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LAST PRACTICE SESSION

02 June 2012 | News

by Phil Wain

Dopo una giornata nuvolosa e fresca, il bel tempo ha fatto ritorno sull’Isola di Man ancora una volta di venerdì, quindi le aspettative per l’ultima sessione di prove libere serali erano alte. Purtroppo però, una perdita di olio sul circuito, rendendolo inagibile, ha spento tutte le speranze. Con le intere sezioni di Barregarrow e Ballaugh interessate, era possibile fare solo due giri e le Superbike non sono uscite per niente. Questo dopo una sessione del giovedì sera che era stata anche interrotta e si era svolta in condizioni di tempo nuvoloso, quasi al buio, sebbene i veterani Bruce Anstey e Michael Rutter avevano completato il giro a più di 200 km/h.

Una perdita d’olio al Sarah’s Cottage è stata la causa dell’interruzione di giovedì sera e con la bandiera rossa dalla linea di partenza fino a Cronk y Voddy, c’è stato un ritardo di 25 minuti prima di poter riprendere le prove alle 20:05, con la sessione di Superbike, Superstock e Supersport. In quel momento comunque, la temperatura era scesa e la luce stava calando, quindi venerdì sera rappresentava l’ultima occasione per i piloti di apportare i cambiamenti dell'ultimo minuto prima della gara di 6 giri di sabato.

Il sole è tornato ed eravamo tutti pronti per una emozionante sessione finale ma, quando la Supersport e Lightweight avevano completato un solo giro, è diventato chiaro che le condizioni della pista non erano quelle ideali. Un mezzo da 600cc aveva subito lo scoppio del motore nella parte alta di Barregarrow, facendo scendere l’olio giù verso il basso, mentre un incidente a Ballaugh (in cui il pilota non ha subito ferite) ha lasciato molti rottami sul percorso. Questo non ha lasciato molta scelta agli organizzatori, se non quella di mettere fine alla sessione.

Entrambi i piloti della Tyco Suzuki, Guy Martin e Conor Cummins, hanno completato alcuni giri significativi con i loro mezzi da 600cc. Guy usciva per la prima volta giovedì dopo la ricostruzione totale della moto a causa dell’incidente di North West 200.

Per quanto riguarda Conor, la sua andatura è cresciuta costantemente durante la settimana e ha fatto il miglior giro sulla sua Superbike a 200 km/h ma con la sua mano destra, quella del gas e del freno, che ancora gli causa dolore, la sua partecipazione alla gara di Superbike è ancora in dubbio.

Difficile spiegare come sento la mano. Non è dolore, ma è come se pulsasse costantemente e non voglio prendere antidolorifici o fare iniezioni, è troppo pericoloso farlo in queste circostanze, perché bisogna sapere fino a dove ti puoi spingere. Ci stiamo lavorando e faremo del nostro meglio. Devo solo stringere i denti e andare avanti. Ma se saltare la gara di sabato servisse per essere pronto per le quattro successive, lo farò”.

Guy ha completato il secondo giro sulla sua Supersport, e con le bandiere gialle su varie parti del circuito e il sole basso, ha fatto un tentativo di giro a 195 km/h. Comunque farà la gara di Superbike grazie alla sicurezza che gli ha dato il proprio risultato di mercoledì sera, 208 km/h, che lo posiziona quarto sulla griglia di partenza dietro il trio Honda composto da John McGuinness, Cameron Donald e Bruce Anstey.

Non mi lamento dei risultati della settimana. Le ultime due sessioni potevano andare meglio, ma è stato lo stesso per tutti. La sicurezza è di primaria importanza e gli organizzatori hanno preso la decisione giusta quando non c’era alcun ferito, e questa è la cosa più importante. La Superbike è pronta all’azione e noi faremo del nostro meglio e vedremo cosa ne verrà fuori. Non è possible forzare un risultato, ma sono certo che ci siamo quasi.

Se da un lato la sessione di prove libere è finita un po’ sottotono, nel paddock non si parlava che della presentazione delle nuove moto MotoCzysz. Dato che le moto americane hanno vinto le ultime due gare TT Zero, si parlava molto dell’eventualità che le moto elettriche possano raggiungere o meno i 160 km/h . Pilotate nuovamente da Michael Rutter e Mark Miller, c’è speranza che sia raccolta la sfida lanciata quest’anno da John McGuinness sulla Mugen Shinden.

by Phil Wain

After a day of cloud and cooler weather, beautiful weather returned to the Isle of Man once more on Friday and so expectations were high going into the final evening’s practice session. However, it all came to nothing as an oil spill left the course unrideable. With the top to the bottom of Barregarrow and Ballaugh sections affected, only two laps of solo practice were possible and the Superbikes failed to get out at all. That followed a Thursday evening session that had also been interrupted and was held in cloudy, almost dark, conditions although veterans Bruce Anstey and Michael Rutter did lap at over 128mph.

A spill at Sarah’s Cottage was the cause of the interruption on Thursday evening and with a red flag being displayed from the startline to Cronk y Voddy, there was a 25-minute delay before practice resumed at 8.05pm with the session for Superbike, Superstock and Supersport machines. By that time though, the temperature had dropped and the light was fading so Friday evening presented a final opportunity for riders to make last minute adjustments in preparation for Saturday’s opening 6-lap race.

The sun returned and we were all set for a thrilling final session but with the Supersport and Lightweight session only one lap old, it soon became clear that track conditions weren’t ideal. A 600cc machine had suffered a blown engine at the top of Barregarrow depositing oil down to the bottom, whilst a crash at Ballaugh (the rider was uninjured) left more debris on the track. That left organisers little option other than bring the session to an end.

Both Tyco Suzuki riders, Guy Martin and Conor Cummins, managed some important laps on their 600cc machinery, Guy only having got out on his for the first time on Thursday after the bike had to be completely rebuilt due to his North West 200 crash.

For Conor, his pace had steadily increased throughout the week and posted a best lap on his Superbike at 124.908mph but with his right hand – the throttle and brake hand – still causing him pain, his participation in the Superbike race remains in doubt.

It’s hard to explain how the hand feels. It’s not typically painful but just constantly throbs and I don’t want to be taking any painkillers or injections – it’s too dangerous around here to be doing that as you have to know how tight you’re holding on. We’ll just work around it and do the best we can. It’s just a matter of gritting my teeth and getting on with the job. But if it means sitting out Saturday’s race to be ready for the other four, that’s what I’ll do

Guy completed a second lap on his Supersport machine, but with yellow flags being waved on various parts of the circuit and difficulty with low sun, a tentative lap of 120.814mph was posted. He’ll go into the Superbike race though full of confidence with his Wednesday evening lap of 128.866mph placing him 4th on the leaderboard behind the Honda trio of John McGuinness, Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey.

I can’t complain how the week has gone. The last two sessions could have been better but it was the same for everyone. Safety’s paramount and the organisers made the right decision whilst no one was seriously hurt so that’s the main thing. The Superbike’s good to go so we’ll give it our best shot and see what happens. You can’t force a result around here but I’m confident we’ll be there or thereabouts.

If the practice ended on a bit of a low note, there was plenty of interest in the paddock with the unveiling of the new Motoczysz bikes. With the American bikes having won the last two TT Zero races, a lot of talk has centred around whether or not the first 100mph will be achieved by the Electric bikes. Ridden again by Michael Rutter and Mark Miller, there’ll be hoping to see off the challenge presented this year by John McGuinness on the Mugen Shinden bike.

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INTERVIEW: ALASTAIR SEELEY

18 May 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Alastair Seeley

British Superbike star and 2012 Northwest 200 Superstock win, the Northern Irish rider is one of Dainese’s newest signings.

ALASTAIR SEELEY

Date of Birth
4 October 1979

Team
Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing

Married
No.

Children
Yes, Lewis, he’s five.

 

If you weren’t racing, what would you be doing?
I’d like to be a rally driver. I enjoy go-karting, so if it wasn’t two wheels it would be racing on four wheels.

What’s your favourite corner?
Probably Station Corner at the Northwest 200. On a Supersport 600 it’s flat-out in top here. On a Superbike you roll the throttle a bit. You carry so much speed into it there’s no room for error. It’s a right-hander before the big, long straight into Coleraine. It’s out in the countryside, with trees and fields around.

What’s the best thing about being a professional racer?
The best thing is it gives me a lot of time to spend with my son. I train in the morning and it frees me up be with my wee fella.

The worst?
There is no worst thing. It’s a dream come true. Every rider wants to be paid to do what he loves and I’m lucky enough to be in that position at the moment.

Finish this sentence: Winning is…
a priority.

Pain is...
temporary, glory lasts forever.

If you could race in any era, when would it be?
Probably Kevin Schwantz’s era. Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Randy Mamola, all those guys. Kevin Schwantz is a hero of mine, I ride with his number, 34. Those guys were riding bikes with no traction control, no gizmos, no gadgets, and the throttle was like an on-off switch. They went from no power to all power. Those guys really knew how to ride a motorbike. I’d love to ride a 500 two-stroke GP bike.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be able to fly.

Do you have a motto you live your life by?
Take life as easy as you can get it. I like to chill out a lot. I don’t over stress my body.

Finally, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My dad told me to use my head when I was on the bike. It’s stopped me from crashing sometimes. Head for thinking, feet for dancing.

Alastair Seeley kept his cool to win the 2011 British Supersport title for his TAS Suzuki team at the very last race, and performances like that saw him be voted the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year in January 2012. For this season, The Wee Wizard has moved back into the British Superbike class after a year on 600s and is scoring podiums on the Tyco GSX-R1000.
He is also the man to beat at the famous Northwest 200 International Road Races, in his home country, where he competes against (and regularly beats) his team-mates Conor Cummins and Guy Martin, plus the rest of the world’s best real roads specialists. Seeley already has five NW200 wins under his belt going into the 2012 race.

http://www.alastairseeleyracing.co.uk
http://tyco-suzuki.co.uk/

by Gary Inman

Alastair Seeley

British Superbike star and 2012 Northwest 200 Superstock win, the Northern Irish rider is one of Dainese’s newest signings.

ALASTAIR SEELEY

Date of Birth
4 October 1979

Team
Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing

Married
No.

Children
Yes, Lewis, he’s five.

 

If you weren’t racing, what would you be doing?
I’d like to be a rally driver. I enjoy go-karting, so if it wasn’t two wheels it would be racing on four wheels.

What’s your favourite corner?
Probably Station Corner at the Northwest 200. On a Supersport 600 it’s flat-out in top here. On a Superbike you roll the throttle a bit. You carry so much speed into it there’s no room for error. It’s a right-hander before the big, long straight into Coleraine. It’s out in the countryside, with trees and fields around.

What’s the best thing about being a professional racer?
The best thing is it gives me a lot of time to spend with my son. I train in the morning and it frees me up be with my wee fella.

The worst?
There is no worst thing. It’s a dream come true. Every rider wants to be paid to do what he loves and I’m lucky enough to be in that position at the moment.

Finish this sentence: Winning is…
a priority.

Pain is...
temporary, glory lasts forever.

If you could race in any era, when would it be?
Probably Kevin Schwantz’s era. Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Randy Mamola, all those guys. Kevin Schwantz is a hero of mine, I ride with his number, 34. Those guys were riding bikes with no traction control, no gizmos, no gadgets, and the throttle was like an on-off switch. They went from no power to all power. Those guys really knew how to ride a motorbike. I’d love to ride a 500 two-stroke GP bike.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be able to fly.

Do you have a motto you live your life by?
Take life as easy as you can get it. I like to chill out a lot. I don’t over stress my body.

Finally, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My dad told me to use my head when I was on the bike. It’s stopped me from crashing sometimes. Head for thinking, feet for dancing.

Alastair Seeley kept his cool to win the 2011 British Supersport title for his TAS Suzuki team at the very last race, and performances like that saw him be voted the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year in January 2012. For this season, The Wee Wizard has moved back into the British Superbike class after a year on 600s and is scoring podiums on the Tyco GSX-R1000.
He is also the man to beat at the famous Northwest 200 International Road Races, in his home country, where he competes against (and regularly beats) his team-mates Conor Cummins and Guy Martin, plus the rest of the world’s best real roads specialists. Seeley already has five NW200 wins under his belt going into the 2012 race.

http://www.alastairseeleyracing.co.uk
http://tyco-suzuki.co.uk/

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INTERVIEW: CONOR CUMMINS

12 April 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Conor Cummins

The two-metre tall, Isle of Man TT specialist, Conor Cummins is the first in a series of exclusive sponsored rider interviews for the Dainese blog.

CONOR CUMMINS

Date of Birth
27 May 1986

Team
Tyco Suzuki

Married
Hell, no.

Children
Hell, no.

 

If you weren’t racing, what would you be doing?
I reckon I’d have gone into engineering. I have an interest in making things. I worked in banking for a while. Not the best decision I’ve ever made, but I needed the money to go racing and that’s what I did. Any day not working in a bank is a good day.

What’s your favourite corner?
The first one that comes to mind is Ballagarey on the Isle of Man TT course. It’s not far into the lap, just a few miles from the start. It’s a right-hander taken flat out in top gear on a Supersport 600, you just have to roll the throttle a bit on the Superbike, so it’s over 165mph (265kph). You’re flat-out, uphill, you can’t see the corner, you’re trusting your wits and your judgement till the last split-second. You can see the top of the hill, but the corner is immediately after it. You have to be leant over before you’ve reached the crest, so before you have even seen the apex, or you can’t take it fast enough to win the race.
On the outside of the corner are houses, telegraph poles and walls. I know someone who lives in one of the houses.
People have died crashing at this corner. One of my dad’s mates was killed there during the TT and it’s where Guy Martin crashed in 2010. It’s a notorious corner.

What’s the best bit about being a professional racer?
I get to race bikes full-time. That’s it.

The worst?
Lying flat on your back in hospital. But even positives come out of that. You learn something. However good or bad things get you still learn something. That’s what I love about bike racing.

Finish this sentence: Winning is…
Everything.

Pain is…
Temporary.

If you could race in any era, when would it be?
Now. I’m not taking anything away from the past, they were really hard days and I have nothing but respect for the riders, but the depth of talent on the roads now is incredible. Go to a major road race and any of the top 20 could win. There’s a potential for every rider at the TT this year to have done a 120mph lap. That’s phenomenal. It’s crazy.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be able to read minds. It would help with a lot of situations.

Do you have a motto you live your life by?
There’s a Manx saying, Traa-dy-Liooar, it translates as ‘Time Enough’, basically all in good time.

Finally, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Less is more.

Conor was born on the Isle of Man during TT fortnight and could see the famous 37.73-mile course from his bedroom window when he was growing up. He had a horrific 150mph (240kph) crash (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y07yt87lhEA) on the Mountain while battling for the lead of 2010 Senior TT. He badly broke his spine, arm and knee. Incredibly, just one year later he was back at the TT challenging for podiums while his spine was held together with two long sections of metal bar and numerous screws. For the 2010 season Conor has joined Tyco Suzuki, one of the leading team’s in UK racing. His team-mates are Josh Brookes and fellow Dainese/AGV riders Guy Martin and Alastair Seeley. He will compete at the International road races, some smaller national road races in England, Ireland and the Isle of Man, and in selected British Superbike rounds. See him at the Northwest 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster GP.

http://www.conorcummins.com/
http://www.iomtt.com/
http://www.northwest200.org/
http://www.ulstergrandprix.net/

by Gary Inman

Conor Cummins

The two-metre tall, Isle of Man TT specialist, Conor Cummins is the first in a series of exclusive sponsored rider interviews for the Dainese blog.

CONOR CUMMINS

Date of Birth
27 May 1986

Team
Tyco Suzuki

Married
Hell, no.

Children
Hell, no.

 

If you weren’t racing, what would you be doing?
I reckon I’d have gone into engineering. I have an interest in making things. I worked in banking for a while. Not the best decision I’ve ever made, but I needed the money to go racing and that’s what I did. Any day not working in a bank is a good day.

What’s your favourite corner?
The first one that comes to mind is Ballagarey on the Isle of Man TT course. It’s not far into the lap, just a few miles from the start. It’s a right-hander taken flat out in top gear on a Supersport 600, you just have to roll the throttle a bit on the Superbike, so it’s over 165mph (265kph). You’re flat-out, uphill, you can’t see the corner, you’re trusting your wits and your judgement till the last split-second. You can see the top of the hill, but the corner is immediately after it. You have to be leant over before you’ve reached the crest, so before you have even seen the apex, or you can’t take it fast enough to win the race.
On the outside of the corner are houses, telegraph poles and walls. I know someone who lives in one of the houses.
People have died crashing at this corner. One of my dad’s mates was killed there during the TT and it’s where Guy Martin crashed in 2010. It’s a notorious corner.

What’s the best bit about being a professional racer?
I get to race bikes full-time. That’s it.

The worst?
Lying flat on your back in hospital. But even positives come out of that. You learn something. However good or bad things get you still learn something. That’s what I love about bike racing.

Finish this sentence: Winning is…
Everything.

Pain is…
Temporary.

If you could race in any era, when would it be?
Now. I’m not taking anything away from the past, they were really hard days and I have nothing but respect for the riders, but the depth of talent on the roads now is incredible. Go to a major road race and any of the top 20 could win. There’s a potential for every rider at the TT this year to have done a 120mph lap. That’s phenomenal. It’s crazy.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be able to read minds. It would help with a lot of situations.

Do you have a motto you live your life by?
There’s a Manx saying, Traa-dy-Liooar, it translates as ‘Time Enough’, basically all in good time.

Finally, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Less is more.

Conor was born on the Isle of Man during TT fortnight and could see the famous 37.73-mile course from his bedroom window when he was growing up. He had a horrific 150mph (240kph) crash (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y07yt87lhEA) on the Mountain while battling for the lead of 2010 Senior TT. He badly broke his spine, arm and knee. Incredibly, just one year later he was back at the TT challenging for podiums while his spine was held together with two long sections of metal bar and numerous screws. For the 2010 season Conor has joined Tyco Suzuki, one of the leading team’s in UK racing. His team-mates are Josh Brookes and fellow Dainese/AGV riders Guy Martin and Alastair Seeley. He will compete at the International road races, some smaller national road races in England, Ireland and the Isle of Man, and in selected British Superbike rounds. See him at the Northwest 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster GP.

http://www.conorcummins.com/
http://www.iomtt.com/
http://www.northwest200.org/
http://www.ulstergrandprix.net/

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