MPS going Dutch
The 2013 MPS racing team of Alex Rockwell and Jack Rowland made the short trip over the North Sea to Holland for the final round of the Dutch Enduro championship. After a long thorough technical inspection (which took around half an hour!) the boys got to quickly look at some of the 4 tests before darkness set in.
Unusually the first race day was Friday and consisted of 4 laps with 4 good tests per lap, yes 16 tests a day making for around one hour of tests! Jack was away first at 8.35 followed by Rocky at 8.37, the weather was not being kind to us with temperatures not rising above freezing all day but at least it stayed dry. Jack got off to his usual slow first day with his times just a little off the pace of the leaders as he was finding the Dutch sand totally different to ride than the sand at home but still finished a credible 5th in E1. Jack wasn't happy with his result and was determined to improve on day 2.
Rocky was in the most competitive class with the Dutch boys favouring
the bigger capacity bikes and his day got off to a bad start; a blown
headlight bulb blew the bikes main fuse stopping the 310 in the test.
With freezing hands he dropped the spare fuse in the autumn leaves
losing him nearly 20 mins but he battled on posting top 5 times in every
test but out of the results with his lost time.
Rocky woke on day 2 with a stinking cold so was not feeling his best at all but in true Rocky style he gave it his best effort all day. Feeling so cold, he rode in a jacket all day but posted top 5 times in every test and loving riding the little Husky again, finishing the day in 5th place
The boys made a big hit with the big Dutch crowd Rocky with his all action style and handlebars kissing the sand on the corners and Jack waving to the crowds and Rocky as they crossed on the MX track.
Unlike the British events the Dutch have a prize giving for the event and the year in a big marquee in the evening. This is followed by much drinking of beer and entertainment from a live band plus Hans Vogels doing burnouts on the dance floor on his Berg! This was a great way to finish a fantastic year and for the team to bond ready for the 2013 season.
ROCKY RETURNS TO MPS!
MPS Racing is pleased to confirm the return of Alex ‘Rocky’ Rockwell to the team for the 2013 season, where he will be racing alongside 2012 British E1 Enduro Champion Jack Rowland.
With Jack set to defend his E1 title on the Husqvarna TE250R, Rocky will be aiming for E2 honours on the TE310R. For 2013 both riders will be contesting the ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship as well as the ACU British Enduro Championship and the European Enduro Championship.
Mick Seward, MPS Racing team principal: ‘We’re extremely pleased to welcome Rocky back to the team to race with us on Husqvarna again. We are a British Championship winning team in 2012 thanks to Jack and now with Rocky on board we are serious contenders for at least two titles next year. We’ve already tested the 2013 bikes in Italy and are seriously impressed with the extra power and torque they have straight out of the crate.’
Alex Rockwell, ‘I’ve enjoyed my time racing in the World Enduro series but my aim for next year is to focus primarily on the British Championships. With the support available to me from MPS as the official UK Husqvarna Enduro team, I’m confident I can achieve my goal of becoming E2 British Enduro Champion in 2013’.
For 2013 MPS will be using the latest Husqvarna TE250R and TE310R fitted with the fully programmable Husqvarna ‘power engine control system’, to allow the team to fine tune the power delivery to suit the conditions and rider preference. The system has been developed in conjunction with the Husqvarna factory race teams and even allows riders to adjust the power delivery ‘on the fly’ to cater for the widely differing conditions experienced on a typical Enduro lap.
Further information on the team’s activities and 2013 plans will be available shortly on the MPS Racing website: www.mps-racing.co.uk
ROWLAND SECURES 2012 E1 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MPS
Jack Rowland, on his Husqvarna TXC250, gave the MPS Racing team reason to celebrate at the final round of the British Enduro Championship as he was crowned 2012 British E1 Enduro Champion.
Organised by the South East Enduro Combine, the Eelmore Enduro was held at the same venue in Hampshire as the first Sprint Enduro of 2012 but whereas for the Sprint the weather was well below freezing at minus 9 degrees, for the Eelmore it was just a little ‘fresh’ with only a hint of ice on the bike seats after their night in parc ferme.
In the days leading up to the event the organising club faced some considerable challenges, losing access to much of the ground the course was originally planned to use. Rather than cancelling the event, a huge effort from the organising committee and club members provided a shortened, but still testing, course suitable for the final of the British Championship.
Jamie Lewis on the TE310 was keen to end the BEC season on a high after his successful Six Days outing and started Saturday in his usual aggressive style. As the rain came down, making conditions very difficult, Jamie kept pushing hard and finished the first day with a very respectable 2nd in E2 and 5th overall in the Championship class.
For Jack, Saturday didn’t go to plan at all. Starting strongly Jack placed 6th in the first test, improved to 5th in the 2nd and then was forced to retire from the 3rd test, finishing his day. Subsequent investigation revealed the bike had drawn water in resulting in a crank failure, the one and only mechanical failure the MPS team has suffered in 2012. The conditions on Saturday proved tough for others too, as Jack was one of three championship class riders to retire with mechanical issues.
Sunday dawned fresh and clear and with no rain forecast, both riders were looking to improve on Saturday. With the benefit of hindsight, Jamie himself admitted he could possibly have pushed harder on the first test as he dropped 10 seconds on eventual E2 winner Daryl Bolter and couldn’t quite make it up during the day. Jamie finished Sunday 4th in E2 and 7th overall.
For Jack, Sunday was a chance to prove his speed after Saturday’s disappointment and he started well, posting 4th fastest overall time in the first test, riding his 250 four stroke hard against larger capacity and two stroke rivals. On the second test Jack didn’t fair quite so well, dropping a few seconds which he fought to make up thorough the day. A strong finish on the final test placed him 5th overall and the first E1 class bike home by a considerable margin.
Jack Rowland, “I’d like to give a massive thank you to all involved at MPS Racing, Husqvarna, my dad Keith and everyone else that has been involved with the team this year. Without your support it wouldn't be possible”.
Mick Seward, team principal, “Jack has had a fantastic year winning the Under 23 E1 Championship at the Sprint, being part of the successful GB Junior Team at the Six Days and now becoming British E1 Enduro Champion. He has ridden superbly all year and deserves this title. I’d like to thank Jack and Jamie for their efforts this year and would also like to thank all of our team sponsors for the support throughout the season. We’re already looking forward to 2013”.
Meanwhile, Rob Johnson, on the Newcastle Motorcycles Husqvarna TE250 had a mixed weekend at the Eelmore with a retirement Saturday due to crash damage but a much better ride Sunday to take 3rd in the Expert class.
With British championship duties now finished, the next event for MPS will be the Enduroland Stadium Enduro Cross on 10th November at the Beaumont Park, Leicester.
Success for Rowland at ISDE
In the Enduro world the ISDE stands out as the ultimate test of man and machine with a full six days racing on some of the toughest enduro tests a rider will see all year.
For 2012, the ISDE was based at the famous Sachsenring race circuit with a course laid out in the stunning Saxony countryside, providing the 400+ entrants with a truly challenging event.
MPS riders Jack Rowland and Jamie Lewis were in attendance with Jack, on his Husqvarna TE250, selected to race for the GB Junior Trophy Team and Jamie, on his Husqvarna TE310, representing his home nation in the Welsh Club Team. For both riders this was a chance to race against the best Enduro riders in the world and both rose to the occasion admirably.
The GB Junior Trophy Team consisting of Jack, Alex Rockwell, Danny McCanney and Steve Holcombe showed their potential from the outset, finishing the first day in second place just 1m 10sec behind the Italian team. Day two was better still with Team GB topping the tables and taking the overall lead for the Junior Trophy.
On day three the French Junior team fought their way to the top of the timesheet, and despite the best efforts of the British youngsters, Team France managed to hold this position on days 4 and 5 also. The GB team pushed hard and kept all other nations at bay meaning that by the end of the six days of racing, the French Juniors claimed the Gold but Team GB stood proud on the podium with Silver.
For Jamie Lewis, racing in the Welsh Club Team with Ashley Wood and Gethin Price the event started well with 7th on the first day out of 80 teams. By the end of day four Team Wales had improved on their initial pace and worked their way up to 5th, the position they would hold to the end of the event.
Mick Seward, MPS Team Principal “I’m incredibly pleased and proud with the results of both Jack and Jamie in this event. Six incredibly tough days of racing and both riders held their own against the best in the world. The Six Days is so demanding on both rider and bike but if it hadn’t been for a damaged fork seal on Jack’s bike, we would have used just four cable ties to repair some crash damage all week!”
Jack Rowland “In an event packed full of action it is hard to say what was the most special part but I think for me, finishing 4th in the E1 class on the final day, after battling with USA superstar Mike Brown and factory Husky rider Lorenzo Santalino and to be 5 seconds and one place ahead of the current E1 World Champion has to be the highlight”.
Jamie Lewis “The Six Days has been incredible. The event has been hard but we’ve delivered a strong result for Wales and after a mixed season due to injury, I’m extremely pleased to be able to ride for six days and still be competitive at the end with a 2nd in E2 on the final day
The next event for MPS is the final round of the British Enduro Championship in Hampshire on 14th / 15th October.
Doodson ACU British Enduro Championship Round 3: 1 / 2 Sept 2012
Rowland shines at the Natterjack
After a long, weather-enforced summer break, the ACU British Enduro Championship returned with the Natterjack Enduro, held at Longmoor Camp in Hampshire.
MPS was back to full strength with Jamie Lewis making his return to competitive riding after several weeks off the bike due to a shoulder operation and Jack Rowland was ready to make best use of the experience gained over the summer racing the European Enduro Championship.
As usual the REME organisers had done a fantastic job with the course and facilities, providing a beautifully laid out course with the MX test in the ‘Sand Pit’ and an Enduro test adjacent to the paddock ensuring spectators could get right to the heart of the action.
Saturday started well for Jack on his TE250, posting the fasted E1 class time on the first test. In fact his time was so good he was the 3rd fastest rider overall, despite the capacity disadvantage against the field of E2 and E3 riders. This pace continued throughout the day with Jack winning the E1 class by 5 seconds and finishing 4th overall.
For Jamie Lewis on the TE310 his return to racing wasn’t quite so fruitful. Saturday started well with Jamie inside the top 5 of the E2 class on the first three tests but then an exhaust strap broke, possibly due to impact damage, leaving him with a silencer hanging in the breeze and unable to complete the test. In the limited time available, a temporary repair was undertaken to get him out racing again, but it proved a little too temporary bringing an end to Jamie’s day.
On Sunday things panned out somewhat better for Jamie. You didn’t need to look at the test times to see he was fast, the smooth aggressive style showing just how hard he was pushing. The effort paid off with 2nd in the E2 class and 5th overall for the day.
Jack continued to shine on Sunday, riding consistently and pushing his 250 hard to stay towards the top of the timesheets. Net result for Sunday: E1 class win and 2nd overall.
Mick Seward, team principal for MPS: “To have Jamie back with us and racing so competitively on his comeback outing, combined with Jack winning his class on both days, has made for a really good weekend. With both Jack and Jamie in the top 5 on Sunday we’ve again proven just how capable our bikes and riders are”.
Next UK event for MPS is the WOR Events Hawkstone Park Moto Duro on 15th / 16th September before the team head off for the ISDE in Germany.
MPS RACING 'S Jack Rowland and Newcastle Motorcycles supported Rob Johnson both in E1 junior class and riding Husqvarna TE 250s finished well on day one with Jack placing 4th and Rob in 12th. The event is the only enduro to be held in Slovakia this year due to available land the paddock and start area is at the Hotel Plejsy ,at a ski area , today the course was quite demanding with 3 tests per lap one moto cross one enduro and one extreme . Jack battled all day with the championship contenders in a closely fought battle on all 3 tests but unfortunately he dropped from 2nd to 3rd in the title race as in the previous events Jack always comes out fighting on the second day so is hoping to have a better day tomorrow, both bikes after performing well are now in park ferme with new Metzeler tyres on (Jack practicing for ISDE did all his own servicing and still had 8 mins to spare after changing a tyre and filter) and the boys are walking tests whilst the rest of the crew relax with a Slovakian beer! -
At round 5&6 of the European Enduro Championship in Orge, Latvia it was
going to be a tough weekend for MPS Racing riders Jack Rowland and Rob
Johnson. After arriving from Estonia on Wednesday the team prepped bikes and
relaxed in the hot sun. The course was to be ridden 3 times each day and a
total of nine tests, The tests were again a mixture of terrain consisting of a
sand mx test a working stone quarry for the enduro test plus the extreme test.
Since arriving the weather has been in the mid to high 30s meaning the event
was going to be tough. Bikes prepped, all ready to go and an early night
friday!!!! Then bad luck struck, in the middle of the night nearly all the mps
crew were awake and had been seriously SICK!! not good. The bug or whatever it
was still affecting the riders at the start but both riders choose to compete.
ROB JOHNSON (Newcastle Motorcycles) - Rob also choose to ride and completed a lap, but being sick at tests and while riding was no fun and he pulled out. Rob went to bed to get as much rest as possible for the next day.
DAY 2 Jack was by no means 100% but felt much better. He set off - winning tests from the off and riding well. In a top five battle throughout the day Jack was feeling the heat and and his energy levels dropped. Jack didn't complain. He got on with the job in hand and put himself back on the podium with a fine 2nd place. This result also moved jack in to 2nd in the championship.
Rob was not fit either today and he still had some signs of the bug, however he battled on and finished the day in a respectable 12th. Rob now drops to 14th in the championship, but is close to those in front. he hopes for better luck in Slovakia at the next round.
The team now travel home from their 3 week double header in Europe. MPS RACING would like to thank all our sponsers and supporters.
MPS RACING CONTINUE TO SHINE IN EUROPE Report
All in all a great weekend jack came away with 2nd in the JE1 class and moves to 3rd in the championship and Rob 7th in the JE1 and moves to 13th in the championship. The team now crosses the border and another drive to this weekends race in LATVIA.
UEM European Enduro Championship
In addition to their British Enduro Championship and the British Sprint Enduro Championship duties, MPS has added the UEM European Enduro Championship to the calendar to give the team riders the opportunity to increase their experience, racing amongst some of the best riders in Europe.
Round 1 of the championship was held over the weekend of 26th / 27th May and after the brief 1000 mile drive from the Sprint at Adstone, MPS riders Jack Rowland and Jamie Lewis, along with Newcastle Motorcycles sponsored Rob Johnson, set up camp in Arsie, about 70 miles north-west of Venice.
Jack, riding his TE250 in the E1 Junior class, started Saturday with a comprehensive crash in the first test, significant enough for him to consider retiring from the event but after discussing the options with the team decided to continue to gain the experience, if not race for the win. Consistently fast throughout the rest of the day, despite the discomfort from the morning’s crash, Jack finished day one in a credible 10th place in class.
On Sunday Jack showed his true potential, finishing the day 16 seconds adrift of the leader and on the podium with a third in the E1J class.
In the E2 class, Jamie Lewis on the TE310 was doing a sterling job of flying the flag for Husqvarna and the UK. With a high starting number Jamie spent Saturday catching and passing slower riders but despite this handicap still achieved a podium finish with third in class.
Inspired by a podium finish in his first European Enduro, Jamie upped the pace for Sunday to finish one step higher, in second in the E2 class. A superb result for the Husqvarna TE310 mounted rider and valuable experience to bring back to the UK.
Mick Seward, team principal: ‘I’m extremely pleased with the results from both Jamie and Jack this weekend. To have three podium finishes is great for the team and for Husqvarna, it shows just how competitive our bikes are in the right hands’.