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YPMRC To Display At Mallory Open Day

Mallory Open DayThe Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club will be exhibiting at the Mallory Park open day on March 1, which promotes motorsport of all fashions, from bikes to cars and quads.

Taking place at the Leicestershire circuit itself, the Mallory Park open day runs from 10:30am to 3pm with admission completely free.

On display on the YPMRC stand will be a collection of race bikes, with members of the class on hand throughout the day to discuss everything from the Yambits Club Bike, the famous club camaraderie, and how and why to join the best two-stroke racing class in the country.

Eddie Roberts, Mallory Park Directory, commented, "This is a great day out for the enthusiast and also a wonderful family day out.

"The lakeside café will be open as well as other outside catering, and this is a day to come along and look at some amazing vehicles that normally you would not see all at one venue."

The open day takes place at the Mallory Park circuit in Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, LE9 7QE. Doors open at 10:30am with free admission.

Donington Park Round Dropped From Calendar

Donington 2014 StartThe Donington Park round of the 2015 season, scheduled for 20-21 June, has been cancelled following the circuit's own commitments to this year's British Grand Prix.

The circuit, which hosts a British Grand Prix this year for the first time since 2009, has been instructed to carry out a full resurfacing prior to the event. With the process requiring two weeks to complete, and also at a time when ambient temperatures are higher than they have been during the off-season, the fourth round of the DFDS Seaways sponsored Yamaha Past Masters series has been rescheduled.

However, the 2015 season will continue to run over nine rounds, with Cadwell Park replacing the Donington Park meeting. The rescheduled round will take place at the glorious Lincolnshire venue the week prior, with racing on 13-14 June, with Friday practice available on the June 12. It will also mean two visits to Cadwell Park for the YPMRC in 2015.

Donington Park Circuit Manager, Bob Adams, said, "It's been a very difficult decision. The way the dates fell for the necessary circuit work has, in the end, meant we’ve had to let down a regular customer in the British Motorcycle Racing Club (Bemsee).

"For that we are really sorry, but we hope to be able to make up for this in the future."

Bemsee CEO, Mike Dommett said, "The unexpected news relating to our scheduled date with Donington has caused us difficulties, but we are grateful to the circuit management team in advising us as soon as it became apparent that there was an issue."

Cadwell Announcement 2015Speaking on the replacement round at Cadwell Park, he added, "The Club is grateful to MSV for its assistance in offering this fallback at late notice during a period where the majority of circuits are already fully booked some months ago."

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Club Bike Gets First Bookings Of 2015

Club Bike Booking2015 01The Yambits club bike has already received its first bookings for the forthcoming season, with three of the nine available rounds secured by riders looking to get a taste of the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club.

The second round of the 2015 calendar at Silverstone has been booked by Michael Brown from Solihul, who boasts a season of formula 600 racing under his belt from his early 20s.

No stranger to track days, Michael's interest in YPM stems from past ownership of a TZR250 3MA, which he openly admits is his favourite bike.

He will get his first experience with the YPMRC at Silverstone in May.

Also signed up for the Yambits-sponsored TZR250 club bike in 2015 is Graeme Smith from Macclesfield, who did a round of the MZ experience in 2014, but sees YPM as more of the class for him, and Paul Middleton, who has secured the Brands Hatch GP round.

Paul, from Surrey, has experience of the Brands Hatch GP circuit and was looking at a number of classes to join next season.

However, he settled on YPM, saying, "I'd been looking at YPM and the Ducati Desmo Championship too.

"YPM looked better I think as it emphasises the atmosphere, whereas the other guys seem purely obsessed with their bikes.

"Ultimately I'm in it to have fun and learn plus I've always wanted to try a two stroke road bike."

To see a full list of dates for 2015 and the club bike's availability, click here.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Yambits Club Bike Pricing And Availability Confirmed For 2015 Season

Club Bike Available 2015-01Pricing and availability has been confirmed for the Yambits sponsored club bike for 2015, with the rent-a-racer TZR250 available at all nine rounds of the forthcoming season, with prices varying from £425 - £550 for the weekend.

Now in it's fourth year, the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club's club bike is still the perfect way to try your hand at racing. Aimed at those seriously considering the launch of their club racing career or toying with joining the YPMRC, riders are able to experience the competitive and close racing on the track while being fully immersed in the club's famous paddock camaraderie off it.

Covered in the weekend's cost is a full round of racing, with two races and qualifying on Saturday and two races on Sunday, the only exceptions being Oulton Park, with just Saturday racing, and Donington Park, with no Friday practice. Also covered is your weekend's fuel, oil and tyre bill, transponder hire and a basic spares package.

A dedicated mechanic and paddock hand will be with you throughout the weekend to remove tyre warmers and paddock stands - also included in the price - and talk you through the weekend's routine from signing on to scrutineering. A dedicated instructor will also be available for tuition on the Friday.

Graduates of the club bike programme who are now fully-fledged members of the YPMRC paddock include Mark Ellery, the bike's first renter in 2012, as well as 2013 rookie championship contenders Matt Barber and Pete Moore. Last year's rookie champion and runner up, Michael Stanley and Sacha Gyte, both got a taste of the YPMRC on the club bike in 2013 before buying their own bikes, as well as Steve Johnson and Tim Moore. Lining up on the grid this year will be Lee Huff, Barry Drummond and Keith Cotgrove after starting on the club bike last season.

The full list of available dates (which remain provisional) and corresponding prices are listed below:

· Snetterton 300. April 25/26 - £550
· Silverstone International. May 9/10 - £550
· Oulton Park. May 30 - £500 (Saturday only)
· Donington Park. June 20/21 - £425 (No Friday practice)
· Pembrey. July 11/12 - £500
· Brands Hatch GP. August 8/9 - £550
· Cadwell Park. September 5/6 - £500
· Brands Hatch Indy. October 3/4 - £500
· Snetterton 200. October 24/25 - £500

No damage waiver is required - the price of the weekend is fixed. Not included in the price is your ACU licence. No riding kit is provided.

To book your weekend contact Trevor Sharpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or join the friendly YPMRC forum on this site and get in touch that way.

Annual Dinner Dance Closes 2014 Season

DinnerDance2014WinnersThe British Motorcycle Racing Club's annual Dinner Dance again capped-off a fantastic season's racing, with the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club joining in with the celebrations and crowning this year's champions.

Collecting the 2014 championship trophy was Graham Higlett. The 2012 champion started the season as favourite, and showed he meant business from the off, going on an unprecedented winning run that eventually came to an end at Cadwell Park when Pete Moore took off like a scalded cat and stormed to his first YPMRC win.

Joining Higlett on the podium was Matt Barber and Doug Edmondson, the pair going toe-to-toe over the course of the season for that runner-up spot, with the outcome decided at the final round.

Barber's infectious grin and happy-go-lucky approach to his racing - evident from his first foray on the Yambits Club Bike in 2012 - has made him a paddock favourite, backed up by a sometimes wild but always fast style on track. On for his first win of the season at Oulton Park, he crashed out in the changing conditions, handing victory to Higlett. However, he made it to the top step of the podium at the final round at Brands Hatch.

Edmondson was another tipped for championship contention at the start of the season. Battling at the sharp end throughout the year, by the middle of the season it looked as though he might be the only one to catch Higlett. Edmondson got himself on the top step of the podium at the final round, but it wasn't enough to stop Barber taking the runner-up spot overall.

DinnerDance2014ClubmanThe Yamaha Past Masters Clubman championship was set for a showdown at the season finale, with Trevor Sharpe arriving with just a 13 point advantage over James Sharpe. However, in the end Trevor Sharpe was crowned champion before the turn of a racing wheel, with James Sharpe missing the action after a crash in Friday Practice and with no one else capable of catching him.

James Sharpe finished second on the overall Clubman podium, with Paul Whitby rounding out the top three after getting the better of Paul Davies at final round, the pair still scrapping for the final rostrum position until the last race.

Trevor Sharpe was also awarded the Danny Whalin trophy. Danny Whalin raced with the Yamaha Past Masters with his father Len Whalin. Danny sadly lost his life to the sport, but each year an award is presented to someone Len and daughter Chloe nominate for their services and dedication to the club.

In the Rookie class of 2014, Michael Stanley took the honours. After a steady start to his Rookie campaign, Stanley's run of form in the second half of the season saw him regularly competiting nearer the front, and he will definitely be one to watch in the Clubman Championship in 2015.

DinnerDance2014RookiesTim Hall - pictured attempting to wrestle the gong from Stanley - finished third overall in the class after an up and down season that saw him riding four bikes over the course of the year. However, he will be back in 2015 on a freshly acquired TZR250. Taking Rookie class wins this year, he will be looking to give a good account of himself next season. Sacha Gyte, finished second in the Rookie class but couldn't make the end of season party. But he too will return for 2015.

The British Motorcycle Racing Club's Open Day will take place on the 14th of December, with fresh rookies taking the necessary steps and filling out the necessary paperwork to attend the Rookie Day in February with a view to obtaining their ACU licence. Full details can be found here.

Photos: Racing Line Photography

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