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Double victory for Buchan and Morello Racing Kawasaki
Pictures by Jon Jessop Photography
The Morello Racing Kawasaki team resumed their challenge for the 2017 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship at the weekend and it was a superb visit to the Knockhill circuit in Scotland with Danny Buchan taking a majestic double to take over at the top of the points table.
The Basildon rider dominated the free practice sessions and he duly converted his strong pace on the Kawasaki ZX-10R into pole position on Saturday morning, which set him up perfectly for the afternoon’s 18-lap race. The 24-year old made the perfect start to lead into the first corner and from that moment on, he was never headed eventually taking his fifth win of the season by over four seconds from Michael Rutter.
The slightly longer 24-lap race on Sunday was again held in good conditions and although Rutter led initially, Danny moved up to first when he out-braked his rival going into the hairpin. However, unlike Saturday, it was a lot closer this time around and he was under pressure throughout from Chrissy Rouse.
Danny had to make sure he didn’t make any mistakes and although he ran slightly wide at the hairpin towards the end, he took his second win of the weekend by three-quarters of a second and open up a 33-point lead in the Championship.
Meanwhile, team-mate Fraser Rogers struggled a little in qualifying with set-up and found himself back in 13th on the grid for Saturday’s race but the Chippenham rider made good progress throughout and was eventually rewarded with eighth place and eight hard earned points.
His spirited ride meant he was able to start Sunday’s race from the fourth row, as opposed to the fifth, and, after improving the bike in morning warm-up, the 21-year old was able to put in a better performance and show his true worth. With consistent lap times, he claimed a strong sixth at the chequered flag to move up to the same position in the Chambionship table with five of the 12 rounds having now been completed.
Danny Buchan: “I’m really happy and knew I had the pace for the races after going well in both free practice and qualifying. In the first race, I got to the front and concentrated on riding my own race. I just did my own thing and with the bike working really well, I focused on hitting all my braking markers and apexes to take a good win. With Richard going out, it was a bonus for the Championship but you never like to see a rider a go out with a technical issue, it’s better to fight it out on the track.”
“The second race was certainly a lot more difficult and for some reason I was a bit tense and not as comfortable on the bike as the day before. It made it hard work and fair play to Chrissy, he rode a great race so I just tried to control things as best I could. It doesn’t matter if you win by half a second or ten seconds and having been fastest in every session, it’s been a great weekend so to go to Snetterton with a 33-point lead is very pleasing.”
Fraser Rogers: “After being way down in practice and qualifying, we’ve turned it around in the two races and although I still wasn’t happy after taking eighth on Saturday, sixth on Sunday was a lot more like it. We made some good changes to the bike overnight and in morning warm-up, particularly with the gear pattern, so to come through from 12th to sixth was very pleasing. It’s Snetterton next where I finished on the podium last year so I’m definitely aiming for more of the same this time around.”
Steve Buckenham, Team Owner: “It’s been a fantastic weekend and Danny’s been ‘on it’ all weekend so I can’t say enough about him. He’s clearly got the talent to be in the Superbike class so we’re delighted to have him with us and a double victory has certainly done our Championship challenge the world of good. Him and Fraser are bouncing off each other as well so it bodes well for our home round at Snetterton.”
“We made an error in practice with Fraser and gave him the wrong set-up but we turned it around in morning warm-up and he showed what he could do. He fought his way through the pack excellently and with another lap or two I’m sure he could have taken fifth. His lap times were strong, and consistent, and he’s back up to sixth overall so roll on the next round.”
The next round takes place at Knockhill, Norfolk on June 30-July 2.
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Race One (18 laps)
1 Danny Buchan (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
2 Michael Rutter (BMW)
3 Matthew Paolo (Yamaha)
4 Mason Law (Kawasaki)
5 Josh Elliott (BMW)
6 Luke Hedger (Aprilia)
8 Fraser Rogers (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Race Two (24 laps)
1 Danny Buchan (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
2 Chrissy Rouse (BMW)
3 Richard Cooper (Suzuki)
4 Mason Law (Kawasaki)
5 Michael Rutter (BMW)
6 Fraser Rogers (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
Championship Positions (after five rounds)
1 Buchan 161pts
2 Cooper 128
3 Rutter 95.5
4 Rouse 93
5 Law 81
6 Rogers 66.5
Buchan and Morello Racing take victory at Donington
Danny Buchan and the Morello Racing team enjoyed an excellent weekend at Donington Park, venue for round four of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, with the Basildon rider taking overall victory on the Kawasaki ZX-10R. However, the celebrations were tempered after team-mate Fraser Rogers was denied a podium when a clutch issue forced him out of the second race.
With conditions at the Leicestershire venue fine throughout, the weekend started well in free practice with Danny being quickest and Fraser in sixth and when qualifying took place on Saturday, a time of 1m31.087s enabled Danny to claim pole position. Fraser was also able to improve his time by over a second with a best lap of 1m31.395s placing him in a close fourth.
Sunday saw two 50-mile races take place with the opening encounter seeing Danny grab an early lead from Richard Cooper and Michael Rutter with Fraser slotting into sixth. By half race distance, just 0.146s separated Danny and championship rival Cooper with 21-year old Rogers moving up to third and part of the big battle for third.
Despite Cooper briefly taking the lead, Danny immediately responded and hit the front again, eventually taking a good race win. Further behind, James Rispoli crashed out at the final corner pushing Rutter onto the grass and this allowed Fraser to cross the line in an excellent third place.
With just ten minutes before the second race, the team had to quickly change the tyres and refuel the bikes but Fraser’s race was over on the first lap when a clutch problem led to an early retirement. Meanwhile, Danny led initially only to drop back to fifth but he soon fought his way back to the front where he was again locked in battle with Cooper.
At half race distance, the gap was 0.414s to Chrissy Rouse in second and although Cooper climbed back up to second, Danny was controlling affairs from the front. Indeed, he eventually took the chequered flag from Cooper for his second win of the day by a commanding 3.9s.
Steve Buckenham, Team Owner: “It’s been a good weekend for the team although we’re all disappointed that Fraser retired from the second race as it would have been great to have had both bikes on the podium once more. Danny had a great weekend with pole position and both race wins, his riding in both races seeing him take a big points haul and put himself in a great position in the Championship.”
“Fraser had no problems in the first race and rode excellently to claim third but the clutch jammed pretty much as soon as he left pitlane for the second leg so his race ended early. He’s continuing to show his pace though and with a bit more luck he’ll be getting on the podium more often so that’s certainly the aim next time out. We’ve got a busy period ahead of us with tests at both Knockhill and Snetterton before returning to Knockhill for the next round so we’ll be looking to maintain our strong form and maintain our Championship challenge.”
The next round of the championship takes place at Knockhill, Scotland on June 16-18.
Danny Buchan impresses in cartagena
Danny Buchan in action in day 3 on the Morello Racing Kawasaki zx10rr in Cartagena, Spain, as he sets his new personal best at 1:34.771. Things are looking bright on the road ahead for Buchan and Morello Racing.
Morello Racing sign Danny Buchan for 2017 Superstock 1000 Title Tilt
Morello Racing has announced that Danny Buchan will lead the team’s assault on the 2017 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
The Norwich based team – backed by Kawasaki UK – has pulled off a major coup by securing the signature of the 2014 Superstock 1000 Champion who will be returning to the series after competing in the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship.
The 23-year-old Essex rider will be hoping a return to Kawasaki in the BSB support series will see him return to winning ways after he picked up eight wins and three second places on his way to securing the Superstock 1000 title in 2014.
Delighted to sign with Morello Racing, Danny Buchan said: “A return to the Superstock Championship with Morrello Racing, along with support from Kawasaki UK, is an excellent opportunity to be a genuine front runner in a series packed with talented riders.
“I have learnt so much from my time in BSB and I’m returning to the Superstock 1000 Championship an undoubted better rider, so my aim is to better my tally of wins in 2014 on my way to winning the Superstock 1000 Championship.”
“The team is extremely professional and I know they will be put together a package capable of winning races. I want to thank Morello Racing, Kawasaki UK and all my personal sponsors for making this possible – I can’t wait to get testing now as we build towards the start of season.
Announcing the signing at Motorcycle Live 2016, Steve Buckenham, Team Owner said: “We are delighted to secure the services of Danny, who is an extremely talented rider and a previous winner of the Superstock 1000 Championship on Kawasaki machinery.
“Danny’s signature is a genuine statement of intent from the team as we chase for championship success in 2017. We we will be pulling out all the stops during our extensive winter testing programme to ensure we have a package that will put Danny at the front and winning races.”
“We are very close to securing the signature of our second rider with only a few minor details to iron out and if all things go to plan, we will have the strongest line-up in the Superstock 1000 Championship with two riders capable of winning races.”
Well what a weekend at Snetterton BSB.
Fraser Rogers started off
Friday free practise in the Superstock 1000 in p4 team all happy with that and Fraser saying more to come.
Qualifying 1 not so good, we made changes to the bike but did not suit Fraser or the fast Snetterton circuit and left him down in 7th place and .9 off his personal best time, there not a happy team or rider.
The weather changed to rain for qualifying 2 on the Saturday and all plans and changes to the bike went out the window, so the team took the gamble and sat out the session.
Sunday morning warm up Fraser was a very happy boy again, as he came in and said "I can get on the podium with that bike."
Race day and true to form Fraser looks forward to the challenge and running with Keith Farmer and Michael Rutter in the race, which gave him the confidence after a few laps that he could get on the podium.
By lap 12 Fraser had a small lead and took full advantage of it to cross the line in 2nd place and take his first podium of the season.
Davey Todd had another hard weekend in qualifying 1, on his 3rd lap he lost the front so got no real track time on the full circuit to get up to speed. He ended up starting from 36th on the grid and finished 20th in the race and again collected no points but holds 4th in the championship as it moves onto Thruxton.
Thanks to all our sponsors and all the people who came along to support us, thank you very much.
On another note rumour is going round Morello racing is cheating by using parts on the chassis of our bike.
Please feel free before or after any race to inspect our bike only difference will be we can set ours up and those who are putting the rumour about cant.
Victory for Todd and Morello Racing at Oulton
Pictures by Jon Jessop Photography
The Norwich-based Morello Racing team enjoyed an excellent day’s racing at Oulton Park on Bank Holiday Monday with Davey Todd romping to victory in the Pirelli Superstock 600cc Championship race and, with it, taking the championship lead.
Saltburn’s Todd continued his good form from the opening round and although both qualifying sessions took place in damp conditions, he excelled in both and duly lined up for Monday’s 14-lap race in a strong fourth on the grid.
A superb start saw him take control of proceedings on the opening lap and he simply ran away with the race, which was shortened to nine laps, never being challenged at all. Indeed, at one stage his lead was in excess of ten seconds and clearly revelling in the wet weather, he was able to ease his pace slightly in the closing stages and come home for a comfortable win. And the 25 points, when added to his 13 at the opening round, have given him an early championship lead.
For the two Superstock 1000cc members, Fraser Rogers and Ben Godfrey, qualifying was decided by the times from the first of the two sessions, which took place in the dry, and the duo performed strongly in 12th and 14th respectively thus starting from the fourth and fifth rows. It was Grimsby’s Rogers who made the better start though and he was inside the points throughout.
As the 15-lap race wore on, he got stronger and stronger and was duly rewarded with an excellent seventh place in just his fourth race outing on a 1000cc machine. For Long Eaton’s Godfrey, the race proved to be a lot more challenging though and he was disappointed to miss out on the points in 17th place.
Davey Todd: “I’m absolutely buzzing and I felt confident in the wet all weekend even though I’m still getting used to the Pirelli tyres. It was a bit of an unknown for me in the race but the bike was working so well I just got my head down from the start and went for it. I was gutted to miss out on a podium at Silverstone but this more than makes up for it! Consistency’s key in this class and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season so a massive thanks to all the team.”
Fraser Rogers: “I held back a bit at the start as my confidence was lacking a bit at the start but once we got to mid-race distance, I was able to push on. I was able to catch and pass riders and then pull away so it’s testament to the team in how well the bike was set up that allowed me to do that. I’m learning all the time on the 1000cc bike so I have to be happy with seventh and I’m building all the time.’
Ben Godfrey: “Unfortunately, I made the wrong tyre choice in the race and should have opted for a dry front and rear so it made for a long race. It’s been a disappointing weekend for me after such a solid start at Silverstone so I’ll put it behind me and move on.’
Steve Buckenham, Team Owner: “It’s been a fantastic day for the team with Davey’s win and what can you say, he was absolutely brilliant. His whole crew are 100% and whilst it was a big step up from Thundersport to the Superstock 600cc class, he’s grasped the opportunity with both hands and there’s more to come for sure. For the two Superstock 1000cc riders, conditions made it tricky for everyone but Fraser made the best of it and felling confident with his set up, he was able to push on for a fine result. Ben didn’t quite have the set up he needed but rather than push too hard and crash, he brought the bike home for a finish.’
The next round takes place at Brands Hatch, Kent on May 20-22.
Pirelli National Superstock 600cc Championship (9 laps)
1 Davey Todd (Morello Racing Kawasaki); 2 Lewis Rollo (kawasaki); 3 Jordan Weaving (Kawasaki); 4 Carl Phillips (Kawasaki); 5 Jordan Gilbert (Yamaha); 6 Taz Taylor (Yamaha)
Championship Standings (after two rounds)
1 Todd 38pts; 2 Jones 34; 3 Phillips 33; 4 Rollo 31; 5 Weaving 22; 6 Taylor 20
Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship (15 laps)
1 Keith Farmer (Honda); 2 Taylor Mackenzie (BMW); 3 Ian Hutchinson (BMW); 4 Hudson Kennaugh (BMW); 5 Josh Elliott (BMW); 6 Michael Rutter (BMW); 7 Fraser Rogers (Morello Racing Kawasaki); 17 Ben Godfrey (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
Championship Standings (after two rounds)
1 Mackenzie 45pts; 2 Farmer 35; 3 Hutchinson 32; 4 Elliott 31; 5 Kennaugh 26; 6 Rutter 21; 8 Rogers 14; 12 Godfrey 6
Strong start to 2016 for Morello Racing
The Norwich-based Morello Racing team got their 2016 Pirelli National Superstock Championship season underway in fine style at Silverstone on Sunday with Davey Todd finishing an excellent fourth in the 600cc series and team-mates Ben Godfrey and Fraser Rogers taking tenth and 11th in the 1000cc equivalent.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600cc Championship, Todd was on the pace throughout the weekend and having qualified in an excellent seventh place, he was able to convert that into a strong race result. Running with the leading pack throughout the 10-lap race, the Saltburn rider moved up to fifth place on the second lap and this became fourth on lap five when he overhauled Carl Phillips.
Less than two seconds covered the top eight but Davey rode a brilliant race and moved up to second place on lap seven. He was briefly pushed back to fourth before reclaiming second with two laps to go and although the final lap sort out saw him shuffled back to fourth once more, it was an excellent ride and the 13 points got his campaign underway in an ideal manner.
For the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship, both Fraser and Ben put in solid performances during qualifying and it was Grimsby’s Rogers that eventually came out on top with his time of 2m12.208s placing him in 12th place and on the fourth row. Meanwhile, Long Eaton’s Godfrey was just knocked out of the top twenty in the closing stages of the 25-minute session and ended up in 21st place, brake issues in the first half of the session costing him some valuable time.
With good conditions for Sunday’s 11-lap race, both Rogers and Godfrey made good starts with Fraser in 11th and Ben already up to 16th. A lap later Ben was also inside the points and from that moment on the duo continually advanced forward and, indeed, Godfrey proved to be the quicker as he moved up to tenth at half race distance.
The pairing were lapping in close company but ultimately it was Ben who came out on top with a fine tenth place, an excellent effort given his lower starting position. But with Fraser only one place further back in 11th, it was a strong start for both them and the team.
Meanwhile, for final team member Tedy Basic, it was another learning curve as he continued to get used to both the UK circuits and the Championship but the Croatian rider acquitted himself well throughout the weekend and was duly rewarded with a solid 34th place at the chequered flag.
Davey Todd: “I’m really happy with the fourth place and it was great to be battling at the front with the leading group. I knew I had good pace after qualifying and with a few adjustments to the bike, I was able to advance forward. I was a little bit down on power along the straights but could make up time on the brakes and although you always want to finish on the podium, it’s a really good start to the season. I wanted a good finish and some good points and that’s what I got.”
Ben Godfrey: “It was a tough weekend for the first two days with the weather and then brake problems putting me back in 21st on the grid – but it all came right on race day. I managed to get a good start but the class is so competitive, it’s hard from start to finish but I kept chipping away and am delighted to finish inside the top ten. It’s only my eighth time on a 1000cc machine and I’m learning all the time but there’s plenty of confidence there and the bike’s working well so roll on round two.”
Fraser Rogers: “It took me a while to get into the race and find my rhythm so the end result was a bit frustrating from that respect but once I got going, I was happier with my riding. I think I had the pace to run on the edge of the top six and, like Ben, I’m learning the 1000cc machine all the time. It’s good, solid points on the board and we have plenty of positives to take away with us.”
Steve Buckenham, Team Owner: “Davey’s definitely a star of the future and to finish fourth first time out is fantastic. We could see he was down on power a bit compared to the riders he was battling with so we’ll look at that and make sure he’s on a more level playing field next time out. For the 1000cc boys, Ben and Fraser both put in excellent rides and to have them finish 10th and 11th is very pleasing and we’re confident that there’ll be higher up the leaderbooard from the next round onwards. For Tedy, it’s a new team, a new bike and a new circuit so he’s on a steep learning curve but he got a solid finish under his belt so will have learnt a lot.”
The second round of the Championship takes place at Oulton Park, Cheshire on April 30-May 2.
Pirelli National Superstock 600cc Championship (10 laps)
1 Brad Jones (Kawasaki)
2 Carl Phillips (Kawasaki)
3 George Stanley (Kawasaki)
4 Davey Todd (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
5 Lewis Rollo (Kawasaki)
6 Taz Taylor (Yamaha)
Championship Standings (after round one)
1 Jones 25
2 Phillips 20
3 Stanley 16
4 Todd 13
5 Rollo 11
6 Taylor 10
Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship (11 laps)
1 Taylor Mackenzie (BMW)
2 Josh Elliott (BMW)
3 Ian Hutchinson (BMW)
4 Hudson Kennaugh (BMW)
5 Michael Rutter (BMW)
6 Keith Farmer (Honda)
10 Ben Godfrey (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
11 Fraser Rogers (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
34 Tedy Basic (Morello Racing Kawasaki)
Championship Standings (after round one)
1 Mackenzie 25
2 Elliott 20
3 Hutchinson 16
4 Kennaugh 13
5 Rutter 11
6 Farmer 10
10 Godfrey 6
11 Rogers 5
Preparation for the new season
The new season is around the corner so here's a catch up of what's been happening:
It wasn't the best day of first tests the team could have hoped for. All three riders were testing on a track day and were continuously black flagged due to noise, as a result the day was cut short and the team headed home
All three riders were back on the track, for what was quite a good day. All the riders are adapting to the new bikes and the team. Fraser had technical problems so didn't manage to complete more than one lap, but Ben and Tedy completed the whole test with no issues arising
Silverstone BSB Test:
Again all three riders were on the track and it was the first time at Silverstone for Tedy Basic, our Croatian rider. Tedy soon found out just how fast our British tracks are in comparison to what he is used to, but he is trying his best to get to grips with them.
The Kawasaki ZX10 has a few issues that we couldn't solve on the day but overall at least the riders were able to log some time on the bikes, and correct issues for next time.
What a difference a test makes! The bike set up is very good and the riders are settling in very well with the new team. Ben Godfrey and Fraser Rogers were running in the top eight with minimum track time. Tedy Basic is still trying to learn the new tracks, bikes and getting to grips with a new team, which is not an easy task to conquer in a short period of time