January 2020

Published on 22nd January 2020

It has been a long time since my last blog mainly due to my work as a Councillor taking up so much of my time and mental energy. I'm currently visiting Davo Johnson in Australia which has given me a bit of time to breathe, especially as ironically it is cool and raining here in Phillip Island as we prepare for the Classic race meeting where Davo is racing a Suzuki Katana for Carl Cox Motorsport. 

So this is just an update on all things, James Whitham Track Training. Firstly as people often ask me about James's health I can confirm that he is still cancer free and in great health. He is looking forward to another season of commentary work for Eurosport and a live Tour Dates with guests. We have been riding trials bikes together regularly and Jim is doing some trials on both a modern bike and BSA Bantam.

All our track training dates are now online available to book. The Anglesey dates on 14/15 May have already sold out. We are trying some 2 day events at Croft this year due to requests from customers. Otherwise things are pretty much the same as last year using the independant circuits which can accomodate us at a price that we can put on our low numbers, coached days. The coaching roster will stay pretty much the same as previous years depending on availability and injuries. I think we have some of the best riders in the country who can all give coaching and advice in easy to understand language and really understand how to help riders of all abilities to improve.

Several of our coaches have changed teams over winter. Christian Iddon has gone to Paul Bird Motorsport. Richard Cooper has moved to Bathams having just won the New Zealand International Tri-Series Cup. Taylor Mackenzie has moved to Tyco for another crack at the premier BSB class. Jenny Tinmouth has finally got some backing to get back into BSB stock 1000 with Crowe Racing and Ashcourt. Davo is with OMG racing for the roads. Kyle Ryde is on the Hawk racing Suzuki Superbike. Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston keep the same arrangements as they had for their successful 2019 seasons. Davey Todd has moved to Honda after a stella year for such a young road racer. Dan Linfoot remains with TAG racing. 

I have to publicly say thank you to the independent circuits that support our work at Croft, Anglesey and Mallory Park. Suzuki for supplying the outstanding GSX-R 1000 R instructor bikes and Metzeler for the tyres we use. Without this support we could not give you the training days at the price we do.


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