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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 using the main menu above for more information and support the companies who support Motorcycle Road Racing.

Daley’s principal Partners are:

   Darlington Technical College

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Opportunities still exist at numerous levels for new Marketing Partners to become involved in this exciting and exhilarating motorsport with Daley Mathison Racing in 2015.  Please use the links below and the “About”, “Partner Opportunities” and “Contact Us” pages via the main menu above for more information.

Click on the title to view the:-
2015 Marketing & Partnership Portfolio                Partner Testimonials
2014 Season Review                                              Newsletter Archive

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2014 Season principal results overview:-

  • 1st Place Ulster Grand Prix Ultra Lightweight Race.
  • 6th Place Ulster Grand Prix Superbike Race.
  • 7th Place Ulster Grand Prix Supersport Race.
  • Welsh Open Champion.
  • Two Bronze Replicas 2014 Isle of Man TT debut (35th & 41st place finishes Supersport races).
  • 3rd Place Junior 600 Class Auto 66 Club UK Road & Track Championship.
  • Top Race Results:-
    • 1st place finishes – 5
    • 2nd place finishes – 8
    • 3rd place finishes – 8
    • 4th place finishes – 5

2015 Season principal results overview (to 22.04.15):-

  • Spring Cup, Scarborough:-
    • Two 1st place finishes
    • One second place finish

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Some favourite photographs from the 2014 season.  Click on any image to view a slideshow:

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Now becoming recognised as one of the sport’s leading ‘next generation’ racers, Daley was delighted to finish races in 2014 ahead of the sport’s best riders such as John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey and Ian Hutchinson at venues as varied as Scarborough and the Dundrod circuit of the Ulster Grand Prix.
Eagerly looking forward to more successes working with his Marketing Partners in 2015, Daley will post regular news updates here, so please check back periodically for the latest updates. 

Click here to read the “Next Generation” article in the August 2014 edition of Road Racing Ireland (in pdf format).

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Motorcycle Racing dates for 2015(Click on the title to view)
Road Racing      British Superbike      World Superbike      MotoGP
Irish Superbike      Adelaide Masters

Or, to view/download a pdf copy of a Combined Calendar of all of the above, click HERE
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Links to the most recent Latest News Articles not appearing below (click on the date):

Wednesday 22nd April – Michelin News article.  (NA34)
Wednesday 22nd April – Chronicle Live  article.  (NA33)
Wednesday 22nd April – Northern Echo article.  (NA32)
Tuesday 21st April – Scarborough Spring Cup report.  (NA31)
Thursday 9th April – Daley and Natalie’s wedding.  (NA30)
Thursday 9th April – New bike livery for 2015 season.  (NA29)

Alternatively, click HERE to view a chronological list of all News Articles.

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Saturday 23rd May 2015

Update on Daley’s medical condition
(NA42)

Pleased to say that this afternoon Daley received surgery to re-set the double fracture of his collarbone which was broken in his accident at the North West 200 last Saturday’s Superbike race (16th May).  (See the News Article NA41 below; or by clicking here.)  After a frustrating week attending Middlesborough’s James Cook University Hospital, where unfortunately his operation was cancelled three days running, Daley is now grateful to be on the road to recovery.

“Thumbs up”, just out of the operating theatre

Expecting to be released tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, Daley has planned a series of post-operation treatments which include intensive physiotherapy, laser treatment and visits to an hyperbaric chamber, with the intention of getting back on track as quickly as possible.  But not surprisingly considering the short timescales, his attendance at this year’s TT is now in doubt.

Being self-employed, and therefore now not earning, Daley has set up a gofundme page for those who would like to support him by helping him to meet these additional medical expenses, as although the cost of the operation is met by the NHS, the costs of the other treatments he’ll require are not.  And attending most of the treatment centres will also involve quite a lot of travelling.  All donations, no matter how small, will make a big difference and will be very gratefully received.

Click on the logo to be taken to Daley’s gofundme page

Daley sends his sincere thanks and gratitude to the many messages of support which he and his wife Natalie have received during this difficult time for them.  Thank you all.

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Tuesday 19th May 2015

North West 200 – 12th-16th May
Meeting Report
(NA41)

For a brief introduction to the North West 200 on this website, click here.

On the Hol-Taj Supersport machine. Photo credit Shaun Lewis. Click on the image for a larger view.

Attracting over 140,000 visitors the Vauxhall North West 200 is Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event and one of the fastest road races in the world, with the bikes capable of exceeding 200mph on the long straights.  The 8.970 mile (14.436 km) triangular public roads circuit runs anti-clockwise between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush on the north coast of Northern Ireland.

The event has suffered bad weather in recent years.  Persistent throughout the meeting, strong and gusty winds were a feature of this year’s event with heavy rainstorms and showers sometimes interspersed with bright, sunny, spells.  Practice and race days were Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and out of these, Thursday was the the driest though still windy.

Supersport bike. Photo credit Philip McCammon. Click on the image for larger view

 The conditions were challenging for all teams in trying to find the right combination of gearing and tyres and Daley was pleased to qualify well on both bikes.

A good base setup was achieved for the Superbike at the recent meeting at Darley Moor (see NA39, dated 4th May) and the practice sessions were used to to good effect to improve the suspension and gearing settings of the Supersport machine, with the very gratefully received help of James Powell of Infront Motorcycles who also replaced a faulty fork stanchion oil seal.

Click on the logo to visit the company’s website

A series of red-flag incidents delayed both practice and race sessions, one of which was serious and involved a spectator.  Daley’s thoughts are with the riders and spectator involved.

Daley was in a very creditable 15th position in the first Supersport race on Thursday when he was forced to retire near the end of the final lap with a loose gearchange lever.  In the second Supersport race on Saturday Daley was pleased to finish in 16th place.

On the Supersport bike. Photo credit Mike Cowain. Click on the image for a larger view

In the first Superbike race on Saturday Daley was extremely unlucky to be knocked off his bike on the first lap on the entry to the Mill Road chicane (a reverse-direction, raised-centre, mini-roundabout) when a following rider over-braked and fell off, knocking the unfastened chicane road furniture forward into Daley’s path.  With no possibility of taking avoiding action Daley fell heavily onto the raised centre of the roundabout, breaking his collarbone in two places.  The race was red-flagged and restarted.  After hospital assessment and primary treatment, Daley was released to return home.

At this year’s meeting Alastair Seeley matched Robert Dunlop’s record 15 triumphs at the NW200, with some excellent riding from Lee Johnston and Ian Hutchinson and with Glenn Irwin making a very impressive debut at the event.

Summary of top 3 place results by race:-

  • Thursday:
    • Supersport:  Seeley, M Dunlop, Johnston
    • Supertwin:  Farquhar, McWilliams, Hamilton
  • Saturday:
    • Supersport:  Seeley, Irwin, Johnston
    • Superbike:  Seeley, Hutchinson, Anstey
    • Supertwin:  McWilliams, Farquhar, Hamilton
    • Superstock:  Johnston, Seeley, Hutchinson

After numerous delays on both Thursday and Saturday the re-scheduled Thursday Superstock race was abandoned.  The final race of the meeting, the Superbike 2 race, was abandoned due to the high winds making racing dangerous.

Photo credit Karl Holden Photos. Click on the image for a larger view

Daley’s bikes:

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

Races entered:

  • Supersport 1 & Supersport 2.
  • Superbike 1 & Superbike 2.

Race results:

  • Supersport 1 – DNF.
  • Supersport 2 – 16th place.
  • Superbike 1 – injured
  • Superbike 2 – cancelled

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. (Time-limited link.)
To visit the official website of the North West 200, click here.
To view a gallery of photographs from the meeting, click here.

Click on the image for a larger view

At the time or writing Daley is receiving assessment and treatment at his local Fracture Clinic.  Updates on his condition, recovery and the effects on his race schedule will be posted on this website and in the social media (Facebook & Twitter).

Follow the link below for a clip of the incident at the Mill Road roundabout chicane:-

Daley thanks everyone for their thoughts and supportive comments following his injury and looks forward to a speedy return to racing.

Thanks also to all of Daley’s Partners and Personal Sponsors; please visit the Current Partners page for a full listing.

Daley’s principal Partners are:

   Darlington Technical College

 

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Thursday 7th May 2015

New!!  Launch of Official Daley Mathison Merchandise range
Red Core Urban Wear join Daley Mathison Racing as Partners
(NA40)

Working in collaboration with Red Core Urban Wear Daley has now launched a range of Official Daley Mathison Merchandise which can be ordered online through Red Core’s new website.

Click on the logo to visit the Red Core Urban Wear website and to view the collection

An attractive and high-quality range of products is available in the DMR Team light blue colour and decorated with the Daley Mathison #104 logo.  Products include Base Soft Shell and Ultimate Soft Shell tops, T Shirts, Beanie, Ski and Snap-back Caps and Flip-Flops.

Examples of some of the garments which are available.  Click on any image for a larger view:-

Base soft shell capture T shirt captureBeanie cap captureRed Core Urban Wear have a specialist print technique called CMTT (colour management technology transfers) which is used on race suits and garments that are used in extreme environments.   They have become a one stop shop for teams and their sponsors providing clothing, work wear, merchandise for retail and throw-outs and pit branded signage.  Red Core supply many 1000’s of meters of banners and flags every year and now can not be  beaten on banner or flag quality or price, with free delivery within Europe.

Red Core Urban Wear have been supplying team wear for rally teams since 2008 and now supply teams in world rally cross, British rally cross, BTCC, and moto cross, exporting to Australia, Spain, US, UAE, Brazil and Europe.   With in-house design and print facilities the Red Core team have huge personal interests in motorsport, making it easy to be up-to-date on current trends within all areas of motorsport.

Click on the image to view the full range of merchandise

Daley and the Team are delighted with this exciting new range of Official Daley Mathison Merchandise and are very pleased to welcome Red  Core Urban Wear onboard.

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Wednesday 6th May 2015

Darley Moor Championship Round 3 – 4th May 2015
(NA39)

Darley Moor race circuit, located near to Ashbourne in Derbyshire, is considered by some to be a “hidden gem” in the motorcycle racing world.  The triangular 1.5 mile circuit is based on a WWII RAF aerodrome and hosts only motorcycle and kart racing, with some occasional cycling events.  Click on the logo below to visit the circuit’s website to find out more about racing, trackdays and training days at Darley Moor.

Click on the logo to be taken to Darley Moor’s website

Click here to read this website’s overview of Darley Moor.

The Darley Moor Championships are held over 8 rounds with classes to suit all machines and interests.  The final round in the series also includes the well-known “Stars at Darley“, is held in October each year and is often the last meeting of the season for many riders.  The “Stars” meeting is supported by many top national and international short circuit and road racing racers such as John McGuinness, Dean Harrison, Michael Rutter and Richard Cooper.

Click on the image for a larger view

Though not competing in the Darley Moor Championship, on this occasion Daley competed at the Bank Holiday event on his Hol-Taj Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike (ex-TAS Racing) with a view to using the opportunity to do further testing and setup adjustments on the newly-rebuilt machine in preparation for the North West 200 and the TT.  This meant that Daley would not collect championship points but would keep any trophies.  Also testing at the meeting was Lee Johnston on his East Coast Construction BMW S1000RR.  Johnston held a commanding lead in the races he entered.

Click on the image for a larger view

The weather was near-perfect for the one-day meeting, being warm, dry and sunny though occasionally overcast with a light breeze.  The meeting went very well for Daley and the Team with good improvements being made.  However, a disaster was narrowly averted in the first practice session when a rider highsided coming out of Paddock Corner just behind Daley, hitting him from behind and breaking the exhaust end can bracket.

All-in-all a very useful session from the viewpoint of the bike’s setup and gaining more time learning the machine.

Giving a fellow competitor a “lift home”. Click on the image for a larger view

Daley’s race results summary:

  • Race 1, Peak Cup – 3rd place (Johnston, Medhurst, Mathison)
  • Race 7, Open Solos – 2nd place (Johnston, Mathison, J Hodson)
  • Race 12, Peak Cup – 2nd place (Johnston, Mathison, J Hodson)
  • Race 18, Open Solos – 2nd place (Johnston, Mathison, J Hodson)

To view/download Daley’s official race results sheets, click here.
To view the meeting’s full official race results, click here.
To view a gallery of photographs from the meeting, click here.

Daley gives his thanks to all of his 2015 Partners.  And especially his principal Partners:

 

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Wednesday 6th May 2015

Accent Clothing join Daley Mathison Racing as Partners
(NA38)

Click on the logo to be taken to the company’s website

Daley is extremely pleased to announce that Leeds-based company Accent Clothing have joined the Daley Mathison Racing Team for the 2015 season.

Accent Clothing is a family-run Independent business situated within Queen’s Arcade in Leeds City Centre and it specialises in selling designer clothing online and in store.  Considered to be “Denim Specialists” the store houses a warm and social atmosphere that filters through to the shop floor and it’s customers.

Accent takes pride in sourcing garments and accessories that contribute to making customers feel special and unique.  And importantly Accent staff aim to build a rapport where possible with all customers.  Their goals are to provide a first class service without being intrusive and to build long-term relationships with clients.

With ladies, mens and junior departments selling the major designer brands Accent Clothing also support local independent designers giving their customers exclusive and rare designer clothes to choose from.

A big welcome onboard the Daley Mathison Racing Team to Accent Clothing!

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Tuesday 5th May 2015

Billau Motorcycles of Darlington join Daley Mathison Racing as Partners
(NA37)

Click on the logo to visit the company’s website

Following on from the News Article dated Sunday 26th April 2015 (NA35) reporting Daley’s attendance at Billau Motorcycle’s Open Day (click here to read the article) Daley is extremely pleased to be able to announce that the company are joining Daley Mathison Racing as new Partners for the 2015 season.

Established in Darlington in 1982, and trading under the family name of Stephen Billau & Sons, the company prides itself on selling high quality motorcycles and cars with very high levels of customer service and satisfaction.

The owners have a personal interest in motor bikes and in early 2011 decided in expand their bike sales operation, opening a dedicated bike showroom next to the car showroom in Chesnut Street in Darlington.  They have a very wide selection of over 100 bikes from sports, tourers, adventures, cruiser, ATV, scooter & retro.  Prices are from £1,000 – £20,000 and they can deliver nationally from £99 + vat

A big welcome onboard the Daley Mathison Racing Team to Billau Motorcycles of Darlington!

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Friday 1st May 2015

Strategic Power Systems, Inc.® join Daley Mathison Racing as Partners
(NA36)

Click on the logo to be taken to the SPS® website team

Daley is delighted to be able to announce that Strategic Power Systems, Inc.® (SPS®) have come onboard the Daley Mathison Racing Team as Partners for the 2015 Road Racing season.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, SPS® is a global energy and technology company established in 1987.   Their proprietary software – Operational Reliability Analysis Program (ORAP®) – is used to collect and analyse operational, failure and maintenance data from thermal and wind energy plants.  This information is then used by clients to reduce costs, enabling them to operate their plants at optimal performance and efficiency.

The company’s ideology is based on a commitment to excellence via a strong infrastructure that is based on people, processes, technology and knowledge.  And therefore, through a detailed appreciation of their needs, in helping customers to success.

Click on the logo to visit the ORAP® product page

ORAP®, SPS®’s principal product, is a complex, proven and proprietary database structure that contains over 20 years of data.  It is an established industry benchmarking product that gives the ability to track serialised parts on gas and steam turbine engines, thus harnessing many years of industry experience and knowledge.   With the highly professional engineering reviews provided by SPS®, their products and services are a unique and proven solution, helping power plant asset managers and owners to increase their plant’s productivity and performance.

A big welcome to SPS® from Daley and the Team; and looking forward to an exciting and successful 2015!

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Sunday 26th April 2015

Open Day at Billau Motorcycles, Darlington
(NA35)

Click on the logo to visit Billau Motorcycles’ website

Daley was amongst high-profile motorcycle racers invited to Billau Motorcycles’ Open Day at their premises in Darlington on Saturday 25th April.  Daley and Peter Hickman met customers and signed posters throughout the day, whilst James Ellison was present during the morning session and James Rispoli was also in attendance.

Riders, left to right: Peter Hickman, Daley Mathison, James Ellison, James Rispoli. Click on the image for a larger view

The riders:-

  • Peter Hickman is in his second year of riding for the RAF Reserves Team in BSB and on the roads, the team having moved from Honda to BMW machinery for the 2015 season.
  • James Ellison is a former MotoGP and AMA Superbike rider.  For 2015 James is riding in BSB for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team.
  • James Rispoli is riding for Team Traction Control on Yamahas in the BSB Supersport class in 2015.

Established in Darlington in 1982, and trading under the family name of Stephen Billau & Sons, the company prides itself on selling high quality motorcycles and cars with very high levels of customer service and satisfaction.

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Links to recent significant posts (click on the title)

New Superbike for 2015 – 12th December 2014

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Older significant posts:       2014     2013

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Some documents on this website (in .pdf format) require Adobe Acrobat Reader to be installed to read and/or download them.  Please see the link below for this (free) software.

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To view the .pdf documents in this website you will need to have installed on your computer the Adobe Acrobat Reader – to download and install the Reader, please click on the “Download” button; you will be taken to the Adobe download website.

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