Motorcycle title race wide open
DEFENDING motor-cycle champion Adrian Blake will not be taking the track this Easter Monday at Dover Raceway's Carnival of Speed.
'My bike isn't competitive and I'm not there to make up numbers,' Blake told Auto.
His issues stem from what he calls a lack of interest in the event by sponsors, despite the series gaining a new title sponsor Dekal Wireless. Dekal Wireless, which provides Dover Raceway with bandwidth for the Internet feed, has stepped up its commitment for 2013, according to Jamaica Race Drivers Club's president Christopher McFarlane.
"I haven't upgraded my equipment in the off-season largely due to the lack of sponsorship. I've been unable to access sponsorship even with my championship title," he said.
He partly blames this problem on the bulk of the publicity given by the JRDC to the race car drivers, and not his fellow bikers. However, Stefan Chin has a different take on the situation.
"I'm sorry to hear that he's not competing, given the fact he's the yardstick as 2013 champion. But it's great to have Dekal Wireless on board. I've spoken to other riders and they're appreciative of the support because without them, I don't think the races would be taking place on Monday," he said.
Chin will be aiming to take the title this year with a new bike.
"I purchased a Yamaha R6 last year and worked through January to get the bugs out. So I'm looking forward to racing," he said.