With less than a week to the opening round to the 2018 season at Donington Park, Haeger and Pem Engineering have sealed the deal with RSRacing.
Haeger have a firm conection with RSRacing through Press-Form machinery, Andrew and Ryans title sponsor.
"Im really pleased to have two world leading brands sponsoring me this year" said Ryan
"I work closely with Haeger and Pem in my 9-5 working life so its great they have joined forces with the team. It really solidifies the relationship. Its been a huge push to get the decals ready and have a little shuffle round on the bike to ensure everyone gets thier fair share of advertiment space."
"I look forward to repaying all our spnsors with some wins throught the year."
For the more vigilant race fan, you may remember Ray Skelton sponsoring Ryan for his debut BSB Ducati Tri Option Round in 2016.
We all remember how that went.
Well the Harrogate based company are back and this time they mean business. They are sponsoring Ryan and his quest for the GP1 classic crown for the full season.
Following the success of Ryan’s 2017 season in Golden Era Superbike Managing Director Stuart Skelton and wife Trace couldn't wait to be more involved with the team.
"I'm really pleased we were in a position to sponsor Ryan again. He's had a good record of race wins and Tracy and I firmly believe he and the team have what it takes to win another championship." Stuart said.
“I’m hoping I can be at more races this year and keep a close eye on Ryan’s progress. Kick him up the arse if needs be.” Stuart went on to say.
Everybody at RSRacing welcomes Ray Skelton’s to the team.
Despite a small crash on the last day of testing Ryan certainly seemed to be enjoying the Yamaha R1.
Consistanly going faster every time he rode the bike.
Ryan Said "its a very diffrent animal to the Honda SP2. its like being sat in an armchair and the power deliverance is much easier to apply."
Ryan tells us he will update all with a little video and a facebook live.
RSRacing and Ian Boldy Superbike photography join in partnership for 2018.
Having supported the team since 2013 Ian took some personal time away from RSRacing to focus on his own projects.
NOW HE'S BACK!!
"Im really pleased to have Ian back working with us" Said Ryan
"We missed Ian's characture in the team in 2017 while he was off doing his own thing. Having Ian supply the team with world class, top quality pictures at each TSGB event will be fantastic."
After doing only 6 track days I made the decision to start racing. Most of all I had the great opportunity to race under the RS Racing Banner. Top Superbike rider Ryan Strafford and team principal/Chief Mechanic Chris “Poppa” Strafford took me on board without even seeing me ride. After having a solid amount of exposure from being in the BSB Paddock since ’14 and a few ThundersportGB rounds, haven ridden at only 3 of the 8 tracks we will meet at this year would be no easy feat.
After being licensed at Donington Park we moved to Brands Hatch Indy for the first race of the season. Having never rode there the Team and our Continental Tire sponsor were super supportive and encouraging the whole way through.
Two of the three riders went to Brands Hatch.
Due to work commitments Andrew had to sit this round out. He'll be at Donington though.
Brands was looking to be a wet weekend. Friday morning testing was very wet but only Ryan made it out on track. AJ experianced a technical problem that left the team scratching thier heads. hanks to the help of BSD the problem was found and AJ made it out onto track.
Afternoon testing went well for both riders. Ryan setting some good times on a drying track and AJ getting some much needed track time to learn the circuit.
Saturday was dry and both riders where looking forward to race one after what felt like a very long winter.
Ryan qualified 2 in Golden Era SuperBikes and AJ qualified 21 from 30+ riders in the 600 class.
Both riders secured solid podium possisions in race one and race two. Ryan pushing for the win in race one but had to nurse the bike home when a problem occured with the bike.
When Sunday came around AJ took another podium before crashing out of race 4 battling for 2nd. Both riders faced very tricky conditioned on Sunday.
AJ finished the weekend with one 2nd and two 3rd's.
Ryan finished race 1 on sunday in second place after running a very lonley race. Race two saw what was probably his best race of the weekend. Ryan Battled hard for the win before being hindered by a back marker which would ultimatly cost him the win.
Ryan finished the weekend with three 2nd's and a third.
Sponsor, friend and all round great guy Teut Wiehn takes partnership with Thundersport GB for the 2017 season.
Teut has a fantastic pedigree when it comes to suspension. working with some of the best riders and mechanics in BSB.
He partnered with RSRacing in 2015 when a series of crashes left rider Ryan Strafford looking for answers. Teut was able to tame the wild beast Honda RC51 where others had failed. He took Ryan and built his confidence and together finished the 2016 season second in the championship.
Everyone at RSRacing wishes TW Suspension all the best for the 2017 season.
RSRACING unveiled the 2017 team bikes for the second year at the Rising Sun in Norristhorpe West Yorkshire.
The evening was a huge success with everybody having a great time.
How do we know for certain.... Well all the food was eaten and plenty of beer was drunk.
After a short speech by Ryan the riders where introduced and the bikes where unvailed.
This year’s team line-up features three riders for the first time in RS Racing’s history, with Golden Era Superbike contender Ryan Strafford leading the charge on his Golden Era SBK Honda RC51 SP2.
Last year Ryan, backed by Continental, finished second in the class. This year he’s got his eye on the top prize, but will have to keep an eye on his new team mate Andrew Meachen on his earlier generation SP1.
Also joining the team all the way from Texas is AJ McDaniel who will be competing in the Continental sponsored Pre-National Sport 600 class in his debut season aboard another Honda, this time a CBR600RR.
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It’s time to pop the champagne here at Continental, as we’ve just been named “Tyre Manufacturer of the Year” at prestigious Tire Technology Award’s.
The 27 member judging panel were said to have been impressed by the sizable investments in Research & Development, along with production, that we have made in 2016 across all departments.
These investments include our latest High Performance Technology Centre which opened last June in Korbach, Germany along with our research and development of Taraxagum rubber, which is produced from the Russian Dandelion. Our latest R&D centre in Anklam are currently looking into the industrialisation of Dandelion rubber, and we’ve also produced the first ever truck tyre to use the innovative Taraxagum compound.
“We are very excited about this award because it appreciates several technology projects and innovations that we have already realised, working consistently within the scope of our Vision 2025 long-term growth strategy,” said Nikolai Setzer, head of Continental AG’s Tire division. “At the same time, being awarded as the most innovative tyre manufacturer highly motivates our global team – now more than 50,000 employees – to continue on this path, step by step.”
Mirfield racer Ryan Strafford is looking forward to success in the 2017 Thundersport GB season.
Strafford is looking to build on a very successful 2016 season where the RS Racing Team rider finished runner-up in the Golden Era
Superbike class in the Thundersport GB series in his second year in the class.
And the RS Racing have been very active during the close season with their Honda SP2 RC51 having been fully rebuilt.
Bike and rider were at a three-day test session in Cartagena in Spain last week and the team came away from the event in a very positive mood.
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This weekend saw the Thundersport paddock descend on Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire for the 2016 season finale, with plenty still to fight for in the various championships.
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It’s always sad to see the domestic race season draw to a close, but with so many championships still in the balance at clubs around the UK, this air this weekend is still full of excitement.
There are four major club meetings this weekend. and although we can’t attend each one personally, we will have a presence in the paddock via our race tyre dealers.
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