All back to work 12th June 2017

All back to work 12th June 2017

All back to work now; thank you for your patience while our lead times have stretched from 6 to 8 weeks to 10 to 12 weeks. TAB II Classics Welder/Fabricator Mark Purslow has just finished competing at the Isle of Man TT on his Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin and ECTA Racing’s Kawasaki ZX6R. Many thanks to all of you who asked about his progress and sent him luck. Anyone who followed the TT coverage this year will know that it was a difficult meeting as a number of practice sessions were cancelled or stopped because of adverse weather conditions and race days were moved to alternative days. This obviously affected all the teams with lack of practice time and this included Mark with ECTA Racing. The Kawasaki ZX6R competing in the SuperSport races needed more development time to come to full potential, but unfortunately the weather conditions did not allow this. That said, Mark still managed a very respectable 115.237 mph average during qualifying, with a 39th place finish in the actual race recording a 114.163 mph average over the four laps for which he received a bronze replica trophy – picture shown here. Well done Mark! On the Supertwin, Mark achieved 109.403 mph average during qualifying but the bike was overheating and losing power. Mike Cond, Mark’s mechanic, persevered with the bike engine and ECU and modified the fairings but again lack of testing meant they couldn’t test the race setup. On the first lap of the actual race the engine decided that enough was enough and a valve decided to kiss a piston resulting in a catastrophic engine failure; luckily Mark was able to pull to one side and stop safely and that ended the Isle of Man adventure for this year. A special thanks to ECTA Racing as Mark’s main sponsor, and also not forgetting Safety Net Services, Made with TRUST, E&M Motorfactors, Surrey Stove Installations, Electra Motogear and all other supporters and contributors to Mark’s racing operation including Colin Purslow, Gwen Purslow and super mechanic Mike Cond. Learning the 37 mile-plus mountain course is not an easy task and at TAB II Classics we commend anyone who has achieved this feat. We also sadly acknowledge that the meeting does not always give the desired outcome and wish to pass on our sincerest condolences to family and friends of the three riders who died this year. We also wish injured riders a full and speedy recovery.

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