The R&G team has been making full use of the good weather as they take part in Ride to Work week 2015! Have you taken part?
With the 2015 British Superbike Championship reaching the quarter way mark of the season, the R&G Rookies’ Trophy has enjoyed an action-packed start as the newcomers battle for the lead in the Championship and a place at all four levels of the renowned California Superbike School.
Founded back in 1980 by Keith Code, the world-renowned California Superbike School offers expert tuition and a step-by-step method of training in the art of cornering motorcycles. Based at Silverstone, the School runs over four levels, with each one teaching precise technical riding skills, and will prove the perfect platform for the winning rookie to further improve their riding skills.
The School, which has trained such stars as ex BSB Champion Leon Camier and MotoGP Moto2 rider Thomas Luthi, is supported by R&G protection, to ensure its Ducati machines are kept in top working condition. The School runs 1299 and 899 Panigale sports bikes, plus Monster 1200 roadster machinery.
One of the rookies to shine has been Kyle Ryde in the British Supersport Championship, who, despite being in his debut year in the class, sits just one point from the series lead. Getting to grips with his Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport bike, Ryde has also impressed on the world stage by taking a stunning podium when he wildcarded in the World Supersport race at Donington.
Equally impressive has been Supersport EVO contender Joe Collier, who has taken four wins from six starts to lead the series by a huge 56 points. The Triumph Haribo Starmix rider was also judged by Eurosport’s James Whitham as his ‘Rookie of the Meeting’ last time out at Oulton Park, based upon performance, conduct and effort over the three days. Each winner of the Rookie of the Meeting receives two sets of R&G Aero Knee Sliders.
However, following three action-packed Ducati TriOptions Cup races and an exciting Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at Donington Park as part of the supporting bill for World Superbike Championship, Jody Lees leads the R&G Rookies’ Trophy ahead of Superstock 1000 rider Nico Mawhinney. Kyle Ryde sits in third.
Proving to be one of the most exciting classes, the inaugural Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup has seen the young stars of tomorrow cut their teeth in front of a packed crowd. Open to riders between 13-18 years old, the five races so far this season have been enthralling, and it is Cameron Fraser who leads the way. R&G also supports the series, providing riders with two sets of Engine Case Covers, Toe Guards and a 50% discount on R&G products.
R&G UK Sales Manager Alan Garrett commented “The start of the 2015 R&G Rookies’ Trophy has been sensational and we’ve seen some of the very best new talent shining through. Kyle Ryde has been the revelation of the Supersport class, but the depth of talent runs throughout the league, with the ‘KTM Cup’ providing enthralling racing that’s made even more special with many of the riders enjoying their first foray into the world of motorcycle racing.”
The new 2015 specification R&G Race Series Engine Case Covers range have been track proven to offer race teams the maximum protection in case of a crash. They are currently widely used across the MCE British Superbike Championship paddock, most notably by Team WD-40, Riders BMW, RAF Reserves and Morello Racing.
Having been specifically developed in collaboration with selected MCE British Superbike Championship teams and during the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge (2014), R&G’s Race Series Engine Case Covers have been crash tested at the highest level, ensuring they meet and exceed the required standards for case protection. R&G’s entire range of Engine Case Covers (ECCs) and Engine Case Cover Kits (KECs) have been approved by the British Superbike Championship and the American Motorcycling Association for use in any competition sanctioned by these organisations. Crucially both the ‘Race’ and standard covers are available in kit format, saving costs all through the life of the unit as replacement parts can be ordered separately.
The new 2015 specification Race Series Case Covers have been specially developed at the request of the race teams and include a replaceable puck on the impact face. This new puck not only further enhances the protection offered by a standard R&G Engine Case Cover by providing more material to ‘grind through’ but also offers an easy, low-cost fix in the case of a minor slide, as it can be replaced and the cover used again and again.
The ultra-lightweight Race Series Case Covers are crafted from 4mm polypropylene, offering strength and durability, while the slimline design ensures maximum ground clearance. Simply bolting on over the original engine casing, the Race Series Case covers are easy to install and require no adhesives, silicone or epoxies.
The Race Series covers are used extensively across the BSB paddock and beyond, with Team WD-40, Riders BMW, RAF Reserves, Morello Racing, MWR Kawasaki, NMT No Limits Kawasaki and True Heroes Racing all using the cover, alongside riders Adam Jenkinson, Freddy Pett, Levi Day, Sam Coventry, Luke Shelley and Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness. Every machine in the Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup is also fitted with R&G Race Series Case Covers.
The current eligible machines for the R&G Race Series Case Covers include the Suzuki GSX-R1000, Triumph Daytona 675, Honda CBR1000 RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZX-10R, BMW S1000RR, KTM RC 390 and Yamaha YZF-R1, with more variants in development.
R&G UK Sales Manager Alan Garrett commented “Our Race Series Case Covers have been specifically developed at the highest level of racing to ensure maximum protection in case of a crash. The cost of replacing an engine casing or removing debris from an engine is an expense that race teams do not need, so our new 2015 specification allows them to quickly replace the puck in case of a small crash, whilst offering full protection in case of a larger one.”
Brent Gladwin, Team WD40 Owner said, “Unfortunately we’ve had our fair share of crashes this year, but thanks to the R&G crash protection on our machines, the damage has been minimal. The best example of the Race Series Case Covers doing their job perfectly was at Oulton Park recently, when Tarran Mackenzie crashed his Stauff Connect Academy Kawasaki during the race. Despite heavy impact and sliding down the tarmac for some 150 yards at high speed, the engine suffered no damage at all – which, along with the rest of the R&G items on our bike, meant we were able to walk away from a potentially expensive crash with nothing more than some broken fairings!”
Motorcycle Trader decreed R&G to be the ‘Accessory Manufacturer of the Year’ in its 2015 awards while British Dealer News presented Managing Director, Simon Hughes, with a certificate of merit in the ‘Motorcycle Product Brand of the Year’ category.
Although R&G prides itself on developing a range of products for riders to protect their bikes from damage and save them money, as well as offering a diverse selection of enhancement bolt-ons and other products to improve motorcycling life, the support of the motorcycle trade is vitally important. As Simon Hughes explains:
“R&G is above all a company run by bikers making products to benefit bikers, but without the support of the trade and our dealers, we wouldn’t be able to do achieve our goals. 2015 is going to be a massive year for R&G in terms of new products, expansion of the Company and more investment in R&D, sponsorship and marketing. To start the year with two awards gives us further confidence.”
Record your ride in 3D with new GMOS dashboard from R&G
The SpeedAngle GMOS JI100 is an affordable, complete display and datalogging package for riders looking to measure and record a motorcycle ride in a similar way a MotoGP team does – be it on the road or track.
Now available from R&G, the simple to install and use GMOS unit costs £299.99 and uses GPS technology and sophisticated sensors to offer riders the ability to display and record the 3D motion of a ride, including speed, lean angle and longitudinal G force acceleration and deceleration.
Used to full effect by Team Honda Racing, who finished 1-2-3 in the 2014 Australasian Superbike championship, for track users and racers, the SpeedAngle also offers a sophisticated lap timer function with many personal setting options including automatic timer start and stop, creating sector times and showing best lap time with time gap.
With the unit being no bigger than a satnav, a rider can choose to mount the GMOS to use as a live information dashboard or tucked out of the way to log the information of a ride. The unit can be installed in many different ways and, thanks to its long-lasting internal battery, the only cables needed are for the lean angle sensor and external GPS antennae (only required if the internal one is obscured).
The user can decide what information is shown on the device’s display, with only two buttons needed to toggle and select from the various options or switch between ‘Road’ or ‘Track’ mode. Maximum logging time is 7 hours and battery life is up to 14 hours, while the waterproof display features a backlight, so that it can be used at night or in poor light situations.
The recorded data can be downloaded and then viewed and used in many different ways, including the ability to be overlaid onto Google Maps to visually show the difference between position, speed, lean angle and acceleration and deceleration G forces. For track riders, this could be a crucial tool to help reducing laptimes, as aspects like braking points and force used can be seen. Using third party applications, the data can also be visually represented on top of video.
The contents of the box are a Dashboard unit, mounting bracket compatible with AMPS, Sensor unit and Stand, external GPS antenna along with 3M Dual Lock tape for more basic fitting, along with software and a USB cable needed to download the data from the GMOS.
Dashboard Dimension: 61.5 mm x 111.5 mm x 20 mm
Dashboard Weight: 135g
Sensor Dimension: 82 mm x 41 mm x 20 mm
Sensor Weight: 50g
Power: 3.7V Li-Ion battery
Working Temp Range: 2°C – 60°C guaranteed
LCD: 132*64 STN display
Screen Refresh Rate: 20 Hz
Interface: USB 2.0 compatible
Battery Life Time: 14 hours max. (without backlit and external GPS Antenna)
Logs: 254 logs max
Max Log Time : 7 hours
Log Resolution: 20 pps for lean angle and G, 10 pps for GPS and speed
Lap Timer Resolution: 1/1000 second
GPS Antenna: built-in and external
GPS Update Rate: 10 Hz
GPS Sensitivity: -159 dBm tracking
GPS Channels: 32 all-in-view
GPS Start Time: 36 sec average
GPS Speed: 255 MPH (410 KMH) max
Longitudinal G Range: +/- 1.5 G
Lean Angle Range: R/L 69˚
Visit www.rg-racing.com to find your nearest SpeedAngle dealer.
The Academy was launched at the last round of the 2014 British Superbike championship with a clear view of developing young riders through the tiers of motorcycle racing. The concept is the brainchild of GR Motosport Managing Director, Brent Gladwin, and Stauff’s Head of Marketing, Iain Stansbie, in co-operation with WD-40.
It will see the Stauff Connect Academy bikes run by GR Motosport becoming an integral part of Team WD-40 with the aim to develop riders in all areas of the sport to help them achieve their goals from a clear structure, running from Mini Moto through Motocross and into the British Superbike Championships.
In the Stauff Connect Academy livery in the National Superstock 600 class for 2015 will be Tarran Mackenzie and Joe Irving.
Both Tarran and Joe were Championship contenders in the British Moto3 Championship and the last few champions from this class have come the same route. Tarran stays with the Team for a second year, where in his first he took podium finishes and one pole position. Taz knows the Team and in return they enjoy that beaming smile that hides the warrior within.
Welcoming Joe back to the Team is like re-uniting with lost family; 20 years ago at the inception of GR Motosport Joe’s father, Mark, was one of GR Motosport’s first sponsors. Joe has developed into an extremely fit and focused young rider and being teammates with Tarran is sure to bring the very best out of both of them.
Tarran Mackenzie: “I’m really happy to be staying with GR Motosport for the second year in succession! Last year was my rookie year in the Superstock 600 class and I managed to secure 2 podiums and a pole position. I learned lots along the way so with a great bike and fantastic team around me again in 2015 my plan is to go out and challenge for the win every weekend.”
Joe Irving: “I am really looking forward to a part of the Stauff Connect Academy. Moving out of the Motostar class up to the stock 600 is going to require a lot of learning in a short space of time as I want to be ready and capable to run at the front for the first round. Coming in as a rookie will make it harder for me than my team mate Taz who already has a season under his belt. The four previous Champions did it in their rookie year so it can be done and that is my aim in 2015. Watching the class in previous years I know that they key to success is consistency and my main aim will be to finish every race shiny side up!”