TR Fastenings renews Ryan Strafford sponsorship for 2018
Superbikes star Strafford will wear the TR logo for another season after finishing strong in 2017
TR Fastenings has confirmed it will renew its sponsorship of superbike rider Ryan Strafford for the 2018 season. Ryan had a fantastic 2017 season on the track, finishing in an impressive second place overall in the Golden Era superbikes category.
Ryan started the RS Racing team with his father in 2011 and has enjoyed tremendous success since, including his first championship win in 2014. Ryan established his relationship with TR via his role at Press-Form Machinery Ltd, the UK’s official agent and service partner for Haeger Insert Presses. TR, Press-Form and Haeger work in partnership giving sheet metal customers access to high quality parts, industry-leading machinery and consultancy. As one of Ryan’s sponsors, TR’s logo sits proudly on his leathers and on his bike, alongside other big names such as Continental Tyres.
Ryan is looking to better his 2017 success next season, aiming for the championship title. The team starts a new challenge in 2018, moving up to the GP1 Classic superbike category running a 1999 Yamaha R1, 1000cc 4 cylinder bike. Work is already under way to turn this once-street bike into a championship winning race machine. Adjustments and improvements will be made, including significant lightweighting, using the latest components and technology.
Ryan comments: “I am delighted that TR Fastenings is staying with RS Racing for a second year. Although 2017 didn't quite end the way we had hoped, I have learnt a lot and I am now ready to apply that to the 2018 season. When a company such as TR has so much confidence in you as a rider, it transfers to the race circuit. 2018 is going to bring a whole new set of challenges but I’m confident it will also bring success and many more exciting achievements.”
Mark Belton, CEO at TR Fastening’s parent company Trifast Plc, adds: “Partnering Ryan over the last year has been an extremely informative and thrilling exercise for us. Witnessing the dedication, skill and engineering mastery that goes into building, maintaining and racing the bikes has been a privilege and we are really looking forward to supporting him next year in what we are sure will be a brilliant racing season for him.”
Strafford finishes strong with TR support
Superbikes star Ryan Strafford, sponsored by TR Fastenings, delighted to finish season in second place
Ryan Strafford, a Superbikes racer who counts Uckfield firm TR Fastenings as one of his sponsors, has had an incredible 2017 season on the track, finishing in an impressive second place overall in the Golden Era superbikes category. Over 34 races Ryan racked up an impressive 12 wins, 17 second places, 4 third places and only had one race where he didn’t finish on the podium. Ryan’s RS Racing team suffered no ‘did not finish’ (DNF)s or mechanical breakdowns, a testament to the commitment and determination of RS Racing. “Racing is often described as a solo sport but without the backing of a great team, the bike becomes unreliable and inevitably the rider will fail to finish.” said Ryan.
Ryan started the RS Racing team with his father in 2011 and by 2014 he had won his first championship. Along with two other team members, Ryan races at tracks across the country including Brands Hatch and Donington Park on his Honda RC-51 SP2 motorbike, on which the TR logo proudly sits. Ryan established his relationship with TR via his role at Press-Form Machinery Ltd, the UK’s official agent and service partner for Haeger Insert Presses. TR, Press-Form and Haeger have a special three way relationship, giving sheet metal customers access to high quality parts, industry-leading machinery and consultancy.
Ryan Strafford comments: “It’s been a fantastic season for me and the rest of the RS Racing team and we are getting stronger and stronger all the time, which is a great feeling. Finishing second is a brilliant achievement, and I’m so grateful to the team, everyone who supports us, and to TR and my other sponsors. Having sponsors who care as passionately as I do about this incredible sport really does spur me on, and I’ll definitely be looking for a first place finish next season!”
Mark Belton, CEO at TR Fastening’s parent company Trifast Plc, adds: “Having had the pleasure of meeting Ryan, seeing him in action and even having a sit on the bike myself, I’m absolutely blown away by the talent, passion and dedication that he and his team pour in to their racing.
“As a global manufacturing business, it’s wonderful for TR to be associated with a sport which champions the excellence in design and engineering which is showcased by these incredible bikes. Ryan tells us that when he develops his bike for next season, a major focus will be on lightweighting, which is an area we are heavily involved in for our Tier 1 automotive customers. We want to congratulate Ryan for a fantastic season and thank him for introducing us to the thrilling world of superbike racing!”
TR Fastenings On Track For Success with Superbikes Sponsorship
Fastenings firm becomes official sponsor of Superbikes Star Ryan Strafford
TR Fastenings (TR) has become an official sponsor for Ryan Strafford, a Superbikes racer who has enjoyed huge success on the track since beginning his racing career six years ago.
Ryan established his relationship with TR via his role at Press-Form Machinery Ltd, the UK’s official agent and service partner for Haeger Insert Presses. TR, Press-Form and Haeger have a special three way relationship, giving sheet metal customers access to high quality parts, industry-leading machinery and consultancy.
Ryan started the eponymous RS Racing team with his father in 2011 and by 2014 he had won his first championship, 13 races back to back and holds 7 out of 9 records in his category. The RS team now consists of Ryan and two other racers who compete in the prestigious Golden Era Superbikes and 600 Supersport series at tracks across the UK including the iconic Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Since the partnership between Ryan and TR Fastenings began, he and the rest of the RS team have competed at Snetterton and Cadwell Park, achieving 2 wins, 5 second places and a 4th place across these meets.
After crashing out of qualifying, RS Racing's Ryan Strafford starts from the back of the grid - and climbs up to 3rd by the end of lap one! Check out the video here
TR’s sponsorship of Ryan, who races a Honda RC-51 SP2 motorbike, ensures the company logo will feature prominently on both the bike and Ryan’s racing leathers, alongside those of his other sponsors which include tyre manufacturer Continental Tires. Ryan and his bike will both play a starring role in TR’s stand at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham exhibition from 6th-8th June at the NEC. Ryan will be on hand to sign merchandise and answer questions about the bike, the sport and his relationship with TR.
The partnership also means TR can treat its customers to raceday hospitality, with trackside access and the chance to meet and chat with Ryan and his team. Sean Cushen, Branded Products Business Development Manager at TR Fastenings, comments “Having worked closely with Ryan professionally, we’ve been following his success in the superbikes circuit with great interest. His performance on the track is inspirational, and we are thrilled to be his new official sponsor.”
Ryan Strafford adds: “Racing has been a life-long passion for me and I’m consistently amazed by what I’ve been able to achieve. The success we enjoy simply wouldn’t be possible without the support we receive from our sponsors and I’m both grateful and hugely excited to have TR on board. I look forward to the coming season and am confident I can make them proud with plenty of podium finishes!”
Mark Belton, CEO of Trifast Plc, TR Fastenings’ parent company, adds: “Ryan’s tremendous achievements on the track are clearly testament not only to his individual skill, but also to the commitment and dedication of the entire RS Racing team. As a company, we strongly believe that teamwork and ambition are vital to success and optimum performance, and so sponsoring Ryan is an excellent fit for our business. We wish him all the best for the season ahead.”
Ryan Strafford Race Report
Race report - September 2017
First off, let me take this opportunity to apologise for the lack of updates recently. The team and I have been working very hard to get us back into the championship title race.
Round 7 of the Golden Era Superbikes saw us at the beautiful coastal circuit of Anglesey in North Wales. With its pictures back drop of Snowdonia and the Irish sea it’s a favourite for both riders and spectators alike.Saturdays Free practice went without hiccup and Ryan’s pace was good. He was only 1 second from the lap record on old rubber. This stood us in good stead for the racing.
Sundays qualifying was good and Ryan set pole in class and second on the grid. Losing out to slightly to the more modern GP1 classic bikes. “The times felt slow compared to what I was doing in practice yesterday” said Ryan. “The track is colder so that won’t help times. I’m happy with pole but I would have liked a quicker time” Ryan added.
Ryan took a comfortable victory in both race one and race two on Sunday. “I’m chuffed to bits with today. Pole and two race wins, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Ryan title rival suffered bike issues during Saturday free practice so he was running his loaned Suzuki SRAD750. The bike he rode to victory at Donington. He finished second in both races as a couple of other riders fell trying to keep pace. During maintenance checks over night the team noticed a problem with the rear wheel. There was a crack in the carbon fibre. “These are high performance wheels that are extremely light. This crack means we cannot use the wheel for safety reasons. Imagine it collapsing while Ryan is at full speed down the back straight. We will be using the standard wheel for Mondays races” explained crew chief Chris.
Bank holiday Monday morning looked like it could be a wet race. As the sun began to shine it burnt away the remaining cloud and we were set for a hot (but very windy) race day. After a successful Sunday race Ryan was beaming with confidence. He knew the job at hand was to reduce the points in the title race and there was only one way to do that.
Feature day race wins have always been hard to win for Ryan. For some reason Thornton always comes out the block swinging. With the mega laps from Sundays races, Thornton just piped Ryan to pole and both riders started from row two on the grid behind 3 GP1 classics.
Ryan and Thornton started well. Ryan sat behind Thornton for one lap and then passed him. Again, he took a comfortable win. “That was a good race, I felt Richie holding me up so I went for the pass. I just paced myself with my pit bored keeping the gap around 2 seconds. Effective team work from the guys in the garage” Ryan added.
Race two Monday was not going to be easy. Ryan wanted his first 4 from 4 on the Honda but he knew that point where also very important. Thornton wasn’t going to lay down and hand this one to Ryan. Both riders came out the box swinging. the GP1 riders wanted to keep their lead but Ryan and Thornton where all over them. It was a 4-way battle and a battle of 2 different classes.
The 3 riders lead Strafford for the opening 3 laps “I sat back and watched them trip each other up in front of me. The racer in me wanted to get involved but I knew I had to behave myself” Strafford added. By lap 6 (half race distance) Ryan had taken the lead of the Golden Era Superbikes but Thornton was determined. Lap after lap the riders exchanged position racing at break neck speeds just inches away from each other. Thornton made a wild lung for the lead just 3 corners from the end but ran wide, Ryan held his nerve and held his line……
The victory went to Ryan and RSRacing. 4 wins from 4 races!!
Ryan went on to say “what a great race, Richie pushed on in that one. The first few laps where crazy busy, bikes and riders everywhere. I hope that makes some good viewing for you guys. I’m over the moon with the 4 from 4. We have worked so hard with Teut at TW suspension tech and Continental Tyres to get the bike set up. It’s amazing to be able to reward everyone that’s supported us with this little victory.” Said Ryan
RSRacing now head into the penultimate round at Oulton Park in Cheshire trailing by just 18 points
Its on ladies and gentlemen…… ITS ON!!!
Cadwell Park – Round 4 May 2017
Round 4 of the Thundersport GB meeting was held over the May bank holiday weekend.
Saturday practice day and Sunday’s two races were held in very warm and sunny conditions, some bikes struggling with the high temperatures and suffered over heating problems. The weather on Bank holiday Monday was at the opposite end of the scale, with low cloud and rain affecting racing (typical bank holiday Monday weather) to the point where racing had to be suspended for an hour as the circuit marshal’s couldn’t see the next marshal’s post.
Sunday Qualification. The Golden Era Superbike’s (GESB) were first out on Sunday morning in ideal conditions and Strafford put the Honda RC51 in second place on the grid just 0.4s behind the Championship leader. “finding a bit of clear track in qualifying was tough. I think that was reflected in the lap times being 1.5 seconds off what they should of been”
Strafford continued “I’m pleased with a front row start, its where I need to be to contest for a race win.”
Sunday Race 1 & 2
Both races followed the same pattern, Strafford making the better start and leading into turn 1, the championship leader then making a move a lap later to take the lead. Strafford was able to run the leaders pace albeit a second down on him, back markers and small mistakes by Strafford enabled the leader to stretch his lead and Strafford settled for 2nd place and 20 championship points.
“The pace was hot from the off. I had to push to all the way. A small mistake cost me the race in the end. I had the pace to make a move. I’m happy with second place, but the mistakes need to stop now.”
Monday Race 1 & 2
The day started damp and the team got caught out when the track dried extremely quickly and they were unable to change the bike onto to dry tyres in time for the start of the race. With the wrong tyres on Strafford was looking for damage limitation, he took the lead in the early part of the race as the riders behind him took their time getting the feel of grip available to them on their dry tyres. Inevitably as the race progressed Strafford was closed down and was passed to finish 6th overall but 4th in class. A positive note was that the championship leader finished 2nd in class so the point difference between Thornton and Strafford was minimised.
By mid afternoon the track had dried and the team had the bikes set up ready to go but typically as our bank holiday weather does it clouded over again and moisture and the odd spots of rain were felt. The team made a call and Strafford ventured out onto the grid on full slicks, several other bikes were on treaded tyres some even on wets.
As the red lights went out Strafford once again made a great start a lead for the first two laps, he was passed briefly by Mark Biswell the winner of race one but he made a strong pass on the outside going up the mountain. With the Championship leader a long way behind in 4th place Strafford held off a spirited ride by Biswell and crossed the line 3s ahead of the pack, the only downside to the win was when the third place rider crashed out at the last corner gifting the championship leader 4 points.
“The race was fantastic. I knew it was a little mental rain on the visor and the track temp was hot enough for slicks, it was just a case of feeling for the grip and riding to the conditions. The Continental Slicks felt great and never once felt loose. The race against Biswell was great. He just left the gap for the move going into the mountain.” Strafford said.
The win put Strafford back in the championship hunt and now trails the leader by 33 points, this will go all the way to the wire.