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 and Fraser Rogers.
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.
Follow the team on Facebook @PRRacingBMW for all the action from the riders as it happens.End.
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!”
Follow the team on Facebook @PRRacingBMW and gain an insight as we prepare to travel to the historic circuit of Brands Hatch for Round 3 of the season!End.
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.