Monday, 20 February 2012

MotoGP World Champion Superstars Aren't Born Every Day

Irish Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Finally it’s upon us, another season of motorcycle road racing, championships to be won, and lost - familiar names, new names – all vying for glory around the World - though most certainly not at the highest level. In MotoGP where three riders have been dominating the championship, it will be more of the same – the usual suspects Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, and Valentino Rossi fighting for the title. Perhaps Ben Spies can surprise us if he raise his game and consistency, and who knows what miracle the fast, fickle, fragile Dani Pedrosa might produce along the way, but the World Championship – that surely would be a miracle.
And what of rest, including the new names on the MotoGP entry list this season - will we have a new winner this time around? Only if some mysterious invisible selective kryptonite force field renders inoperable the aforementioned aliens - Stoner, Lorenzo, Rossi, Spies and Pedrosa. So from where might one ask would the next MotoGP Superstar emerge – the next alien? Whilst true that a potential MotoGP rider is born each and every day of the year, being capable of merely riding a MotoGP projectile isn’t quite the same as being a competitive MotoGP rider. Watch any MotoGP race for the evidence, and this year with the arrival of the CRT travelling chicanes!


On these wee islands we have several potential World Championship contenders, though not at MotoGP level one hastens to add. Jonathan Rea, Eugene Laverty, Leon Haslam, Cal Crutchlow, Leon Camier are all fast riders but moi would suggest they won’t ever be vying for the MotoGP title. Coming along behind them we have of course Danny Kent, Scott Redding, and Bradley Smith - all of whom despite promising much, have invariably failed to thus far deliver. And then we have Kyle Ryde – not yet 15 but already British 125GP Championship and ACU Academy Cup Winner – a young man who now needs to move on to new challenges – without doubt, Kyle could be a future MotoGP Superstar.

Slightly further afield, Spain has at least two worthy teenage contenders – leading the way is Marc Marquez, a young man destined for greatness - until the self inflicted eye injuries incident – a moment of madness from the impetuous teenager that might yet seriously curtail his ambitions. Also fast gaining an enviable reputation in the MotoGP paddock is 125GP Rookie of the Year compatriot 17 years old Maverick Viñales – described as being a timid, humble, hardworking teenager – another born winner.

And finally from the country that gave us such notables as Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson – first mentioned by moi back in March 2010 -another exceptional talent has emerged. Born 15 years ago in Southern California – Tyler Linders - the next American MotoGP World Championship Superstar.

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Elena Myers Remains With Suzuki & Team Hammer For 2012

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AMA Pro Elena Myers has signed a renewal of her contract with Team Hammer, that will see her compete for the 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport title with title sponsorship from American Suzuki’s SuzukiScoopFans page on Facebook and from SportbikeTrackGear.com.

“I’m really excited to be back with Team Hammer and all of our partners this year,” said Elena. “There’s no question that we have an excellent program and we’re looking forward to continuing the relationships we’ve built. The bike will be fast and look great.”

Elena burst onto the AMA Pro scene as a 16-year-old rookie in 2010, becoming the first female to win an AMA Pro sprint race with a victory at Infineon Raceway. She finished as the SuperSport West Region Championship runner-up in 2010 while impressing with her balance of measured tactics and well-timed aggression.

Elena, from Discovery Bay, California, finished fifth in the 2011 AMA Pro SuperSport West Region Championship with a combined five top-five finishes across both regions, including a podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park.

“The past few years, I’ve had a lot of expectations about wanting to win a championship and I think we’ve continued to develop toward that goal,” Elena continued. “I’ve got great backing. If I can stay healthy, we’ll go hammer-down. This will be my third year in AMA Pro SuperSport. I’ve been working on an intense training program this off-season and I’m really looking forward to getting to Daytona. There are more rounds this year and I am certainly happy about that, too.”

Elena, now 18, will race a 2012 Suzuki GSX-R600. Eric Gray will lead her crew with assistance from returning mechanic Phillip Doyle.

“An opportunity to work with Elena is really exciting for me,” said Gray. “She’s a previous winner and a proven front-runner. Working with a different rider in the team last year, I got to see her approach to racing and saw that she has an exceptional work ethic. She’s entering her third year, so she has some experience even though she’s still at a young age. The team learned a lot about the Suzuki GSX-R600 last year and we have a good baseline setting.”

“We’re excited to continue her development with the team and see where that takes her,” said Team Hammer General Manager Keith Perry. “The team felt she learned a lot in the second half of the season and she sharpened her skills with each race and especially at the CCS races we ran last fall. Elena has a lot of promise and clearly she has a lot of natural talent and ability and we’re committed to helping her continue to improve. We will have Eric Gray working with her next year and he has a good record with young riders so we are all excited.”

“Suzuki is happy to be working with one of the fastest women on the planet in Elena Myers. It’s good to have her representing American Suzuki and SuzukiScoopFans,” said American Suzuki’s Pat Alexander. “She’s worked with us for a few years and she’s done well by winning at Infineon Raceway in 2010 and fighting through injury to produce good results last year. Elena is a good ambassador for our brand and she has all the potential to come out on top for the 2012 season.”

“We are very proud to be supporting Elena Myers and working with the SuzukiScoopFans program and Team Hammer in 2012,” said Brian Van of SportbikeTrackGear.com. “Elena is a real talent as I discovered first hand when she passed me like a mailbox on the roadside in AMA Supersport Practice at Barber in 2011. 2012 is going to be a great year for sure!”

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Monday, 13 February 2012

Place Your Fate In The Hands Of The MCUI-UC Official

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Whilst considering the more mundane issues of life in the modern world, a deceptively simple question for you to ponder over. Do you believe in the prophetic declaration of what must be, or to put it another way - do you believe in fate?

Believers would say you must accept your fate, or be destroyed by it, but what if that is your fate - to be destroyed by your fate?

Disbelievers would say there is no such thing as fate, it's a false concept, therefore the only person with control of your life - is you.

Personally, I don't accept the theory that events are inevitable and will therefore occur no matter what, nor do I concur with those who believe you and you alone are in control of your own life. But I do subscribe to the fact that decisions control life - my life, your life, all of our lives.

There's this person who's been out for a night of indulgence with friends - partaking of the Devil' brew. Suitably inebriated, our hero makes a decision - he decides to get behind the wheel of his car, and drive home. Drunk in charge, he loses control, there's a head-on collision with your car - you are killed. Are you dead because it was decreed by fate? Are you dead because you were in control of your own life? Are you dead because an irresponsible person made a decision to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol?

There are these officials charged with ensuring a real road racing circuit is fit for purpose. After alleged due consideration - they make a decision - the circuit is safe for the purpose of high speed motorcycle real road racing - they even issue a certificate - the track is officially safe.

You're on board an extremely powerful motorcycle, a competitor in a Northern Irish real road racing event. You're on a narrow twisty bumpy road travelling at high speed - in a blur - hedges, walls, people, houses, trees, telegraph poles and more all flash past on either side and you're approaching a dangerous 90 degree right hand bend - you attempt to brake hard but your machine suffers a brake failure.

You're on board an extremely powerful motorcycle, you're approaching a dangerous 90 degree right hand bend, you're travelling at high speed, you're brakes have failed - so why worry? On your behalf, safety conscious experienced officials made a decision - they declared the track to be safe for the intended purpose - certified it as being just that - safe.

You're on board an extremely powerful motorcycle, you're approaching a dangerous 90 degree right hand bend, you're travelling at high speed, you're brakes have failed - where is the run-off area, where is the slip road?

Senior Coroner John Leckey has suggested a hard look should be taken at the safety issues in all the circuits and further declared "We have reached a situation where we have these totally professional, highly financed teams and they are operating in an environment that is set up by enthusiasts and amateurs without any, it seems to me, professional guidance" And more recently he also said if tracks cannot be made safe to a requisite standard, then the question has to be asked - should motorcycle racing on public roads take place at all?

As another season of high speed Irish motorcycle realroadracing approaches, perhaps it would be prudent to ask ourselves a more fundamental question: "Should I place my fate in the hands of an MCUI-UC official?"

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Friday, 10 February 2012

Puma Announces Partnership With BMW Motorsport

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Herzogenaurach, Germany - PUMA announced today it has entered into a new multi-year partnership with BMW Motorsport. The global Sportlifestyle brand has become the Official Supplier of team and racewear for all BMW Motorsport racing operations, including DTM, ALMS and various high-profile long-distance races such as 24h Nürburgring. PUMA will also assume the role of Exclusive Licensed Partner for BMW Motorsport for the product categories of Footwear, Apparel and Accessories.

This new partnership, effective from 1 February 2012, will see PUMA benefit from prominent branding locations on all BMW Motorsport racing cars and all Race and Teamwear for BMW Motorsport technical staff. With BMW re-entering the DTM racing class in 2012 following an illustrious history in GT car racing, PUMA will outfit drivers Martin Tomczyk, Bruno Spengler, Andy Priaulx, Augusto Farfus, Dirk Werne and Joey Hand with the latest innovations in fireproof technology.

In 2004, PUMA first partnered with BMW Motorsport, through its involvement with the BMW Williams Formula One team. This relationship continued when BMW acquired Sauber F1 to become BMW Sauber F1, and after BMW ceased its Formula One activities in 2009 to reorganize its activities, PUMA and BMW Motorsport have once again joined forces with this new deal.

PUMA will also develop BMW Motorsport licensed products for global sales and distribution. While existing motorsport markets in Europe are a key focus for this distribution, a strong emphasis will be placed on expanding sales performance of BMW Motorsport products in emerging markets, particularly in Asia Pacific and the Americas.

“It is great to have such a well-known and reliable partner as PUMA on board again at such an exciting time for us,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “The link between BMW Motorsport and this successful company has grown over the years and goes as far back as the 2004 season. It is hard to imagine our team and driver apparel without the characteristic PUMA logo. As a strong partner in the field of licensed products, PUMA will play a major role in ensuring that our fans around the world enjoy the products from the BMW Motorsport collections.”

Christian Voigt, Senior Head of Global Sports Marketing at PUMA said: “PUMA is delighted to once again be working with BMW Motorsport, following the successes we enjoyed with them through their tenure in Formula One. Their heritage in competitive motorsport and automotive engineering is so impressive, and their global profile derived from this makes them another strong partner for PUMA in motorsport. Through our experience in licensed product development and distribution we are fully confident this will be a successful partnership for both parties, and we hope to grow it in the years to come.”

Dr. Thomas Goerdt, Head of Lifestyle Collections in the BMW Group, added: “From 2012, BMW will be even more active and prominent in motorsport than it has been in recent years. For this reason, securing this partnership with PUMA was a priority for BMW Lifestyle right from the start. As leading sport lifestyle brand, PUMA boasts a unique wealth of expertise and proficiency in developing and distributing licensed products on a global scale. Bearing in mind the great success we have
enjoyed together in the past, we are looking forward to continuing this partnership.”

PUMA is one of the world’s leading sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen, Mihara Yasuhiro and Sergio Rossi. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA and Tretorn. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.puma.com

Sadly I've had to decline the invitation to attend the party being hosted by Puma in Las Vegas - maybe next time.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

MCUI-UC President Dirty Harry - Do I feel lucky? Well do ya, Punk?

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Dirty Harry delivered a powerful message to all Super Bowl fans across America as they watched the game on television. Perhaps he should run for President, perhaps we should invite him to our wee country - Dirty Harry - President of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland - Ulster Centre. Do I feel lucky? Well do ya, Punk? Vote Now! Clint Eastwood for MCUI-UC President.

Many thanks to the anonymous friend who kindly sent me the link. Very much appreciated - it made my day.

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

RealRoadRacing & The Millisle Mafiosa Codfather Mystery

Irish Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Warning! All readers of a nervous disposition should look away now - for whilst what follows is in fact a work of fictional fiction, everything you might read, in all probability, probably is not true, although other perceptive folk might realise that in their truthful estimation, in all probability they might be inclined to believe otherwise - for isn't it true that fiction is never as terrifyingly truthful as the truth.

Founded in January 1903, the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) – now a Limited Company - is the governing body for Road Racing, Short Circuits and Trials within the 9 counties of Ulster, but who is actually in charge of this secretive Company - who makes any allegedly rumoured unchallenged decisions?

A browse through any official minutes of the MCUI-UC meetings will reveal there are a multitude of Committees allegedly overseeing and discussing virtually everything one would expect from such a meticulously efficient organisation – everything from tarmac racing and safety to more mundane issues - the extortionate price of biscuits for instance. But are those Committees and Committee Members really honestly making the all-important decisions that ultimately effects the well-being of competitors and fans alike?

And now for the real fictitious fiction - if one were to believe the alleged rumours, the answer to that difficult question becomes most simple for is it not allegedly so that the aforementioned MCUI-UC is allegedly rumoured to be under the alleged control of the all-powerful allegedly rumoured to probably allegedly exist Millisle Mafiosa - but probably it doesn't exist at all - or does it?

Are we now ready to learn more about the hierarchy of the allegedly rumoured to exist or not exist fictitious Millisle Mafiosa? Well as one would expect, it to is an alleged organization with a chequered past which goes back many, many years, so it should come as no huge surprise to hear that this allegedly equally secretive and rumoured to be much feared in obvious circles alleged organisation, has an alleged most definite hierarchical command structure.

Allegedly - it’s allegedly rumoured to be run from the top of a somewhat unstable stepladder by the Boss of all Bosses, the Don. Mostly though, in reality being something of an alleged simple man/fish of simple pleasures, sources are allegedly rumoured to have often claimed he/it prefers being referred to as the Codfather - Simples! Cod of all he surveys!

Meantime, patiently waiting in a somewhat rusty leaking bucket on the very bottom step - the assembled swarming Minnows – presumably of some use should the Codfather fancy a spot of fishing in the Blue Lagoon of Millisle. At other times the Minnows are of course allegedly rumoured to have other quite specific uses and duties, although moi isn’t really sure what those might be, unless one perchance had a pet penguin in need of feeding.

Most certainly though, one very much doubts that the purchasing of the biscuits or the brewing of the coffee would be amongst those duties – not when in all probability any disrespecting Codfather would have a compliant and subservient ‘er indoors - perhaps even an 'im - on hand for such lowly duties. Rumour also has it don't you know, that there is nothing easy about caring for the needs of a Codfather – with a mouth full of cotton wool - what might one feed to such a creature? The Minnows! Please Cod - not the Minnows!

Apart from the possibly already devoured Minnows, there are of course rumoured to be other Millisle Mafiosa ever so tiny bit part players to be dealt with by the Codfather - Committee Members from far and wide also allegedly otherwise referred to - as the shoal of submissive Plankton. Unfortunately though, moi hasn’t managed to gain access to a microscope with enough magnification to identify such lowly low life forms.

Armed therefore with the alleged foregoing knowledge of the Millisle Mafiosa Codafather at the helm with his/its netted subordinates in tow, one can now begin to visualise the alleged Codfather fully controlling the allegedly rumoured Millisle Mafiosa with a fin of iron. And of course we possibly now begin to realise why so many alleged life changing decisions - perhaps even life terminating decisions - are allegedly rumoured to be allegedly taken and rubber stamped in an alleged Millisle Codfather Underwater Institution by an allegedly rumoured Millisle Mafiosa Codfather and his/its assembled shoal of Minnows - and why those alleged decisions are allegedy never challenged – for is it not true that Plankton are spineless, simple and don't actaully have brains?

Importnat Disclaimer Notice: The foregoing little article is merely a fictitious fiction mystery - in all probability neither the Millisle Mafiosa, nor the Millisle Mafiosa Codfather actually exist. All dubiously fishy characters featured are completely fictional and any resemblance to any fish or person living or dead is purely coincidental. No similarity to any fish or person either living or dead is therefore intended or should be inferred by any living or dead fish or person.

Also note that the Irish Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland is in no way associated with the alleged non-existent fictitious fictional Millisle Codfather Underwater Institution. Neither were any minnows nor spineless plankton harmed or fed to any pet penguin during the making of this fictional blog posting - actually that little snippet might not be strictly true.

Safety Notice: Following consultations with several alleged Health and Safety Offishers - throughout the making of the foregoing work of fictionalised fiction - the terrifying injury defying stunts were performed by an assorted troupe of professional Trout with the aid of back protectors. Please do not attempt to replicate any of the herein witnessed stunts within the boundaries of your own mind and especially so - without the aid of a back protector.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

St. Patrick's Rock Night - 17th March 2012 - Ballynahinch Rugby Club

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The Ancestors MCC will be holding their annual Saint Patrick's Rock Night on Saturday 17th March. This year the ever popular event will be back at the usual venue the Ballynahinch Rugby Club.

Doors open @ 8pm - Admission is £5.00

The excellent classic rock band Sweet Leaf will be providing the entertainment.

Hot Food and Camping - Think positive thoughts, it won't be cold.
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