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MotoGP world championship racer Bradley Smith will be making a return to motocross racing at the Apico 2-Stroke Festival at Sellindge MX in Kent over the weekend of 31st August to the 1st of September. 

Former youth motocross racer Bradley, the only rider to take a podium in all four classes of Grand Prix motorcycle road racing, races for the Aprilia factory team in MotoGP but saw some of his biggest successes on two-strokes, winning three 125cc GPs with 20 podiums.

Oxford-based 28-year-old Bradley Smith said: “I stopped racing motocross in January 2005, but two-strokes were a huge part of my life from starting on a KX60 at six-years-old to winning my last 125 GP in Valencia in 2010. The 2-stroke festival gives me a chance to get my competitive nature out of the box, but also just enjoy a shared love for motocross and dirt bogies!” 

The 2-Stroke event is now in its third year and harks back to the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear with only two-strokes allowed in all classes. There are classes from youths on mini bikes to current pro racers on modern bikes, and even former GP stars on pre-1999 Super Evo and Evo bikes, bidding to win official ACU British championships. What’s more, spectator entry is free, where fans can get up close to the riders in the open paddock.

Event organiser Dave Willet said; “This is exactly what the Apico 2-Stroke Festival is all about. It’s designed to get that buzz going and 2-stroke juices flowing, encouraging old and new 2-stroke riders to join in and compete.

“We want riders to relate back to those glory days of listening to a 2-Stroke fire into life and create that feeling for the youth, too. The smell of premix and sound of 2-strokes lasts for a life time. And that’s why Bradley Smith has decided to compete at the festival.

“To be able to have one of Britain’s best motorcycle racers want to compete on the dirt again is a huge credit to him and the festival. He’s got a manic schedule yet he’s keen to reminisce and ride with fellow smoker addicts.” 

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Blind veteran from Worthing to join 200-mile motorcycle ride to raise funds for national military charity



18190_Carole Sharp with guide dog_01_05_2017A blind veteran from Worthing will join a cavalcade of bikers on Saturday 10 August for the annual Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss, with all funds raised going to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.


Carole Sharpe, in her 70s, will ride pillion on one of the motorbikes as the group departs from Moreton-in-Marsh on the morning of Saturday 10 August. The ride will first stop at the Army Flying Museum in Stockbridge followed by a visit to the D-Day Landing Room at Portsmouth. Day trippers on Brighton seafront will be able to spot the bikers in the afternoon as they head towards their final destination, the Blind Veterans UK training and rehabilitation centre in Ovingdean.


Carol says “I’m very much looking forward to the ride – I just love the exhilaration of being on a bike. A lot of [blind veterans] all enjoy an adrenaline rush, and there are lots of things we can’t do without the help of a sighted person. What is really wonderful is the description of the journey we get form the bikers on the intercom, even though I’m not able to see the countryside it makes me feel like I can appreciate the changing scenery.


“In my youth I would ride on the back of an old BSA my brother used for scrambling. I loved the fresh air and the feel of freedom – whether you’re sighted or not, you can still get that from a motorbike. Mind you, the bikes are much more comfortable than they used to be!”


Carol joined the Fleet Air Arm as A Wren in September 1955 and served at various UK air stations before leaving the service. She then completed a degree in electrical engineering at Aberdeen University. She has been receiving support from Blind Veterans UK since 2007 and regularly takes part in fundraising events and activities. funds raised from the Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss go toward the charity’s work supporting blind veterans in the local community.


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Braking news from Wemoto

Leading parts supplier Wemoto has been supplying premium Italian brake pads from manufacturer Brenta for eight years, and now maintains high stock levels for over 500 models.

Brenta manufactures all of its pads in Italy, and they are tested and approved to the exacting TUV standards. And, while premium quality, high-performance brake pads are often shockingly expensive, Brenta maintains a sensible pricing policy throughout its high-performance organic, and sintered compound fitment, product range.

Brenta brake pads are manufactured by Italian company Frenotecnica, with over 30 years’ experience specialising in friction materials for motorcycles and scooters. All Brenta products are designed and made using the latest and most advanced technical equipment in Frenotecnica's factory in Italy, ensuring consistent quality control across the range. 

The Brenta range covers road, off-road, racing, trail, commuters and scooters with a vast range of organic, sintered and off-road sintered brake pads that are held in stock for quick despatch from Wemoto’s Sussex warehouse. 

The range of Brenta organic brake pads offers the best balance between performance and price, with a wide range that ensures long-lasting performance, low disc wear and a high brake modulation. They cover the scooter market almost completely and also represent a good compromise for city use, on-road and touring bikes applications.

Brenta’s sintered brake pads offers advanced performance for motorcycle, maxi scooter, some race applications and a specialist off-road range. They provide exceptional stability in performance, maintaining a high friction coefficient in both hot and cold conditions, with limited disc wear.

Most parts that make up brake service kits can also be purchased individually. A range of brake cleaning and maintenance fluids is available as well as some useful service tools like a brake piston detaching tool and pliers with a safety lock, which make brake calliper mounting an easier and less fiddly job.

As part of its ongoing development programme, Brenta sponsors the VNE Snipers Moto3 team of Tony Arbolino and Romano Fenati. Arbolino demonstrated that Brenta performs in the white heat of world championship racing by winning this year's Moto3 race at the Italian GP in Mugello and again at the Dutch GP at Assen in June. 

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New to the OptiMate range, the O-40S SAE Socket is a quick and easy way to add an accessible connection point for battery charges and other devices to your bike.

The OptiMate O-40S is a universal, weatherproof, panel-mount SAE power point that can be retro-fitted to almost any machine. Quick and easy to install, it hard-mounts to the bike’s bodywork and is plugs into an OptiMate battery lead, providing a handy point through which to connect an OptiMate charger when not riding - no need to remove body panels or seat for access, and no more fiddly crocodile clips.

The ability to power a sat nav or smartphone, as well as accessories like heating clothing, is important for many riders, but despite this most machines don’t come with the capability built-in. Fortunately OptiMate produces a wide variety of cables and adaptors, including USB and DIN types, that can be plugged into an SAE socket, so gadgets can be powered on the move.

Like OptiMate's entire range of connectors and cables, weatherproofing comes as standard: the O-40S has both an internal seal, to help keep moisture out when an SAE connector is plugged in, and a rubber cap to seal out the elements when not in use.

It’s also tested to -40°C/-40°F, so is safe to use year-round.

The OptiMate O-40S has a 6” (15cm) lead and fits an Ø18mm drilled hole. It retails at just £11.99 and is available from all authorised retailers and is covered by a 3-year warranty for complete peace of mind.

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Shocking upgrade for Triumph Bonneville

YSS Black-Edition G-Series shocks are now available at Wemoto for Triumph Bonneville 865 and 1200 and Honda CB 1100 models.


YSS G-Series shocks offer optimum performance and are an upgrade to the original part. Like the OE shocks, they are preload adjustable, but the adjustment range is wider. To top this, the G Series also has rebound adjustment, compression adjustment and is length-adjustable by 10mm.


Each fully-adjustable shock features an external piggyback reservoir, a heat-treated hard-chrome shaft, and calibrated Teflon-coated bushes, providing the rider with a smooth linear movement and better cooling and precision.


TUV approved, every YSS purchase comes with a full two-year warranty.


Now available at Wemoto



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