ACU Premier Cup - Rd 1 - Preston  (Mar 13, 2017)

The first round of the 2017 ACU Premier Cup took place this past weekend at Preston Docks and the TM UK team were there, in near full capacity, to compete.

The inclement weather leading up to the event did little to stir the enthusiasm and upon arrival, on Friday, the grassy parking area was a treacherous affair requiring some careful navigation, however the track itself has seen some serious preparation work leaving it firm, fast and ready for action. With a multitude of injuries and incidents on Saturday we saw very little in the way of racing with only one 'block' being completed. Sunday was much kinder for all and even with some showers falling the organisers managed to get 3 'blocks' in to complete the 4 race schedule for the weekend.

In the 85cc big wheel class it was Jack Grayshon and Billy Collins who flew the blue and white TM Racing flag in a good field of riders, Jack showed some incredible pace and clever riding throughout all 4 races and for his efforts took a well deserved 2nd overall after fighting for the wins in numerous moto's. Billy did not fare so well sadly, some small carburettor issues hampered his charge in the first 3 races making it hard work for him to achieve and maintain pace as he fought not only his competitors but his machine also, looking to have remedied the small niggly issue Billy had a much better turn of speed in race 4. We are currently still waiting to see the final published results.

In the 125cc class multiple champion, Jim Davies, made his return debut after nearly a year out with injury, Jim started where he left off, leading the field. Jim put together 4 solid, careful, rides on his 'first time out' and secured himself the overall win.

Troy Willerton was a man on a mission and certainly showed some great pace and track-craft that lead to some epic battles with Jim at the head of the field. The TM pairing took to the front and 'checked out', with only 'company' in race 4 to further excite the spectators. Troy did make some small mistakes that saw him visit the floor on two occasions costing him his chance as the 'apprentice' to outfox the 'master' !. Troy took a well earned 2nd overall.

Richy Roberts battled hard after some great starts, even making up a had a TM 1-2-3 in race 2 early doors, but a bad landing jarred Richy's already damaged wrist causing him some discomfort. Richy soldiered on in all 4 races to take a 'career' best of 4th overall at a round of this series.

With 1st, 2nd and 4th in the 125cc class Leon Bernardinelli made up what was to be four TM 125cc machines in the top 5 placings taking 5th overall, well done Leon.

A big well done to all of the TM UK riders and mechanics.

A big well done also to all of the other TM Racing riders at the event, some great results from the SMR TM riders, the Wildmoor TM riders and the VRM team riders, well done to all involved. And finally our best wishes to the riders injured at the event, wishing you all a speedy recovery.

With thanks to all of the teams sponsors and supporters who make it all possible.

Thank you, TM UK.