A masterful display by Shakey and might we see MV Agusta at the TT next year?Tue, 16 Oct 2012
I was interested to see none other than William Dunlop doing some shakedown testing on a very nice MV 675 F3 at Donington recently. The bike appeared failry standard but sounded sweet and looked pretty rapid out on track. Ohlins technician Richard Brendish was gathering information and helping with set up but reckons no definite decision has been made on where we might see MVs racing next year.
Back to sensible riding and after dropping in for a brew at Shires Motorcycle Training (Derby) the lovely Emily was telling me if your thinking about taking your bike test (especially if you’re 17) it’s not a bad idea to get it done now. From January 19th test laws will change meaning you’ll have to wait much longer and take extra tests before you can ride any bike over 600cc or 47bhp. Full details at www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing
The build up to the BSB showdown may have matched the 2011 finale in terms of excitement, but it was a masterful display by one rider that underlined who deserved to be the 2012 British Superbike Champion. Shane Byrne’s dominance over the Brands Hatch triple header on the PBM Kawasaki ZX10RR was a joy to watch as he dealt with speed and determination of Alex Lowes on his WFR Honda Fireblade and Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki GSXR. His final race of the weekend was the most impressive as he launched himself into second place by the first corner from the second row of the grid before forcing his way to victory over Brookes in the closing laps. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this display of total focus and brilliance over the weekend so my thanks and congratulation go to Shakey, PBM and of course Kawasaki on their first ever BSB title.
By Niall Mackenzie
See also: MV Agusta F3 racer, MV Agusta to Introduce All-New Model at EICMA 2012, 2012 MV Agusta F3 675 to be Featured on National Geographic Channel.