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Barber Extends Series Lead With Silverstone Domination

Silverstone 2015 01Matt Barber dominated the second round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters series at Silverstone, storming to victory in all three races. He looked set to win all four scheduled races based on his weekend's form, however an oil spill in another class rendered the track unsafe, with the last race abandoned. It will be rescheduled for a future round.

Barber was taking part in his first race meeting on the Silverstone International circuit having missed the club's round at the venue in 2014. However, it didn't take him long to find his way around, the former YPMRC Rookie champion qualifying on pole and setting a time nearly one and a half seconds faster than reigning champion Graham Higlett, who started second on the grid. Doug Edmondson completed the front row despite a high-speed crash at turn one in Saturday's qualifying session.

Pete Moore qualified fourth ahead of Scott Grant, who looked odds-on for another winning weekend in the Rookie class, while Sacha Gyte qualified sixth and fastest Clubman.

But it was the Barber show as the lights went out for the first race. Moore held the advantage after the first lap, but after Barber found his way past he was never headed, going on to take the win by nearly four seconds. Moore was second with Higlett third.

Fourth went the way of Gyte, who put in an excellent ride to take his second Clubman win of the season, as he crossed the line just one tenth of a second ahead of Andy Davies, as the pair went at it throughout the entire race.

Scott Grant's sixth handed him another Rookie class win, his fifth in five races, as Marc Prentice and Paul Whitby completed the Clubman podium in seventh and eighth. Steve Higerty, who took three Clubman wins at Snetterton, finished ninth with Rooke Lee Huff completing the top 10, as he got the better of a confidence-shaken Edmondson.

Silverstone 2015 02Barber's victory in race two came a huge eight seconds ahead of the chasing pack, with Higlett and Moore reversing positions on the second and third steps of the podium. Davies was fourth while Edmondson rediscovered some form to come through the pack to finish fifth.

However, Edmondson's fifth came after a huge scrap involving six riders. Edmondson made the move for fifth on the last lap at the chicane, as six riders sorted out the finishing order in exciting fashion. Whitby benefited from the last lap carnage too, taking sixth and his first Clubman win of the season, while Grant was shuffled back to seventh, but took the Rookie win.

Gyte, who'd held fifth for much of the race, ended up in eighth and second Clubman with Prentice ninth and third Clubman and Higerty 10th.

The third - and sadly final - race of the weekend, saw Barber complete his  domination. He led the way before the red flags came out at the halfway stage. When the race restarted as a five lap sprint, he still managed to pull out a seven and a half second lead.

Behind, Higlett bettered Davies by half a second, as the pair finished second and thid. Behind, Moore finished fourth, narrowling beating Grant by less than a tenth of a second. Grant was again the leading Rookie in fifth.

After a weekend of mechanical woes, Ben Miles finally finished a race, crossing the line in sixth after coming from the back of the grid. Gyte was seventh and lead Clubman ahead of Whitby and Edmondson, with Michael Stanley breaking in to the top 10 after rectifying a stator issue that had plagued him all weekend.

Barber, who arrived at the Northamptonshire circit with the series lead extended it with his three wins. The abandoned fourth race will be rescheduled and ran at a future meeting.

The next round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters championship takes place at Oulton Park on May 29-30.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Club Bikes Booked For Donington

Both YPMRC Club Bikes have received their first bookings for the 2014 season, with both the TZR and 350LC booked up for the Donington round in June.

Jon Cockram from Oldbury will pilot the 350, and boasts prior racing experience, albeit on four wheels rather than two, and has decided to make the switch to bikes. And with a long-standing desire to race an RD350, YPM proved to be the ideal class.

Aboard the TZR will be Barry Drummond. Barry has also raced before and is looking for the ideal class to join, coming into things with a fondness for two-strokes.

Interest is high in both of the YPMRC Club Bikes, with both expected to be fully booked at each meeting. For more information and for the contact form, click here.


Higlett Extends 100% Record

Higlett SilverstoneGraham Higlett extended his 100% record for the season, and as a result his championship lead, after taking all four wins at Silverstone.

The 2012 champion looks untouchable at the moment, with Doug Edmondson, Peter Moore and Andy Davies the closest riders to him but some way off the blistering pace set by the current series leader.

Higlett qualified on pole, with Simon Braby and Moore alongside him on the front row. He then sailed to a race one victory aboard his Face to Face Finance sponsored TZR250, crossing the line nearly five seconds ahead of Edmondson and Moore, who spent the race locked in a titanic battle for the two remaining podium spots. Just half a second split them at the flag, and after a race long dice, it was Edmondson took second place.

Andy Davies came across the line in fourth, chased all race long by James Sharpe, who claimed a personal best ever finish in fifth and took the Clubman win. Paul Whitby claimed second Clubman in sixth, leading a five-way battle, which included Trevor Sharpe, who finished third Clubman in eighth, and Rookie class winner Michael Stanley, in 10th.

Race two was much in the same vein as race one, with Higlett taking the win by nearly six seconds this time, while Edmondson and Moore renewed their battle from race one, finishing in the same order at the flag.

Davies ended up in a lonely fourth place, ahead of a seven rider-long train for fifth place. Holding fifth early on was James Sharpe, who fended off several attempts by Whitby to make a pass. Whitby was eventually passed by both Lee Finney and Simon Braby, the two riders coming from the back off the grid after failing to make the start of race one.

Braby sat sixth heading on to the last lap, before making a move for fifth place at the end of the Hangar Straight, holding the position to the line to take fifth. James Sharpe was the leading Clubman in sixth, with Whitby second in eighth and John Walker third in ninth.

The battle for top Rookie was well and truly on in race two, with less than a second covering Stanley and Sacha Gyte at the flag. Stanley claimed his second Rookie win of the weekend and of the season, finishing 12th, with Gyte 13th.

Sunday's opening race saw a shake up of the podium, and while Higlett took his third win of the weekend, Davies took an impressive second place, less than two seconds back of the race winner as the chequered flag came out.

Moore Edmondson SilverstoneBehind, Edmondson and Moore continued to trade positions and paint for that remaining podium position, with Edmondson claiming his third podium finish and third position.

Braby and Finney came home in fifth and sixth, just three tenths of a second between them, with James Sharpe the leading Clubman rider across the line in seventh, with Walker second Clubman in eighth and Whitby third Clubman in 10th, just behind Mike Wake, the three of them involved in a  race-long scrap, with six hundredths of a second covering Walker and Wake in the results.

Gyte took the win in the Rookie class, with Tim Hall keeping himself in contention for the Rookie crown taking second, with Stanley third rookie.

The final race of the weekend saw some of the closest action of the weekend. Higlett disappeared to take his most convincing win, finishing six seconds ahead of a thrilling battle for the remaining podium positions, with four riders going at it.

At the line, less than a second covered positions two to five, with Davies second and Edmondson third, just ahead of Braby, who recovered after he was clattered into by James Sharpe off the start, and Moore, the pair finishing fourth and fifth.

Finney and Wake went at it for sixth and seventh, ahead of a scrap for top Clubman honours, which saw Walker just fend off the attacks of Whitby, half a second the difference at the line, to take his first Clubman win of the season.

Trevor Sharpe claimed third Clubman and kept his title challenge on track, crossing the line two tenths of a second ahead of James Sharpe after a last lap scrap that came down to the chicane, and Gyte, who had been involved in a battle with Trevor Sharpe until contact with James Sharpe, who was attempting to make a move at turn three and dropped him two seconds back, claimed top Rookie honours.

Gyte's wins in the rookie class on Sunday mean he is now just one point off the championship lead, with Stanley leading the way, while James Sharpe leads the Clubman championship by 10 points from Whitby.

Higlett's perfect weekend means he boasts 200 points and leads the championship, with Edmondson second on 140.

Photos: E.G.B 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

Nielsen CDG Continues YPM Support For 2016

logo largeLeading motorcycle lubricant supplier, Nielsen CDG, has confirmed its ongoing support for the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club, offering club members discounted products from across its range.

YPMRC members can enjoy a 7.5% discount on all Nielsen products, who will receive a discount code via email.

With Nielsen products already competitively priced, the discount for YPMRC members puts a litre of Castrol A747 at just £12.95, including VAT.

Nielsen CDG also offers a great range of other related products, including fork oils, chain lubricants, brake fluid, and gearbox oil.

For more information, visit

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.