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"Fast Bikes", May 1, 2013

Fagan & Saunders

Not bad for a home-build, eh?

The 2013 racing season kicked off just as we went to press, with the first round of Thundersport GB held at Brands Hatch. You will, by now, know of Beaky’s plans for this season but it’s taken ages to confirm my plans for the year ahead.

I’m teaming up with JHS Racing again to compete in the GP1 class onboard a GSX-R1000, initially in superstock spec. The bike I’ll ride will be the team’s TT weapon, racing in the superstock, superbike and the Senior races with Dave Moffitt in the saddle. JHS Racing’s hard work (particularly the TT effort) hasn’t gone unnoticed and the team has some decent backing from Suzuki for 2013.

With time against us, we had to skip the first round, waiting for bikes, bits, and money to turn up. I’m a little glad we missed the Brands weekend, though: the track temp didn’t get anywhere near double figures and it was a bit of a crash fest all round.

A load of BSB riders turned up to get some sneaky race practice, but it was the Thundersport GB regulars who remained at the front. This year’s rivals will be Peter Baker, who has been racing for about 80 years and is still super-fast. Philip Crowe, who is the UK’s fastest fat man (I’m second fastest), is also a title challenger in the GP1 class, while a young kid, Alex Heaton, is one to watch, although he suffered a testing crash and damaged his shoulder. Alex was lapping Cadwell Park in 1m32s on a superstock-spec 1198, so when he gets on a decent bike, he’ll fly.

Donington Park is next up. Come and say hello, and keep an eye out for some ticket giveaways we’re running for each round.

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