2013 My Rookie Season on the minitwin The Club.
The British Motorcycle Racing Club (BMCRC) was founded in 1909 and it has become very well known throughout the uk as a club that feeds the British Superbikes and support classes. A number of champions competed at BEMSEE including Barry Sheen, James Toseland, Casey Stoner, Shane Berne and some champions in waiting like Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow to name just a few. The current Triumph triple challenge, which is a support series of the british superbike series is made up of a number of EX BEMSEE minitwin riders. The level of competition at BEMSEE throughout all the classes is exceptionally high.
The Race Class: Minitwin.
Minitwin is a class based on road going machines. There is no specific bike that must be used but there are technical restrictions that the chosen bike must adhere to. There is a favoured bike that all riders are currently using and that is the Suzuki SV650. It is a twin cylinder 650cc bike which produces 72 bhp which is the limit for a water cooled two cylinder bike eligible to compete in the class. The bemsee minitwin grid during 2013 was made up of 9 Juniors, 22 rookies and 44 Veterens.
The season started in March at Snetterton race track in Norfolk. The first day of the season saw us racing in snowy conditions. Before the season started I purchased a new tent and persuaded my wife and two teenage daughters to come to the first round and camp. Unfortunately the weather got worse and worse overnight and the four of us woke up in a snow covered tent which had frozen, it was more like an igloo in the morning than a tent. The second day of racing was cancelled due to the extreme weather but luckily, my wife and daughters enjoyed the adventure and have continued to come racing.
We had 9 rounds in 2013 which included supporting the World Super Bikes (SBK) round at Donington park race circuit. Every meeting has a program which contains each class and a listing of the riders plus a sponsor�s name and at the SBK round we had our minitwin grid and sponsors published in the official programme. According to one website there was 28,546 spectators at this event, the FIM World Superbike facebook page reported weekend crowds of 48,500 spectators.
Last season I started thirty four out of thirty five races and scored thirty three top ten finishes and two eleven places in my class. My highest finish was a third and I failed to finish one race after crashing in the wet. With this consistency I managed to achieve a final championship place of sixth rookie. My final points scored was 240 which was only 21 points short of fifth place.
Because the class restricts the race preparation of the machines the costs are probably the lowest of any racing. The main expenses are race entry which ranges from £ 230 – £ 260 a meet, tyres for a weekend £ 250, fuel for the bike and transport approx. £ 60. Total costs for a race weekend are approximately £ 570.
Next season will again comprise of 9 rounds. One of these rounds will be the Silverstone international circuit, this is the lower part of the circuit including the new pits (wing) complex. The club has advised us that this circuit configuration has never been raced by bikes. We will also be racing the prestigious Brand hatch GP and are again the only club in the uk that have this privilege. It is believed that we will again be supporting the world superbike round for the 3rd season. The preparation work on the bike has already begun, I do all my own mechanical work to keep the cost down. The main job for next season is an engine rebuild. I found approximately half way through the second half of this season that my engine was down on power being measured as 67.1bhp when the front runners were all running the 72bhp limit.
I am looking for any help I can get with the costs of racing in return for advertising on my motorcycle/facebook page and website. There are a number of photographers at the track taking excellent high quality shots of the action, I have included a couple of pictures here.
I am always happy to discuss branding, colours and decals.
I would like to thank you for the time you have spent reading my season review and hope that this may be the beginning of a season to remember.
Updated January 2014