Wight Fire are pleased to announce their sponsorship of a young Isle of Wight motorcycle racing team in the 2018 600cc Thundersport racing series. The comprises team just two individuals, Ryan Whitehall, the racer, and Chief Engineer George Richards both aged 21. In a short time they have built up extensive experience in motorcycle mechanics and riding, which they use to maintain and compete on board the Yamaha R6.
The pair have already experienced some success with a second place in Class at Oulton Park and an incredible first place at Cadwell Park.
We have copied below an except from Ryan’s blog which he sends out to sponsors highlighting the thrill of winning for the first time;
We were blessed in the form of a large motorhome during the day which housed a stock 600 British Championship rider whose father just so happened to be an ex-moto 3 mechanic and knew suspension better than I know the back of my hand. He spent an hour with us explaining suspension and even tweaked the bike. Call it placebo but the results were remarkable. I went to grid lining up 2nd due to it only consisting of the lower two groups. I made a reasonable start and fired into the first corner losing two positions, but I was confident being the predator rather than prey. Along with another R6 (pre-national) we battled our way to the front, I started to put pressure on 1st place, following closely and showing him my front wheel at every opportunity, I had decided by the first corner that I was not going to be lower than anyone on the podium. Eventually I made a pass, and proceeded to try and make safety barrier between myself and the following pack. I pushed as hard as I could till I could relax. “To finish first, first you must finish” I kept shouting at myself through my helmet, and stormed across the line 3.5 seconds ahead of the next rider. The feeling was unbelievable, reducing me to tears. I pulled some poor wheelies and went to the podium after thrashing my tank and helmet in joy for an entire lap.
A weekend to remember and only made possible by the people who are willing to help me both physically and financially. I really cannot stress enough how much I appreciate the help, each trophy is earned in part by my sponsors who continue to support me in my pursuit to achieve.
We are hoping to see Ryan in action later in the year at Brands Hatch. In the meantime we wish him well with his adventures.