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Chris Morley Racing
All about the man himself:
Name: Chris Morley
Photo Slideshow - watch this space as the season progresses
2012 Race Calendar:
(Wirral 100) Oulton Park -
Aintree I - Sat 12th May
(Thundersport GB) Oulton Park - Fri & Sat 25-26 May
(MRO Bemsee) Oulton Park - Mon & Tues 4-5 June
Aintree II - Sat 16th June
(NG Road Racing) Oulton Park - Sat June 30
Aintree III - Sat 14th July
Oulton Park (Auto 66) - Sat 4th August
Aintree IV - Sat 11th August
Aintree V -Sat 15th September
More dates to follow
Chris is son of former Grand Prix motorcycle racer Richard Morley. So a flying start in bike racing was always on the cards! Chris started racing at club level in 1989 in the 250 production class (where the rider counts) and was soon winning. In 1991 Mick Grant chose Chris to join Martyn Jupp and James Whitham to become the youngest rider in Suzuki GB's factory squad.
In 2007, Chris returned to the sport, competing in Formula 400. As well as finishing first in F400 races, over the next two years he also scored pole positions and wins in races open to larger capacity and faster motorcycles.
In 2010, seeking a bigger challenge, Chris switched from 400s to Superbikes. The latest 1000cc fire breathers are "somewhat quicker" than twenty year old 400cc bikes, - but Chris has been successfully chiseling away at the laptimes. In the last race of 2011 he bagged third in the Aintree Superbike final, only narrowly missing out on the win. Rising star and fourth place finisher Christian Peck was a further 12 seconds behind.
With the learning years on the big bikes now behind him, Chris hopes that 2012 will provide some great results, publicity and laughs for Pitty's Custom Vinyls.
Testing & Race Reports - check back regularly for updates
"We don't race motorbikes because its easy, we race because its difficult"
Aintree I - Aintree Race Circuit Saturday 12th May
Even a high speed crash couldn't spoil the perfect weekend!
Pitty's Custom Vinyls racer Chris Morley was at the front of a fierce battle for the Powerbike spoils at Aintree on Saturday 12 May, before being cruelly denied through mechanical failure. With just two laps remaining he was in third position and seriously pressuring the rider in second, when the motor on his BMW Superbike threw oil on his rear tyre and in an instant he was sliding along the ground.
Wirral 100: Oulton Park - Saturday 28th April
The first round of the year for Chris Morley at Oulton Park 28 April was a baptism of fire. Top riders had flocked to the Cheshire circuit to test before the BSB paddock heads to Oulton in just a few days time. Yet more names including Ian Mackman and Mark Buckley had come to familiarise themselves on their 2012 IOM TT Superbikes. In the first race Chris finished 19th out of 34, just ahead of Mark Buckley on the high performance Spithlath Aprillia BSB Superbike.
He could have finished higher, had it not been for a failed gear selector spring which was preventing him from downshifting below 3rd gear. As a precaution and with question marks over the gearbox further racing was ruled out. Initially Chris was very disappointed, 19th was not the result the team came for. But in actual fact, his finish, in that company and with gearbox trouble suggests that much better results are to come. Now the race is on for the Pitty's backed racer to fix the bike before Aintree round one in just two weeks time!
With a very promising first test banked, Chris is itching to ride the BMW S1000RR for the second time in 012 on Wednesday 11 April at Oulton Park with MSV. A number of teething issues with the bike that surfaced at the shakedown test have all been sorted and it will be possible to push much harder next time.
Test 1: Oulton Park Tuesday 6 March
Despite the inevitable shakedown test gremlins, on the whole, the first test went really well. We had glorious sunshine all day, - which is always a bonus. Perfect for showing off my new Pitty's custom decals and grabbing some nice shots!
The changes to the bike over the winter, which centred on the electronics, worked a treat. I couldn't have been happier. I won't share all my secrets, but I will say that one of the toys on test was a new race quickshifter, which was as smooth as silk, - a million miles from the OEM item it replaced. Confidential to most peeps but if Pitty's racers want to know the make just ask!
I mentioned that we have better electronics in 2012, and as luck would have it we have a new face on the pit crew this season with electronics expertise, - a guy called Alan Ashcroft who also has an airforce background - perfect.
Whilst it wasn't a day for setting PB laps, I was pleased with my pace. I was priveliged to be sharing the track with some top BSB pilots including Billy Mellor, John Laverty and French prodigy Florian Marino. In those situations you pick up any tips you can. It must have been a good test because as I write this a couple of days later I am already thinking about the next one!