Sam Lowes takes debut Moto2 win

Sam Lowes takes debut Moto2 win

Lowes after taking the chequered flag.

SPEED UP Racing’s Sam Lowes claimed his first Moto2 win in Austin yesterday despite it being a ‘tough race’.

The British rider didn’t have a great start in America after crashing heavily numerous times during practice and qualifying at the Circuit of The America’s, and was battered and bruised for the race on Sunday.

Despite the bad start, it didn’t stop Lowes form taking his debut Moto2 victory and establishing himself as a serious t**le contender for this season.

Speaking after the race on Sunday, Lowes explained:“It was a tough race, because of my three crashes earlier in the weekend, plus it was really important for me to finish after the crash in Qatar.

“Then we had some spots of rain, and I thought ‘oh no!’ but I followed Johann, and I felt like I could go faster, so I got to the front, made my lap times and luckily it was enough!

“I am really happy, thanks to the team for the great job they did, and I am happy to show that I can fight for the Championship. It’s been a tough weekend with the weather and with my crashes, but that shows what a good bond I have with my team, that we made it through the weekend and got the win.

“As for Argentina I enjoyed the track last year and had one of my best races of the season, so hopefully we can go there and win again!”

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National Driving Licence Service

National Driving Licence Service

Recently i passed the driveing test for a full category b licence-I have a full cat A bike licence since 2004-when i went to the NDLS centre they combined my A and B licence and informed me i needed N plates on my car for 2yrs as they classed me as a novice driver I did as instructed but i was,nt one bit happy.
The official actually directed me to a shop which stocked N plates.
So after a couple of weeks grudgeingly sporting nplates I had enough-no lifelong biker likes to be put down by petty officialdom.
So this morning I rang up their head office and after a conversation with them -they accepted I did not need to put up Nplates, which means I am not classified as a NOVICE driver.

PS.Novice drivers can be put off the road with less points against them than "fully qualified drivers.
Check RSA.ie and NDLS site.
IT took me 30mins to type this-so appreciate and f***in read it .:wassat:

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My Street Triple

My Street Triple

So last week I finally did a deal on a new bike with the great lads in Clonmel Motorcycles.

I picked up a 2008, Triumph Street Triple in absolutely IMMACULATE condition. One owner from new (who I managed to track down and met on Sunday funnily enough!) With every receipt ever. Full service history, new tyres chain and sprocket. I’m absolutely chuffed.

It’s still on the NI plates – due to be VRT’d on the 25th. Pictures of when I picked it up on Friday below.

Few extras:
Front visor
Remapped for TOR exhausts
Braided lines
Front CF hugger

Went for a long spin to Newry yesterday to meet the previous owner and last night did the following:

Removed pillion bar
Installed TOR exhausts (remapped specifically for them)
Installed Cowl
Installed iPhone holder
Changed clocks to KPH

First impressions – love it. Bit of a hooligan. Easy to ride, lightweight, great handling, comfortable riding position and the same raspy three cylinder out of the daytona. What’s not to like?

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Podium finish for Rossi despite destroyed front tyre

Podium finish for Rossi despite destroyed front tyre

MOVISTAR Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi finished third in the second MotoGP round of 2015 in Austin despite a front tyre issue.

The Italian started from fourth on the grid and quickly moved up into third ready to fight for the lead with Marc Marquez and leading man Andrea Dovizoso.

It wasn’t long until Marquez had regained the lead pulled out an advantage leaving Dovizioso and Rossi to duel.

The nine-time World Champion and his Italian rival Dovizioso swapped places several times fighting for second place, but Rossi managed to make it stick and tried to hunt down race leader Marquez.

However, Rossi was unable to close the gap and was then involved in a second battle with Dovizioso, six laps from the end.

Rossi continued to push, but was dropping off the pace ever so slightly due to a worn out front tyre. He crossed the line in third place, just over three second behind race winner Marquez.

“I’m happy about the weekend, because getting onto the podium is a good objective when coming here,” explained Rossi.

 “On paper this track is the worst for our bike. I am satisfied about the weekend as a whole because we were always in the top 4-5 and we also weren’t so bad on the wet.

“For it to be perfect I would have had to beat Dovizioso, but unfortunately he was a bit faster. I didn’t have a chance to try, also because after six or seven laps of pushing a lot, I had to ride very smooth.

“For some reason our bike destroyed the front tyre. It’s been like this in 2013 and last year, but this year, fortunately, Bridgestone brought a harder front. That helped me to arrive at the end of the race, but the tyre was still damaged.”

 Speaking about the battle with Dovizioso, Rossi said: “Dovi said to me that we risked a lot overtaking in turn 12. From the bike I didn’t feel it and I thought we had some margin. We passed each other very closely, but there was enough space.”

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Crutchlow disappointed with CoTA result

Crutchlow disappointed with CoTA result

CWM LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow finished seventh at the Circuit of The America’s yesterday but was overall disappointed after losing nearly five-seconds. 

Unfortunately, the Brit was caught up in first-lap collision between Scott Redding and Pol Espargaro. This incident cost Crutchlow valuable seconds at the start of the race and was unable to recover despite starting from fifth on the grid.

Crutchlow finished just under 17 seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez, but was left frustrated with this result knowing that he and the team had made very good progress throughout the course of the weekend.

Speaking after the race in Austin, Crutchlow explained: “Today I was really disappointed with the result. We had a good pace over the race weekend.

“In the race itself we had some problems, I got caught up in the crash on the first lap and lost nearly five-seconds in one lap and from that point it was very difficult to catch up.

“The whole CWM LCR Honda team need to regroup now and come back to the next race stronger as we were too far behind the winner today. We need to discuss a plan for Argentina which is a track I have never raced at before, but I am looking forward to it.” 

The next round takes place on 19th April in Argentina at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

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