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TT Privateer success for McBride
15 June 2010
James McBride rounded off a successful 2010 Isle of Man TT campaign with victory in the inaugural Privateers' Championship, the Yamaha rider taking home an armful of silverware in the process.
Competing under the Pazzo Racing banner, McBride was a top ten finisher in the prestigious Senior TT having already claimed third position in the TT Zero race. However, it was his success in the Privateer standings that provided the big highlight.
Starting off his week by bringing his Stock Yamaha home in 20th – despite mechanical problems -, McBride went on to finish fourth in class in the Supersport race and then 14th in the Supersotck event.
The Supersport TT race two ended with McBride in 21st, and while it wasn't the result he had hoped for but still bagged him his fourth replica and a steady 11 points to add to his leading privateers' championship tally.
One of the more recent additions to the TT calendar is the TT Zero emissions race. McBride has been assisting the Team ManTTx with their machine development. All their hard work translated into a third place finish during only the second TT Zero race ever held.
The team had been building the bike all through practice week and McBride's first practice lap was to be on the Saturday after the superbike race but ended three miles in as the fly-by-wire throttle gave up. This added to the determination of the team to build a bike for the Monday practice lap that could achieve a full lap.
The Monday lap went ahead and McBride lapped at 80mph while learning the chassis and characteristics of the electric machine. For the race the team had made many improvements whilst on the dyno at Slick Bass's and found some inactive battery cells and gave McBride more power.
This equated to a 10 per cent improvement in lap speed as he beat Rob Barber's lap record speed from 2009 and finished in a content third place with his first TT podium in the TT zero race picking up his fifth replica of the week.
Turning his attention to the main event, the Senior TT race, McBride excelled in bringing home his Pazzo Racing Yamaha R1 tenth place.
“I'd like to thank my Man TTx team for supplying me with a bike which they had put body and soul into,” he said. “As a 'thanks' to them I had the national Manx flag to wave on the podium as apart from me it was a fully Manx team.
“I wasn't coming to make the numbers up when it came to the privateers' championship. I've had a plan since it was launched and that was to use the North West 200 as a test. Then practice week was for slow development of both my bikes, I didn't want to show my hand too soon and to stay under the radar. I knew I needed points in each race and that was what I was aiming for and it worked.
“I am very aware of the gruelling conditions that the TT mountain circuit has to offer and I treat each race as a test. It's a test of the machine and the team, finishing a race is a big achievement, finishing without any breakages or problems is equally as tough, so to have my bikes finish every race they started only compliments the efforts and hours my team put in by not allowing a single fixing to go unnoticed.
“We had some minor issues but it is part of my job to ride around the problem and bring the machines home for the chequered flag. It's not just a race it's an endurance test for teams and machines.
“I have to say a big thanks to all my sponsors and helpers as it wouldn't have happened without them. Everyone worked really hard and didn't finish until the job was done. The easiest part of the two weeks for me was riding the bikes to be honest, but the preparation was intense and soul burning. Early on everything was geared around evening practice sessions adjusting our body clocks to be at our best during that time. It was a massive effort from everyone – thank you.
“This has been a hugely successful TT winning seven trophies and a podium laurel in the TT Zero race. A winner's trophy, two silvers replicas and four bronzes replicas of which I'll be presenting to my dedicated team and sponsors."
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