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Walker ensures Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s BSB season ends on a high

Despite tricky conditions throughout the weekend at Brands Hatch, Chris Walker ensured the 2013 British Superbike Championship season ended on a high note for both himself and the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team with a trio of top ten finishes around the demanding Kent venue.

With rain showers making the ‘Triple Header’ final round extremely difficult for all concerned, Chris’ qualifying position of 15th wasn’t a true reflection of his pace and this could immediately be seen during Saturday’s 18-lap race. A trademark flying start saw the Nottinghamshire rider move into seventh place at the end of the opening lap and for the remainder of the race he was well in contention for a top five result. However, whilst he overhauled Lee Costello at one third race distance, Tommy Bridewell got the better of him shortly after and he had to settle for seventh place.

Sunday’s two 20-lap races saw even more rain fall but with far better starting positions, the result of his rapid laps in the wet races, Chris was able to challenge even further. Eighth at the start of the day’s first race, he was able to steadily move forward and, aided by the third fastest lap of the race, he took a brilliant fifth place at the chequered flag to equal his best result of the season. It meant he started the final race of the season from the front row and hopeful of at least matching his fifth place, something that he looked like he’d achieve until a major slide at Graham Hill Bend on lap seven forced him onto the soaking wet grass and dropped him down the order. In true ‘Stalker’ style, he fought back valiantly and was duly rewarded with ninth place at the end of an extremely challenging race.

With 27 points taken from the three races, it saw Chris end the year with a strong total of 168 points for tenth place overall in the Championship and fourth in the Rider's Cup.

For team-mate Barry Burrell, the weekend proved to be a much more different prospect and he struggled to get comfortable with the wet weather throughout all three days of the meeting. The Bishop Auckland rider battled hard to add some points to his Championship but ultimately had to give best to the conditions, a lack of grip and good set-up causing him to retire from all three races.

Pete Extance, Team Manager: "It was a great way to end the 2013 BSB Championship and for Chris to end the year with three, well-deserved top ten finishes, a front row start and 10th overall in the Championship is testament to all concerned. Sadly, Barry struggled with the conditions all weekend but did a great job since he joined the team in August. Congratulations to Alex Lowes and to MSVR for a fantastic Championship and a big thanks to all of our sponsors. Roll on 2014!" 

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Saroléa Racing announce TT Zero team for the 2016 IOM TT

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Saroléa Racing announce TT Zero team for the 2016 IOM TT

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Saroléa Racing (www.sarolea-racing.com) will return to race the IOM TT in 2016 with two riders racing the 2016 Saroléa Electric SP7 in the TT Zero Class.

Bradford’s Dean Harrison and Northern Ireland’s Lee Johnston are confirmed to ride for the iconic Belgian brand in their 3rd consecutive year at the Isle of Man TT.

Lee Johnston who raced the TT ZERO for the first time in 2015 and podiumed 3rd said: “I’m buzzing to be on-board with Saroléa. I raced last year for a different team and podiumed 3rd, this year the plan is to podium again but faster!”

Dean Harrison now approaching his 6th year at the IOMTT said:  “It’s my first time racing the TT Zero and I cannot wait. I’ve been following the team since they raced for the first time in 2014 and I’m itching to get on the bike. The technology is off the scale and this year is going to be flat out.”

Saroléa Racing competed at the Isle of Man TT Zero for the first time in 2014; Robert Wilson taking the exquisite brand new all carbon SP7 to an amazing 4th, just 0.4 seconds off the podium and an average speed of 93.507mph.  2015 followed with significant technical advancements, and a ride that resulted in a solid 5th with an average speed of 106.510 mph, a phenomenal 13 mph improvement.

With TT Zero lap speeds and technological advancements evolving at an unprecedented rate, the 2016 TT ZERO is set to be one of the most exhilarating races in electric history.

Torsten Robbens, Saroléa said: “Having multiple bikes on the 2016 TT grid, in combination with two of the best road racers in the world is another huge step forward in the Saroléa journey!”

The TT Zero Race created in 2010 for zero emission electric motorcycles is a one-lap race round the Island’s 37.733 mile Snaefell Mountain Course scheduled for Wednesday June 8th 2016, with qualifying laps on Friday 3rd and Monday 6th June 2016.

The 2016 Saroléa Electric SP7 will be unveiled later this year, stay tuned for updates!  #SaroleaMoto

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Notes to editors:

Sarolea is proud to be supported by: Bridgestone and DQ

Founded in 1850, Saroléa was the first Belgian motorcycle manufacturer and also one of the first ever global motorcycle manufacturers, producing fine machines for 7 decades until the factory closed down in the 1960’s. Twin brothers Torsten and Bjorn Robbens bought the rights in 2008, (Their great-uncle was a factory rider in the earlier years) and the brand was reborn. Torsten, a high profile racing team manager and expert in motorsport, military and space composite manufacturing together with brother Bjorn, an IT and Electronics expert, are now pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology far into the future with the Saroléa SP7 and the Saroléa MANX 7 100% Electric Superbikes.

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Sarolea's Isle of Man TT 2016 rider Lee Johnston
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Sarolea's Isle of Man TT 2016 rider Dean Harrison
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Robert Wilson riding the Team Sarolea Racing machine through St Ninian's crossroads in the 2015 Isle of Man TT.
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