SINGLE BIKE RULEZ
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.