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Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship / 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack UK Championship

Marco Belli took the 2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship against all odds, after a crash on the day prior to the final round saw the championship leader sustain a dislocated shoulder. With most of Saturday lost in the local hospital whilst doctors attended to the stricken Italian, any hope of Marco retaining his title and CCM claiming their second title in three years seemed to have disappeared. However with his shoulder back in place and heavily strapped, Belli showed his true courage to come home in third place on the day, which was sufficient for him to clinch the series in dramatic style. American flat track legend Chris Carr was the worthy winner at Scunthorpe, with the seven times national USA champion making a one off guest ride in the championship. A brave Belli followed Carr home in the first heat race of the night, to confirm he was serious about his title defence despite his injury. Whilst obviously in some pain, Marco went one better in his semi final, making the most of Aidan Collins' small mistake to take the win. In the grand final Belli played it safe by sitting in third spot behind Carr and his main championship rival Peter Boast. With Boast in sight at all times, the Italian maestro crossed the line in third spot to claim his third Shorttrack UK championship. It was a similar story in the 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack series, with Tom Woolley winning all his races just two weeks after breaking his collarbone at the previous round, to snatch a dramatic victory over Ben Baker who did everything possible to keep the defending Junior champion at bay. As well as taking the championship, Woolley has also earned himself a test ride on Belli's title winning factory CCM FT510.

RESULTS - Silkolene Shorttrack UK 2008 series - Round Seven Scunthorpe 19th October 1st Chris Carr (USA) [KTM] 2nd Peter Boast (Market Rasen, Lincs) [SUZUKI] 3rd Marco Belli (Varese, Italy) [CCM] 4th Tim Greig (Market Rasen, Lincs) [HONDA] 5th Ben Wells (Hull, Yorks) [SUZUKI]

Final Championship Standings : 1: Belli 102 2: Boast 95 3: Collins 76 For more details about short track racing in the UK please visit www.shorttrackuk.com 

RESULTS - CCM Junior Shorttrack 2008 series - Round Seven Scunthorpe 19th October 1st Tom Woolley (Burton on Trent, Staffs) [CCM] 2nd Ben Bake (Skegness, Lincs) [CCM] 3rd Tom Welbourne (Wisbech, Cambs) [CCM]

Final Championship standings : 1: Woolley 112 2: Baker 111 3: Welbourne 92


2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship / 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack UK Championship

Heavy rain stopped play ahead of the semi finals at the sixth round of the 2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK championship held at King's Lynn. Referee Nick Richardson called a halt to proceedings on the grounds of safety as finally the amount of surface water became too dangerous even for the most adventurous riders. 

With no points awarded due to the meeting being abandoned prior to any conclusion in the main class, reigning champion Marco Belli maintains his nine point lead in the overall standings with just one round remaining. With no result declared in the Shorttrack category, it was left to the other classes on this occasion to take centre stage. CCM teamster Richard May showed his motocross background with a strong performance in the Thunderbike class despite the appalling conditions. The highly experienced May came home in a safe sixth position to maintain third spot in the series, ahead of the closing event at Scunthorpe later this month. Richard sits just four points off second place and has a real chance of grabbing the vice champion position if he can deliver a good ride at the final round. 

The wet and difficult track conditions claimed their casualty in the form of CCM Junior Shorttrack leader Tom Woolley who crashed and broke his collarbone during practice. With Woolley sidelined Ben Baker made the most of his opportunity to record his second win of the current campaign. Baker now heads Woolley by three points, with the reigning Junior champion facing an uphill struggle to be anywhere near fit, if he is to attempt to defend his title at Scunthorpe. Newcomer Adam Thomas finished as runner up on the day, with Tom Welbourne completing the top three.

The next round for all classes will take place on Sunday 19th October at Scunthorpe Speedway Stadium.

RESULTS -Thunderbike 2008 series - Round Six - Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn 4th October 1st John Lee (Chorley, Lancs) [HONDA] 2nd Peter Boast (Market Rasen, Lincs) [SUZUKI] 3rd Paul Harrison (Littlethorpe, Leics) [HONDA] 4th Kevin Armstrong (Boston, Lincs) [C+J ROTAX] 5th Tim Stevens (Knebworth, Herts) [CCM] 6th Richard May (Middlewich, Cheshire) [CCM] Championship standings to date: 1: Boast 116 2: Armstrong 69 3: May 65 RESULTS - CCM Junior Shorttrack 2008 series - Round Six - Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn 4th October 1st Ben Baker (Skegness, Lincs) [CCM] 2nd Adam Thomas (Flackwell Heath, Berks) [HONDA] 3rd Tom Welbourne (Wisbech, Cambs) [CCM] Championship standings to date: 1: Baker 95 2: Woolley 92 3: Welbourne 78 For more details about the CCM Junior Short Track series please visit www.ccm-motorcycles.com 


2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship / 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack UK Championship  

Reigning Shorttrack UK Champion Marco Belli remains on course to retain his title after recording another runners up placing at the latest round of this year’s series. The Italian fought hard to secure his third victory of the current campaign, but in the end had to settle for second place behind his main rival Peter Boast. Having never placed lower outside the top two positions in the five rounds to date, Belli continues to head the overall standings by a healthy nine points with just two counting competitions remaining.

The fifth round of the 2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship took place as part of the BMF event at the popular Peterborough showground, with the meeting being held over two days in front of a sizeable crowd. No less than thirty-four riders lined up, all with the same intention of making their way through to Sunday’s twelve man grand final.

Previous round winner Aidan Collins grabbed the holeshot in the all important main event and settled into a strong pace during the initial laps, with both Boast and Belli chasing hard. A mistake by Collins on the last turn of lap eight would provide the opportunity that the following pairing were looking for, with Boast and Belli slipping by to relegate the early leader down to third. Belli tried his best to over come Boast, but in the end settled for a safe second and some sixteen valuable championship points.

Tom Woolley was back to his winning ways in the 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack championship, with the youngster from Burton on Trent grabbing his third win of the series after having been demoted to second spot at the previous two rounds. Road racer Joe Moore made his mark on the championship with an impressive runners up position, and was the only rider who really threatened to stop Woolley’s six race whitewash. The next round for all classes will take place on Saturday 4th October at Scunthorpe Speedway Stadium.

RESULTS - Silkolene Shorttrack UK 2008 series - Round Five Peterborough 20th/21st September

1st Peter Boast  (Market Rasen, Lincs) [SUZUKI]

2nd Marco Belli  (Varese, Italy) [CCM]

3rd Aidan Collins (Warrington, Cheshire) [HONDA]

4th Ben Miller  [HONDA]

5th Glyn Pocklington (Skegness, Lincs) [HONDA]

Championship Standing to date: 1: Belli 88 2: Boast 79 3: Collins 66

RESULTS – CCM Junior Shorttrack 2008 series - Round Five Peterborough 20th/21st September

1st Tom Woolley (Burton on Trent, Staffs) [CCM]

2nd Joe Moore (Sheffield, S.Yorks) [CCM]

3rd Adam Thomas (Flackwell Heath, Berks) [HONDA]

Championship standings to date: 1: Woolley 92 2: Baker 75 3: Welbourne 64


2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship / 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack UK Championship

Reigning Silkolene Shorttrack UK champion Marco Belli continued his winning form aboard his factory CCM FT510 at the third round of the 2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship held at a wet South Tees Motorsport Park. The Italian adapted well to the slippery conditions to take a maximum points haul and to move into a clear lead at the head of the overall standings, nine points ahead of his main rival Peter Boast.

The North-East facility welcomed a packed entry that included ex speedway star Rusty Hodgson, current oval protagonists Aide Collins and Adam Allott, plus BSB and TT hero Guy Martin. In worsening conditions it was Allott who gave Marco a lesson in riding out wide in the dirt, comprehensively beating the CCM rider in their semi-final encounter, and setting up a much anticipated rematch in the grand-final.

Belli was quick to turn the tables in the main event, taking a convincing victory, whilst Allott could only manage fourth spot, just ahead of Boast whose fifth position cost him valuable ground to Marco in the title race. In the Thunderbike division CCM's Richard May came home in fifth spot on his mighty CCM FT710, and now holds fourth position in the championship table for the larger capacity bikes.

In the 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack championship it was Ben Baker who recorded an historic victory, and brought to an end Tom Wooley's incredible eighteen month unbeaten run. Tom Welbourn from Wisbech completed the podium for the youngsters, who did exceptionally well to cope in the treacherous conditions.

The next round will take place on Saturday 23rd August at Buxton Speedway Stadium, Buxton, Derbyshire.

RESULTS - Silkolene Shorttrack UK 2008 series - Round Three South Tees Motorsport Park 6th July

1st Marco Belli (Varese, Italy) [CCM] 2nd Steven Hall (Harrogate, N. Yorks) [KTM] 3rd Ben Wells (Hull, Yorks) [SUZUKI] 4th Adam Allott (Buxton, Derbyshire) [HONDA] 5th Peter Boast (Market Rasen, Lincs) [SUZUKI] Championship Standing to date: 1: Belli 56 2: Boast 47 3: Hall 44

For more details about short track racing in the UK please visit www.shorttrackuk.com

RESULTS - CCM Junior Shorttrack 2008 series - Round Three South Tees Motorsport Park 6th July

1st Ben Baker (Skegness, Lincs) [CCM] 2nd Tom Woolley (Burton on Trent, Staffs) [CCM] 3rd Tom Welbourne (Wisbech, Cambs) [CCM] Championship standings to date: 1: Wooley 56 2: Baker 50 3: Welbourne 40

For more details about the CCM Junior Short Track series please visit www.ccm-motorcycles.com


2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship / 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack UK Championship

Reigning Silkolene Shorttrack UK champion Marco Belli was back at his best at the second round of this year's national Shorttrack series, taking a comfortable win ahead of his arch rival and championship organiser Peter Boast. The 1/2 mile circuit at the Amman Valley, Carmarthen, South Wales was the prefect place for Belli and his factory CCM FT510 to prove its true pedigree, with the longer track really suiting the British made machine.

No less than thirty-six riders set out to claim one of the twelve places in the main event, as some fantastically warm weather provided a suitable backdrop for the 100mph plus action out on the dry and dusty circuit. Belli transferred to the Grand Final with an emphatic win in his semi to take his place on the front row of the grid alongside other semi victor Boast and two speedway stars in the form of Aide Collins and Adam Allott.

Boast took the initial advantage in the final, but soon passed by Belli on the back straight during the opening lap. The Suzuki mounted rider kept the Italian true for the next three laps, but had no answer to Belli's awesome pace as the race wore on. Marco brought his FT510 over the line well ahead of the chasing pack, to record his and the bike's first UK victory of 2008.

Tom Wooley continued his total domination of the CCM Junior Shorttrack Championship with another faultless performance to give the youngster from Burton On Trent his second clear win in as many rounds. The fight to fill the remaining two rostrum places between Joe Moore and Ben Baker produced some of the best racing of the meeting, with Moore just taking second spot after lap after lap of intense battling.

The next round will take place on Sunday 6th July at South Tees Motorsport Park, Redcar, Middlesborough.

RESULTS - Silkolene Short Track UK 2008 series - Round Two Amman Valley 7th June

1st Marco Belli (Varese, Italy) [CCM] 2nd Peter Boast (Market Rasen, Lincs) [Suzuki] 3rd Steven Hall (Harrogate, N. Yorks) [KTM] 4th Glyn Pocklington (Skegness, Lincs) [Honda] 5th Aidan Collins (Warrington, Cheshire) [Honda] Championship Standing to date: 1: Belli 36 2: Boast 36 3: Hall 28

RESULTS - CCM Junior Short Track 2008 series - Round Two Amman Valley 7th June

1st Tom Wooley (Burton On Trent, Staffs) [CCM] 2nd Joe Moore (Sheffield, S.Yorks)) [CCM] 3rd Ben Baker (Skegness, Lincs) [CCM] 4th Tom Welbourne (Wisbech, Cambs) [CCM] Championship standings to date: 1: Wooley 40 2: Baker 30 3: Welbourne 26

For more details about short track racing in the UK please visit www.shorttrackuk.com 


Marco Belli and CCM score a double European victory

Marco Belli on board his CCM FT510 confirmed why he is recognised as one of the hottest stars on the current Short Track tour, when he recorded back to back wins at the opening two rounds of the International Mefo Flattrack Cup 2008, which is regarded as the European championship of the sport.

Fresh from his second place at the initial round of the Shorttrack UK series, it was obvious that Belli had benefitted from having spent more time on board his new mount before he headed to Germany. The 400m long circuit at Guestrow provided the prefect platform for the Italian to show his true style as he came home ahead of arch rival Peter Boast, who had narrowly defeated him at Kings Lynn last month.

Just two days later, but this time on a much longer 700m sand track, Belli once again showed the full potential of him and his British built bike as again he romped to his second win in as many days. Despite the faster conditions at Parchim, the 500cc single cylinder CCM FT had no problem in producing the power to put Marco out in front and to further extend his lead in the overall standings.

Speaking about his first wins since joining CCM, Belli enthused about his new machine. "I really enjoyed that, it is always nice to record your first win on a new bike. In truth we were not quite ready for the first event in the UK, but with some extra time on the bike before we went to Germany this really gave us some big improvements."

"Now I am beginning to feel at home on the CCM, so that I can express myself fully when necessary. Each race I feel more comfortable and more able to push harder so my speed is really coming on. The sheer speed of the bike, especially on the sand track is incredible, and the overall package is really good. I am confident that we are now ready to win as many races as possible."

Belli will be back in the UK this coming weekend to take part in the inaugural "Champions of Shorttrack" meeting that will take place as part of the massive BMF show held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough just off the A1.

Champions of Shorttrack Schedule Saturday - Practice - 9.30 to 10.15am 10.30 to 11.15am - Round 1&2 Heat Races 12.30 to 1.15pm - Round 3&4 Heat Races Sunday - 1.30 to 2.30pm. The top 24 riders from Saturday will ride in the Main Event, consisting of two - 10 lap semi's, an 8 lap last chance race plus an 18 lap Grand Final

2008 Short Track UK Championship - remaining dates:

Round 2 - Saturday 7th June - ½ Mile at Amman Valley, Carmarthen, South Wales. Round 3 - Sunday 6th July - ST at South Tees Motorsport Park, Redcar, Middlesbrough Round 4 - Saturday 2nd August - ST at West Row Stadium, Mildenhall. Round 5 - Sunday 24th August - ½ Mile at Green Hammerton, York. Round 6 - Saturday 4th October - TT at Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn. Norfolk. Round 7 - Sunday 19th October - ST at Scunthorpe Speedway Stadium.


2008 Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship / 2008 CCM Junior Shorttrack UK Championship

Reigning Silkolene Shorttrack UK champion Marco Belli made his debut on the new factory CCM FT510 at the opening round of this year's series. Torrential rain wrecked the originally scheduled first round at Redcar, so Kings Lynn had the honour of getting the 2008 campaign underway. Despite having only had very limited time on the bike, Marco narrowly missed out on making it a winning start, as the stylish Italian finished as runner up during his first competitive outing for the British firm.

A strong qualifying performance by Belli in the heat, saw him take second place and a direct route to the grand final even though he started from the second row of the grid. The grand final was a close affair with Marco growing in confidence lap by lap as he hunted down eventual winner Peter Boast. Unfortunately for the CCM factory rider, there simply were not enough laps to make his pace show, and on this occasion he had to settle for the second step of the podium.

CCM's second factory rider, Richard May just missed out on a place in the shorttrack grand final, but took some consolation with a fifth spot in the Thunderbike finale on his mighty CCM FT710.

Tom Wooley picked up from where he left off at the end of last season, with yet another victory in the CCM Junior Shorttrack championship, a class that is designed to recruit new young talent to this exciting sport. Wooley's nearest challenger on the night was Ben Baker from Skegness, who in turn kept Tom Welbourn in third place with some brave riding throughout the meeting

The next round will take place on Saturday 7th June at Amman Valley, Carmarthen, South Wales.

RESULTS - Silkolene Short Track UK 2008 series - Round One Kings Lynn 19th April

1st Peter Boast (Market Rasen, Lincs) [Suzuki] 2nd Marco Belli (Varese, Italy) [CCM] 3rd Steven Hall (Harrogate, N. Yorks) [KTM] 4th Aidan Collins (Warrington, Cheshire) [Honda] 5th Victor Bull (Stamford, Lincs) [Yamaha]

RESULTS - CCM Junior Short Track 2008 series - Round One Kings Lynn 19th April

1st Tom Wooley (Burton On Trent, Staffs) [CCM] 2nd Ben Baker (Skegness, Lincs) [CCM] 3rd Tom Welbourn (Wisbech, Cambs) [CCM] 4th Adam Thomas (Flackwell Heath, Berks) [Honda]

CCM racing sign Marco Belli for 2008 Short Track UK Championship

Saturday 29th March will see reigning Short Track UK champion Marco Belli make his debut on his factory CCM FT500 as he begins the defence of his title at the opening round of the 2008 series to be held at South Tees Motorsport Park, Redcar, Middlesborough. The 'Italian Stallion' as he is affectionately known will join existing CCM team member Richard May aboard a very special machine, as the Bolton based squad looks to repeat the success it enjoyed in 2006 when it captured the title at its first attempt.

2007 was not the best of seasons for the CCM team, with the British manufacturer losing both of its top riders, Andrew Moore and Lee Complin, to the lure of the national speedway scene part way through the year. Twelve months earlier Complin had been crowned Short Track UK champion, with Moore taking third in the series despite missing the first two rounds. With the leading duo departed, May was left to uphold the CCM honour by securing a hard fought third on his FT710 in the Thunder bike class, finishing behind eventual winner Peter Boast and new team mate Belli.

Initially the plan for 2008 was to run May in a limited one rider role, with the CCM racing team switching the main focus of attention to their ambitious MX project that will see them compete in the Maxxis ACU British motocross championship and selected Grand Prix meetings in the coming months. However with the threat of Belli quitting the UK short track scene, due to a lack of support, CCM stepped forward to ensure that the talented Italian will be able to defend his title.

Belli will ride a unique FT500 that will include a 1970's style nickel-plated frame that will house a special stroked 500cc motor that will be a direct derivative of the new motocross project. Although exact details cannot be released just yet, initial tests confirm that the bike will produce around sixty BHP and weigh in at no more than ninety kilograms. Marco will benefit from using Dunlop tyres imported specially from the US, and will continue to receive support from his personal sponsors Ariete and Tomaselli.

The deal with Belli has added purpose for the Bolton based firm, with Marco being entrusted to deliver a message to the Italian public. CCM's Managing Director Gary Harthern confirmed his delight at the new relationship with Belli. "Marco's talent is without question. His flamboyant riding style is an important addition to the UK scene, and will hopefully regain us the top prize. Back in his home country Marco has a strong following, so he is the ideal person to act as an ambassador for our road going range of motorcycles."

2008 Short Track UK Championship dates:

Round 1 - Saturday 29th March - ST at South Tees Motorsport Park, Redcar, Middlesbrough.
Round 2 - Saturday 19th April - ST at Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Round 3 - Saturday 7th June - ½ Mile at Amman Valley, Carmarthen, South Wales.
Round 4 - Saturday 2nd August - ST at West Row Stadium, Mildenhall.
Round 5 - Sunday 24th August - ½ Mile at Green Hammerton, York.
Round 6 - Saturday 4th October - TT at Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn. Norfolk.
Round 7 - Sunday 19th October - ST at Scunthorpe Speedway Stadium.


CCM riders dominate at round six of the Silkolene Short Track UK Championship

CCM factory riders Andrew Moore and Lee Complin finished first and second respectively at the latest round of the Silkolene Short Track UK Championship held at Newport, Wales last Sunday. This was the second time this season that the hard charging CCM duo have recorded a 1-2, confirming the growing strength of the Bolton based factory team.

Complin's second place at the Welsh venue allowed him to move to the head of the overall championship standings with just four rounds remaining, as previous series leader Darren Pearson failed to finish in the top six. Moore also continues his climb up the championship table and currently sits in fifth spot just five points behind reigning champion Marco Belli, despite having not competed in the opening two rounds of the series.

Moore was faultless on his route to the first semi final, winning all his heat races before transferring to the grand final as the only unbeaten rider. Championship contender Peter Boast followed Moore home in semi number one, with CCM team rider Richard May also booking his place in the main event as the last qualifier.

Complin recorded a heat win before booking his place in the grand final as he kept championship rival Pearson at bay, with another convincing victory in the second semi. The last race of the day was a CCM showpiece as Moore and Complin once again confirmed their superiority. Moore led from start to finish, whilst Complin showed great maturity by taking a safe second to help his title campaign, realising his team mate was the fastest man on the day.

CCM's Race Team Manager Austin Clews confirmed the team's delight following their latest success. "It was important for us to bounce back strongly after the slightly disappointing showing at the last round. Andrew's and Lee's response was fantastic and has produced the results they both deserve. Both riders are now in a good position as we go into the final part of the championship."

RESULTS Silkolene Short Track UK 2006 series Round Six Newport, South Wales 13 August 2006 1st. 43 - Andrew Moore (Lincoln, Lincs) [CCM] 2nd. 41 - Lee Complin (Colne, Lancs) [CCM] 3rd. 54 - Peter Boast (Market Rasen, Lincs) [Honda] 4th. 1 - Marco Belli (Varese, Italy) [Harley Davidson] 5th. 70 - James Heaton [Husaberg] 6th. 77 - Steven Hall [KTM]