The final meet of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli has come and gone and the team at iForce Lloyd & Jones PR Racing finished in style at the iconic 2.43 mile Brands Hatch GP circuit.
We were in action in two championships on the final event of the year with Joe Sheldon-Shaw and Dan Jones rounding out their respective seasons in the Bennetts British Superbike and the GP2 classes.
Sheldon-Shaw kept up his impressive start to life with the team in just his third race meet in the BSB class on the blue M1000RR BMW.
After the third and final race of the season, the #10 rider said. “I can’t thank the team enough. There was no settling in period and all the guy’s really made me feel welcome.” He concluded. “We had a very positive weekend at Brands, despite the changing weather conditions and we got faster with every session, which is what we wanted to achieve.”
It was a consistent performance from the Superbike rider, as he managed P19, P18 and a P17 finish respectively from the final triple header weekend of the 2021 season.
We also had GP2 rider Dan Jones on track, as he completed a really impressive season for the team.
Two P4 finishes from the weekend just shows the amount of talent the young Welshman has. On his conclusion to what has been a great year from Dan he said. “It was a positive end to a positive season, we’ve built up a great relationship throughout the team and really worked on the bike’s performance, which can be seen, as we’ve been knocking on the door of a top three finish for most of the season.“
In conclusion, all of the riders and crew would like to thank the fans for their constant support throughout the season, which has been difficult at times.
We’ve shown that a family attitude and togetherness can get the team through the hardest days and we’ve come out the other side looking strong ahead of next season.
The penultimate round of the season saw us visit Donington Park this weekend, a venue that the team has had great successes at in the past.
This weekend was filled to the brim with hard work and the rain didn’t dampen the atmosphere as every session was attacked with full vigour from everyone on the team.
We were in action in all three championships with #10 Joe Sheldon-Shaw on the M1000RR BMW in the Superbike class. #44 Dan Jones was riding in the GP2 class and #4 Sullivan Mounsey made his final appearance of the season in the British Talent Cup.
Joe missed race one of the weekend due to an unexpected gearbox change, but the quick turnaround from the team managed to get him ready and set for race two and three.
Sheldon-Shaw managed to secure himself, and the team, P17 and P18 finishes on the weekend as he continues his strong start to life in the Bennetts British Superbike class.
“Friday was a super positive day for us,” Joe said. “The technical problem we had on Saturday was unfortunate but the recovery is a testament to the team."
“I’m feeling confident heading into the last round of the season, and I’ve got my sights set on a strong points-scoring position.”
Dan Jones came into the weekend on a run of four consecutive podiums and the confidence is clearly running high for the young Welshman.
Starting from the pitlane in race one, he managed to climb all the way to P3 before slipping off the bike at Mclean’s.
A P6 start in race two gave him another chance to push forward into the pack and Dan secured yet another podium with his 7th of the season.
“Another positive weekend for me,” Dan said. “The team has worked so hard to give me a good platform this season and that’s reflected in our 7th podium.
“Time to focus up again ahead of the last round of the season.”
Sully secured himself an overall standing of P9 in the British Talent Cup, as he rounded out a very successful season with his last couple of races of the campaign.
A P11 in race one was enough to earn Sully the points he needed to secure P9. Unfortunately, the weather got the better of race two to end of the season for our youngest recruit.
With just two race meets left of the season, it’s getting down to crunch time. This weekend the iForce Lloyd & Jones PR Racing team travels to Derby to take to Donington Park in the penultimate round of the season.
It’s going to be an impactful weekend for the team with the three championships all coming down to the wire with points and places to be fought for on all bases.
Just like Oulton Park last weekend, this will be the second visit to Donington this season. Last time we were here, Round 5, we raced the National Circuit at the track, this time out, it’ll be the slightly longer GP circuit.
With two added straights, the Melbourne Hairpin and the Fogarty Esses, the GP circuit offers another half mile of track for riders to navigate.
Battling away in the Superbike class will be #10 rider Joe Sheldon-Shaw, who is looking to build on a solid first outing with the team last weekend.
After being given the chance to get to know the team a little more, Joe is ready to get back on the BMW M1000RR this weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” He said. “Donington is one of my stronger tracks and now myself and the team have had a weekend together, we’re building a good relationship.
Elsewhere this weekend, #4 Sullivan Mounsey’s season comes to a close with the British Talent Cup taking to the track for the final time.
Sully starts the weekend P9 in the Championship and if he can build on his strong recent results, he could even rise to P8 or above with a good points haul on the final day.
#44 Dan Jones is also in action this weekend in the second-to-last round of the GP2 series. He’s coming off the back of two incredible rounds of racing, with Dan securing four consecutive podium results.
His recent results have filled him with confidence heading into Donington. He starts the weekend in P4 in the GP2 championship and he could close the gap to the top three with strong results this weekend.
“After four podiums on the bounce, confidence is really high at the moment,” Dan said. “We are strong in all conditions which will help us in the latter parts of the season where the weather gets a bit less predictable.
“I can’t wait to get back on the bike again and get underway for the penultimate round of the season!”
Teamwork and podium finishes were the theme of the weekend for the Liverpool-based squad, as we headed to our home circuit of Oulton Park in Cheshire, for a packed weekend of action.
For Round 9 only two riders sported the iForce Lloyd & Jones PR Racing blue, as the team put out competitors in the Bennetts Superbike and GP2 classes.
It looked like it was going to be a tough Saturday afternoon for #10 Joe Sheldon-Shaw in the superbike class after slipping off his M1000RR BMW, on a wet track in the first of the qualifying Superpicks 12 sessions. However, Joe's crew managed to show off some incredible teamwork in repairing the M1000RR and to get him back out in Qualifying 2, with just 40 seconds to spare!
Great pace came from Joe in race one and a climb to P16 in race two gave him a strong starting point on his first weekend with the team.
“I’m very happy with how myself and the team worked together,” Joe said. “We managed to build a strong relationship and improve our times in every session.”
“I’m looking forward to moving even further forward at Donington, where we can hopefully come away with some strong finishes… it’s the least the team deserve after their hard work!”
Elsewhere in the team, there was a double podium finish from GP2 rider Dan Jones, who is hitting some of the best form of his career.
Two P2 finishes after a stroke of genius in qualifying to switch to a rear intermediate tyre rounded out a seriously impressive weekend for the young #44 Welshman.
“An amazing weekend for me,” Dan said. “The team are who need the credit for my results, they’ve given me a great bike."
“I’ll definitely be looking to keep this momentum of four podiums in a row going after coming away with another two second-place finishes.”
If Dan rounds out the season with a couple more weekends like that, he could even push for P3 in the championship, with this weekend’s results propelling him right up to 4th.
Donington Park GP is up next for the team as we come back into action with just two race meetings left in the season. The British Talent Cup ends next time out with Sullivan Mounsey looking to finish his season on a high after the British Talent Cup missed out Oulton Park.
The season is coming to a climactic close but the reasons to be excited for racing never fade for the iForce Lloyd & Jones PR Racing team as we take to our home circuit Oulton Park this weekend.
Not just that, we welcome #10 Joe Sheldon-Shaw to the Superbike class this race weekend as he makes the move to the team.
The 22-year-old’s pedigree in racing is clear, having finished P2 in the 2018 National Superstock 600 championship. He has also ridden this season in the Superbike class before making the move to the team to finish off the season with us.
The Sheffield rider is looking forward to his first race with the team. “I’m very excited for the weekend,” he said. “This weekend for me will be all about finding my feet with the bike and the team to make sure we can have a productive end to the season.”
The Superbike class is just one of three championships that we will be competing in this weekend though with Dan Jones and Sullivan Mounsey back in action in the GP2 and Talent Cup classes.
Both Dan and Sully have been putting in impressive performances in the past few rounds of the season, with Silverstone highlighting the level of talent that both of them possess.
#4 Sullivan Mounsey had his best performance of the season last time out at Silverstone, finishing with a P2 and a P5 placement. Coming back home to Oulton Park will present a different challenge than Silverstone National but Sully will surely be up to the task.
#44 rider Jones will be looking to replicate his massive 32-point haul from Silverstone this weekend as he continues to soar up the championship standings.
“I can’t wait for the weekend to get underway,” Dan said. “I’m looking to carry the momentum from Silverstone forward. Oulton Park is a very demanding track, meaning that preparation is absolutely key.”
Oulton Park is the first track that we’ll be making our second visit to this season. Way back in June, we got the season underway here at our home circuit in Round 1 of the season.
The Cheshire circuit is one of the tracks on the calendar that has absolutely everything. The full international circuit gives plenty of opportunities for excitement and overtakes.
Sweeping corners of Cascades and the Island Bend mixed with pacey straights down the backside of the circuit and the infamous Hilltop there to separate the men from the boys on the bike.
We’ll be looking to give the fans something to cheer about this weekend and we are very excited to see you all this weekend. Hopefully we’ll see as many of you as possible.
Former Superstock 600 and Stock 1000 rider, Joe Sheldon-Shaw will be joining the iForce Lloyd & Jones team to close out the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Having made his debut in the main Bennetts BSB class earlier this year, the 22-year-old from Sheffield is keen to replicate his point scoring ways on the M1000RR BMW for the remaining three rounds of the season.
#10 Sheldon-Shaw said. “I would like to say a massive thank you to the team for this opportunity. We have already been testing on the bike and it was handling well. I am really hopeful we can replicate my result from Cadwell. Oulton Park is the team’s home round, and we have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
Development Director, Julian Mosquera added. “We have been in talks with Joe for a while and with Keith announcing his retirement, we thought it was a good opportunity to give Joe the ride. PR Racing is well known for bringing on young talented riders and we trust Joe will do a great job for us!”
Congratulations to our very own Dan Jones Racing being crowned 2021 NLR National 600 Endurance Champion.
Dan contested the championship on the same Spirit - iForce Lloyd & Jones backed machine he rides in the 2021 Quattro Group British GP2 Championship. Welldone Dan and the team!
Two unforced errors find Farmer missing out Race 2 and 3 of the British Superbike Championship, while Dan Jones secures his second podium of the weekend. In what was a weekend of highs and lows for the Liverpool-based team, British Talent Cup rider Sullivan Mounsey was on the podium for race 1 and puts in an outstanding performance starting from the pit lane to finish P5 in the final British Talent Cup race of the weekend.
On his return to the BSB Championship, #33 Keith Farmer said. “I was apprehensive coming back after such a long time away from the series. These bikes are so different since I was last in the championship and the speed of the new BMW is incredible. After FP1 I knew I was running a good time, but unfortunately, I had one too many crashes. In Sunday’s warm-up I landed awkwardly on my back from a high side, and after being examined by the medical team I was not cleared to race.”
The rider from Clough in Northern Ireland concluded. “I would like to thank the team for all their hard work putting together a great bike and I am disappointed I was unable to get the results I wanted.”
Even so, there were still two other championships for the team to focus on with Sullivan Mounsey in action in the British Talent Cup.
It was another fantastic outing at Silverstone for our youngest recruit as he blasted his way to a P2 and a P5 finish this weekend.
His magnificent podium finish came as he made up six places in race one after qualifying in P9.
His second race performance could possibly be considered even better as a technical issue with his kill switch forced him to start from the back of the grid. He overtook 25 riders on track to secure a heroic recovery ride towards the front of the pack.
“Race one was the best race ever,” Sully said. “It was like a dream and I can’t be happier than to finish in P2.
“After starting 31st in race two, I managed to pass 25 other riders on track and I can be proud of my efforts for the team this weekend.”
To round out our action for the weekend, Dan Jones took to track again in the GP2 championship.
It was an exceptional weekend for Dan too with the Welshman taking P3 in-class in both the Sprint and Feature races.
A fastest lap award was also in order for the #44 rider as he managed a 56.01 in the Sprint. A huge 32-point haul this weekend moves Dan within touching distance of the top five in the GP2 standings as we head into the final three rounds of the season.
“It was a huge weekend for us,” Dan said. “We really committed to ourselves and the team backed ourselves to put in a good performance, which we did.”
“Two P3 finishes is pretty much as good as it gets and to be hitting this kind of consistent form at this point in the season is really, really nice for the team going forward.”
We’re back at our home circuit of Oulton Park next for the second time this season as the season reaches its closing stages. There’s just three rounds left now as we get ready to try to round it out in style.
Just four rounds to go this season and it’s the time of year that the team travels to the historic Silverstone circuit. We’ll be in action in three championships this weekend as we start a new era for the team.
Keith Farmer returns to iForce Lloyd and Jones this weekend for his first weekend in the team and we’re very excited for what Keith can bring to the team, as he joins us a week earlier than expected.
Keith has won four British championships before with three Superstock and a Supersport title to his name.
“I’m looking forward to the weekend,” Keith said. “Silverstone National is the ideal track for us because we’ll be able to get loads of laps in.”
“It’ll be a steep learning curve but I’m getting comfortable on the bike already and the team has helped out wonderfully.”
“Let’s see what we can do on our first weekend back together.”
With the new, we’ve also got the returning faces of Sullivan Mounsey and Dan Jones in iForce Lloyd and Jones this colours this weekend with the British Talent Cup and the GP2 classes taking to the track.
This will be Sully’s second trip to Silverstone in three weeks and Manic Mounsey obtained his best results of the season on last visit at the end of August.
This time round it’s a different challenge though with the shortened National circuit being used instead of the full GP version of the track. Sully will have to adjust to keep up his incredibly form at the historic circuit.
“When we were here two weekends ago, it was fantastic,” Sully said. “Now we have to treat this weekend as its own thing and not think too much about it. If we think about our previous successes here, it’ll distract us from putting a good shift in this weekend.”
Dan Jones is on the bike again in the GP2 class and he’ll be looking to better the P5 in-class finish that he managed last year at Silverstone. He’s been on an incredible run of form lately and will look to back it up once again as we take to the track.
Dan said: “Last weekend was a bit of a reality check after a strong outing at Donington a few weeks back but we are more than ready to get back on track and bring home a fantastic result for the team and the sponsors at Silverstone.”
Multiple Champion Keith Farmer returns to PR Racing and the iForce Lloyd & Jones backed BSB team, as they head into the final four rounds of the 2021 British Superbike Championship.
After a difficult decision that saw PR Racing part company with Joe Francis, the four-time British National Champion will join the team one round earlier than planned.
On signing Keith said. “It was always the plan to join the team after Silverstone, but I am very pleased to be back in the paddock. I’m hoping my experience with BMW will help further development the bike and get us on the pace from the off.”
Development Director, Julian Mosquera added. “With Brad now on the mend, we felt it was the right time to have a second rider. After the mutual decision to part ways with Joe, we are able to bring Keith in earlier.
We are very pleased to have Keith back in the ‘family’, having rode for us back in 2014. He knows how the team works and I believe will be invaluable in bringing this season to a positive close. The whole team is excited to see what Keith can do on the M1000 RR BMW.”
Be sure to follow the us on Facebook @PRRacingBMW to stay tuned to all of the action as and when it happens.End.
The statement below was issued by the race organisers of the British Superbike series, MSVR on the news we have all been waiting for:
Brad Jones (iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW), who sustained injuries following an accident during the opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race on Saturday 24 July, remains in King’s College Hospital, London.
He has now been moved from the Critical Care Unit and is on a ward.
He is breathing without assistance, awake and can talk to his family visitors. Although he is still confused, this is improving.
There are ongoing neurological assessments and Brad and his family are waiting for the results of the most recent scans to be able to start planning where he should transfer to for rehabilitation.
Further information will continue to be provided when available.
Be sure to follow the us on Facebook @PRRacingBMW to stay tuned to all of the action as and when it happens.End.
The BSB season is coming to a frenetic and quick conclusion now and the action doesn’t stop for long. We’ve been back in action this weekend as we travelled to Cadwell Park to round off a pacey double-header.
Unfortunately for the team, it was just the one championship that we took to the track in this weekend with Joe Francis being declared unfit to ride after an off at Donington last weekend.
He will take the necessary time to recover and will be back on track when the Superbikes go to Snetterton in a fortnight’s time.
Sullivan Mounsey was also not in action on the weekend as the British Talent Cup took the weekend off from their busy schedule but he’ll be back even sooner than everyone else at Silverstone next weekend.
Even without a ride in the Superbike class or the Talent Cup, we were still in action in the GP2 class with #44 Dan Jones flying the blue of iForce Lloyd and Jones at Cadwell Park.
It ended up being a DNF in race one for Dan but he came roaring back with true character as he smashed his GP2 bike into P2 in class in race two.
“[It was] a very successful weekend for us,” Dan said. “We were inside the top 3 in every session, making big steps in lap times as well.
“I slipped off in race one but luckily I had another chance on the Sunday, where I finished P2 in class and P7 overall.” Dan continued.
“I’m over the moon with this result, my crew and I deserve it. Thank you to all my personal sponsors and team for the continued hard work and belief.”
Dan moves up a place into P6 in the GP2 standings after his impressive finish this weekend and is constantly closing in on those above him.
That is all that we got up to on the weekend and we’ll be back with you for all three championships at Snetterton in a fortnight but first up is Sullivan Mounsey in action at Silverstone in the British Talent Cup!
Be sure to follow the us on Facebook @PRRacingBMW to stay tuned to all of the action as and when it happens.End.
It’s back-to-back time for the team as the iForce Lloyd and Jones PR-Racing team travel to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire for the 6th round of the Bennetts Superbikes Championship in association with Pirelli.
The team are fresh off the back of the best result of the season last weekend at Donington Park and will be competing in two championships this weekend, as we try to round out a successful fortnight of action on track.
Another circuit that was left out of last year’s Covid-restricted calendar, Cadwell Park offers yet another unique challenge for our riders with a nice and fast circuit to go round.
11 corners and 2.18 miles of road with fast sweeping sections between turn 2 and 5 and turn 8 and 10 and the infamous mountain gives plenty of opportunity for overtaking.
On returning to the full circuit at Cadwell Park, #40 Francis said. “We didn’t have the best time at Cadwell two years ago. However, that is the motivation to put in a strong performance this weekend and make sure to back up last week’s result with another strong outing.”
On the back of the best result of the season so far, it’s important to keep up the momentum on the bike and keep the good results coming in.
“We have to use last week’s ride as motivation to keep up the high standard of performance. We have to be aiming to repeat that level every time we race.”
Our other rider on track this weekend will be ~44 Dan Jones in the GP2 class. Dan wasn’t on the bike last time we were at Cadwell as he was busy tearing it up in the British Moto3 Championship.
“It’ll be my first time at Cadwell Park in iForce Lloyd & Jones colours and it’s always exciting when these firsts come up,” Dan said.
“We had a great weekend last week at Donington and we’re in the middle of the busiest spell of the season, hopefully the fact that the races are coming thick and fast will help us keep our form.”
There’s no Sullivan Mounsey in action this weekend with the Honda British Talent Cup missing out Cadwell on their calendar. He’ll be back next weekend for our outing at Silverstone.
As the team catches its breath from a very challenging, but full on weekend of racing that saw Joe Francis secure his best BSB finish of the season, Sullivan Mounsey recording the fastest lap time in the British Talent Cup [Race 3] and Dan Jones having two top 5 finishes in the GP2 class.
Joe Francis achieved his best finish of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship season so far with a P5 finish in the third feature race of the weekend. However, Round 5 at Donington Park in Leicestershire did not start so promising, after a crash in Friday’s free practice found Joe with very little track time, due to mechanical issues and having only complete a single lap in Race 1.
A good start in Race 2 found the Chester-based rider chasing down that all elusive top 15 place, only to retire just outside the points on lap 18 out of 28, due to a painful right arm he sustained from the crash a few days earlier.
After a short rain shower at the start of Race 3 saw a red flag and a wet race declared, it was an inspired decision from Joe to go with a tyre choice of a rear slick and intermediate front on his M 1000 RR BMW, bucking the trend of the other riders in Race 3 [part 2]. Joe’s mental fortitude to come back in Race 3 from two DNFs to finish so high was remarkable.
“The gamble clearly paid off,” Joe said. “It’s really nice for the team, with everything that has happened with Brad, we wish him a fast recovery and can’t wait to have him back in the garage.”
Joe concluded. “The team put in a great effort and worked incredibly hard all weekend, changing engines, being up late, they’ve not stopped, so a big thank you must go to them in getting the bike into a position to come home with such a good result."
The result gives Joe a massive 11 points in the Championship, his first of the season.
It was a great weekend for our riders in the other classes too with Sullivan Mounsey in action in the Honda British Talent Cup and #44 Dan Jones in GP2.
Dan secured himself two very neat finishes coming home in P5 in both GP2 races after qualifying P7. It always takes a lot for a rider to climb up the ranks in the race and Dan did just that perfectly this weekend. “It was a really positive weekend for myself,” Dan said. “We made big steps forward, which included setting a new PB by five tenths.
“Finishing P5 in both races was also massive. Thank you to my personal sponsors for making it happen. Plus, a big shout to my PR Racing crew for the hard work.”
It was a great outing in the Honda British Talent Cup for us too with Sullivan Mounsey putting in a fantastic few rides. P9, P12 and a wonderful P7 were his race finishes at Donington but he managed to add to that a fastest lap award in the last race.
“Finishing with the fastest lap was really good,” Sully said. “It was my first fastest lap award that I’ve won in the Talent Cup and I couldn’t have done it without the team and sponsors who put the bike on track for us.”
The results keep Sully in P12 in the Championship for now but he is quickly closing in on his near rivals with a string of strong results.
Next up for us is Round 6 at Cadwell Park and it’s a quick turnaround for the team as we take back to the track next weekend. Be sure to follow the us on Facebook @PRRacingBMW to stay tuned to all of the action as and when it happens.End.
Changeable weather in Hampshire was the story of the weekend as we took to Thruxton in Round 4 of the BSB British Superbike Championship.
Only two of our riders were in action this weekend with both Joe Francis and Sullivan Mounsey both sporting special Brad Jones stickers to show support for the #20 rider.
Dan Jones missed out this weekend due to personal circumstances, but it didn’t deter Joe and Sully from giving it their all on the bikes this weekend.
Joe had an unfortunate off early on in the first feature race of the superbikes on Saturday but luckily he was able to shake off the incident and get back on the bike for the two races on Sunday.
Francis manages to put himself P19 in qualifying on Saturday after posting an impressive 1:26.3 in the changeable weather of the qualifying sessions.
Even so, he had to start from the back in Race 2 after his incident in the first race. He managed to put in a solid effort there too though as he climbed four places from P25 to P21.
The final race of the weekend gave the best result for Joe as he managed to come home at P19.
“The off on Saturday really hindered Sunday’s performance,” Francis said. “It was a difficult weekend but there’s still so much to take forward from it to Donington.
“We could have done with having more data on the tyre wear for races two and three but we still gave it our all and we will continue to do so as we move through the rest of the season.”
Sullivan Mounsey was also in action this weekend with another eventful outing in the Honda Talent Cup. Much better conditions meant that Sully was able to post a time just a tenth short of Joe’s time in qualifying.
That time was good enough to give him P11 heading into the first Talent Cup race of the weekend. He put in a mammoth effort to fight and gain a couple places to finish in a strong points-finishing P9.
Those points pull Sully right up to P12 in the standings of the Talent Cup following the running at Thruxton as we come up to the halfway point in the season.
Make sure to follow the team on Facebook @PRRacingBMW to stay tuned to all of the action and the riders as and when it happens.End.
The overwhelming support for #20 Brad Jones is evident to see as a mass bike ride around the 2.3-mile track is held in support for the rider from Stalbridge, at his home circuit of Thruxton for Round 4 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Many BSB riders took part in the fund rasing, including a few familiar faces from outside of the paddock including, Scott Reading.
The statement below was issued today (29/07/2021) by the race organisers of the British Superbike series, MSVR:
"Brad Jones (iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW), who sustained serious head, chest and pelvic injuries following an accident during the opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race on Saturday 24 July, remains in an induced coma and continues to receive treatment at King’s College Hospital, London.
Operations have not been required for his head or chest injuries, but a procedure is planned to stabilise his pelvic fracture today (Thursday). Following that, it is anticipated that he will kept in the medically induced coma until the beginning of next week.
The MSVR BSB Medical Team remain in direct contact with the family and hospital staff.
The family wishes to reiterate their sincere thanks for the overwhelming support they have received."
A just giving page has been created to support Brad’s recovery. To donate, go to Just Giving - Brad Jones
The iForce Lloyd & Jones team will be contesting in two championships this weekend, British Superbikes and the British Talent Cup, as GP2 rider and Round 3 podium finisher, Dan Jones is unable to attend Round 4 due to personal circumstances.
Follow the team on Facebook @PRRacingBMW for all the action from the riders as it happens.End.
A serious incident involving Brad Jones in the first BSB race of Round 3 finds the Dorset rider airlifted to hospital.
The statement below was issued by the race organisers of the British Superbike series, MSVR:
"Brad Jones (iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW) crashed on the opening lap of the first Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Brands Hatch yesterday (Saturday 24 July).
The rider was unconscious at the scene and transferred to the circuit medical centre for further treatment. He was then evacuated by helicopter to Kings College Hospital, London.
He will remain in an induced coma for 24/48 hours after sustaining serious head, chest and pelvic injuries and is receiving all necessary treatment.
MSVR is in direct contact with the family, who extend their thanks for all the support that they are receiving, and to the BSB Medical Team and Racesafe marshals who attended Brad.
Further information will be released when possible. Additional updates are not expected in the next 48 hours."
We would also like to send our thanks to MSVR, the Medical Team and Racesafe Marshals for their swift and professional response trackside. As well as to the BSB community for their words of encouragement and support for Brad and his family at this time. Please check our social media channels for announcements on Brad’s condition.
After a team discussion, it was decided Brad would want the team to continue racing, so under difficult conditions, the iForce Lloyd & Jones team completed a full weekend of racing for Round 3 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
Joe Francis showed some brilliance in the first of the three BSB races, pushing early on in Race 1 (part 2) for a P15th place, only to be denied, as a coming together with another rider forced him wide onto the grass, as well as the ripping off of one of the front wings on his M 1000 RR BMW. Francis was able to re-join but way down the order, effectively dashing any chance of gaining his first championship points of the season. Race 3 saw the #40 rider make a blistering start in the first wet BSB race of the weekend, climbing 12 places to P9. However, a wet set-up on a drying track, Francis soon fell down the order. As the race had to be restarted, due to a red flag incident, the rider from Chester was unable to fight back into the points and finished a respectable P17.
GP2 rider, Dan Jones claims his first piece of silverware of the season with a P3 finish in the final GP2 race of the weekend. The #44 iForce Lloyd & Jones rider comes away from the Kent circuit with a total of 27 points, adding these points to his championship tally, takes him to 5th overall in the championship.
#4 Sullivan Mounsey continues to grow from strength to strength as he recorded a personal best in Race 1 and finished in the points for both of his weekend races. Mounsey gained 9 and 7 points respectively from each race and climbs to 12th overall in the Honda British Talent Cup Championship.End.
We’re off to Kent for the third round of the Bristish Superbike series and to the historic 2.43 mile GP circuit of Brands Hatch.
The team will be looking to build on the development made at Knockhill in Scotland a fortnight ago, with riders in all three classes showing their potential, in what is gearing up to be a very exciting year of racing in the teams 20th anniversary in the top flight BSB champiomship.
Brands Hatch will be a different challenge from the sweeping hills of Fife, but it’s an obstacle the riders will face head on, with previous results at Brands being the driving force behind the motivation heading into this weekend.
Brands Hatch was one of the few tracks that we visited last season with the shortened calendar, but the setting will be much different in the midst of the British summer and hopefully a bumper crowed cheering the riders on. Even so, we’re expecting to see some rain on Saturday and Sunday, which could make for some interesting racing.
Joe Francis will be looking to beat his qualifying time from last season of 1:26.6 and a P13 finish when he takes to the track on the new M 1000 RR BMW.
Brad Jones managed a podium in the Supersport class last season, with his lightning start to this season, he’ll be hoping for a little bit more magic this weekend.
Sullivan Mounsey will also be in action this weekend in the British Talent Cup. He managed two P8 finishes at Brands Hatch last season and will looking to better that.
Dan Jones will be riding high after his great finish in last weekend’s Angelsey round of the 2021 No Limits Racing series – were he’s been doing a mighty fine job too! On his outing away from BSB Dan finished first in class. On this top result the Welshman said. “Anglesey endurance was brilliant,” He continued. “The weather was stunning all weekend and we managed to qualify P1 in class.
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Another round of action is in the books and the shortened two-day outing at Knockhill gave us lots to enjoy.
The mist hung around the Scottish hills as the team attacked Round 2 of the season with everything that they’ve got. It turned into quite the weekend for the riders, which saw both Francis and Dan Jones make miraculous saves, high-siding out of Taylor’s hairpin.
The BSB Superbikes were in action again with Joe Francis and Brad Jones giving it their all around the shortest track in the BSB racing calendar. Joe managed an impressive P18 in qualifying with Brad not far behind in P22. Both riders made gains in race one with Joe finishing P16 and Brad in P18. Those finishes were to be the best for the riders but the progress from the DNFs at Outlon Park were clear to see.
Brad Jones was happy with the performance of the team this weekend and knows there’s plenty to work on going into the next round.
“Overall, a productive weekend,” Brad said. “Going into Knockhill we knew it would be a challenging weekend because of the condensed schedule.” He added. “We made the most of the track time in every session and made progress with every session too. It was good to bring it home with three top 20 finishes! Concluding, the #20 rider said. “Now we have to carry what we’ve learnt over into Round 3 at Brands Hatch, as we aim to make up the gap to the points.”
Sullivan Mounsey was the pick of the bunch in qualifying as he was placed P8 to start the first race in the British Talent Cup of the weekend. The conditions were tough, with a drying track meant he had a lot of work to do.
Both races unfortunately ended in DNFs for Sully but the positives are there.
“I got an awesome start [in race one],” Sully said. “I couldn’t switch from wet mode to dry so it took me a few laps to catch up.” He added. “I had to push but by the time I was in a position to attack, the left side of the tyre was shredded and it threw me off the bike. It was a disappointing finish but we all worked hard and I’m really looking forward to Brands Hatch.”
Dan Jones finished with the best result of any of the riders this weekend as he managed a P4 finish in the GP2 Sprint Race. His strong points finish this weekend takes him up to P5 in the Championship.
“A positive weekend for me,” Dan said. “We found good improvements with the bike and we were in the top five all weekend which was very good. We had the P4-finish in race one and I had a miracle save in race two to save, I was lucky to stay on!”
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The second round of the BSB British Superbikes Championship is upon us and the team at iForce Lloyd & Jones has been working hard to get the bikes ready for action at Knockhill.
All of the riders are looking forward to the different challenges that this circuit brings, compared to the first round at Outlon Park. The long twists and turns of the Cheshire circuit are swapped out for nine quick sweeping bends in the Scottish hills. Knockhill was not on last year’s BSB calendar, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, so a return to Knockhill should be an exciting one.
This weekend’s races will be Brad Jones’ first taste of Knockhill at Superbike level but he did race in the Supersport class in 2019. BSB newcomer, Jones is no slouch, as he currently holds the Supersport lap record with a breath taking time of 49.1, around the 1.26 mile circuit, which he achieved on he last visited here two years ago.
Joe Francis will be looking to make progress from his last outing here in 2019, where he recorded a time of 53.1, which he is hoping to smash this weekend on the new BMW M1000RR.
The first round of action at Oulton Park gave the team the perfect platform to build from and Knockhill is a great chance to put that experience into practice. The team will be hoping to see a fuller run from the riders this weekend as they search for their first BSB Championship points of the season.
Covid restrictions means that the timetable for this weekend’s round will be slightly deviated from the norm. It is a two-day event with Free Practice 1 and 2, Qualifying and BSB Race 1 all on Saturday.
Race 2 and 3 for the Superbikes will be on Sunday, with Sullivan Mounsey and Dan Jones feature races on the Sunday.
Mounsey enjoyed a fantastic start to the season at Outlon Park as he managed to dart to a P8 finish in the second race of the weekend after an unfortunate DNF in race one.
Dan Jones had a decent enough start to the season last time out but will look to build even further on his P17 and P14 finishes in Round 1 with a good outing in Scotland.
The team are very optimistic heading into the Round 2 at Knockhill, as it looks to be yet another promising weekend, so make sure you follow the team on Facebook @PRRacingBMW for all the action from the riders as it happens.End.
PR Racing enters the 2021 British Superbike season with a new livery and a return to a two bike entry in the premier BSB class, with fan favourite Joe Francis #40 returning for his third season and BSB rookie Brad Jones, supporting #20 to commemorate the teams 20th year in the world’s top domestic superbike championship.
The start of the 2021 calendar was in the heart of Cheshire at Oulton Park and was filled with mixed emotions for the new look iForce Lloyd & Jones team. Francis worked tirelessly to find the right set-up, but unfortunately due to an off in Race 1 and a technical fault if Race 2, posted a DNF in all three of the weekend races, while BSB new comer, Jones just missed out of the points in Sunday’s final BSB race of the weekend.
The iForce Lloyd & Jones team continues to develop young riders and looks for success in both the GP2 class with Dan Jones #44 and the British Talent Cup class with the 14-year-old sensation Sullivan Mounsey #4. Both riders struggled early on in their respected races, with Sullivan’s premature exit in Race 1 after pushing for a top 5 position to see him loose the front end and hit the deck early in the race. A better Race 2 found the #4 rider finish the weekend with 8 championship points and a P12 standing.
The Welshman, Dan Jones #44 had a stronger start and a 6th place finish in both of his races, claiming 20 points and leaving Round 1 with a very respectable 6th place standing in the GP2 Championship.
On the weekend activities, Joe Francis said.” It’s been a difficult weekend and the small crash in the first race left us with no information from the new tyre with regards to race distance. We took a gamble in the second race and opted for the same tyre choice, which didn’t pay off as four laps towards the end we lost all grip on the back tyre. In the third race I got caught in the tail end of someone’s crash, had to run on to the grass and re-joined the race dead last.” He continued. “After fighting hard, I fought back to P16. I just got into the points in P15 and a technical issue meant I had to retire to the pits, which is really disappointing as I know I had the pace to catch the next two riders in front.”
On his maiden BSB round Brad Jones commented. “ I had a good Race 1, but a collision on the first lap in Race 2 going into Cascades resulted in losing rear braking, so I had to pull in. We ended the weekend on a high finishing in P16 for Race 3 and just missing out on the points. I was feeling really good in the last race until around lap 12 when the rear tyre dropped. It is the first time I have done 18 laps on a superbike, we have some good data from the race and I managed a personal best of 1:36.5 on the new BMW M1000RR. Really excited for the next round at Knockhill.”
GP2 Rider, Dan Jones said. ”This weekend was all about finding our feet and the right bike set-up. Unfortunately, the crash I had in Friday’s session meant we struggled to get a good time for Race 1 and I started way down on the grid and had all the work to do. We made great progress in setting up the bike for Race 2, as I matched my race pace in Sunday’s warm-up and still improved my best time by 1.12 seconds during the race. We made some good steps, I would like to thank the team and all my sponsors for the effort and trust they have shown in me this weekend.”
For his second season in the British Talent cup, Sullivan Mounsey commented on his weekends activates. ”It’s been a good weekend as we showed some great promises during free practice in both wet and dry conditions. We did not have the best qualifying session, so for Race 1 I had to push hard to get in with the front punch, but unfortunately, I pushed too hard and lost the front end. Having to start Race 2 from P14 I had to fight back to a P8 finish. Overall I am happy with the weekend's performance and looking forward to the next round.”End.
The PR Racing team have announced a new sponsorship deal ahead of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, completing a new partnership with iForce, a retail logistics and supply chain provider who specialise in ecommerce.
The Liverpool-based team are gearing up for their 20th anniversary season in the Superbike class in 2021 and have doubled their presence on the grid with Joe Francis returning alongside Bennetts BSB rookie Brad Jones.
The PR Racing team will be renamed iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW for their 2021 campaign as they also continue their long-term association with engineer merchants Lloyd & Jones, who specialise in supplying the off shore and mechanical engineering sectors.
Neil Weightman, Commercial Director, added. “iForce is delighted to be involved with PR Racing and the British Superbike Championship. Reflecting the fast pace of our industry and especially the dramatic changes we have seen over the last year, we look forward to working with PR to promote our brand and host our clients throughout the season.”
Team Principal John Jameson commented: “It is fantastic news for our team that we can announce not only the continuation of our relationship with Lloyd & Jones, but also that we welcome iForce to the team for the 2021 Championship. We are really looking forward to the new season getting underway.”End.
PR Racing will double our line-up for as we head into our 20th anniversary season in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship class, fielding the all-new BMW M 1000 RR with Joe Francis and new signing Brad Jones.
The Liverpool-based team have retained Francis for a third season after he claimed the team top ten finishes during last year’s campaign and now the Chester-based rider is aiming for further progression in 2021 with the new BMW Superbike.
Brad Jones will complete the team’s Superbike line-up as he makes his debut in the class in 2021. The 22-year-old from Stalbridge has finished runner-up the past two seasons in the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship and is now keen to make the step up to the premier class.
Francis said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity to build on the consistent development from myself and the team over the last two years. Towards the end of the 2020 season, we really stepped up as we closed the gap and ran with the leading pack. I can’t wait to swing my leg over the new bike and start testing.”
Jones said: “I’m very excited to get going, I know I have a lot of learning to do but that’s all part of the process. The excitement is really high for 2021 and get my first taste of the Superbike. At this stage of my career, stepping up into Superbikes and benefitting from all of the team’s experience, is a great opportunity for me.”
Team Principal John Jameson concluded: “As we enter our 20th year in the Superbike class, the team are really excited to be bringing another young talent on-board. With the continued support of Bowker Motorrad, BMW Motorrad UK and the rest of our team partners, we’re really looking forward to, and relish the fresh challenges the 2021 season will bring. This announcement completes our 2021 plans with four riders competing in three different classes across the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.”End.
Both Dan Jones and Sullivan Mounsey will remain with the team for the 2021 season, building on their success in the Quattro Group British GP2 Championship and Honda British Talent Cup respectively.
Jones made his debut in the GP2 series this season, scoring two podium finishes and is now eager to build on his performances next year with the Liverpool-based team.
PR Racing’s 2021 support class line up is completed with another young talent, as 13-year-old Mounsey will continue to develop in only his second season in the Honda British Talent Cup after top ten finishes this year.
Jones said: “PR Racing are a family run team with great work ethics. They want to bring through young talent which, you could argue, is what I am. I felt it was the right move [riding for PR Racing] for me. Coming into this year I have a brilliant crew to help me move forward in my racing career.”
Mounsey said: “I’ve now had a season to learn the tracks and get used to the BSB paddock, it will be really nice when you guys do come and watch us. It was really strange last season racing around the circuits without any spectators.”
Team Principal John Jameson, concluded: “As a team, we have always looked to develop and nurture young talent. We are really excited to be working with both Dan and Sullivan to help them reach their potential. As we discovered last season, both riders have shown great promise and with the progress made under challenging circumstances makes us really excited to continue the journey with them.”End.