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More Taffy on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the interview and session again:

Tokyo band TAFFY are on their second tour of the UK, promoting their second album – Lixivate, and very neatly came in for their second Phoenix FM session!


Iris, Asano, Koichin and Ken played three songs live for us, which you can see again below …

More info about the band’s tour schedule and where to buy their albums can be found on their official website.

BSB on its way

Tuesday night was again a focus on the upcoming British Super Bike season. With three men who are all looking forward to April 5th and the start of the season.

First on the phone was Lee Costello, moving up from the super stock 1000’s to the full on super bike for this year. With lots of things still on going there are still no bikes ready to ride. But, still he has plenty of time to get the bikes ready for testing in the coming weeks. Lee feels that he will make the change from stocks to super bike fairly easlely as not a great deal of differne between the two classes.

Next on the phone was the second funniest man in the paddock, Michael Howath, or Howie as he’s know. After starting the season racing a Ducati 1098 with Italsport to changing to the Honda Fireblade CBR1000 with CN Racing. This move come after Danny Buchan took the avalible seat at MSS Kawasaki. Michael has now hung up his race suit and is taking the reigns of a superbike team also using the Kawasaki ZX10R for 2013. This seems to be the manufacturer of choice for this season after British number 1 Shane Byrne took the championship aboard the same bike. Again with lots still to be finalised Howie was not able to give away too much to who he is signing this year. But, with his announcement taking place on Febuary 13th he will be back to give us the full story of what is happening.

Last but not least British Triumph Triple challenge chamion Rob Guiver was in the studio for the two hours talking about he winning season, hopes and planes for the coming season. Rob, always being optermistic is looking forward to the testing so he can finally get his hands on the all new 2013 Triumph Daytona. For all that know this seasons Super Sport championship seems to be attracting many ex-BSB riders this season will be a tough one. Current champion Glen Richards, fellow contry man Billy McConnell are back with Smith’s of Gloucester, last seasons supersport cup winner Glenn Irwin taking the vacant seat at Mar-train Yamaha left by Jack Kennedy. Moving from super bike Stuart Easton joins Gelnn Irwin, super stock 1000 last year, this year on supersport Australian Jason O’Halloran stays with the Samsung Honda team. Gearlink team for this year are two men who battled it out for the 2011 championship and showed the world this is some of the best racing outside of 1000cc superbikes. Ben Wilson teams up with who was the “enemy” Alastair Seeley at Gearlink. Another ex-BSB rider is Scott Smart, Smarty has joined teh Oxford Tag Triumph for this year.

So apart from the normal BSB again the super sports look like a fantastic line up as normal. And not for getting the TTC all eyes with be on young Geordie rider Chrissy Rouse who I think will be in with a shout of taking the the championship to the wire come the final round at Brands Hatch in October.

With a ex-British and world champion in the studio on Tuesday the 12th February keep your eyes on twitter @davieboy106 announcement of who the ex champ coming to the studio will be.

New year, new racing 22.01.13

At long last we have turned a corner, or turned a new year. Now we have this out of the way it’s aain time for people to come and chat to me on air. Since my last blog I’ve been out at most of the British Super Bike championship meeting. Along the way I was with the 2012 Triumph Triple challenge winner Rob Guiver. He will be in the studio on Tuesday night talking about all he has lined up for this year.

Tuesday night 22nd I was joined on the phone by Britishs Touring car driver and team owner Chris James of ES Racing with lots still happening with cars, drivers and sponsors Chris couldn’t reveal too much on what lays ahead for the team.

Second guest of the night is a man who took up racing at a very late age. Infact 18 years old when he first thought it would be a good idea to start racing. Now 22, Dan Wells, is racing Formula 3 cars in the Japanese championship with the KCMG team based in Hong Kong, Dan will be at some of the best known circuits in Japan held over 6 rounds tracks including Montegi, Fuji speedway, Sugo and of course Suzuka to hopefully be top of the listings come October.

We wish both Chris and ES Racing along with Dan Wells all the best for the coming season.

Keep upto date with the goings on with ES Racing

And Dan Wells

Champions night for BSB

Well, with one race left to run we already have three champions to showcase on 1st Gear, Glenn Irwin, British Super Sport Cup won the title at Silverstone along with Luke Hedger Monster Energy Motostar and Rapid Rob Guiver who lifted the Triumph Triple Challenge title also.

Along with three new chapions we had the pleasure of talking to James Whitham. Commentator, pundit and all round funny bloke Jim talked baout his commentating and the 2012/13 foggy and wWhit tour that starts at the end of October with three dates then three further dates in January. Pleased to say they will be gassing about all things bikes at Chelsmford’s Civic Theatre on January 15th.

Over the last six months I’ve had close hand experiance the highs and lows of racing in the support class of the BSB by being at Rob Guivers side helping with pit board on Friday’s making sure we have enough fuel for free practice, quallifying and race day. With that I have to say a massive thanks to Rob Guiver and all at RG Racing this season. Seeing what goes on behind the scenes of a support series of the British Super Bike Championship.

Join me every Tuesday from 6pm for all the latest in the world of Motorsports.

Bike night again

Well today it was great to talk about my passion again. Ben Crowe from Team 99 Racing spoke about racing the SV650 in the mini twins part of the Thundersport racing. Thundersports, being the second largest following in the bike racing season after the British Super Bikes. Ben Crowe fits out bikes not just for himself but also for other teams and individual racers. Ben is very busy prepping bikes for the beginning of the season which kicks off at Brands Hatch on the weekend of 3rd March.

Talking to Scott Hudson from Gearlink Kawasaki, who seems just a little excited to get the season underway which starts on the Easter bank holiday weekend. Teaming up with British Super sport rider Ben Wilson who lost out to the championship by just a single point in 2011. So far he seems happy with the team and all the preparation in getting the bike running. Only down side for Scott is that he has only rode at a few of the tracks. Luckily he will have help from team mates who have set ups for suspension from previous years. Scott hopes to have his very own web page up and running by end of this week. Keep an eye out for the site

Last and not least, a man who has won championships both here in the UK and his home country of Australia, Billy McConnell. Not knowing who his team mate would be, how much of a shock was it when he finds out it would be long term friend Glenn Richards. With Bill third place in the British super sports in 2011 and BSB Evo champion in Glenn Richards, Alan Smith owner of Smiths(Gloucester) Racing will be the team to watch in the 2012 season. Bill’s day job is testing bikes for Triumph. Along with Glenn Richards and another Ozzie, Paul Young. It’s good to know that the bikes you will be riding are tested by current sports bike riders

1st Gear kicks off with bikes!

Now I know it’s no supprise to start with two wheels but needs must.

It was great to have three young(two anyway) riders start the new show. Tommy Dale third in last years Triumph Triple challenge. Tom Weeden 8th overal also in the TTC and Phoenix favorite Rob Guiver, third in this years British 125 championship.

It was good to find out the plans for the three of them to see where they are moving to for 2012. Tommy Dale was moving up to the super stock 600 class in the BSB support class, Tom Weeden moving to European Super Stock 600’s and with Rob now moving out of the 125 class and going to the TTC for 2012.

Tommy, Tom and Rob are not just there to make up the numbers but are serious about winning there class this coming season.

We will keep in contact with the three riders over the year to see how there season pans out and hopefully we could have a champion visiting us come the end of the season.

Join me next Tuesday when we talk more motorsports on 1st Gear.

Over the coming weeks we will also have guests from BTCC, single set racing and one make series from around the UK.