May 2011 Archives

BSB_SAT_GOWLAND_FULL_THROTTLE_IMAGING_300.jpgNORTH boys Graeme Gowland and Barry Burrell are looking good for a great potential battle in tomorrow's two BSB-Evo races at Thruxton.

Gowland of Allendale, Northumberland, arrived back with the WFR Honda squad this weekend after missing the first three rounds after breaking his wrist in the first race of the year at Brands Hatch.

And now he is keen to make up for lost time, and has been a consistent top three Evo runner since he jumped back on board yesterday morning.

#22 Alex Lowes Thruxton 2011 2 - 300px.jpgBy Zoe Burn and Mic Archbold, Images by Full Throttle Imaging

ALEX Lowes stamped his authority on the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship as he stormed to pole at Thruxton this afternoon.

The Lincolnshire rider grabbed the top spot in his first qualifying session since joining the MSS Colchester Kawasaki squad just over a week ago.

Not only does it make Lowes' first BSB pole, but it is also the first time the team has ever had one of its bikes head the grid.

#67 Shane Byrne Thruxton - 300px.jpgBy Mic Archbold, Images by Full Throttle Imaging.

THE HM Plant Honda of Shane Byrne outpaced Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill in both of today's Free Practice Sessions at Thruxton.

Byrne came out strong from the outset, putting in a series of fast laps straight away, beating the Swan Yamaha of Hill by a quarter of a second at the end of the second session.

Byrne has already won four outings at this Hampshire circuit, three of which were in his title winning years, and he is keen to build on his victory at Croft two weeks ago.

Head spin

By Mark Douglas on May 26, 11 10:07 AM

IF there was ever any scintilla of doubt about where the power lies at Newcastle United, it was brutally removed yesterday.

By sending Joey Barton's agent packing without even the sniff of a contract offer yesterday, Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias sent a message. It was a clarion call to the dressing room, to the manager and to any agents presuming the club's need to recruit gives them a licence to make unreasonable demands - and it leaves no-one in any doubt that they are in firm control of events at St James' Park.

It only takes a minute...

By Mark Douglas on May 24, 11 10:21 AM

AFTER 38 games, roughly 57 hours of football (give or take some chunks of injury time) and a barrel load of blood, sweat and tears, how remarkable that in the end it all came down to the last 60 seconds of the season.

Early Cup exits combined with European dreams frittering away in mid-March meant the battle for regional bragging rites became the sole focus for Sunderland and Newcastle as the campaign wound to a less-than-compelling conclusion.

#67_Shane_Byrne_-_Team_HM_PlantHonda_-_Race_two_Winner_-_Photo_By_Full_Throttle_Imaging_(2).jpgSHANE 'Shakey' Byrne is back on top in the points standings after a commanding victory in the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Croft Circuit.

The HM Plant Honda rider more than made up for the disappointment of his bike blowing up while he was leading Race One earlier today as he sealed the win by almost two seconds.

Second man home was MSS Colchester Kawasaki's Stuart Easton, while Samsung Cresent Racing rider John Hopkins was third.

BSB Race 1 Podium - 300px.jpgJON Kirkham took his maiden MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship win in a dramatic first race at Croft Circuit this afternoon.

The Samsung Crescent Racing rider edged out team-mate John Hopkins to make it a 1-2 for the popular team at the end of a hard-fought race which saw many of the big hitters struggle.

The start of the race was initially delayed as the changable weather conditions continued to play havoc at the Darlington track, and many of the teams took unusual gambles on tyre choice.

Tommy Hill.jpgBy Mic Archbold

TOMMY Hill rode through the pain and put his Swan Yamaha in top spot after free practice at the team's local track ahead of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Croft.

After a heavy fall which injured the ligaments of his left shoulder at Oulton Park, Hill was keen to put himself back on track in his championship bid, and this morning he was passed fit to ride.

And in true Tommy style he proved that he could.

#81_Graeme_Gowland_-_300px.jpgLOCAL Evo hero Graeme Gowland has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's round at Croft Circuit.

The Allendale rider had hoped to make his comeback this weekend after breaking his wrist in a crash in the first race of the season at Brands Hatch.

But this afternoon he was devastated to have to pull out of his home round.

#55_Chrissy_Rouse_1_-_300px.jpgTEENAGE rookie Chrissy Rouse is gunning for a top ten finish this weekend at his home round of the Sunoco British 125GP Championship.

The Burnopfield youngster is looking to build on his 14th place finish at Oulton Park two weeks ago, at his and his SGR Racing team's local round, Croft.

Having raced at the North Yorkshire circuit as a pre-season warm-up in the NEMCRC event in March when he finished third, he is confident he can use his knowledge of the track to his advantage this weekend.

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