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Grant takes fight to series leader Johnson

B12H6922It looked as though usual service would be resumed in the DFDS Yamaha Past Masters, with series leader Anthony Johnson qualifying on pole position, coming off the back of another dominant weekend at Silverstone.

However, he was challenged by former Rookie champion Scott Grant in race one, with the featherweight youngster hanging on to take the win by six hundredths of a second as the pair drag-raced to the line.

Doug Edmondson came out on top in the battle for third, holding off Neil MacQueen. Michael Stanley’s Prentice’s 12th gave him the Clubman win, with Rookie honours going to Alan Wood in 16th.

B12H2838A downpour prior to race two made for some last minute decisions on tyre choice, with Edmondson and Paul Toland forced to pull in on the warm-up lap having opted for wets. With the race run on a dry track, Johnson and MacQueen battled at the front, before Johnson began to stretch his advantage. A mistake for MacQueen on the last lap assured Johnson of victory, with MacQueen taking second, as Grant took third.

Stanley picked up another 25 points in the Clubman championship in sixth, with Wood’s 11th enough for the Rookie spoils.

Johnson doubled up with a win in race three ahead of Grant and Giles Harwood, but a DNF in race four left MacQueen to take victory. Edmondson took second, bettering Grant, who took third. There were two more Clubman wins for Stanley, with seventh and eighth placed finishes, with Wood and Paul Godbold taking a Rookie win each.

Higlett Crowned 2014 Champion

Higlett ChampGraham Higlett was crowned the 2014 DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters champion this weekend at Snetterton, wrapping up the series with a round to go.

Higlett took both wins on Saturday, ensuring he could not be caught and claimed his second YPMRC title. He was pushed all the way, his first victory coming by seven hudredths of a second from Pete Moore. Matt Barber then pushed it close in the second outing.

With the championship already decided, Higlett then went out and won both of Sunday's races, setting his fastest lap of the weekend in the final race, where he stormed to victory by seven seconds.

Higlett was also crowned Formula 400 Sub-64 champion, too.

Full YPMRC race report to follow.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Higlett Launches Title Assault

Higlett Snet ReportGraham Higlett got his assault on the 2014 title off on the right foot, taking all four wins from the opening round at Snetterton.

The 2012 champion, who failed to notch a single win in the year of his title defence, looked focused and determined right from the off, qualifying on pole on Saturday morning, with only Doug Edmondson within a second of his time of 2:18:829. 2013 Rookie champion Matt Barber rounded out the front row, a second back of Higlett.

But it was Barber who put up the most resistance to Higlett's dominance over the weekend, and in Saturday's opening encounter it was the pair of them that disappeared at the front, the only two lapping in the 2:16s. Victory went the way of Higlett, as he eventually gapped and dropped Barber, crossing the line four and a half seconds ahead of him at the chequered flag. Edmondson, with a comfortable advantage over fourth placed Richard Sawyer, came home third.

In the Clubman class, Paul Whitby held the advantage for most of the race, dicing with Andy Wheeler for seventh overall with the pair swapping places constantly. However, too much front brake going into Nelson for the final time saw him lose the front and crash out, handing the win to James Sharpe, who bettered Kev Higerty for the Clubman win. Trevor Sharpe was the third Clubman rider across the line.

Sacha Gyte drew first blood in the Rookie class, taking the win and 17th overall, with Michael Stanley, another Club Bike graduate, second and Tim Hall third.

A packed schedule saw the second Yamaha Past Masters race held over until Sunday morning, when the race was unfortunately red flagged after a handful of laps.

While battling for the position of highest Clubman, Kev Higerty suffered a huge highside at the exit of turn one. The race was stopped, with Higerty later diagnosed with four broken vertebrae.

Barber Snet ReportHiglett took his second win in the restarted raced, chased home by Barber, with Edmondson just half a second back, while Trevor Sharpe took the win in the Clubman class ahead of Whitby and Len Whalin, while Hall just edged out Stanley for top Rookie honours.

Sunday's scheduled races saw Higlett complete his clean-sweep, taking victory in race one by nearly five seconds, after shaking off the attention of Barber, who did his best to prevent the former champion from getting into his rhythm.

Barber, making a good start, held the lead early on, before the pair battled for a number of laps, with Barber launching an attempted pass wherever he could, knowing it was his best chance of preventing Higlett from settling into the groove and taking the win.

Unfortunately for him it was to no avail, with Higlett shaking him off and pulling away to take the win with Barber second and Edmondson third.

Top Clubman honours went to James Sharpe, who came from the back of the grid to finish 10th, after a battle with Whitby and Whalin, who finished second and third Clubman respectively, while Gyte returned to the top step of the Rookie podium, crossing the line half a second ahead of Stanley, with Hall third rookie.

Higlett's rout was complete in race four, while a fluffed start from Barber meant he was unable to get away with the race leader, instead allowing Edmondson to have a go. The 2011 Rookie runner-up was unable to challenge for the lead however, and settled for second, with Barber third.

Whitby took his first Clubman win of the weekend in the final race, with Trevor Sharpe second and John Walker third, with Gyte the leading rookie and in the points in 14th.

Higlett's 100% record means he heads the championship standings, with Barber second and Edmondson third, the trio already putting in a  gap to the chasing pack, headed by Andy Davies.

Consistency and four finishes mean Trevor Sharpe tops the Clubman championship after round one with 74 points, while Whitby, on 65, and James Sharpe, on 63, sit second and third.

Consistency for Michael Stanley also means he leads the Rookie championship, with four second placed finishes and 80 points, with Gyte on 75 and Hall on 73.

Photos: Bryan Lancaster / Bryant Photography

Macqueen In Charge As Higlett Struggles

Snet 2015 01Neil Macqueen took three wins from four at the opening round of the DFDS Seaways-backed Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club series at Snetterton, while reigning champion Graham Higlett had a weekend to forget at his local circuit.

A wet qualifying saw Macqueen qualify on pole with a lap time nearly six seconds quicker than anyone else, set on his final lap of the session. Pete Moore qualified second, while last year's Rookie championship runner-up Sacha Gyte completed the front row.

Higlett qualified in seventh, but as track conditions improved for the race, he was able to make progress towards the front of the pack, and led onto the final lap. However, he was out-foxed, with Macqueen stealing victory by eight tenths of a second. Higlett was second with Pete Moore just eight thousandths of a second further back in third.

It was a lonely ride for Matt Barber in fourth, before a train of riders crossed the line in the battle for fifth. At the front was Scott Grant, the Rookie making his YPMRC debut with a class win. He crossed the line less than a second ahead of Steve Higerty, who took sixth and his first Clubman class win. Ben Miles and Andy Davies were a second behind in seventh and eighth.

The battle for ninth was another close-run affair, with two seconds splitting Rookie Giles Harwood and Kev Marshall in 12th. In between was Sacha Gyte, who was second Clubman, in 10th and the returning Paul Toland in 11th.

It was an interesting start the racing career of Stephen Johnson, who looped his TZR250 in exuberance off the start, while Paul Henson also crashed out of contention in the early stages. There were also mechanical retirements for Clubman championship hopefuls Michael Stanley and Paul Whitby, while Paul Davies failed to make the start.

Race two started on Saturday, but a high-side at the final corner for Graham Higlett brought proceedings to an early end when the red flags came out. The re-run was carried over until Sunday morning, and it was Macqueen who took the win in tricky conditions, storming to victory by over six seconds. Barber was second, just ahead of Davies. Doug Edmondson, who retired from race one, came through the field to finish fourth.

Snet 2015 02Grant was again lead Rookie in a fine fifth place, again finishing ahead of Higerty, who took his second Clubman win. Paul Bowling took second in the Clubman class in seventh with Marshall completing the class podium in eighth. Gyte was ninth and Stanley was 10th, ahead of Paul Middleton on the Yambits Club Bike, who took his second chequered flag of the weekend, improving all the time.

Macqueen completed his hat-trick of wins in race three, crossing the line two seconds ahead of Matt Barber, who rode to another fine second place, with Edmondson on the podium in third after holding off the challenger from Pete Moore, who finished fourth and a half a second off the podium, with Davies another second and a half back in fifth.

Grant took his third Rookie class win in sixth, while Gyte took his first Clubman class win in seventh with Higerty second in class in eighth. Harwood was second rookie in ninth with Ben Miles in 10th, who mistakenly took yellow flags on the start finish straight as the last lap flag, and eased off with a lap to go.

Higlett's charge from the back of the grid ended after just one lap, with the reigning champion retiring with mechanical woes.

Howeverm Macqueen didn't make the start of the final race, which saw Barber take a comfortable victory, as Edmondson and Moore were again tied together, this time in a battle for second. It went the way of Edmondson with Moore third and Davies fourth.

Toland, after retiring from the previous race, came through to take a well-deserved fifth place, ahead of Grant who completed his Rookie class clean-sweep of wins, and has installed himself as the early favourite for the championship come the end of the season.

Gyte was seventh and took his second Clubman win ahead of Miles, Harwood and Paul Davies, who rounded out the top 10.

The closest battle on track centred around 14th place and the scrap for the final championship points. Stanley crossed the line three hundredths of a second ahead of Middleton on the Club Bike, with Henson half a second behind in 16th and Marshall 17th, two seconds behind at the line.

The next round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Championship heads to Silverstone on May 9-10, with Friday practice on May 8.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Middleton Crowned Yambits Club Bike Rider Of The Year

Club Bike RotY 2015Paul Middleton was crowned 2015 Yambits Club Bike Rider of the Year at the final round at Snetterton.

Middleton, who rode the Yambits sponsored rent-a-racer at the opening round of the season at the same circuit, albeit on the 300 layout, used the Club Bike to take his first steps into motorcycle racing.

Immediately addicted to both the buzz of the on-track action and the off-track camaraderie of the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club, Middleton left the circuit with his own, newly acquired TZR250, and after racing it at Oulton Park, he was again in action at the final round.

The award was presented at the annual presentation evening, which takes place at the final round of each year, and was marked not just on the results a Club Bike rider achieves over the weekend, but also by how much they muck in, and how much they look like they're enjoying themselves over the course of the meeting.

Club Bike RotY 2015 TrophyAfter receiving his award, Middleton said, "Living the dream! Many thanks to all the lads and lasses involved in the Yamaha Past Masters and Bemsee.

"I can't wait for next season."

The Yambits Club Bike is available at every round of the season, and the cost includes all consumables, bike transport, a mechanic, Friday practice, qualifying, and four races (depending on the circuit).

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Round One Preview

snet previewThe DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters series is set for its opening round of the 2014 season, with the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk - the scene of the opening round in 2013 before the meeting was cancelled due to heavy snowfall - the venue.
With reigning champion Dean Stimpson moving on, a number of riders will be looking to assert themselves as championship contenders, including local competitors Richard Sawyer and former champion Graham Higlett. Others widely tipped to join the fray at the sharp end include Pete Moore and Matt Barber, after the two who went head-to-head for the 2013 Rookie Championship, as well as Lee Finney and Doug Edmondson.
Last year's Clubman Championship went down to the wire, and 2014 also promises to provide a fiercely fought championship, with plenty of riders capable of picking up points and trophies throughout the season, including last year's main protagonists, Paul Whitby and Paul Bowling.
A number of freshly recruited rookies will be battling for top novice at the weekend too, with a number graduating to a full championship from the YPMRC Club Bike.
The Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club will be in action with a full day of practice on Friday 25 April and 15 minute qualifying session on the morning of Saturday 26 April. There will be then four races over the course of the weekend, two Saturday and two Sunday 27 April. The YPMRC is scheduled for races 10 and 20 on both days.
Completed in 2011, the Snetterton 300 circuit is one of the more newly developed tracks, and also the second longest in the country, incorporating the old layout of the original circuit with a new infield section. The British Motorcycle Racing Club was also the first motorcycle racing organisation to host a motorcycle race meeting on the circuit.

Taylor Takes Control At Snetterton

13301254 856446584462100 4319496097033593647 oThe lap times were blistering in the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters series, as the weekend’s action was a showcase of the talents of reigning champion Matt Barber, and reigning BMZRC 250 MZ champion, Mark Taylor, as the rivalry and battle for the 2016 championship kicked up a gear.

The racing was fierce and it was first blood to the series’ newcomer, as Taylor set pole and raced to victory in the weekend’s opener. Barber crossed the line in second place, while a lonely ride for the reigning YPM Rookie champion saw him take third place.

Marc Prentice took the Clubman class honours, while the Rookie spoils went to Paul Middleton.

Barber retaliated in race two, smashing the lap record with a 2:11 flat on his way to victory. Taylor finished second, with Doug Edmondson bettering Grant in a drag race to the line to finish third.

Giles Harwood’s fifth place gave him the Clubman win, while Middleton bagged another 25 points in the Rookie class.

Disaster struck for Barber in Sunday’s opening race, as a DNF saw him drop 25 points to his rival, as Taylor took his second win of the weekend.

13346235 856446844462074 3114313073053522613 oBarber’s demise meant Edmondson and Grant’s duel became the fight for second place, a fight that was decided by less than a tenth of a second in Edmondson’s favour.

Harwood fended off Andy Davies for fourth and another Clubman win, while Middleton made it three from three in the Rookie classification.

Taylor’s win in the final race saw him complete his hat-trick, as Barber recovered from the back of the grid to second place, but surrendered another five points to Taylor. Harwood took another Clubman victory with a spectacular third place overall.

Middleton also completed a dominant weekend for himself, as he added another 25 points towards his challenge for the Rookie crown.