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Season Starts In Style At Donington Park

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Donington Park played host the opening round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters, which had seen a resurgence in grid numbers over the winter.

However, reigning champion Matt Barber picked up from where he left off in 2015, and, despite starting from the back of the grid after a technical problem in qualifying, took the win in the opening race of the season.

After stalking down former BMZRC champion Mark Taylor and returning YPM champion Rik Ballerini, Barber snatched the lead on the final lap, seizing on a mistake from Ballerini, to draw first blood of the season.

Ballerini also lost out to Taylor in the dying moments of the race, as Taylor finished second on his YPM debut with Ballerini third.

The Clubman win went the way of Giles Harwood, who finished ninth overall, while Rookie honours went to Mark Ewens.

It was also a race of attrition too, with last year’s dominant Rookie champion, Scott Grant, crashing when trying to negotiate a back-marker, while Paul Middleton and Malcom Hutcheon came together on the last corner of the last lap.

Barber was again on the top step of the podium in race two, after stalking Ballerini for most of the race. On the penultimate lap he made a move for the lead stick, but was chased to the chequered flag, the gap less than two tenths of a second at the end of the race.

13040863 831233876983371 262118763498779831 oDoug Edmondson bettered Taylor on the second lap to move into third place, and from there was never challenged for the final spot on the podium. Harwood was again leading Clubman, and Middleton came from the back of the grid to take the Rookie win.

Barber was denied a perfect weekend, however, as Edmondson proved he will be in the hunt for the championship this year with a dominant start to finish victory.

The rest of the field could only watch the 14-plated TZR250 disappear into the distance, and were left to do battle behind.

Six seconds after Edmondson crossed the line, Taylor came out on top in the scrap with Barber, the duo second and third, highlighting how hard-fought this year’s championship will be.

Harwood was again the leading Clubman, and Middleton the first of the Rookies across the line.

Yambits Club Bike Gets Two More Bookings For 2016 Season

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The Yambits sponsored YPMRC Club Bike has been booked for two more rounds of the 2016 season, taking the total so far to three.

A number of current YPM racers took their first steps into the the class via the Yambits Club Bike, including last year's champion Matt Barber, and it will provide Denis Halil and Joe Dickenson with their first taste of the competitive-but-friendly two-stoke series.

Halil, from Hulbridge in Essex, is a self-confessed two-stroke addict, and has a history of racing TZ250s. After a break from racing, Halil is looking to return to racing with a two-stroke class that is more affordable than racing GP machinery, and has been following the racing vi the YPMRC Facebook page for some time. He will make his class debut at the Brands Hatch GP round in August.

Dickenson will contest the Oulton Park round in June, and hails from Northwich. The 25-year-old has raced CB500s, and is a fan of single make championships.

Looking for a change of scenery for 2016, Dickenson is also eager to ride and race a two-stroke; something he has yet to do.

For for information on the Club Bike, click here.

Nielsen CDG Continues YPM Support For 2016

logo largeLeading motorcycle lubricant supplier, Nielsen CDG, has confirmed its ongoing support for the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club, offering club members discounted products from across its range.

YPMRC members can enjoy a 7.5% discount on all Nielsen products, who will receive a discount code via email.

With Nielsen products already competitively priced, the discount for YPMRC members puts a litre of Castrol A747 at just £12.95, including VAT.

Nielsen CDG also offers a great range of other related products, including fork oils, chain lubricants, brake fluid, and gearbox oil.

For more information, visit

Yambits Club Bike Gets First Booking For 2016

11209420 727259124047514 6815588437643309812 nThe Yambits sponsored YPMRC club bike has received its first booking for the 2016 season.

Max House, from West Wickham, has booked to do the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in October.

A full licence holder and track day regular, Max will be new to racing, and has booked on to do the BMCRC Rookie Race School in February at Brands Hatch.

Calendar Sales Raise Over £900 For 'Club Fatboy'

12246614 482905865214198 2874164240761111879 nThe annual sale of the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club calendars has raised over £900 for former club rider Craig Jennings and the 'Club Fatboy' fund.

Jennings, who suffered life-changing injuries in an accident at Brands Hatch, has remained in the hearts of all club members, both old and new, who can regularly be found raising funds to help with his rehabilitation.

The sale of the 2016 YPMRC calendars has raised £906 to help with Jennings' recovery.

Thanks to Racing Line Photography for the supply of images.

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