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Durham Advanced Motorcyclists - AGM

DAN-New-wrDurham Advanced Motorcyclists AGM will be held at The Bowburn Hall Hotel, Bowburn, Co. Durham on Tuesday 29th November 2011. Kick off 7.30pm

This is your chance to vote for new or existing committee members.

This is also good social evening.

All members & partners welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Regards, Bill McCready

If you’re interested in joining the group this is an opportunity to meet some of the members and find out what the group has to offer.

Croft Circuit drop British Superbike Championship from calendar

Croft-CircuitHow disappointing is this for North East motorcyclists……..
    CROFT Circuit has vowed to get back on the British Superbike Championship map within 12 months, after the shock news that the track will not feature next year.

    Series promoters, MSVR, announced its calendar for the 2012 MCE Insurance-sponsored championship yesterday and it came as a surprise to many that Croft was not among the circuits to be visited.
    The three-day event is one of the North-East’s top sporting attractions and regularly draws tens of thousands of motorsport fans to the venue outside Darlington.

    It was thought by some that the inclusion of the Dutch circuit, Assen, next year might have been the reason for Croft’s omission, but though circuit bosses have yet to confirm the finer details, BSB series director Stuart Higgs said the decision was made in the North-East and had more to do with the after-effects of a long-running High Court case.
    In January 2009, Croft Promosport, the circuit’s tenant, was ordered to pay damages and legal costs to three neighbours because the enjoyment of their homes had been affected by “loud, intrusive and repetitive noise”.
    The ruling also restricted the number of annual noisy days – when the circuit can run cars and bikes with unmuffled exhausts – to 40.
    Higgs said it was this and not any decision on MSVR’s part that led to yesterday’s announcement.
    “We offered a round to Croft as part of the normal course of events back in September, the operators said things were very difficult for them, as has been well-documented. They’re operating under very tough operating arrangements which are probably the most stringent in the UK. With only 40 commercial days, they have had to make a commercial decision and maximise the use of those days on a risk-free basis. BSB would account for three days and is quite a big financial outlay, meaning they are hugely reliant on revenue on the day and need a good crowd and good weather, etc.  We’re in the business of operating circuits as well, and with only 40 days use a year, they’re very, very tough, if not impossible, conditions to work with.”
    Higgs said Croft had provided a good venue for the championship since 2004 and a round could return if conditions for the track improved.
    A spokesman for Croft Circuit said they hoped that this would be the case. Although unable to expand on the matter, he said: “It is not a long-term decision. It has not been possible to run the British Superbikes in 2012, but we appreciate it is a prestigious event and we will be looking to bring it back in 2013.”

    So no BSB racing at our local circuit, meaning that instead of travelling 28.5miles from Durham to Croft you will have to travel :

    158 miles to Donington Park
    163 miles to Oulton Park
    166 miles to Cadwell Park
    167 miles to Knockhill (where it’s usually rained off)
    215 miles to Silverstone
    259 miles to Snetterton
    281 miles to Brands Hatch
    306 miles to Thruxton
    or either go to Holland (Assen)  OR watch it on the TV Smile

    What really hurts though is that Brands Hatch is now running three (3) rounds, Oulton Park  two (2) rounds and there is even a round at Assen in Holland. The series organizers MSVR own four of the circuits : Snetterton, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Brands Hatch.

    Perhaps the series could be renamed Southern Superbikes !! (SSB) instead of British Superbikes (BSB)

    You can email BSB at :  if you want to let them know how disappointed you are to be losing the North East round of BSB.

    The full BSB calendar for 2012 is as follows :
    1 April :      Brands Hatch Indy
    2    13.14.15 April :        Thruxton
    3    5.6.7 May :       Oulton Park International
    4    25.26.27 May :        Snetterton 300
    5    22.23.24 June :        Knockhill
    6    6.7.8 July :        Oulton Park International
    7    20.21.22 July :         Brands Hatch GP
    8    25.26.27 August :        Cadwell Park
    9    7.8.9 September :        Donington Park GP
    10    21.22.23 September :    TT Circuit Assen (NL)
    11    28.29.30 September :    Silverstone GP
    12    12.13.14 October :         Brands Hatch GP

    New Indoor Venue for the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

    Indoor Venue 2011
    The BikeWise Mini Bike Club has a new venue to run some indoor meetings over the winter months.

    Last year we ran some meetings at the disused Arriva Bus Depot in Davy Drive, Peterlee.

    That premises has now been sold after after a lot of searching / enquiring with property owners throughout the county we have been fortunate enough to be allowed to us a premises – QC Space which is a few hundred yards away from where we were last year.

    We have provisionally arranged to host meetings of the club at these premises on the following dates :
    Saturday 3rd December
    Saturday 16th December (Xmas meeting)
    Saturday 14th January
    Saturday 4th February
    Saturday 25th February
    For further details visit the mini bike club website and look at the ‘Where We Meet’ page

    Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

    MBCThe next meeting(s) of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Sunday 13th November 2011 at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.
    Signing on at 1000hrs for a 1030hrs safety brief/start

    If there is any doubt about the weather on Sunday morning then please either check the website or contact the motorcycle office on 0191-3752136 before travelling.

    Karting North East at Warden Law will be running their last mini bike session of the year  on Monday 21st November at 5pm.

    The BikeWise team would like to thank all the staff and management of Karting North East for being so supportive of the club throughout 2011 and we look forward to starting again in Spring of 2012

    MCN/BikeWise Fantasy Road Race 2011 – season ends

    Marco Simoncelli - 2011

    Sunderland AFC - 1973 FA Cup WinnersThe MCN Fantasy racing season has now ended and our very own BikeWise Training’s, Bob Brown finished top of the league with 1973 points ( a year Bob remembers well as it was the last time that a NE football team brought the FA Cup home !!).

    Second was Mark Lummis with 1951 points and third was Elaine Jacobs with 1920 points.

    The seasons end was affected by the death of Marco Simoncelli at the Malaysian Gran Prix – Marco had been having a great year riding his Team Gresini Honda and will be a sad loss to the  racing community.

    Our 2011 Moto GP gallery shows all the results and pictures from the 2011 season and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE and then clicking on the Simoncelli thumbnail.
    Many Thanks to the 94 participants in the league this year, remember to tell your friends so that we can break the 100 barrier next year.
    MCN FantasyRoad Race 2011

    Motorcycle Live: 19th – 27th November

    Motorcycle Live

    To celebrate the start of Britain’s biggest motorcycle show, the best of British racing talent will be out in force as part of a grand opening ceremony that will see MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow fire up his Yamaha M1 machine on the Black Horse Stage! 

    Motorcycle Live is so much more than getting your hands on the hottest new bikes, clothing and accessories – it’s an interactive day out for the whole family. An opportunity to see, touch, feel, hear, smell, ride and experience the very best that motorcycling has to offer, no matter what your riding level. Experienced riders and Newcomers can GET ON in Hall 4.

    Whether you want to get kitted out yourself or watch your friends or family have a go there is something for everyone! Look out for biking celebrities, visit the cinema, take part in competitions on the Blackhorse Stage in the Arai Entertainment ZoneClassic, Custom & Escape Zones  packed full of bikes, information & ideas whether you want to reminisce, build your own or get way! Watch the kids get their first on and off road biking experience plus off road & Trials riding for adults!

    Don’t miss out – buy discount tickets now! All features are FREE!
    Access to Ramp’d Up Freestyle Motocross Arena - No hidden or extra charges for Live Action!

    A great day out at the UK’s largest motorcycle show!

    Classic Bikes to be exempt from MOT

    1955-BSA-Clubman-Gold-StarClassic bikes will be exempt from the MoT test under proposals published by Roads Minister Mike Penning yesterday.

    Bikes or cars made before 1960 will no longer have to undergo the inspection under plans.

    The current requirement for the vehicles to be tested annually goes beyond European legislation, according to the Department for Transport.

    A spokesman said: “As part of the Government's commitment to cutting unnecessary red tape, today's proposals would exempt private vehicles manufactured before 1960 from the MoT test, reducing costs for owners.”

    Announcing the plans, Penning said: "We are committed to reducing regulation which places a financial burden on motorists without providing significant overall benefits.

    "Owners of classic cars and motorbikes are enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well - they don't need to be told to look after them, they're out there every weekend checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork.

    "That is why I am today putting forward proposals to scrap the MoT test for these vehicles - this will result in savings for the Government and for motorists."

    A consultation on the plans runs until January 26:

    Photo’s Now online from the Mini Bike Club Meeting

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    Photo’s are now online from the last meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club which was held at Carrville Park and Ride on Sunday 30th October where some of our members got themselves an early start to Halloween

    Some great riding by all riders in difficult damp conditions (and a warm welcome to our latest members)

    ‘Many Thanks’ to all who helped build (and take down) the track, for signing riders on and marshalling throughout the day.

    We couldn't run the events without your support.

    No date has been set for our next meeting at Carrville – we’re hoping the weather holds out whilst we keep trying to find an indoor venue for over the winter months, so keep checking the website and your emails.

    To view the pictures of the Carrville event please CLICK HERE and then click on the relevant thumbnail image.

    Good luck to all of our members who are travelling north of the border this weekend to compete in the final round of the Scottish Mini Moto Championship, hopefully they’ll return with some trophies and good results.