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Road Racing      British Superbike      World Superbike      MotoGP
Irish Superbike      Adelaide Masters

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Sunday 16th August 2015

Anglesey Circuit – 15th & 16th August 2015
MotoE Round 2 – Results Summary
(NA53)

With only 2 weeks since their race win at Round 1 of the European MotoE Championships at Nüburgring, the University of Nottingham team and rider Daley Mathison were really looking forward to Round 2 at Anglesey Circuit.

Click on the logo to be taken to the website of the Anglesey Circuit

For a brief introduction to Anglesey Circuit on this website, click here.

The four circuit configurations at the very picturesque Anglesey Circuit offer a grippy, high-quality, 12 metre-wide track, making it one of Britain’s best circuits; and one that would rival many on the BSB calendar.

Aerial view of Anglesey Circuit. Click on the image for a larger view

Click on the image for a larger view

Results summary:

  •  Saturday 15th August:
    • Qualifying:
      • Pole. Rider:  Daley Mathison, #10.  Team: University of Nottingham (72.41 mph)
      • 2nd.  Rider:  Chris Purdie, #17.  Team: Saietta Agni (65.37 mph)
      • 3rd.   Rider:  Chun Kay Kwok, #21.  Team:  Zongshen (65.33 mph)
      • 4th.   Rider:  Chris Foster , #77.  Team:  Darvill Racing (64.59 mph)
      • 5th.   Rider:  Tsz Yeung Choi, #6.  Team:  Zongshen (62.47 mph)
      • 6th.   Rider:  Graeme Smith, #32.  Team:  eBaracus (59.21 mph)
  • Sunday 16th August:
    • Race 1;  7 laps of the 1.55 mile-long Coastal Circuit = 10.85 miles. Conditions: Cloudy/dry
      • 1st place:  Daley Mathison, #10.  Team: University of Nottingham (fastest lap 72.29 mph**)
      • 2nd place:  Chris Purdie, #17.  Team: Saietta Agni (fastest lap 65.84 mph)
      • 3rd place:  Chun Kay Kwok, #21.  Team:  Zongshen (fastest lap 67.05 mph)
      • 4th place:  Chris Foster , #77.  Team:  Darvill Racing (fastest lap 66.01 mph)
      • 5th place:  Tsz Yeung Choi, #6.  Team:  Zongshen (fastest lap 64.38 mph)
      • 6th place:  Graeme Smith, #32.  Team:  eBaracus (fastest lap 59.62 mph)
    • ** New official lap record for an electric bike by a margin of ~2 seconds.
    • Race 2(Detailed results to follow.)
      • 1st place:  Daley Mathison, #10.  Team: University of Nottingham

Victory burnout! Click on the image for a larger view

Top step of the podium for Race 1! Click on the image for a larger view

Following Saturday’s Qualifying session Daley commented: “Since the bike was fixed in Nürburgring, it has been feeling really great to race, more and more like a Superbike.  I am still scraping the bellypan when cornering, which we are working on fixing.  But other than I am really pleased with the performance of the bike. I am hoping to gain another two seconds tomorrow once we put slicks on the bike.  Really looking forward to seeing what it can do.”

For a review of the 1st Round of MotoE at Nürburgring, click here.

To visit the University of Nottingham team’s Facebook page, click here.
To visit the team’s university blog for the project, click here.
To visit the University’s webpage for the project, click here.
To visit the MotoE website, click here.

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Thursday 13th August 2015

Ulster Grand Prix – 5th to 8th August 2015
Results Summary
(NA52)

For a brief introduction to the Ulster Grand Prix on this website, click here.

Click on the logo to be taken to the official website of the Ulster Grand Prix

Daley’s bikes:

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

Races entered:

  • Dundrod 150 Superbike
  • Ulster Grand Prix Superbike 1 & 2
  • Ulster Grand Prix Supersport 1 & 2

Daley’s results summary:

  • Dundrod 150 Superbike:
    • Qualifying:  19th place
    • Race 1, Thursday 6th August: 11th place
  • Ulster Grand Prix Superbike:
    • Qualifying: 19th place
    • Race 4, Saturday 8th August: 13th place
    • Race 7, Saturday 8th August: 9th place
  • Ulster Grand Prix Supersport:
    • Qualifying: 32nd place
    • Race 2, Saturday 8th August: 12th place
    • Race 5, Saturday 8th August: 13th place

To view/download Daley’s results sheets for the meeting (in pdf format), click here.
To view the full meeting results sheets on the Ulster Grand Prix/Dundrod 150 website, click here.
To visit the official Ulster Grand Prix/Dundrod 150 website, click here.

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Wednesday 12th August 2015

Nürburgring – 1st & 2nd August 2015
MotoE Meeting Report
(NA51)

Click on the logo to visit the motorcycle section of the Nurburgring website

For a brief introduction to Nürburgring on this website, click here.

Daley is the official rider for the 2015 season for the University of Nottingham’s prototype electric racing bike and recently raced the bike at the first meeting of this season’s dedicated European electric bike racing series – MotoE.  The bike was first raced at this year’s TT where it finished the TTZero race in 6th position at an average speed of 73.156 miles per hour, having had an intermittent electronic issue throughout the race.  At the TT the bike was ridden by Irish rider Michael Sweeney, who stood in at the last minute as the collarbone injuries sustained at the North West 200 prevented Daley from racing; though he was still part of the team at the event.

The University of Nottingham Emoto bike in the garage at Nurburgring. Click on the image for a larger view

The first race event of the 2015 European MotoE series was held at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany on Saturday and Sunday of 1st & 2nd August.  With the University of Nottingham team having been working hard at developing and improving the bike since its first race outing at the TT, this was also the first occasion on which Daley had had the opportunity to ride the machine.

Race results:
The racing was on the 3.199 mile-long Grand Prix circuit.  Due to technical problems the bike did not make Saturday’s practice but this was more than made up for by Daley qualifying in pole position on his first time riding an electric bike; and on the first time riding at Nürburgring too!  In Sunday’s Race 1 a mechanical failure caused a DNF but Daley and the team were absolutely delighted to win Race 2!

Daley riding the Emoto bike on the Grand Prix circuit at Nurburgring. Click on the image for a larger view

Race 1 (4 laps):

  1. Rider:  Chun Kay Kwok, #21.  Team: Zongshen Racing
  2. Rider:  Tsz Yeung Choi, #6.   Team:  Zongshen Racing
  3. Rider:  Chris Foster, #77.   Team:  Darvill Racing

DNFs:  Daley Mathison, #10, University of Nottingham.  Mark Miller, #18, Vercamoto

Race 2 (6 laps)

  1. Rider: Daley Mathison, #10.  Team: University of Nottingham
  2. Rider:  Chun Kay Kwok, #21.  Team: Zongshen Racing
  3. Rider:  Tsz Yeung Choi, #6.   Team:  Zongshen Racing

Daley commented:  “I was delighted to win Race 2 for the Nottingham University team, who worked relentlessly day and night to get the bike ready for each session.  I was devastated for the boys after a mechanical failure in Race 1, but such a strong qualifying made us confident we had the pace to run at the front. Winning Race 2 put us on the map with the fastest lap of the day – only 4 seconds slower than the Superbikes!  An incredible end to a great weekend at MotoE.”

Daley on the top step of the podium for Race 2. Click on the image for a larger view

To view a gallery of photographs from the meeting, click here.

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The remainder of the MotoE race series venues and dates for the season are:-

  • Anglesey; 15th & 16th August
  • Cadwell Park; 12th & 13th September
  • Pembrey;  26th & 27th September
  • Portimao; 2nd to 4th October

To visit the University of Nottingham team’s Facebook page, click here.
To visit the University’s webpage for the project, click here.
To see the team’s TT results (on the TT website), click here.

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About the Emoto race bike

The prototype electric bike which was first raced in the 2015 TTZero event was designed by the University of Nottingham’s Power Electronics, Machine and Control Research Group, part of the University’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  The bike is sponsored by Murata and receives support from Parker Racing, Haiyin and GIA Engineering.  The 2015 bike has been built with the knowledge gained from the 2014 machine but is in fact a completely new machine with all-new mechanical, electrical and electronic components from the frame, swing arm, battery, etc., up.

(Part of) the University of Nottingham Emoto team. l-r: Miquel Gimeno-Fabra, Jonathan Blissett and Marco Degano. Click on the image for a larger view

About the MotoE race series

MotoE is a member of the elite electric motorsport world and is a European open competition for electric motorcycles to test, prove and ultimately market the next generation of transport technologies.

Click on the logo to be taken to the MotoE website

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Tuesday 11th August 2015

Aberdare Park – 25th & 26th July 2015
Meeting Report
(NA50)

For a brief introduction to Aberdare Park on this website, click here.

Daley’s 2014 Welsh Open Championship trophy flanked by his two Bronze Replicas from the 2014 TT.  Click on the image for a larger view

Aberdare Park is a well-preserved Victorian public park located in the village of Trecynon near to the town of Aberdare, itself near to Merthyr Tydfil, and 30 miles north-west of Cardiff in South Wales.  In the manner that Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount is the only road racing circuit in England, Aberdare Park is the only one in Wales.  With motorcycle racing first being held there in 1950 the event has attracted most of the sport’s top riders over the years to its tight, technical, 0.9-mile circuit.  Daley was delighted to win the 2014 Welsh Open Championship at Aberdare Park, which entitled him to ride with the number 1 on his bike this time.

Click on the image for a larger view

The weather forecast for the meeting was not all good, with a fine day predicted for the Saturday but heavy rain for the Sunday – and so it was to be.  Nevertheless, a large crowd of spectators turned out to support both the riders and the Guest of Honour, 23-times TT winner John McGuinness.

With entries across a wide spectrum of classic and modern classes from 50cc up to the Lightweight and Supersport levels, a total of 34 races were completed over the 2-day event, with a series of parade laps also being included.  In some excellent racing from riders such as Mark and Mick Goodings, Paul Owen and Matthew Rees, the Welsh Open Championship was won by Daniel Cooper, the 2013 winner and an Aberdare Park veteran.

Alongside Mark Goodings #17. Click on the image for a larger view

Daley’s bike:

  • Hol-Taj Supersport – Suzuki GSX-R600.

Race results:

  • Saturday 25th July:
    • Race 5; Welsh Open Heat 1 – 5th place.
    • Race 10; Park Challenge – 7th place.
    • Race 14; Welsh Open Final – 7th place.
  • Sunday 26th July:
    • Race 5; Park Challenge – 4th place.
    • Race 11; Park Challenge – 3rd place.
    • Welsh Open aggregate – 9th place.

To view/download Daley’s official timesheets (in pdf format) from the meeting, click here.
To view the full official results from the meeting, click here. (pdf file.)
To visit the official website of the Aberdare Park Road Races, click here.
To view a gallery of photographs from the meeting, click here.

Photo credit Steve Snelling. Click on the image for a larger view

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