Britain is to get a new race track, following Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s approval of plans for the construction of what will be known as “Circuit of Wales”. It will host all types of racing except Formula One according to news sources.
Young Redditch motocross rider Rob Yates’ hopes for national stardom were given a boost today when tyre manufacturer Bridgestone agreed to become his official sponsor. Aged 15, Yates has gradually moved up in stages from 50cc to 125cc bikes and is currently preparing for the British schoolboy Finals later in the year. Bridgestone will supply him with his tyres for the year, as well as essential racing gear.
Pirelli took its World MX Championship tally to 58 titles as it won both MX1 and MX2 titles, whilst repeating the double in the British series. KTM factory riders Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings powered to MX1 and MX2 FIM World MX Championships ahead of schedule at the penultimate round to give Pirelli their 57th and 58th World Titles. The Italian marque also recently won the notoriously difficult Weston Beach Race to make 2012 a gold medal winning year.
The final round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship at Little Silver, near Exeter turned out to be one of the most action packed season finales ever, as Elliot Banks Browne (HM Plant KTM UK) overturned a 16 point deficit to clinch victory in the MX2 class and a second place finish in the opening moto was enough to hand the MX1 title to Kevin Strijbos. Maxxis celebrates ten years as title sponsor of the series next season and was delighted to see it remains well-supported by a Veterans championship, the MXY2 youth series and the new MXY85 competition. British motocross also continues to broaden its appeal, reaching a bigger TV audience thanks to Sky Sports 3 and 4 coverage and exposure via Motorsport Mundial on Channel 5.
The Maxxis British Drift Championship rolled into Castle Combe for the tenth anniversary of Japfest, Europe’s biggest Japanese Car Show, where Maxxis-sponsored drift outfit Team Japspeed demonstrated the sport. The event was used as a showcase for Team Japspeed’s skills and the capabilities of the Maxxis MAZ1 Drift tyre it uses in the UK’s premier series. Next the brand will appear at Modified Nationals, the UK’s biggest event dedicated to tuning and performance modifications. The show takes place at the Peterborough Showground from 1-3 June with an array of modified motors present.
This year the World Superbike Championship celebrates its 25th anniversary, and Pirelli – who has been involved in the series from its inception and as sole supplier since 2004 – has decided to mark the occasion by creating an exclusive version of the Superpole tyre the riders will use at Monza on 5 May to decide the starting order for the next day’s races.
Maxxis has announced that it will sponsor the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals baseball franchises in 2012. During the regular season, beginning in early April, Maxxis signage will be visible behind home plate for many Yankees, Dodgers and Nationals home games, increasing the brand’s visibility and extending its policy of major sports teams such as Liverpool Football Club in the UK, giving the brand important exposure to legions of baseball fans around the world.
It will be hard to miss the Maxxis Babes in 2012 because the girls will be touring the UK in their very own BabeMobile – a VW camper van featuring a distinct livery purpose-designed for them by one of their legion of fans. The Babes will be using the orange and black BabeMobile to travel to rounds of the Maxxis British Drift Championship and the ACU Maxxis British Motocross Championship and to attend the various performance car shows and exhibitions that tyre manufacturer Maxxis will be supporting next summer.
Winner of the constructor’s title in the 2011 Maxxis British Drift Championship, Team Japspeed will demonstrate its skills at Top Gear Live, which starts today. The Maxxis-sponsored team will perform drift displays at the NEC Arena in Birmingham on 11-13 November and London’s ExCel on 24-27 November.
Tyre brand Maxxis is heavily involved in British motocross, with a title sponsorship of the sport’s British Championship and team sponsorships in three separate series. It is, for instance, associated with Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki rider Bryan Mackenzie, who claimed his first British Motocross Championship podium at the final round of the series on 2 October, providing what Maxxis described as “a fitting climax” to the 2011 season.
Having qualified in third in the MX2 class, Mackenzie made the most of some good starts, settling quickly into a rhythm and posting a second and two third place finishes. This netted him second on the day, while his commitment and consistency throughout the eight rounds was rewarded with fourth place in the series standings.
Following recent positive reviews in the consumer press, Maxxis has announced that it is showcasing its latest range of motorcycle tyres, including its new sports touring radial, the MA-3DS Supermaxx Diamond, in a special supplement in leading consumer motorcycling magazine MCN.
Tyre brand Maxxis is the current title sponsor of the ACU British Motocross Championship – in addition to sponsoring several teams individually – and has pronounced itself delighted to see more close racing when the third round of the Championship took place at the sandy Cadders Hill circuit in in Lyng, Norfolk on 17 April. Maxxis also said its sponsored teams put in “a strong showing to deliver some solid top ten finishes”.
The results in round two of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship at Canada Heights on 27 March turned out to be a repeat of the season opener, reports the brand and title-sponsor. Shaun Simpson (LS Honda) and Arnaud Tonus (Bike It Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha) took victory in the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively, while other Maxxis-sponsored teams also posted top ten finishes.
Designed as a sports tyre for riders of lightweight bikes demanding race-worthy performance at an affordable price, the new H speed-rated (up to 130mph) series of Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier HR tyres. Dunlop says it has used “compound technology derived from the GP Racer D211” in the design of the tyre, features that it says make it “the first tyre to bring race compound features to the keen sports rider in this sector of the market”. The tyre is available in sizes for 125cc to 400cc bikes and supermotos up to 690cc.
Title-sponsor Maxxis reports that the 2011 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship got underway in Exeter on Sunday 6 March with five different winners from six races, leaving both the MX1 and MX2 classes “wide open”. Despite the cold weather, Maxxis says the season opener drew a large gallery of spectators who watched Shaun Simpson on the LS Racing Honda CRF450 take victory in the MX1 Class ahead of Buildbase CCM-Racing’s Tom Church and Jason Dougan of the Bike It Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha team. Despite a win in race three, the fact that pre-event favourite Stephen Sword did not finish the first two motos means he is lying in 14th position with some catching up to do.