Success and Frustration on the Roads

2017 continues to be a vintage year for Works Racing and its customers. The Izzard Racing team have had an especially good year: On the short circuits, their rider Dean Stimpson looks certain to win the blue riband BHGP class in the Lansdowne Championship and on the roads Dean also had an impressive win at Chimay in Belgium. The teams second rider, Keith Clarke, finished third in the same race, with Works Racing’s own Glen English splitting them to take second and make it an all-Works podium.
Chimay Podium
Predictably, things didn’t go quite as smoothly at the Classic TT. Two riders were running Works engines in the Senior Classic race. John Leigh-Pemberton enjoyed his ride up to the point on lap three when another competitor’s engine exploded directly in front of him, coating John’s bike in oil. It was apparently impossible to see through the screen for the remainder of the race. Consequently, John had to ease off, but none-the-less finished a very respectable 3rd in class and 15th overall.

Mark Parrett had some extremely bad luck. He had enjoyed a trouble-free practise week, logging plenty of laps at around the 100mph mark, but on the morning of the race several spokes in the rear wheel of his Chas Mortimer sponsored bike decided to snap. With no time to rebuild the wheel it was game-over for Mark. Such is life at the toughest circuit in the world.

This weekend will see half a dozen or more Works-powered bikes racing at the prestigious Goodwood Revival meeting. Riders include multi-world Champion Freddie Spencer and multi TT/MGP winners Charlie Williams and Bill Swallow. Fingers crossed for some good weather!