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Daley:  “All my partners offer high-quality products and services and are of paramount importance in enabling me to race.  Please check out their company summaries and websites on the “Current Partners” page for more information and support the companies who support Motorcycle Road Racing.

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Daley is currently forming plans for next season and so opportunities exist at numerous levels for new Marketing Partners and Sponsors to become involved in this exciting and exhilarating motorsport with Daley Mathison Racing in 2015.  Please use the links below and the “Partner Opportunities” and “Contact Us” pages for more information.

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2014/15 Marketing/Partnership Portfolio          2014 Mid-Season Review           Testimonials    

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2014 Season Results overview (to 18th August):-

  • 1st Place Ulster Grand Prix Ultra Lightweight Race.
  • 6th Place Ulster Grand Prix Superbike Race.
  • 7th Place Ulster Grand Prix Supersport Race.
  • 2014 Welsh Open Champion.
  • Two Bronze Replicas 2014 Isle of Man TT.
  • 2nd Place Auto 66 UK 2014 Road & Track Championship.
  • Top Race Results:-
    • 1st place finishes – 5
    • 2nd place finishes – 7
    • 3rd place finishes – 4
    • 4th place finishes – 6

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Some recent favourite photographs.  Click on any image to view a slideshow:

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Monday 18th August

ULSTER GRAND PRIX WIN FOR DALEY MATHISON!

Grand Prix Winner! 1st Place in the Ultra Lightweight Race. Click on the image for a larger view.

In a fantastic and very exciting series of races at the Ulster Grand Prix (13th to 16th August 2014) Daley won his first Grand Prix Race on Logan Racing’s RS125 Honda, beating Christian Elkin’s 250cc 4-stroke Honda into second place of the Ulster Grand Prix Ultra Lightweight Race on Saturday 16th August.  In what may possibly be considered the “race battle of the meeting” the lead changed several times during the hotly-contested duel for first place.  Unable to match the straight-line speed of Elkin’s 250cc machine, Daley used intelligent race craft to secure the win in the final stages of the race.

Moving onto the bigger bikes Daley’s performance was also extremely impressive.  Already very pleased to qualify in the front of the two waves of the races, he was absolutely delighted to finish in 7th place in the Superstock Race and a very impressive 6th Place in the Superbike Race, only two places behind 12-times TT winner Michael Dunlop and two places in front of 8-times TT winner Ian Hutchinson.

Race days were affected by changeable weather with showers and drizzle causing some races to be declared wet and several races to be red-flagged due to incidents on the track.  Several races were either rescheduled or cancelled, including the final Superbike Race on Saturday.

Results Summary:

  • Ulster Grand Prix:
    •  Superbike – 6th place at 124.216mph race average speed; 126.421mph best lap speed.
    • Supersport –  7th place at 119.501 mph race average speed; 121.109mph best lap speed.
    • Ultra Lightweight – 1st place at 101.920mph race average speed; 104.849mph best lap speed.
  • Dundrod 150:
    • Superbike – 16th place at 125.376mph race average speed; 126.314mph best lap speed.
    • Ultra Lightweight – 2nd Place at 104.008mph race average speed; 105.008mph best lap speed.

Top 8 finishers in the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike Race:

  1. Bruce Anstey
  2. Guy Martin
  3. Lee Johnston
  4. Michael Dunlop
  5. Peter Hickman
  6. Daley Mathison
  7. Ivan Lintin
  8. Ian Hutchinson

Considered by some to possibly be “the most improved rider” of the meeting, Daley and the team were absolutely thrilled by his fantastic results.

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Selected gallery – click on any image to see a slideshow:

A full meeting report will be posted on this website very shortly – please call back.

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Always aware that his progress in racing relies entirely on the support of all of his Marketing Partners/Sponsors, Daley extends his sincere gratitude to them all.  Please visit the “Current Partners” page for their details and links to their websites.

Special thanks to Daley’s principal Partners:

 

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Sunday 10th August

“Next Generation”
Road Racing Ireland magazine feature

The Cock o’the North Continental Road Races held at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, were held on 19th & 20th July 2014 and were the subject of a two-page review in Issue 267 (August 2014) of Road Racing Ireland entitled “Next Generation“.

RRI issue 267 Aug 2014 CotN cropped

Photograph from the article of Daley at the Cock o’the North. The magazine’s caption: “New Oliver’s Mount heroes Daley Mathison and Lee Johnston” Click on the image for a larger view.

In the feature, Daley is included in the list of “Next Generation” stars alongside Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston, Ivan Lintin, Gareth Keys, James Cowton, Tom Weeden, Jamie Hamilton, Olie Linsdell, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop.  In addition to this recognition Daley’s performance is mentioned numerous times in the article as he competed for the top positions in the races.

Click on the image to see the article, which includes a review of the Cock o’the North meeting

With improving performances meeting-on-meeting, it is clearly very pleasing that Daley is receiving such recognition in the media for his efforts and achievements.  Qualifying on the front row at the Cock o’the North was very impressive and returning a third and three fourth place finishes in the races against some of the best riders in motorcycle road racing shows his great progress and potential.

To read Daley’s own review of the meeting, click HERE.

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Road Racing Ireland is “The World’s longest running road racing magazine“.  It reports on all the Irish and English motorcycle road racing events as well as WSBK, BSB and MotoGP.  With contributions from regular columnists William and Michael Dunlop, Brian McCormack and Jack Kennedy the magazine also features regular historical articles about the sports greats as well as other news reports and snippets.  “The only magazine you need to keep you informed on all the action between the hedges”

Click on the logo to visit the magazine’s website.

Road Racing Ireland is obtainable through newsagents or directly from the publisher:

  • To subscribe please click HERE.
  • To order individual copies please click HERE.

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Daley extends his sincere gratitude to all his sponsors for helping to achieve these impressive results – please visit the “Current Sponsors” page to see who they are click HERE.

In particular, very grateful thanks go to Daley’s principal sponsors for their continued support:

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Sunday 10th August

New OSX race leathers

Daley is very grateful to OSX Leathers and Biker Fashion for providing him with new race leathers for this second part of the season.  He has been racing in OSX leathers since 2012 and has been very pleased indeed with both their quality and performance.

Daley wearing his new OSX leathers. Click on the image for a larger view

OSX Leathers and Biker Fashion provide leather motorcycling wear from circuit racing suits to everyday classics.  In addition OSX have waterproof clothing and an extensive range of biker luggage, body armour and accessories and pride themselves on providing high quality at affordable prices.

Collaborating with OSX to develop their racing leathers, Daley looks forward to many years of working together with the company.

Click on the image to visit the company’s website

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Sunday 10th August

Darlington College event

Having studied Mechanical Engineering at Darlington College Daley has been delighted that the College decided to sponsor him for this 2014 season with fairings and paintwork for his bikes.  Clearly proud of their former student’s success in motorcycle racing the College recently invited Daley to visit the college for a promotional photoshoot.

Click on the image for a larger view

Click HERE to view a gallery of the event.

Daley is always very pleased to support sponsor’s events by personal appearances with his bikes – on this occasion with the purpose of promoting the College in general as well as inspiring current students and adding a real focus and purpose to courses.

Curriculum Manager Lee Childs said it was rewarding to be able to support a former student.  “But working with a successful sportsman also completely inspires our studentsMany of the students on the Level 1 and 2 City and Guilds Motor Vehicle Finishing, Body and Paint Course are interested in bikes and working on a rider’s machines really captures their interest”, he said.

Workshop tutor James Ditchburn added: “The students take real pride in their work and you can see when they are working on Daley’s bikes that it spurs them on in their studies.

Many thanks to Darlington College for their continued support!

Darlington CollegeMake it happen!

Click on the image to visit the College’s website.

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Sunday 10th August

Welsh Open Championship acclaim

Daley’s recent winning of the 2014 Welsh Open Championship at Aberdare Park is reported in Issue 267, August 2014, of Road Racing Ireland – “A great boost for Mathison as his career continues to spiral …..“, commented the article’s author.  See the post dated 2nd August, or click HERE to read the article.

Daley Mathison leading Ryan Dixon at Aberdare Park. Click on the image to read the article.

Road Racing Ireland is “The World’s longest running road racing magazine“.  It reports on all the Irish and English motorcycle road racing events as well as WSBK, BSB and MotoGP.  With contributions from regular columnists William and Michael Dunlop, Brian McCormack and Jack Kennedy the magazine also features regular historical articles about the sports greats as well as other news reports and snippets.  “The only magazine you need to keep you informed on all the action between the hedges”

Click on the logo to visit the magazine’s website.

Road Racing Ireland is obtainable through newsagents or directly from the publisher:

  • To subscribe please click HERE.
  • To order individual copies please click HERE.

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Wednesday 6th August

2nd Position in the UK Road & Track Championship
for Daley Mathison

In the official league tables published by the Auto 66 Club Daley is now ranked in 2nd Position in the Junior 600cc category in the Auto 66 UK Road & Track Championship.  Points are awarded on 12 meeting dates through the season in races held at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount and Cadwell Park with 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points for 1st to 10th place finishes respectively.

The current top 6 positions in the Championship (Junior 600cc) are:

  1. James Cowton – 79 points from 6 out of 7 rounds.
  2. Daley Mathison – 47 points from 5 out of 7 rounds.
  3. Mick Goodings – 43 points from 7 out of 7 rounds.
  4. Dean Harrison – 42 points from 3 out of 7 rounds.
  5. Tom Robinson – 28 points from 3 out of 7 rounds.
  6. Tom Weeden – 26 points from 4 out of 7 rounds.

To view the full 2014 Auto 66 Road & Track Championship points table to date (in pdf format), click HERE.
To view the latest results follow the links on the Club’s website by clicking on the logo below and then “Championships”, then “Road Race”, then “UK Road & Track Championship”.

Click on the logo to visit the Club’s website

With 5 rounds still to go this season, Daley is very pleased with his ranking in the Championship!

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Monday 4th August

Michelin News article

Daley’s recent success in winning the Welsh Open Championship is highlighted in a Michelin Media Release and in their website News feed.

Michelin News Report – click on the image to be taken to the article.

Daley is proud to be riding on Michelin tyres and credits them as being fundamental to his successes.  He has found them to be excellent for his road racing – from the 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT circuit to Aberdare Park, the scene of his recent victory, at 0.900 miles in length.   They give him great grip, feedback, predictability and feel allowing him to push hard with confidence in the most demanding of circumstances.

Click on the image to visit the company’s Two-Wheeled website

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Saturday 2nd August

 Aberdare Park Road Race Meeting
South Wales – 26th & 27th July 2014

DALEY MATHISON WINS THE WELSH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP!

The racing of motor vehicles on public roads in England, Scotland and Wales has been illegal for many years, but as the legislation is not effective in Northern Ireland, Eire or the Isle of Man it has been natural that motorsports on closed public roads has flourished in these latter regions of the British Isles.  However, under the legislation is has been permissible to establish very limited road racing in England and Wales due to the particular status of parkland areas such as Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount, for example.  Wales’ equivalent of the races held at England’s Oliver’s Mount are the Aberdare Park Road Races near to Merthyr Tydfil, 30 miles north-west of Cardiff in South Wales.

Location of Aberdare Park in South Wales. Click on the image for a larger view.

Aberdare Park is a well-preserved Victorian park extending over 50 acres within which the 0.900-mile (1.448 km) motorcycle road race circuit was established in 1950.  Although relatively short the circuit has a reputation for being fast and very demanding with lap times in the region of 40 seconds.   Over the years motorcycle racing greats such as Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Bob McIntyre, Phil Read, Joey Dunlop and Carl Fogarty have competed here.  It has attracted British Superbike and Isle of Man TT riders as they compete for the coveted Welsh Open title alongside other national riders.  With up to 50 races held over 2 days and classes ranging from 50cc to Classics and from Supermoto to 600cc Supersport to carts the racing is fast and furious on the tight, fast circuit where the hazards include trees, flower beds, park benches and a duck pond!  A unique venue and amongst the best small race tracks in the world.

Aberdare Park. Click on the image for a larger view.

Aberdare Park circuit map. 0.900 miles in length and ridden anticlockwise. Click on the image for a larger view.

On the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600 in Aberdare Park. Click on the image for a larger view.

Arriving on Friday the team set up the awning in preparation for the weekend’s racing, which promised to be held in warm and sunny conditions.  Daley was competing the Welsh Open and 600cc class events on the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600 Supersport machine shod with Michelin Power Cup tyres.

Daley has competed at Aberdare Park in the past – the last time in 2010 – but had to re-establish familiarity on larger-capacity machinery than he’d competed on there previously.  However, he was delighted with his performances on the Saturday where he returned a win, two seconds and a third place finish against fierce opposition from top riders Mark Goodings and Daniel Cooper (last year’s Welsh Open winner).

With his times improving and familiarity increasing Daley was really looking forward to Sunday’s races and the main events of the weekend.  Then, in some excellent rides on Sunday in the 600cc and Welsh Open classes Daley was excited and proud to be awarded the trophy for first place in the 2014 Welsh Open Championship!

The winner of the Welsh Championship was calculated over the two Welsh Open legs, where Daley finished second in both.  In a straight addition of points, Daley drew with Mark Goodings, but when times were considered Daley was the fastest by 0.025 seconds and was thus awarded the Championship.  A very close  and exciting series of races!

Click on any image in the gallery below to view a slideshow:-

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Summary of Daley’s results:

Trophies Awarded:

  • Aberdare Park National Road Races WELSH OPEN 1st Place 2014
  • Aberdare Park National Road Races 600cc Park Challenge 2nd Place 2014

Race Results:  (8 laps)

  • Race 6 – Welsh Open (Saturday) – 2nd place
  • Race 10 – 600cc Park Challenge (Saturday) – 3rd place
  • Race 15 – Welsh Open (Saturday) – 2nd place
  • Race 21 – 600cc Park Challenge (Saturday) – 1st place
  • Race 5 – 600cc Park Challenge (Sunday) – 4th place
  • Race13 – 600cc Park Challenge (Sunday) – 8th place
  • Race 17 – Welsh Open (Sunday) – 2nd place

Click HERE to view Daley’s race results timesheets (races only).

Click HERE to view all of Daley’s timesheets for the meeting (includes practice times).

Click HERE to view the full meeting timesheets.

ALSO:
To view a gallery of photographs from the meeting, click HERE.
To visit the website of the Aberaman Motorcycle Club, click HERE.

Daley and the whole of the team were delighted with his great performances at the meeting and, of course,  with him being the 2014 Welsh Open Champion!  Daley is looking forward to defending his Championship title in 2015!

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Daley’s next race meeting is the International Ulster Grand Prix (“The World’s Fastest Road Race”) on August 13th to 16th and where Daley has produced some very impressive rides in recent years.

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Daley extends his sincere gratitude to all his sponsors for helping to achieve this fantastic result – please visit the “Current Sponsors” page to see who they are click HERE.

In particular, very grateful thanks go to Daley’s principal sponsors for their continued support:

Click on the image to visit the company’s Two-Wheeled website

 

 

 

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Saturday 2nd August

Bikesport News Article

Daley is credited with “impressive” rides at Scarborough’s Cock o’the North Meeting in an article in the latest edition of Bikesport News (Issue 59, July 31st 2014).  At the meeting – see the report dated Thursday 31st July below – Daley achieved a 3rd and four 4th place finishes.  To view the Bikesport News article click on the image below:

Click on the image to view the article

Bikesport News is a fortnightly publication which contains everything you need to know in the motorcycle racing world – from British Superbikes, World Superbikes and MotoGP to National and International Road Racing to National and Club level circuit racing.  To subscribe to Bikesport News, please click HERE.

To visit the Bikesport News website click on the logo.

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Thursday 31st July

 Cock o’the North Road Race Meeting
Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough – 19th & 20th July 2014

Daley has been competing at England’s only Road Race circuit at Oliver’s Mount since he first started racing motorcycles as a young teenager.  Meetings at the circuit are very popular with top international riders, including many from Northern Ireland, the “Home of Real Road Racing”, so that the competition is always close and fierce.

On the Hol-Taj Superbike driving up Sheene’s Rise out of Mere Hairpin. Left to right: Daley Mathison; Lee Johnston; James Cowton. Click on the image for a larger view.

This year Daley has already ridden in the Spring Cup and the International Barry Sheene Road Race Festival – please see the Race Results pages of this website for details.  Very pleased to have returned some excellent results at those meetings Daley received some very complimentary comments in the Bikesport News report of the Barry Sheene Festival such as ” Mathison impressed” and his rides were described as “excellent”.  Buoyed by this, Daley was looking forward to the Cock o’the North meeting and he did, in fact, have an excellent meeting and returned some impressive results against the country’s best, determined, road racers.

Circuit diagram of Oliver’s Mount, 2.430 miles in length and ridden anticlockwise. Click on the image for a larger view.

Schedule of Events. Click on the image for a larger view.

The bikes:

  • Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike.
  • Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R600 Supersport.

The tyres:  Michelin Power Cup, Power Slick and Power Rain.

Counter-steering the Hol-Taj Superbike. Click on the image for a larger view.

The weather forecast for the weekend was mixed with thunderstorms predicted, especially on the Saturday with Sunday dry.  And so it transpired.  Hot and humid conditions extended throughout the weekend which had the advantage that the circuit tended to dry out quickly after a shower.  However, not surprisingly this situation faced all the teams with last-minute decisions on tyre choice on Saturday, with rapid wheel/tyre-changes being required on occasion.

In the timed practice sessions on Saturday (used to determine starting grid positions for the 600cc and 1000cc races) Daley was very pleased to finish in second place in both classes behind Dean Harrison and in front of James Cowton and Tom Weeden (600cc class) and Tom Weeden and Ivan Lintin (1000cc class).

Daley was entered into five races over the two-day meeting – two on the Supersport machine and three on the Superbike.  Dean Harrison was on excellent form all weekend and in fact won all five races he and Daley were jointly competing in and he also returned the race fastest lap in each race too.

In a singular disappointment of the weekend Daley had a DNF in Race 1 (Senior A) on Saturday due to a low-speed off at Drury’s Hairpin caused by a rear-end slide in the damp conditions.  Daley was uninjured and only very minor damage was caused to the bike.

The other four races Daley rode in were very hotly contested, but Dean’s exceptional current form meant he finished each first with a lead over the second-place rider of between 8 and 16 seconds.  Considering the excellence of the competition Daley was delighted to return a 3rd place and three fourth places in his rides.

Summary of Daley’s results:

  • Race 1 – Senior A (Saturday) – DNF
  • Race 5 – Junior A (Saturday) – 3rd place; best speed 74.8295mph
  • Race 9 – Senior A (Sunday) – 4th place; best speed 80.273mph
  • Race 14 – Junior A (Sunday) – 4th place; best speed 78.2595mph
  • Race 16 – Cock o’the North (Sunday) – 4th place; best speed 80.817mph

Considering the strength, experience and reputation of the opposition Daley was extremely pleased with his results at the meeting – another great (birthday!) weekend’s racing!

Jefferies Jump on the Hol-Taj Superbike. Click on the image for a larger view.

Click HERE to view a detailed summary of Daley’s results extracted from the official timesheet data.

Click HERE to view a summary of the weekend’s racing as reported by Bikesport News.

ALSO:
To view a gallery of photographs from the meeting, click HERE.
To visit the website of the Auto66 Club, click HERE.

Front row line-up for the Junior A race – Dean Harrison, Daley Mathison, James Cowton and Tom Weeden. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Daley’s next two race meetings are at Aberdare Park in South Wales, followed by the International Ulster Grand Prix (“The World’s Fastest Road Race”) on August 13th to 16th and where Daley has produced some very impressive rides in recent years.

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Daley extends his sincere gratitude to all his sponsors – please visit the “Current Sponsors” page to see who they are click HERE.

In particular, very grateful thanks go to Daley’s principal sponsors for their continued support:

Click on the image to visit the company’s Two-Wheeled website

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Wednesday 16th July

2014/2015 Marketing Portfolio

Daley’s 2014/2015 Marketing/Sponsorship Portfolio is now available for viewing and downloading.  Please click on the image below:

Click on the image to view/download

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Monday 7th July

2014 Mid-Season Review Newsletter

The Daley Mathison Racing Newsletter 8 – 2014 Mid-Season Review – is now available to view and to download.  Please click on the image below:

Click on the image to download a .pdf copy of the Newsletter

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Links to recent significant posts (click on the title)

Daley Mathison wins the 2014 Welsh Open Championship

Isle of Man TT 2014 Meeting Report – June 2014

Live on-stage interview at the Manchester Bike Show (YouTube) – 23rd March 2014

Testimonial from Ian Webb of OSX Leathers and Biker Fashion – 19th November 2013

Testimonial from Simon Lane of HEL Performance – 16th November 2013

YouTube video of the Donington Park trackday sponsored by Michelin and BTS – 18th October 2013

Daley Mathison Racing 2013 Season Review (Newsletter 7 in .pdf format) – 4th November 2013

YouTube video of the Mere Hairpin incident at the Gold Gup, Scarborough, September 2013

Isle of Man TV coverage (YouTube) of the Mere Hairpin incident at the Gold Gup, Scarborough, September 2013

ITV summary programme (YouTube) of the Newcomer’s races at the Manx Grand Prix, August 2013 (features on- and offboard footage of Daley)

Meeting and Race summary post for the Manx Grand Prix, August 2013

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