Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad ready to tackle Isle of Man TT 2018 highlight with Senior TT
Douglas, Isle of Man. Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad is ready to take on the blue ribband race at the Isle of Man TT 2018 with Jamie Coward, Derek Sheils and Danny Webb ready to fight at the Senior TT this coming Friday, 08th of June 2018.
It’s been an eventful week at the hardest and most cruel road race in the world for the BMW-equipped Penz-trio. Whilst Coward brought home a strong twelfth place during last Saturday’s Superbike TT, team mate Sheils only trailed him by half a minute after six laps. Former GP rider Webb earned a strong 21th spot.
The Superstock TT race on Monday didn’t hold any luck for Sheils nor Coward. Whilst Coward broke down on lap one with a engine problem at the Bottom of Barregarow, Sheils had to retire after his first pit-stop at the beginning of lap 3 with a broken rear shock. So it was up to Danny Webb to bring the penz13.com BMW back home in that one and he did so in 21st spot – only about 5 minutes behind the winner, fellow BMW-rider Peter Hickman, who took his maiden TT-win on Monday.
The blue-riband race of the Senior TT over six laps is set to start this Friday, 08th of June 2018, at 12:45 local time (GMT) and can be followed via Live-Timing and -Commentary at ttlive.iomtt.com.
I am really happy with how my Superstock race went. I started in 37th position and came home in 21. I am even happier I got quicker again and could do a 125.4 mph lap. Its getting faster and faster and step by step we are going in the right direction with my BMW S 1000 RR – even though it’s still definitely not easy muscling these big bikes around here at the Sneafell Mountain Circuit. I am really looking forward to the Senior race on Friday until when I’ll have some more laps on my other bikes and laps are the only thing that counts here.
My first race on Saturday could have been a lot better but the first pit-stop was not going to plan and I dropped from 7th in the race to 14th. I tried everything I could to get back to 7th during laps three and four and it cost me a lot of energy so I was absolutely knackered in the last lap and had to back off. But the pace made me happy and I was looking forward to the Superstock race – plus I earned another silver lady. On the Stocker it wasn’t to be as I had to retire about a third of a lap in at the Bottom of Barregarrow on the first lap with a technical one. So, now all sights are on the Senior TT this Friday. I know we’ve got the pace for a big impact, we just need to make it happen – and we need some luck on our side.
'The Superbike race went ok but I struggled with a few handling issues. But one has to be fair and look at the bigger pictures, as the times were really tight and I was able to fight with a couple of guys and I wasn’t too far back on a bunch in front of me. In the Superstock race we got a 30 second penalty for speeding in pit lane but that was not to change anything, as I had to retire a few miles after at the Quarter Bridge with a rear shock problem. It wasn’t possible to go on racing safely so I pulled over. Well, I now hope we’ve got that misfortune behind us and can go for a top result in the Senior on Friday.
It’s been quite a hard one and a half weeks for us – as presumably this time for everyone in the paddock. We had some small misfortune during those first races as well but everyone came back save and healthy, which is the most important thing. We are also happy with the pace of all our three riders and they are constantly improving as we do with our BMW S 1000 RRs. We’ll have another shot and go at the Senior TT this Friday and hope to bring home a couple of TopTen’s.