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Tough weekend for bikers

Friday, August 08, 2014    

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MOTORCYCLE Racing at the Jamaica Automobile Association/Total Lubricants Emancipation of Speed at Dover Raceway in St Ann was a weekend of major ups and downs for all involved. The highpoint was a large contingent of 13 riders.

"The LesPow GP programme along with several track days with Irie Racing has brought riders from the streets to the track," said Michelle Laidlaw of LesPow GP.

With full grids, it looked to be a start to a weekend of great racing, but that all fell apart on Saturday when Class A biker Jason Campbell was thrown from his motorcycle during Saturday's qualifying setting an ominous tone. Campbell would be well enough to race on Sunday, but then two more racers were taken out with more serious injuries. Two separate incidents involving Robert McDonald and Renaldo Colquhoun taxed the emergency services leaving no doctor or ambulances at the circuit causing racing to come to a halt. Officials would have to wait until one of them returned.

As of press time, Colquhoun is recovering from his injuries at the Kingston Public Hospital. McDonald, who suffered brake failure running off at corner one, is home but will have to return to hospital for surgery on his injured arm.

On a more positive note for the sport, it was the first outing for Kyle Reynolds and David Bell after their participation in the Yamaha Champions Riding School in New Jersey.

"Like Dave, I wanted to improve my riding, so I paid and went," Reynolds told Auto.

The two-day programme was eye-opening and a game changer, according to him, and while expecting long-term benefits, both men experienced immediate changes on track.

"New Jersey Motorsports Park is nothing like Dover, so I wondered if anything they taught us would transfer," he said.

With proper professional techniques under his belt, Reynolds said there was little change in his lap time, but a major shift in his ability to race.

"David and I felt the same thing. We were able to do 1:27s all day, but instead of pushing and crashing like everyone seemed to be, we were both in total control. It felt like I wasn't even trying," he explained.

— Rory Daley

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