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#RideScotlandChallenge: It was a winning month

It was a hard fought month and despite the colder weather coming in the top players made it out to this month’s geo-tagged tasks in Crail, Kenmore and at Fort George.


The prizes are on the way to the winners now and the next challenge will open on November 7th and run through to Nov 28th. Did you miss out in October? Check our Facebook page on Nov 6th for more info…


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SMS Academy 2018/19 squad assembles

The successful applicants to the 2018/19 SMS Academy have been announced and have already attended Knockhill Racing Circuit today, for the first session of the Academy programme.

The SMS Academy was set up in 2017 to support young riders and drivers (aged 14-20) who are showing potential to excel in the sport. Having successfully supported 23 young drivers and riders in the 2017/18 programme, applications launched in August for a new fresh squad to come in and benefit from the Academy’s support. Since launching the application, we have received a huge amount of interest in the programme. This has made the job of the selection panel – which included representatives from Scottish Motor Sports, the Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) and the Motor Sports Association (MSA) – extremely difficult but after some deliberation, the following competitors have been selected:

The SMS Academy members will each be allocated a coach to offer remote support and advice when needed across the year. Between now and August 2019, the members will take part in four development workshops, which will support them in all aspects of their development, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to maximise their performance.

The first SMS Academy workshop took place today – Wednesday 17th October – at Knockhill, where the Academy members are getting an introduction to the programme, creating their own development plan for the upcoming year and learning about sponsorship, amongst other subjects.  The programme will again be delivered by fully qualified MSA Level 2 coaches; Blair Brown and Malcolm McNab will be continuing as Academy coaches but they will also be joined by SACU Enduro competitor, Kevin Murray, who – having went through his level 2 coaching qualification last year, will be tasked with leading some of the more technical discussions with the riders on the programme.

New for the 2018/19 programme will be a specific session for the parents in January; parents of the Academy athletes will be invited to attend a special Introduction to Coaching session that will be aimed at developing their own understanding of talent development and coaching to help them best support their son/daughters development. This is being introduced following feedback from last year’s programme, where parents expressed that they would like to have more involvement in their son/daughters development on the SMS Academy. 

There will also be additional support for the SACU riders on the programme this year with sponsorship from Ride Scotland. This new sponsorship will support the riders through additional coaching at events / training days, to help facilitate the riders to put what they have learned in the SMS Academy sessions, into practice.

Amongst the bike racers selected for the Academy this year are Adon Davie (Prestonpans, SACU, Road Race), Angus Bruce (Kelso, SACU, Enduros), Calum Pert (Edzell, SACU, Road Race), Declan Connell (Dunfermline, SACU, Road Race), Jack Hart (Renfrew, SACU, Road Race), Lewis Nicol (Cupar, SACU, Road Race), Robbie Wood (Melrose, SACU, Quad), Ross Maguire (Wishaw, SACU, Road Race), and Sophie Simpson (Stewarton, SACU, Trials).

Follow the SMS Social media channels to hear about the upcoming SMS Academy sessions and to keep up to date with the new squad’s progress. 


#PoweringTalentForwards


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MV Agusta’s F3 800

It’s not long since we were in Italy testing MV Agusta’s Brutale 800RR so when the chance came to have their latest F3 800 for a week back in Scotland it was an opportunity too good to miss.

Amongst some groups of bikers the MV brand isn’t too well known but has been around since 1945 and as far as their sportsbikes and racing go they have been GP winners in the past including the prestigious Isle of Man, before quitting racing in 1976.

That racing heritage is having somewhat of a revival as MV are now back at the TT and are running bikes in championships around the world with riders like the always entertaining Jordi Torres in the World Superbike Championship, and Raffaele De Rosa (4 podiums in 2018) and Ayrton Badovini in the World Supersport Championship.

Sitting between the Superbike 1000cc and Supersport 600’s MV Agusta took the very popular F3 675 platform to developed a superb machine for riders looking for a bit more power but that is no slouch when compared to 1000cc bikes with a very well delivered 148hp available at your right wrist.

First impressions of the F3 800 are of a compact and light bike. Read more…

 

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2018 Ducati Roadshow at The Green Welly

The Ducati Glasgow / UK Roadshow provided motorcycle enthusiasts in Scotland with almost the entire 2018Ducatimodel range, an extended demonstrator fleet to ride around some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.The California Superbike School were also in attendance with experienced guides who mapped out the routes and took groups of riders out for a 30 minute spin, every 45 minutes on these incredible high-performance bikes.

Ducati Glasgow support the Ducati UK event truck every year with their shared demonstrator fleet therefore, this fully-booked event has become a permanent fixture on the Ducati UK events calendar. For 2018 the number of Ducati models available was increased due to customer demand.

The demonstrator fleet showcased the 2018 models including the new Panigale V4 S, Multistrada 1260, 1200 and 950, SuperSport, models from the Diavel cruiser range and various Monsters, as well as the popular Scrambler 800s. With over 120 test rides pre-booked over the two days, the brand new Scrambler 1100 Special, 1100 Classic and Multistrada 1260 S were also on display so visitors always had some definite Ducati eye candy to admire.

The Scottish Ducati Club also arrived in style to present their classic and special edition models which included an ultra-limited edition Ducati Panigale S Anniversario, a 205bhp high-tech, range-topping Italian superbike aimed at marking 90 years since Ducati was founded, and a limited-edition Ducati PaulSmart 1000 LE. A retro styled motorcycle built by Ducati in 2006 to commemorate Paul Smart’s win at the Imola 200 race in 1972, a win that helped define Ducati’s future approach to racing, was also on show. Visitors who were thinking of changing their bike also received a part-exchange estimate on the day.

 

So, if you fancy heading out on a ride to The Green Welly Stop, trying out a new Ducati model across some of Scotland most popular roads with safe and experienced guides on hand, seeing some immaculate and limited edition bikes on display without even having to visit a dealership, all courtesy of Ducati Glasgow – it’s definitely a date for your diary next year.

The next Ducati Demo Event is at the Leadburn Inn, Penicuik on Thursday 3rd May from 5pm till 8pm. With a selection of new demonstrator models available and a limit of only 4 ride-outs, we advise those interested in taking part to pre-book by calling 0141 333 4998 or email info@ducatiglasgow.co.uk.

To find out more about these events, the Ducati model range and online part-exchange quotes visit https://www.ducatiglasgow.co.uk.

 

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SMS Academy Session 3 concludes at Knockhill

The third session of the Scottish Motor Sport Academy (SMS Academy) concluded today at Knockhill Racing Circuit with Niall Mackenzie sharing his vast experience with the young riders Callum Grigor (SACU Road Race), Gillian McGaw (SACU Road Race), Jamie Simpson (SACU Trials) and Malcolm Summers (SACU Trials).

The SMS Academy was set up to support young drivers and riders aged 14-20 who are already showing potential to excel in the sport. A significant number of athletes applied to be part of the programme and a panel, including three-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner and former F1 driver Allan McNish and three times British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie had the unenviable task of whittling that number down to select the 23 young drivers and riders to be part of the inaugural SMS Academy.

The day started with some technical talk increasing the riders and drivers theory knowledge and discussing key terms used when racing. Do you know what a Friction Circle is? Well, it affects all cars and bikes when driving, riding or racing and the young upcoming racers dived headlong into the theory of how it affects their riding and driving in competition.

With a breakout from the main group the riders sat down with three times British Superbike champion Niall MacKenzie to discuss riding techniques and the preparation, lifestyle, nutrition and fitness choices that leads from club level racing to national and international championship level racing careers.

The fourth session will take place in the summer when the riders and drivers will go through media training, take a look at their own profiles and how to develop them and practice interview techniques.