on as there are so many fast right hand corners at Donington. We pitted and couldn’t find any oil on the tyre but it was evident the rear tyre was not being made to work. On a more positive note I set my personal best time around Donington and we seem to have reduced the braking issues using the new pads so we have something to take away.
Obviously I am looking for better results which I know we are capable of. We need to go away and test now we have the stiffer rear spring and we should be able to improve the set up and particularly rear grip.

Matt Pearce Racing – Cadwell

May 29, 2013

Glorious Cadwell Park brings sunshine and more points
ThundersportGB Formula 600
Race 1 – 12th
Race 2 – 12th
Race 3 – 10th

Championship Position – 6th

I was looking forward to Cadwell Park as a circuit I really enjoy, and also the first place this year where would be able to properly compare the new bike to last year’s, in comparable conditions.

The first session out on track, in glorious sunshine that lasted all weekend, was Saturday qualifying. As I had not done the test day on the Friday, the first half of the session was just about getting settled, checking the setup wasn’t too far out and preparing to put some decent lap times in towards the end. I had done all the settling in just fine, and was about to go for a proper flying lap when, at the hairpin, I ground the bike on one of the notoriously high Cadwell kerbs, and was sent sliding into the countryside. Not the qualifying session I had hoped for!

No major damage was done though, and after some new footpegs, and bit of covering scratches and removal of grass, I was ready for the first race – albeit near the back of the grid.
I didn’t get a brilliant start in the first race, and was working hard to pass the riders ahead. I was fighting to get past one rider for a good chunk of the race, which was a massive 14 laps long! I finally made a pass stick on around lap 10, and immediately posted a faster time in the free track ahead. I worked hard to keep that new pace up, and although I had pulled away from the rider I had passed, I couldn’t catch the next pack. Finished in 12th place, and quickly remembered just how physical Cadwell Park is – especially during that long race!

Sunday morning brought yet more sunshine, although this time with some quite strong winds. Morning warm-up went well, and I was trying to perfect the last corner, which I had not been happy with the day before.

For race 2 I got a much better start, and was dicing in a nice group hard from the start. There were many yellow flags out though, as riders fell, and then on lap 4, the Red Flag came out for someone whose bike had not made it off the track. At the restart, I got another flyer. Again, it was good hard racing all the way through, and once more I came back 12th.

We made some setup changes for race 3, the final one for the weekend. At this point we were 4.5 seconds a lap faster than my times at Cadwell Park last year, but I still needed to find some more pace. The changes made helped the bike through the tight twisty section of The Mountain and Hall Bends, and although I had to get used to the feel round the rest of the circuit it had improved the times. Another hard fought race to the checkered flag, and another 0.5 of a second gained – this time crossing the line in 10th place.

So, once again, a solid weekend with more points scored in every race. My consistency is paying dividends, and the championship position of 6th is a great place to be at this stage in the season. We are still making progress towards the front, and I can’t wait to do it all again at Oulton Park on 21/22nd June

Matt Pearce Racing – Snetterton

April 30, 2013

Points Keep on Coming in First Visit to Snetterton
ThundersportGB Formula 600
Race 1 – 7th
Race 2 – 10th
Race 3 – 7th

Championship Position – 5th

Having never ridden at Snetterton before, the Friday Test Day was all about learning the track. I quickly discovered just how long the straights were and just how short they seemed on the back of the bike! First session on the Friday was wet, but that was no problem as it gave me a good chance to learn where the track went at least. By the end of the day I had come to really like the track was posting reasonable times and really looking forward to the races to come.

Qualifying on Saturday morning went well, and I qualified in a reasonable position for the races to come. I had hoped that in the first race I would have improved my laptime, and therefore my grid slot for Snday, but a huge hailstorm descended not long after qualfying, and the track had only just tried in time for the first race. Although we were on dry tyres, the track wasn’t perfect only a very small number of riders improved their times, so the grid stayed essentially the same. I got a brilliant start and the race went well and was filled with great racing for me – places swapping and changing in a large group of riders. It was a lot of fun, and I came home as 7th Formula 600.

Sunday, the forecast was much better and we woke to brilliant sunshine. It didn’t last all day, but it stayed dry. I spent the first 7 laps of the race dicing with one particular rider, but when I finally got clear I put the hammer down and tried to chase the next pack – in doing so I knocked over 2 seconds of my previous best time. Although I finished further up the main pack, I was 10th Formula 600 – still a great result and more points to the total.

I got another great start on the last race of the day, and in the first couple of laps was fighting once again in the pack. However, we had tried to maket he rear tyre do one more race, and it was just too much for it. I couldn’t drive out of any of the slow corners and was struggling to keep up the pace. I lost a few places and got some clear track so I worked hard to make up the time where I could. It was a hard fought race to keep the pace, but still a lot of fun. I held position, having to defend hard by the end, and got another 7th Formula 600!

Overall another great weekend, hugely enjoyable and a whole load more points and some more progress towards the front. My consistency and progress has earned me 5th place in the Formula 600 Championship so far, and I will be working hard to move even further up.

Great Day’s Racing for Repli-Cast at Oliver’s Mount

April 22, 2013

Team Repli-Cast UK Racing had a Great Day’s Racing at Oliver’s Mount this weekend for their first Road Racing event of the year, at the Ian Watson Spring Cup.

Follow link for full report: http://www.repli-castukracing.co.uk/news.html

April Showers at Thruxton For the Repli-Cast Trio

April 15, 2013

The second round of the Monster Energy Motostar Championship took place at the Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire. Team Repli-Cast UK Racing had a three bike line up which included the first competitive outing of the Ten Kate prepared Moto3 bike.

Follow link for full report: http://www.repli-castukracing.co.uk/news.html

Solid Points for Repli-Cast Racing’s Jordan and Durham at Brands Hatch Indy

April 8, 2013

Repli-Cast UK Racing’s Paul Jordan and Asher Durham got the Team’s 2013 Monster Energy Motostar Championship campaign off to a fine start, as they both ended up in the points finishing 7th overall and 12th overall respectively in the 125GP Championship.

Follow link for full report: http://www.repli-castukracing.co.uk/news.html

Sean Neary Brands Hatch Race Report

April 7, 2013

Race Report – Round 1 – Brands Hatch
It has been a long winter waiting for this weekend! After an awesome pre-season I was feeling confident in the run up. Unfortunately it was clear from the first practice session that our base set up which we had worked on in Spain and Anglesey just wasn’t working. I was running wide under acceleration which is the most crucial aspect to make a fast lap.
I finished the practice session in 6th which I was surprised about really as I knew the set up wasn’t working. After speaking with the K Tech (Suspension) support team we decided to go back to their recommended base settings and start over again. The difficulty of doing this at BSB is the lack of track time we get and it’s risky to make big changes when going into a race/qualifying. That said I knew we had to make big changes to make it work so I took the gamble and qualified 10th therefore putting me on the third row of the grid. We made improvements to the set up but we were still running horribly wide under acceleration.
Race 1
An average start saw me in about 12th going into the first corner however the elbows came out and I managed to work up to 6th position before the brake lever began to fade as the race went on. I managed to finish the race in 8th position. Not what I was looking for but a solid start! We made some more changes to try and help with the suspension and bled the brake system overnight.
Race 2
I struggled again in race 2 under acceleration and almost had a huge crash on lap 12 trying to ride around the problem. We once again lost brake power and it now looks like we have a damaged master cyclinder (sorry for the technical report which probably sounds very boring!) We will be purchasing a new one to eliminate this problem moving forward.
Brands Hatch was always going to be a tough round as we don’t do any testing there but I didn’t expect it to be as tough as it was. I will now get some testing in before Donington to ensure we can get to a good base setting with our suspension and we should be flying. The pace was hot in the 848 Challenge so it’s going to be a great season.
Thanks to all my sponsors for making this happen. We come away from round 1, 10th in the championship so we can now build on this now and I will be giving the gym some treatment until the next round!!!
Thanks all