James Folkard Racer

Its been a busy end to June 2014 at Continental in the UK with a number of riders competing around the UK over the last two weekends of the month.

The second to last weekend of the month saw the BEMSEE series riders head to Donington Park in the East Midlands for the next round of their season. After some fantastic performances at recent race meetings Steve Jordan supported Luke Harris was riding in his Suzuki built by fellow racer Oliver Fooks in the Thunderbike UK class. Luke started and finished first in class in all three of his Thunderbike UK races over the course of the weekend, setting three fastest laps in the process to dominate the rest of the field. He also managed to keep himself busy with an outing in the Team Respro MRO 600 class on his Kawasaki, taking a 3rd place on the podium in his final race in that class.

In the MRO Minitwins the impressive Kurtis Butler continued his podium streak after a strong performance in qualifying to take 2nd in class on the grid on ContiRaceAttack Comp street legal race tyres. Kurtis held on to 2nd place in his first race of the weekend behind fellow series contender Harry Truelove, and then took a 3rd in the next race to add to his points total for the season so far. After running on into the gravel at Foggys in the final race of the day Kurtis slipped back to 6th, but is still keeping the pressure up on everyone else at the top of the championship standings with some very consistent podium rides.

That weekend also saw the Knight Road Race team head to Oulton Park in Cheshire for the next round of the Thundersport GP1. With Connor Tagg putting in some superb rides earlier in the season on the Continental shod Ducati he was earmarked to move up to the BSB paddock, which meant that rider James Folkard stepped into the fray for the very first time. Despite being on a bike and set of ContiRaceAttack Slick tyres that were relatively new to him, James put in two superb performances to take two 2nd in class finishes.

Back to Donington this weekend and Craig Robertson of CMR64 Racing was struggling with technical issues on his Kawasaki ZX7R, but that didnt stop him from getting out to ride in the Hottrax Modern Classic 4th race at the end of the weekend to take a hard fought 3rd place. The race was a wet one and afterwards Craig commented “using the extreme grip of the Conti Rain Attack tyres i managed to carve my way through the pack” to bring home some silverware for the team on ContiRaceAttack Rain tyres.

Over at Darley Moor the 2013 Peak Cup champion Tim Poole supported by InFront Motorcycles was running in both that series and the Open Solos as he looks to retain his title after a series of straight wins in round one. The first Peak Cup race saw Tim take a narrow quarter of a second victory and set a fastest lap in the process. In the first Open Solo race Tim was narrowly beaten by Jim Hodson to take 2nd on the podium, a pattern which was then repeated in the final Peak Cup and Open Solo races of the day to give Tim another good haul of points to keep him well in contention for the 2014 season.

A huge congratulations to all our riders on a great set of results in the past two weeks from everyone here at Continental Motorcycle in the UK!