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Thursday 17th April
Spring Cup, Scarborough
The second race meeting of the year for Daley was the Ian Watson Spring Cup National Road Races held at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough on Sunday 13th April.
England’s only road race venue, Oliver’s Mount has hosted motorcycle racing since 1946, though cars have raced there in 1955 and 1956. Organised and run by the Auto66 Club, Oliver’s Mount is also the venue for both motorcycle and car speed hill climb and sprint events.
The track is formed from the narrow, twisting and sometimes undulating road running through the public park of Oliver’s Mount – an area of high ground overlooking Scarborough, North Yorkshire. As a vantage point it offers impressive views of the town, a tribute monument to the war dead, a cafe, camping and caravanning at various times of the year. Though it is perhaps most famous outside the area for its hosting of motorcycle racing. During the English Civil War (1642–1651) Parliamentarian troops under the command of Oliver Cromwell are reputed to have garrisoned and held this important strategic location in the face of fierce Royalist attacks; leading to it being subsequently renamed from Weaponness Hill to Oliver’s Mount.
2014 Motorcycle Road Race dates at Scarborough:
- Ian Watson Spring Cup National Road Races – 13th April.
- Barry Sheene Road Race Festival and Rally – 21st-22nd June.
- Cock o’the North Continental Road Races – 19th-20th July.
- Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup Road Races – 13th-14th September.
Daley will also be competing at both the Cock o’the North and Gold Cup events later in the year.
Being just a one-day meeting, the team arrived on Saturday and had the unusual comfort of a relatively leisurely day setting up the awning and preparing the bike for Sunday’s racing. Daley was riding the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600 – the GSX-R1000 Superbike not yet being available following testing at Darley Moor (see the post dated Friday 4th April) – and the Logan Racing Honda RS125 machine. Daley also used the occasion to hold his annual Fundraising Evening on Saturday night at the nearby Arosa Caravan and Camping Park (see the post dated 14th April).
After an enjoyable and successful Fundraising Evening, the events on racing day followed the usual format of untimed practice, followed by timed practice for qualifying, followed by the races themselves – scrutineering of the bikes having taken place on Saturday.
The races at Scarborough are often attended by many top riders and are popular with Irish racers as well as with, perhaps surprisingly for such a narrow circuit, sidecar racers. This year top Irish solo riders included Ryan Farquhar, Jamie Hamilton, Lee Johnston, Davy Morgan, Seamus Elliott and newcomers Gareth Keys and Neill Kernohan. Competing also were Guy Martin, Dean Harrison, James Cowton and Ivan Lintin, for example, and with the day being warm and dry some excellent and safe racing was produced in front of a crowd of racing fans numbering about 10,000.
The race schedule was revised for Daley due to the GSX-R1000 not being available, but he was still entered into the Senior, Junior, Lightweight and Ian Watson races on the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600 and Logan Racing Honda RS125. Unfortunately, a problem with the 125 could not be rectified at the meeting and the machine was retired from the Lightweight class, leaving the 600 entered into 3 races.
However, after a small adjustment to the suspension settings during practice Daley was delighted with the performance of the Hol-Taj GSX-R600, which had been professionally upgraded over the off-season with a race-tuned engine and Yoshimura ECU and loom by Slick! Performance in the Isle of Man. So much so that Daley was able to lead Guy Martin for much of a Senior practice session.
In the races themselves Daley was delighted to gain a 1st place finish in the Senior B Race on the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600, having been unable to enter the A Race due to last-minute changes to the bike being required. Guy Martin once more dominated the meeting with wins in the Senior A, Junior A and Senior races. And Ivan Lintin and Ryan Farquhar were the front-runners in the two Super Lightweight races.
Daley’s Race Results:
- Senior B – Race 2 (8 laps) – 1st place
- Junior A – Race 4 (8 laps) – 6th place
- Ian Watson Cup – Race 10 (8 laps) – 8th place
All-in-all a great confidence-boosting shakedown meeting for Daley and the Team as the season gains momentum. Work on the Hol-Taj GSX-R1000 is moving apace following the meeting at Darley Moor earlier in the month (see the post dated 4th April). It is expected that the machine will be available for the next meeting at the Cookstown 100, alongside the Hol-Taj GSX-R600 and Logan Racing RS125 Honda.
Daley and the team are very pleased with his results this weekend with some very creditable results against world-class competition in hard-fought races (including his third first-place finish of the year!) and are excited about, and very much looking forward to, the upcoming season.
Daley’s next race meeting is the Cookstown 100 in Northern Ireland on 25th & 26th April.
Detailed Results Sheets for Daley (Practice, Qualifying and Race) can be viewed by clicking HERE
Detailed Meeting Results can be viewed on the Sports Timing Services website by clicking HERE
A photo gallery from the meeting can be viewed by clicking HERE
The Auto66 Club’s website can be visited by clicking HERE
The 2014 Calendar of Events for Oliver’s Mount can be viewed by clicking HERE
Thanks to Daley’s principal sponsors for their continued very valuable support:
Tuesday 15th April
Michelin Pilot Road 4 review
Pilot Road 4 – “Feel more secure, whatever the conditions”
Daley has been racing on Michelin tyres with great success since the beginning of the 2013 season, returning some excellent results, and he appreciates the significant contributions they have made to those successes.
Michelin have a very long and proud history of innovation in tyre technology in all sectors of the industry – including the introduction of the radial tyre into both the car and motorcycle markets – a concept now taken completely for granted, but highly innovative at the time.
As reported in the post dated 7th April below, Michelin have now introduced the Pilot Road 4 tyre into the sports touring market. The independent assessor Tyre Reviews has said:
“The tyre continues to use 2CT (two compound technology) to offer softer shoulders than the centre section, offering improved cornering grip and wear, and XST+, an improved version of the sipes used in the Pilot Road 3 keep the wet performance class leading. The biggest change to the new Pilot Road 4 is the new “Michelin 2 AT technology”, which is the result of a 5-year development project to combine the advantages of bias tyres (high load carrying and stability) with the benefit of radial construction (enhanced riding pleasure and comfort.)
“All these changes make a difference. The new Pilot Road 4 improves the longevity by 20% over the Pilot Road 3, while still keeping the huge gap in wet braking compared to its nearest rivals. A 17% average lead on low grip wet roads (think painted white lines.)
“The Pilot Road 4 has managed to move the game on, further extending the lead Michelin have in the sports touring segment.“
Michelin – A Better Way Forward
Tuesday 15th April
Annual Fundraising Evening
Timed to coincide with the Ian Watson Spring Cup National Road Races at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, Daley held his annual Fundraising evening at the Arosa Caravan and Camping Park in Seamer on Saturday 12th April, the evening before the races. Situated just 3.5 miles from the circuit, Arosa is biker-friendly and the licensed clubhouse provided a convenient and opportune venue for the event.
The Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600 and Logan Racing Honda RS125 (the latter on loan for Daley to ride in the Spring Cup) were both on display. During the evening Daley gave a speech explaining how he got interested in motorcycle racing and reviewed his career up to the main racing event of this year, the TT in the Isle of Man in May/June.
A raffle was held for numerous prizes as well as auctions for several framed motorcycle racing photographs and a signed Leeds United football and T-shirt, both raising very valuable funds to help support the upcoming season.
Daley is very grateful to all his sponsors, followers, friends and family who came along to make this such an enjoyable and successful evening.
Monday 7th April 2014
Michelin News Release
Following his two Formula 600 race wins on the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600 at Darley Moor circuit’s first race meeting of the season on 30th March Michelin, Daley’s tyre sponsors, were sufficiently pleased with his results to publish a summary of the meeting in the News section of the company’s website and other PR routes.
Daley has been delighted with the performance of the Michelin tyres he’s been riding on and believes they have been crucial to his riding successes. He has commented: “The main event in 2014 for me is the TT and I’ve great confidence that the combination of Michelin tyres and the Hol-Taj Suzukis will give me the tools to return some very creditable results, both on the Isle of Man and the other road racing events I’ll be competing in.”
In 2014 Michelin have also launched their latest performance motorcycle road tyre:
“Feel more secure, whatever the road conditions. MICHELIN Pilot Road 4, the best choice for riding pleasure despite challenges along the way. Discover the story of a passion.“
Friday 4th April 2014
Two Race Wins for Daley at the First Meeting of the Year at Darley Moor!
Perhaps best-known for its late-season “Stars at Darley” meeting – which is routinely supported by top motorcycle racers such as John McGuinness and Michael Rutter – Darley Moor circuit near to Ashbourne in Derbyshire also hosts one of the first meetings of the racing calendar. Founded on a wartime airfield, approximately triangular in shape and 1.5 miles in length the circuit combines fast straights with technical corners and chicanes and over the years it has provided the proving ground for many motorcycle racers.
Daley recalled his appearance at Darley Moor the previous year: “At last year’s Stars at Darley meeting I was entered in several classes on both my own Honda Fireblade and the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600. The weekend was wet, with continual drizzle and I rode on Michelin ‘wet’ tyres throughout. I was absolutely delighted with the tyres’ performance. I was able to push just as hard in the wet as I would have been able to in the dry. They undoubtedly underpinned my success in the Formula 600 race, where I was first past the chequered flag by a comfortable margin; an achievement which was only dulled by a 10-second jump-start penalty which pushed me into an official second place.“
Daley was therefore very pleased to be invited to ride in Darley Moor’s first race meeting of 2014, which was held over the weekend of 29th and 30th March. In a significant step-up for the new season his machinery now comprises a full Superbike-specification Suzuki GSX-R1000 to complement the newly-upgraded GSX-R600. “Over the winter we’ve had the engine of the 600 race-tuned and a Yoshimura ECU system and loom fitted by Slick! Performance on the Isle of Man, who as always did a first-class professional job. Working with my bike sponsors, Hol-Taj and Team Classic Suzuki, we’ve also now built a factory-specification GSX-R1000 Superbike to run alongside the 600.” Daley explained. “All-in-all we now have some very competitive machinery for the 2014 campaign. It’s great to be back at Darley Moor as it’s an ideal opportunity to test and get a setup on the bikes and to get organised for the season.“
During a dry and relatively warm weekend Daley was entered in four races: two for each of the Open and Formula 600 classes. Early testing on Saturday highlighted a problem with the newly-finished Superbike, which unfortunately had to be retired. Consequently, the 600 was entered in all four races on the Sunday.
Following the retirement of the big bike, in the Open Races Daley was competing against 1000cc machines on the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600 and so he was delighted to finish in 3rd and 4th places in the races against such uneven competition, having qualified in fourth position on the grid.
But the highlight of the weekend was Daley’s performance in the two Formula 600 races, where he won both events from qualifying in second position on the grid. Speaking of the two wins Daley said: “The upgraded Hol-Taj 600 performed excellently – I was really pleased. So much so that I think I lead every lap in both races. The Michelin tyres I was riding on were equally excellent and they performed faultlessly, giving me great confidence allowing me to push really hard with safety.” Daley concluded: “The main event in 2014 for me is the TT and I’ve great confidence that both the combination of Michelin tyres and the Hol-Taj Suzukis, together with the fantastic support I receive from all my other sponsors, will give me the tools to return some very creditable results both on the Isle of Man and the other road racing events I’ll be competing in.“
- Race 7 – Open Solos – 4th place
- Race 8 – Formula 600 – 1st place
- Race 17 – Open Solos – 3rd place
- Race 18 – Formula 600 – 1st place
Detailed Results Sheets for Daley can be viewed by clicking HERE
Detailed Meeting Results can be viewed on the Darley Moor website by clicking HERE
A photo gallery from the meeting can be viewed by clicking HERE
A photo gallery and description of the staged progress of the build of the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R1000 (January to March 2014) can be viewed by clicking HERE
A BIG “THANK YOU” GOES TO ALL OF DALEY’S SPONSORS - WE LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT SEASON’S RACING AND RETURNING SOME EXCELLENT RESULTS!
Special thanks for their contributions to these fantastic results go to:
Friday 4th April 2014
Daley is delighted to announce that Pr1mo Energy Drink will be supplying the Team with energy drinks for the 2014 season and he welcomes them onboard.
Pr1mo Energy is a British energy drink company based in Northamptonshire – with an Italian influence provided by its Italian owners. Pr1mo is proud to support British manufacturing with all of our products being developed and manufactured in the UK.
The idea for Pr1mo Energy stemmed from identifying the need for an energy drink that actually tasted good. In surveys a large number of people who drink energy drinks said they didn’t actually like their taste. After trying thousands of different brands and flavours and conducting consumer trials, Pr1mo’s unique Strawberry and Kiwi flavoured energy drink was launched in September 2011 and it immediately won awards for its taste.
Pr1mo Energy Drink is a real drink for real people. Pr1mo is a passionate, refreshing, invigorating and deliciously fruity blend that tastes like no other energy drink on the market today. Its distinctive fresh taste is what sets it apart from the hundreds of other bland energy drinks currently on the market. And it gives sustained energy and alertness for hours.
It’s a question of taste; and taste is everything. The unique taste and energy-giving boost of Pr1mo Energy Drink makes it the last word in understated style with substance. Pr1mo’s unique flavours of Kiwi and Strawberry (sugar-free and with sugar) don’t just improve performance – it tastes incredible! Try it once and you will be hooked!
Friday 4th April 2014
Race transport truck
The Daley Mathison Racing Team race transport truck has just been refurbished and repainted for the 2014 season by DP Refurbs of Saltburn, Cleveland. Highly appreciative of this significant help and welcoming them to the team, Daley said: “I just want to say a massive “thank you” to DP Refurbs for the very professional refurb and paintwork job they’ve recently completed on my race truck. Special thanks go to Dean Richards and Peter Lincoln. The time, hard work and dedication they’ve put into the job has been second-to-none and it has resulted in my transporter looking as good as new. I cannot thank them enough for all the help they have given me!“
DP Refurbs Ltd. have built up a reputation of excellence, high quality workmanship and high standards of service. They take pride in their work and have invested in the training and technology to ensure that customers’ vehicles receive the high standard of service and workmanship required and expected.
DP Refurb’s services include:
- Motorcycles painted.
- Total vehicle refurbishment.
- Crash damage repairs. Insurance work. Smart repairs
- Car body alingment using Car-O-Liner jig equipment.
- Full body polishes. Minor scratches. Colour changes.
- Alloy wheel and plastic trims refurbished.
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
The Manchester Bike Show is Northern England’s largest motorcycle show and was held on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd March. Daley was invited to give a live interview on stage at the show to talk about his plans for the upcoming season.
Describing developments over the winter, Daley said that the team had been working with his bike sponsors – Hol-Taj and Team Classic Suzuki – on upgrading the Suzuki GSX-R600 and on building a brand-new Superbike to factory specifications using a 2014 GSX-R1000 as a basis. Only the frame and the engine remained of the road bike and almost everything else had to be purpose-built for the bike.
Although the Superbike build was still to be completed, the first outing of the year would be at Darley Moor the following weekend where the event would be used as a shake-down for both bikes and to get a good setup for the first road races at the Spring Cup at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount on the 13th April.
The main focus for the season is the TT, held on the last week of May and the first week of June where Daley is entered into the Supersport, Superbike and Senior Races. Although returning a very creditable 5th position in last year’s Manx Grand Prix on the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600, Daley was very modest and realistic about his ambitions for his first attendance at the TT, saying that he would be happy if he were to qualify for and complete the course in the Senior Race.