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From Mini Bike Club to Institute of Advanced Motorists

IMG_6793 Dale Clement 2008
Congratulations from all the BikeWise ‘team’ to BikeWise Mini Bike Club Member : Dale Clement who passed his Institute of Advanced Motorists motorcycle test on Friday 26th October.
Dale who lives in Sherburn, is one of the original members of the mini bike club and the picture top left shows him riding at a club meeting on the parade square at Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham in March 2007 when he was twelve years old.
The picture on the right shows Dale meeting star HM Plant Honda riders Cal Crutchlow, Leon Haslam & Steve Brogan at Croft racing circuit in 2008 when the Mini Bike Club where invited to meet the stars by HM Plant chief executive Mr John Jones.
Dale's BirthdayIn June 2010  (picture left),  Dale took to the roads with his first bike,  courtesy of ACE motorcycle training proprietor Jim Rimmer who provided Dale with with a days CBT Training and Dale used his moped travelling to and from college for a  year before progressing onto his current Honda CBR 400 on which he passed his motorcycle test earlier this year. Dale is now studying IT at the University of Sunderland and regularly uses his motorcycle to travel there.
In May of this year Dale received the DCC Chairman's medal from Councillor Dennis Morgan on behalf of the BWMBC   :
Dale then undertook a days BikeWise Training before joining the Durham Advanced Motorcyclists group and completing his training with a test conducted by retired Motorcycle Sgt and IAM Examiner Bob Brown on Friday.
Bob said “ I am really proud of what Dale has achieved in such a short time. When we first started the Mini Bike Club in 2007 Dale was just a young 12 yr old who came along to our first meeting with his grandparents. Dale and his grandad Dave have attended virtually every meeting of the club to date and it has been a pleasure to watch him grow into a fine motorcyclist. The ‘dream’ when we started the mini bike club was to give young local riders the opportunity to ride motorcycles lawfully and watch them progress onto the roads of County Durham. Dale has now attained one of the highest standards a civilian motorcyclist can achieve and he is only eighteen…. Hopefully Dale will be the first of many from the club to progress to this level.  All this wouldn't have happened without the support of  Durham County Council (Albert Nugent & Dennis Morgan), Durham Police (Jon Stoddart, Mike Barton & Michael Banks) , DAAC , HM Plant Ltd , ACE Motorcycle Training and Durham Advanced Motorcyclists who all believed in the mini bike club from its early days in 2007. It gave me a real buzz to follow Dale around on Friday and see the standard he has achieved and to tell him that he’d passed his advanced riding test”

Next Meetings of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be :

at Warden Law - NE Karting is still running Mini Moto night and will continue to do so until the weather becomes too bad, the next one is  Monday, 29th October.
If you need any more info please ring : 0191 521 4050  and speak to the staff at the circuit

We hope to be able to run an outdoor event at Carrville Park & Ride on Sunday 4th November - usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs. If the weather is not good then we will have to cancel on safety grounds and would do this by 0900hrs on the day.

Please check the Mini Bike Club homepage where a notification will be posted before 0915hrs if the meeting has to be cancelled on safety grounds

If our outdoor meeting is cancelled due to the weather then we will be going back indoors again at QC Space, Peterlee on Saturday 17th November.

Once again we are indebted to the management of QC Space for allowing us the use of the premises over the winter months. enabling our riders to continue riding their bikes when us ‘older’ riders have mainly put their bikes ‘to bed’ over winter Smile

(We will not be able to train any new starters once we go indoors as we do not have the space and we will increase the charge as per last year as we have to pay for electricity at the venue)

BikeWise Easter Egg Run 2013

BikeWise Easter Egg Run 2013 will be held on the 31st March 2013.

For further details please visit :

Remember to register online so that we know you are coming and can keep you informed of the run.

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Photo’s online from the last meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club


Photo’s are now online from the last meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club, which was held on Sunday the 14th October 2012 at Carrville.

Many Thanks to all who helped to prepare and take down the track, to all who helped marshal the event & to John Attle for taking the photo’s.

The meeting was interrupted by the rain and eventually had to be cancelled, but this did not put our young riders (or the marshals) off riding.

To view the photo’s PLEASE CLICK HERE to go to the gallery and then click on the thumbnail picture for that meeting.

The date for the next meeting has not been fixed but will be notified ASAP

Next Meeting of the BWMBC : This Sunday

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Sunday 14th October 2012 at Carrville Park & Ride at Durham
(See Where we Meet on the website for location)

Signing on at 1000hrs for a 1030hrs safety brief/start

If there is any doubt about the weather conditions (Rain/Wet) then please check the Mini Bike Club homepage where a notification will be posted before 0915hrs if the meeting has to be cancelled on safety grounds

Another two British Championships for HM Plant


Local Hebburn based HM Plant who have been involved in sponsoring motorcycle race teams for many years, including riders such as James Toseland, Neil Hodgson, Cal Crutchlow, John McGuinness & many more , have come up tops again with two British Championships sealed this weekend via the KTM UK Motocross team

The final round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship proved to be a fantastic day for the the local Hebburn based, HM Plant sponsored,  KTM UK race team as Kevin Strijbos secured the MX1 British Championship title while team-mate Elliott Banks-Browne turned a 16 point deficit into a five point advantage to take the MX2 title too making it a double celebration for Roger Magee’s hard working squad.

Despite weather conditions being chilly the race action at the Little Silver circuit was red hot all day. Strijbos knew a fourth place in race one would secure the MX1 title and when he crossed the line in second the team were ready and waiting to shower him with champagne. Despite having already wrapped up the title Kevin rocketed to a race win in moto two before ending the day with a third as he rode shotgun for his MX2 team-mate in the season-closing mixed-capacity moto.

For Banks-Browne a first race win saw him take over the series lead as Mel Pocock had some mechanical issues which stopped him from scoring. However, a slip off in race two for EBB gave Pocock a one point advantage heading into the season finale. After a gate malfunction caused a half hour delay the final race of the championship finally kicked off with Elliott grabbing the holeshot , ahead of the field of MX1 and MX2 machinery.  Despite losing some time to the chasing pack and also slipping off on the last lap Elliott was able to slot home in second to take the overall win on the day as well as first in the final series standings which makes it two championship titles for the HM Plant KTM team.

Kevin Strijbos MX1 #22

“The whole year was pretty good for me. It was good that I could wrap up the title in the first race and not just for me but for the whole team too. This is my first national title in the MX1 class so I’m very happy. I want to thank everyone – the whole team, my mechanic, my girlfriend and also Harry Everts who has helped a lot throughout the year. I’m happy for everyone and it’s good we could pull it off.”

Elliott Banks-Browne MX2 #44

“Coming into the weekend I knew there was the possibility that I could win the championship but I never thought it would happen so I’m so happy! In the first race I crashed but came through again pretty easy and won. Then in the second race I was riding well and leading quite comfortable when I crashed twice and the second time the electric-start button got stuck so I lost a lot of time because I had to bump start the bike. In the last race I crashed on the start but luckily they red flagged it because some of the gates didn’t drop properly then on the restart I got the holeshot and was leading until I got a bit tight halfway through and Simpson came past. On the last lap I crashed and I was panicking but I didn’t lose any places and when I crossed the line I knew I was champion. I’m so happy but it hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

Roger Magee: HM Plant KTM UK Team Manager

“What more can I say? We’ve won two British championships, finished sixth in the MX1 world championship with Kevin Strijbos, second in the Women’s series with Natalie Kane and Elliott Banks-Browne also showed at Teutschenthal that he can mix it with the best and will be a force to be reckoned with in next year’s world championship.

“We came here looking to claim one championship today with Kevin in a very strong position and we knew Elliott had an outside chance too. After the first race it was game on and then he made a mistake in the second race before bouncing back to show some true grit in the last one despite having a hole in his arm from his race two crash and he brought it home to make it two British championship titles for the team.

“I’d just like to thank KTM, HM Plant and all the sponsors who’ve stuck with us through the years and will hopefully continue to support us into next year where we hope to at least match what we’ve achieved this year in the UK and on the world stage.”

MX1 Series standings

1 Kevin Strijbos 530 (HM Plant KTM UK), 2 Simpson 477, 3 Krestinov 363, 4 Matiss Karro 308, 5 Law 272, 6 Barr 261, 7 Whatley 240, 8 Snow 229, 9 Coutts 212, 10 Stephen Sword 198  

MX2 Series Standings

1.Elliott Banks-Browne (HM Plant KTM UK), 2 Pocock 442, 3 MacKenzie 343, 4 Irwin 335, 5 Bradshaw 334, 6 Lenoir 318, 7 Nico Aubin 269, 8 Edmonds 238, 9 Tombs 183, 10 James Cottrell 168…

Congratulations & thanks to HM Plant for their continued support of motorcycle racing / events from all the BikeWise ‘team’