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Yambits Club Bike Pricing And Availability Confirmed For 2015 Season

Club Bike Available 2015-01Pricing and availability has been confirmed for the Yambits sponsored club bike for 2015, with the rent-a-racer TZR250 available at all nine rounds of the forthcoming season, with prices varying from £425 - £550 for the weekend.

Now in it's fourth year, the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club's club bike is still the perfect way to try your hand at racing. Aimed at those seriously considering the launch of their club racing career or toying with joining the YPMRC, riders are able to experience the competitive and close racing on the track while being fully immersed in the club's famous paddock camaraderie off it.

Covered in the weekend's cost is a full round of racing, with two races and qualifying on Saturday and two races on Sunday, the only exceptions being Oulton Park, with just Saturday racing, and Donington Park, with no Friday practice. Also covered is your weekend's fuel, oil and tyre bill, transponder hire and a basic spares package.

A dedicated mechanic and paddock hand will be with you throughout the weekend to remove tyre warmers and paddock stands - also included in the price - and talk you through the weekend's routine from signing on to scrutineering. A dedicated instructor will also be available for tuition on the Friday.

Graduates of the club bike programme who are now fully-fledged members of the YPMRC paddock include Mark Ellery, the bike's first renter in 2012, as well as 2013 rookie championship contenders Matt Barber and Pete Moore. Last year's rookie champion and runner up, Michael Stanley and Sacha Gyte, both got a taste of the YPMRC on the club bike in 2013 before buying their own bikes, as well as Steve Johnson and Tim Moore. Lining up on the grid this year will be Lee Huff, Barry Drummond and Keith Cotgrove after starting on the club bike last season.

The full list of available dates (which remain provisional) and corresponding prices are listed below:

· Snetterton 300. April 25/26 - £550
· Silverstone International. May 9/10 - £550
· Oulton Park. May 30 - £500 (Saturday only)
· Donington Park. June 20/21 - £425 (No Friday practice)
· Pembrey. July 11/12 - £500
· Brands Hatch GP. August 8/9 - £550
· Cadwell Park. September 5/6 - £500
· Brands Hatch Indy. October 3/4 - £500
· Snetterton 200. October 24/25 - £500

No damage waiver is required - the price of the weekend is fixed. Not included in the price is your ACU licence. No riding kit is provided.

To book your weekend contact Trevor Sharpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or join the friendly YPMRC forum on this site and get in touch that way.

Annual Dinner Dance Closes 2014 Season

DinnerDance2014WinnersThe British Motorcycle Racing Club's annual Dinner Dance again capped-off a fantastic season's racing, with the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club joining in with the celebrations and crowning this year's champions.

Collecting the 2014 championship trophy was Graham Higlett. The 2012 champion started the season as favourite, and showed he meant business from the off, going on an unprecedented winning run that eventually came to an end at Cadwell Park when Pete Moore took off like a scalded cat and stormed to his first YPMRC win.

Joining Higlett on the podium was Matt Barber and Doug Edmondson, the pair going toe-to-toe over the course of the season for that runner-up spot, with the outcome decided at the final round.

Barber's infectious grin and happy-go-lucky approach to his racing - evident from his first foray on the Yambits Club Bike in 2012 - has made him a paddock favourite, backed up by a sometimes wild but always fast style on track. On for his first win of the season at Oulton Park, he crashed out in the changing conditions, handing victory to Higlett. However, he made it to the top step of the podium at the final round at Brands Hatch.

Edmondson was another tipped for championship contention at the start of the season. Battling at the sharp end throughout the year, by the middle of the season it looked as though he might be the only one to catch Higlett. Edmondson got himself on the top step of the podium at the final round, but it wasn't enough to stop Barber taking the runner-up spot overall.

DinnerDance2014ClubmanThe Yamaha Past Masters Clubman championship was set for a showdown at the season finale, with Trevor Sharpe arriving with just a 13 point advantage over James Sharpe. However, in the end Trevor Sharpe was crowned champion before the turn of a racing wheel, with James Sharpe missing the action after a crash in Friday Practice and with no one else capable of catching him.

James Sharpe finished second on the overall Clubman podium, with Paul Whitby rounding out the top three after getting the better of Paul Davies at final round, the pair still scrapping for the final rostrum position until the last race.

Trevor Sharpe was also awarded the Danny Whalin trophy. Danny Whalin raced with the Yamaha Past Masters with his father Len Whalin. Danny sadly lost his life to the sport, but each year an award is presented to someone Len and daughter Chloe nominate for their services and dedication to the club.

In the Rookie class of 2014, Michael Stanley took the honours. After a steady start to his Rookie campaign, Stanley's run of form in the second half of the season saw him regularly competiting nearer the front, and he will definitely be one to watch in the Clubman Championship in 2015.

DinnerDance2014RookiesTim Hall - pictured attempting to wrestle the gong from Stanley - finished third overall in the class after an up and down season that saw him riding four bikes over the course of the year. However, he will be back in 2015 on a freshly acquired TZR250. Taking Rookie class wins this year, he will be looking to give a good account of himself next season. Sacha Gyte, finished second in the Rookie class but couldn't make the end of season party. But he too will return for 2015.

The British Motorcycle Racing Club's Open Day will take place on the 14th of December, with fresh rookies taking the necessary steps and filling out the necessary paperwork to attend the Rookie Day in February with a view to obtaining their ACU licence. Full details can be found here.

Photos: Racing Line Photography

2014 YPMRC Award Winners

10712837 10152345608740060 8299951621437692940 nAlongside the more obvious champions and championship top-threes that receive their awards, the Yamaha Past Masters Club has always been sure to thank and reward those that give a little extra, whether that's through dedication to the club, or by crashing a lot.

At the final round at Brands Hatch, the assembled YPM riders and crews again gathered for a season-ending hog roast and their own awards ceremony.

Mark Silcox - Dedication To YPM

Despite never racing with the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club, Mark Silcox - better known around the paddock as Billy - attends nearly every round. Booking his accommodation well in advance as soon as the calendar is announced, Billy also feeds a lot of the paddock with the cakes he brings, courtesy of his wife Alison. This year he also drove to collect the food for the annual Cadwell Curry.

Since suffering a big accident at Brands Hatch in 2009, which put paid to his racing exploits, Billy came to a number of YPM meetings with Tony Hoare. From there he got to know more and more people in the paddock. Setting up camp with the Sharpes and Paul Whitby, Billy spends his time putting bikes on and off stands, removing tyre warmers, helping with last minute wheel changes, and enjoying paddock life.

15282 583796265060468 6458769773707129232 nSacha Gyte - Crasher Of The Year

One of the more difficult years when it came to deciding on this year's Crasher of the Year award, with a number of riders all boasting the same number of crashes. Nominees included Tim Hall, Michael Stanley, Matt Barber (not least of all for crashing out of the lead at Oulton and his inclusion in the now infamous Melbourne Loop pile up), James Sharpe, Paul Whitby, and Graham Higlett.

However, Gyte was eventually awarded the trophy after crashing from bolt upright at Oulton Park, and for crashing at the final corner at Donington on the final lap from what would have been his best finish of the season. He admitted later to changing his line on the last lap to reflect other riders around him.

10543621 547862868653808 2962358012145467110 nPete Moore - Best Prepared Bike

Pete Moore's TZR250 wasn't shy of a mechanical issue in in 2013. So for 2014 he spent the winter meticulously preparing it, treating it to nice new bodywork too. Many more mechanical issues and a couple of slides on its later, and you wouldn't know to look at.

Instead it was always clean, never held together with gaffer tape and cable ties, and always looking full factory.

10702110 573638986076196 1339323710506134898 nPaul Davies - Most Improved Rider

Riding the 2013 championship-winning bike paid dividends for Paul Davies. Improving immediately, Davies spent the opening part of the season getting closer and closer to the front runners in the battle for the Clubman Championship.

By the Brands Hatch GP round, he had well and truly announced himself in the fight for Clubman wins, taking his first class victory in the final race of the weekend. From there he went on to take two more and a second at Snetterton, putting himself in contention for third place in the Clubman championship.

Unfortunately for Davies, a crash in the final race at Snetterton impacted his performance at the final round and he finished off the Clubman podium in fourth overall, but certainly showed that he will be one to watch in 2015.

10393707 547128352060593 8144233763818421082 nLee Huff - Yambits Club Bike Rider Of The Year

Every rider who raced the Club Bike this season was eligible for the Yambits Club Bike award, with many factors coming in to play when deciding on a winner, including performance, enthusiasm, and fit within the YPMRC fold.

Again, a number of candidates were put forward, including Barry Drummond after taking the bike to its first Rookie class win at Donington Park. However, it was eventually awarded to Lee Huff. After a string of impressive performances at Cadwell Park - and a crash - Huff then went and put himself on the grid for the final round of the championship on the bike he will race in 2015.

JSweb RLGa0738James Sharpe - YPM Marshal Award

Every season the YPM Marhsals of Den, Nicki and Scott Grant present their own YPM Marshal award, based on a number of categories. For 2014, this was awarded to Clubman runner-up James Sharpe.

"The YPM Marshal award is awarded in memory of Sophie," Den explains. " Sophie came to racing as part of our family to support me when I was racing in YPM in 2005.

"Sophie died in 2010 in her sleep when she was 17 and we ask the riders to wear a sunflower sticker with a smile, to give us a smile just like she had.

"We wanted to do something fun for Sophie's memory and thought of having an award for things that we talked about on the way home, just like we did on long journeys back from circuits when I was racing; the things that made us smile during the weekend. Silly things like riders waving at each other whilst over taking, a rider helping pick their bike up after a little spill.

"This year the award goes to Jamie ' I will try and remember to wave' Sharpe. He had a varied year's racing where he managed to scare us at Silverstone with a big wobble, had mechanical problems and a few spills too. But we also witnessed some very good results and some special overtaking of his fellow racers and family members."

Champions Decided At Final Round

BrandsIndy01With Graham Higlett already crowned this year's DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Champion, the final round at Brands Hatch was still the scene for the battle for second in the championship standings, as well as Clubman and Rookie honours.

The Clubman championship was one battle that was set to go to the wire, with just 13 points separating Trevor Sharpe and James Sharpe. However, a crash in Friday practice ruled James Sharpe out of the weekend's races, handing the Clubman championship to Trevor Sharpe, with no one else able of overhauling his lead.

The Rookie class however, was far from decided, with 64 separating Michael Stanley and Sacha Gyte at the top, and it was Gyte who started the right way in the rain in Saturday's opening encounter, finishing eighth and lead Rookie ahead of Lee Huff, another Rookie who rode the Yambits Club Bike at Cadwell Park. Stanley finished 12th and third Rookie, giving away nine points to Gyte.

At the front Dan Wright, back for his second race of the season and looking good at the front, crashed out of the lead, handing victory to Doug Edmondson, who ended up cruising to the win by six seconds, finishing ahead of Matt Barber, the pair both aiming for second in the overall championship. Emma Jarman, having her first ride in the class also crashed out on Pete Fishwick's TZR250.

Higlett finished third, just a tenth of a second ahead of a returning Steve King. Kevin Marshall finished lead Clubman after an excellent ride, and rounded out the top five. Len Whalin finished seventh behind Pete Moore and second Clubman. Trevor Sharpe finished tenth and completed the Clubman podium.

BrandsIndy02Saturday's second race was another rain-soaked affair, and Stanley's hunt for the Rookie championship took another hit. As the pack charged towards Paddock Hill for the first time, Stanley's over-exurberance on the throttle saw the rear let go, and as he slid towards the gravel, he skittled the unlucky Paul Bowling and Nick Kennet.

With all the riders up and okay, Gyte rode to the Rookie class win in eighth, putting a further 25 points in Stanley's class lead. At the front, Matt Barber fended off Edmondson for the race win in the battle for second in the championship, with Wright coming through the pack to finish on the podium in third. King finished fourth ahead of the lead Clubman, Marshall.

Jarman also came through the field to finish sixth ahead of Moore, Gyte, Paul Davies and Whalin, while newly-crowned champion Higlett crashed out on lap five.

In contrast to Saturday's water-logged affair, Sunday was positively glorious. With the field full from the paddock hogroast the nightbefore, the day's opening 10-lap race saw King take the win, closely followd by Barber and Wright. Edmondson finished fourth ahead of Jarman, who crossed the line in fifth and ahead of Higlett in sixth. Moore finished seventh with a jump-start penalty, however it didn't affect the result, with Stanley eighth and lead rookie.

Paul Whitby took his first Clubman win of the weekend in his fight to regain third in the Clubman standings, finishing ninth ahead of Marshall with Whalin third Clubman in 11th.

BrandsIndy03In the final race Barber cemented second place in the 2014 championship standings after a race-long dice with King. Barber took the win by just over a tenth of a second. Edmondson took third, coming out on top in a three-way battle for the final spot on the podium. Behind him finished Moore and Wright.

Higlett and Jarman finishd sixth and seventh, with Marshall taking his third Clubman win of the weekend in eighth after what has been a challenging season for the Derbyshireman. Stanley finished behind him as lead Rookie in ninth, ensuring he was crowned the 2014 YPMRC Rookie champion, with Whitby rounding out the top 10 and claiming second Clubman. With Davies finishing fifth Clubman, it was enough for Whitby to secure the final spot on the Clubman championship podium.

The annual BMCRC Dinner Dance takes place on 15 November at the Ashford International Hotel, where the champions will be presented with their trophies.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Lee Huff Joins YPM Grid For Final Round

Brands ClubBike Preview01Lee Huff will line up on the YPM grid for the second time this season, the Club Bike graduate taking part in the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.

Huff, who rode the Yambits sponsored Club Bike at the fifth round earlier in the year, took a 15th and a 10th at Cadwell Park, before crashing out at the Gooseneck on the opening lap of the third race.

However, it wasn't enough to deter Huff, who hails from Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. After securing a TZR250 for the final round, he has his eyes firmly fixed on the 2015 YPMRC Rookie championship.

The final round takes place on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on October 4-5.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

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