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If en­durance rac­ing tick­les your fancy and you don’t have an end­less sup­ply of bikes, like some, you can al­ways race it out on a sin­gle bike, like Boothy did at this year’s 1000Km race at Don­ing­ton Park…

You’re more than welcome, at No Lim­its En­durance Rac­ing, to en­ter a team of up to four riders with just the one steed. That’s ex­actly what Ben Wylie, of Amore Moto, Tom Booth-Amos (of Bri­tish Mo­to­star Cham­pi­onship fame) and I de­cided to do.

Now some may say that en­ter­ing an eight-hour en­durance race on a bike you have never even swung a leg over is a bit daft. They may also say that to ask for eight hours’ worth of rev lim­iter bounc­ing fun from any Ital­ian bike is ask­ing too much. Well we set out to prove the nay-say­ers wrong and turned up to Don­ing­ton Park with a beau­ti­ful, fresh from the TT, Bi­mota BB3.

Any­way we got off to a rea­son­able start and it didn’t take long for me to get used to the Bi­mota. It wasn’t like other Ital­ian bikes I have rid­den, it wasn’t quirky, like I had ex­pected it to be. The BMW S1000RR lump that pow­ers the BB3 along seemed to be as strong as any­thing else I came across on track. Not only was the Bi­mota fast, but it took an eight hour race in its stride.

While our pace on track was more than re­spectable, our de­sire to use one bike meant our lap-count suf­fered. For the multi bike teams, a pit stop is as quick as it takes to swap a transpon­der; the bikes can be pre-fu­elled, new tyres, etc. while your mate is bang­ing laps in.

For the true en­durance rac­ers all that stuff has to be done in the pits dur­ing a stop. So you’re not go­ing to be that com­pet­i­tive on one bike when you’re up against a team that turns up with an ar­tic full of R6s (lit­er­ally), but that’s not proper in my book, eh Bruce.

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