We are proud to sponsor Alex Mann again for his 2023 season.
We will be documenting all the action in our blog. You can follow him on facebook here.
11th December 2022
After a fairly decent 2022 on the minitwin, I decided to call it day on the twin. Also, I didn't know what 2023 would bring due to the financial situation everyone is in! Step forward our main sponsor Michael Jones Jeweller who has gone above and beyond to bring in new sponsors and managed to retain current key ones! So the plan....a full season at Bemsee in the Thunderbike sport class! I'm so excited to try something new and a different bike, there's a huge amount of work gone on behind the scenes to get the bike as competitive as it can be for the season (mostly by Grant Radish Berry sorry mate 😬) I will be riding a Honda Cbr600rr which has all the right bits, but will looking even better when Carbody Banbury LTD and Tangerine Red are finished with it! It's going to be tough to be up there straight away but I'm quietly confident I can fight at the front!!!! So I'd also like to welcome Banbury Car And Van hire onboard this season and Venture Caravans who have been kind enough to give us a full seasons support!! Can't wait to get going and hope everyone manages to pop to a race or too this seasons!!! So huge thanks to 2023 sponsors, it generally is down to all the following that we are on the grid next season.
24th January 2023
2023 Bike Complete -
Certainly wasn't an easy task for anyone this year! But I'm well pleased with how the bike has turned out! Thanks to Tangerine Red and Car Body Banbury Ltd for piecing it all together!!
Can't wait to get going now! Thanks to this year's sponsors!
14th February 2023
14th March 2023
"Bemsee Round 1 Complete.
Still adjusting to the bike in very difficult conditions with a short qualifying I didn't really recover from. A solid start none the less.
Thanks to all that help and support, and of course those who make it possible for 2023.
9th April 2023
"Bit delayed on getting this one out, been really busy and had was in all honesty putting off writing this one! Not through laziness but disappointment!!!! Probably my worse race round to date, bike problems, a new track, and I certainly under performed.
Had a full day Friday to try and learn the circuit and get some well needed seat time, enjoyed my dlforst couple of laps of the session 1 until the bike started losing power.
6hrs later and from some investigation work from my dad and Andy Smith ATP Racing found that the starter motor was failing and shorting out my bike!!
Thanks to them I got out for a couple if sessions! Also thanks to my uncle who was willing to pick up a starter for us in Wolverhampton 4hrs away!!
Qualifying wasn't bad and was front row for a few laps but I hit a big section of traffic and decided to save the tyre.
Ultimately each of the 4 races shared the same problems, wasn't aggressive enough, wasn't fast enough and wasn't good enough. I never felt comfortable on the bike at the circuit and the harder I tried the worse I felt, still struggling with transition from the minitwin for sure. Working with Teut from tw suspension and some guidance from a couple I trust I'm sure it won't be long until I get to where I want to be especially on some circuits I know. Still came away with 4 decent points finishes but not where I should be!
Despite a pretty disappointing weekend it was great to be on track! And see friends and to experience a new circuit.
Thanks to all that helped at the weekend Jeremy Hill, kieth Povah, Andy Smith, Lee Mayes and my Dad.
7th May 2023
"Bemsee Round 3 Snetterton
Following the huge disappointment which was pembrey last time out, and pretty much the start of the campaign. I Entered Snetterton with zero expectations, the worry of our electrical gremlins returning (which they didn't) but I did have a feeling Snetterton may be the turning point. It was.
I got out on track in the morning for 3 dry sessions, in those sessions I seemed to be more comfortable on the bike than the start of any other previous day I'd had on it. (Probably because it worked ) I managed a couple of sessions with Keith Povah which helped hugely as I needed someone to tell me straight what was needed, anyone who knows KP will know he'll do just that
The afternoon was a complete wash out and most sessions were interrupted by biblical rain and storms!!! Did enough to make sure everything worked.
We were mid timetable and it was drying but SLOWLY, I saw this as two options
1 flying lap on wets (as mr hill did), or try and get some heat in the new supercorsa and build into a fast lap. Last minute we went for the latter but out a front wet in, by lap 4 I had enough to put myself p3, way off dry pace but enough. Best Qualifying on the new bike to date.
Felt really relaxed into this, just as we did line up on the grid the classic mental rain came, I personally felt really calm and the warm up lap felt good. The excitement of being back on grid for Elliot Fricker was too much and he went down on the warm up lap, along with 3 others! So rightly so the race was delayed to allow wets to be put on if wanted. With nothing to lose and no more rain I stuck with the drys. 90%of the grid on wets, which I didn't see lasting if the weather remained. My plan seemed to be working as the group of 5 battling for 2nd came back to me mid race, until the rain came nearly lost the front going into oggies so bought it home.
The wettest race I'd ever had!! I'd never ridden this bike in the wet. Teut from TW Suspension Tech put some wet settings in her, and was virtually bang on from the start. A solid finish.
This one was cruel, starting p6, I and a good launch (not as good as Jeremy Hill though ) I had good pace and went with the group behind jezza, he'd actually got a 10 sec penalty so at this time my 4th was actually a 3rd. I rode hard and well to reel in Andy Denyer for a pass into the final corner on the last lap, Murrays a 2nd gear left hander, changing down from 4th around corams. When I went for 2nd nothing happened, I looked down and the shift hod holding the quick shifter was hanging off, complete bad luck. She plodded out the corner in 4th, Colin Walkey ran into my side has he must had thought I'd missed a gear. Over the line 4th, I was gutted especially as hadn't been up the front all season!! Still my best result to date though of.
I was fired up for this one, straight out the blocks into p4, and geld onto the front 3. Jeremy managed to get away as myself andy denyer and Tony russo battled it out, I felt I had faster pace but struggled to get a pass to stick, I did on lap 3 though and held onto p3, I closed the gap massively on tony on the last lap but just ran out of time, 4 secs of the win. My first thunderbike sport podium BUZZING!
So all in all a fantastic weekend. Things are defo moving In the right direction now.
Thanks to Keith Povah, for the help all weekend, the threat of a dividing wall in the awning unless I started performing seemed to work.
Jeremy Hill for his advice and help as always.
Tina Hill for sorting out my bodily aches and pains!
My uncle Lee for being crew chief single handed all weekend!
My wife katy for supporting and helping when things got tough for me with racing.
Teut Wein for his expert knowledge and getting the cbr in the direction we want.
4th June 2023
"Bemsee Donington Park Rd4
2nd July 2023
"Cadwell Park Bemsee Round 5.
3rd September 2023
Bemsee Round 6 Snetterton
1st October 2023
Bemsee Round 7 Brands Hatch.