Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy Riders 2022

Meet Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy Scholar 2021/22

Ruben Boyd 12yrs from Ballyclare.

Ruben is the son of ex racer Mark Boyd of the former Village Carpets Team.

Ruben is another young rider coming from the IMC pit bike series in 2021 and has only had his National licence from June last year. Ruben has had plenty of experience in mini/pit bikes over several years.

Stepping up last year didn’t faze him at all and within a short few months’ achieved 4th overall in the Moto-One USBK Championship and a very impressive 3rd overall in USBK Moto 3 Championship.

Ruben will shine brightly again this year in both championships’ classes at USBK and Mondello Masters.

He will campaign our Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy Tianda TDR300, a machine he basically only got set up on how he likes at the end of last season.

He will also have his Boyd Racing Moto 3 machine, therefore getting plenty of track time.

Ruben’s future ambitions would be to step up into the BSB /World Championship paddocks.

We wish Ruben well on this years challenge.

Meet Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy new recruit for 2022.

13yrs, Bailey Dobson from Belfast.

Younger brother of Rossi and son of ex road racer Sammy Dobson.

Bailey is another young rider coming from the IMC pit bike series, which he has competed in from 2018 and had some good races with his now new Academy team mates.

Bailey is moving into the National short circuit championships this year after achieving great results, superb lap times and podiums. He was greatly rewarded at the end of 2021 season with the IMC minibike Scholarship.

He will campaign the IMC Tianda TDR300 at both USBK and Mondello Masters championships.

Bailey’s future ambitions would be to step up into the BSB paddock with the Honda British Talent Cup Championship. To reach this goal Bailey would have to have enough time on the bigger circuits here at home.

We believe Bailey will fit in to the Academy and gain from our help guidance, sponsors plus the support of his team mates and families.

Welcome Bailey to National Short Circuit Racing.

Meet Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy supported rider 2021/22

Kai McClintock 14yr from Ballymena

Kai is another young rider coming from the IMC pit bikes and youth moto x. Kai joined the Academy in 2020 for his first year in National racing, but unfortunately only had the one race in the September due to covid.

2021 Kai had a superb season on his studio 16 – 300 Kawasaki winning every race he entered and collecting the 2021 USBK Moto-One Championship. He also collected the IFS MCRRCI Endeavour award in September.

This season he will campaign the Studio 16 – 400 Kawasaki in the SS300 class and has been given the opportunity to ride in the Moto 3 class.

No doubt Kai will again be racing for podiums and wins !

Kai future ambitions would be to step up into the BSB and hopefully World Championship.

Best wishes to Kia for 2022

Meet Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy supported rider 2021/22

Alexander Rowan 14yr from Dromore

Alexander Rowan was our inaugural scholarship rider from 2020, unfortunately covid scuppered everyone’s plans for 2020. Alexander did make several rounds of the British Talent Cup at BSB level and took him to a different plan altogether.

Alexander has done extremely well competing in the standard Moto 3 series, he has built up a good relationship with teams and other riders in the series.

Alexander will again compete at the BSB British Talent Cup series and several USBK rounds on the Team Rowan Moto 3 machine.

The Academy will support his team at home events.

Alexander in small in stature but has a big presence on track !          

Am sure everyone will support Alexander at home and away. Good Luck Team Rowan

Meet Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy Senior supported rider 2021/22

Lee Hara 16yrs from Coleraine

Lee is the son of former road racer William Hara; This father and son team get on with the racing business in a quiet way. A pleasure to work with.

Our Academy is set up to help 12-15yr old youths, but our committee are given our more senior riders an extra year due to losing probably 18 months during the covid pandemic.

Lee was the IMC inaugural scholarship rider for 2020 after having a successful season on pit bikes.

Lee had the use of the IMC backed Tianda TDR300 in the Moto-One class. Again, the first season didn’t happen with covid, but Lee made good use of track days.

Lee had his Academy team mate Kai McClintock in his sights all season long in the Moto-One class picking up 10 second place finishes and two wins, finishing runner up in the Championship. Lee also achieved an excellent runner up in the Moto 3 class.

Lee also hope to compete at BSB Championship and further ambition to compete at NW200, IOM TT and Ulster Grand Prix.

2022 season Team Hara will be moving into the Twins class using a Kawasaki ER 650.

Best wishes for the season Lee.

Meet Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy Senior supported rider 2021/22

Dean Graham 16yrs from Lisburn

Dean was offered Academy support at the start of 2021, Dean started off on an Aprilla 125 but quickly found out he was too big for the aging machine.

With the help of his mum and step dad Ryan Robinson a Kawasaki 300 replaced the Aprilla.

Dean had some bike experience at motox and pitbikes.

At the Academy private test days Dean got support from his academy team mates, encouragement from academy officials. Dean improved at very event he took part in, finishing 7th overall in the Moto-One Championship.

2022 another Kawasaki 300 has been purchased and Dean hopes to get better results this year with a new bike. Dean feels more comfortable on the new bike so looking good results and going to push harder this season.

The Academy is for every level of competitor, Dean impressed last year and achieved great results for so little time on his machine.

Well done, Dean.

We wish Dean another successful year ahead and offer our full encouragement.

Meet Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy Senior supported rider 2021/22

Martin Burnett   17yr from Glengormley

Martin joined the Academy for 2020, this was after 2019 season on the National racing scene. He achieved several podiums finishes that season with 3rd place in the Junior Cup Championship. Martin also has moto x and minibike background which has helped develop his race craft.

Martin with his father Martin snr, were a great help during the inaugural year of the Academy. 2020 Martin managed to make several Thundersport rounds, learning a few of UK circuits.

2021 season Martin competed in the very competitive SS300 class on his Yamaha machine, scoring top five finishes produced 2nd place in the Championship. Bettering his 2019 3rd place in Junior Cup.

2022 Martin is staying in the SS300 and hopes to be fighting for the Championship win, Still riding his Yamaha. He will hopefully later in the year take part in the Supersport Cup class on his father’s Yamaha R6, he will be looking for podiums in this class also.

Ambitions for the future, hopefully secure much needed funding for stepping into BSB championships.

Best Wishes to the Team Burnett.

ROUND ONE of USBK CHAMPIONSHIP BISHOPSCOURT REPORT

Great start to the 2022 USBK Championship for the ten Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy riders.

The event was blessed with a cold but dry racing conditions after mixed conditions in qualifying.

Ruben Boyd had a great qualifying securing pole in the Moto-One class, newcomers to the Nationals Bailey Dobson finished in 3rd and Cory Barron 4th after switching from Kart racing. Alex McCalmont not far behind Cory in 5th. Dean Graham had some bike issues all day but got 7th on the grid.

SS300 class Kai McClintock had a up and down qualifying after securing second on the grid he slipped off without injury. Martin Burnett and Callum Clint just behind on the grid with 3rd and 4th positions.

MOTO-ONE Race 1 – Ruben Boyd turned his pole position into a fantastic win after making some adjustments after qualifying, pulled an impressive gap over his race rivals. Bailey Dobson got his first podium at his first ever national race in 3rd. Cory Barron and Alex McCalmont also at their first national race finished an incredible 5th & 6th respectively.

SS300 Race 1 – This race was a close encounter with all the Academy riders, lap one seen Martin Burnett punted of the track as he tipped into the chicane before ringawaddy, luckily martin managed to stay on. Kai McClintock made the most of the race taking a win from Callum Clint just .7 sec between them at the line.

This is the best performance we have seen from Callum while in the academy. Martin Burnett finished back in forth after the earlier incident.

MOTO-ONE Race 2 – The last race of the day took place just before 6pm was reduced to 4 Laps not a lot of time for any race but again the Academy riders did well, Ruben Boyd finished in 2nd place this time out just pipped by Robert O’Neill, well done Robert. Bailey Dobson again securing a 3rd place podium, Cory Barron 5th, Alex McCalmont 6th and Dean Graham 9th.

After round one of the Championship Ruben is joint lead with 45 pts, Bailey Dobson 3rd 32pts, Cory Barron 5th 22pts, Alex McCalmont 6th 20pts and Dean Graham 9th with 15pts.

SS300 Race 2 – Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy had the podium locked out. Kai McClintock continues to collect wins from Callum Clint and Martin Burnett filling the 3rd position on the podium this also reflects in the class championship with Kai on 50pts, Callum on 40pts and Martin on 29pts joint with Nicky Burns.

Supertwins – Lee Hara from Coleraine had some gremlins during practice but still managed to start from the back of the grid and achieving two great results. Race one Lee finished in 7th and race two 6th. This is a great result for Lee who has just moved up from Moto-One class last year. Lee stands in 5th place of the Championship and has the making of a great season on his Kawasaki.

Another class our riders compete in is the Moto 3, this helps develop machine knowledge for British Talent Cup events in the future.

Alexander Rowan Team Wood Academy supported BTC rider, was at home this weekend, Ruben Boyd, Kai McClintock and Bailey Dobson all compete in the Moto 3.

Qualifying Ruben Boyd finished 2nd quickest followed by Alexander, Kai in 4th and Bailey 7th.

MOTO 3 Race 1 – Ross Moore took the win from Alexander, Jack Burrows in 3rd. Ruben, Kai and Bailey finished behind each other in 4th 5th 6th respectively.

MOTO 3 Race 2 – had the same podium positions as race 1 with Kai McClintock this time just in front of Ruben and Bailey finishing 7th. The Championship looks like Alexander in 2nd place with 40pts, Kai McClintock and Ruben Boyd in joint 4th with 24 pts and Bailey Dobson in 6th with 19 pts

All the Academy riders did the team proud, this is our first full season with the Academy and we are looking forward to the future of each riders development.

Thanks to the promoting club and all marshals etc.

Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy. USBK Round 1 Race Report          

Great start to the 2022 USBK Championship for the ten Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy riders.

The event at Bishopscourt was blessed with a cold but dry racing conditions after mixed conditions in qualifying.

Ruben Boyd had a great qualifying securing pole in the Moto-One class, newcomers to the Nationals Bailey Dobson finished in 3rd and Cory Barron 4th after switching from Kart racing. Alex McCalmont not far behind Cory in 5th. Dean Graham had some bike issues all day but got 7th on the grid.

SS300 class Kai McClintock had a up and down qualifying after securing second on the grid he slipped off without injury. Martin Burnett and Callum Clint just behind on the grid with 3rd and 4th positions.

MOTO-ONE Race 1 – Ruben Boyd turned his pole position into a fantastic win after making some adjustments after qualifying, pulled an impressive gap over his race rivals. Bailey Dobson got his first podium at his first ever national race in 3rd. Cory Barron and Alex McCalmont also at their first national race finished an incredible 5th & 6th respectively.

SS300 Race 1 – This race was a close encounter with all the Academy riders, lap one seen Martin Burnett punted of the track as he tipped into the chicane before ringawaddy, luckily martin managed to stay on. Kai McClintock made the most of the race taking a win from Callum Clint just .7 sec between them at the line.

This is the best performance we have seen from Callum while in the academy. Martin Burnett finished back in forth after the earlier incident.

MOTO-ONE Race 2 – The last race of the day took place just before 6pm was reduced to 4 Laps not a lot of time for any race but again the Academy riders did well, Ruben Boyd finished in 2nd place this time out just pipped by Robert O’Neill, well done Robert. Bailey Dobson again securing a 3rd place podium, Cory Barron 5th, Alex McCalmont 6th and Dean Graham 9th.

After round one of the Championship Ruben is joint lead with 45 pts, Bailey Dobson 3rd 32pts, Cory Barron 5th 22pts, Alex McCalmont 6th 20pts and Dean Graham 9th with 15pts.

SS300 Race 2 – Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy had the podium locked out.Kai McClintock continues to collect wins from Callum Clint and Martin Burnett filling the 3rd position on the podium this also reflects in the class championship with Kai on 50pts, Callum on 40pts and Martin on 29pts joint with Nicky Burns.

Supertwins – Lee Hara fromColeraine had some gremlins during practice but still managed to start from the back of the grid and achieving two great results. Race one Lee finished in 7th and race two 6th. This is a great result for Lee who has just moved up from Moto-One class last year. Lee stands in 5th place of the Championship and has the making of a great season on his Kawasaki.

Another class our riders compete in is the Moto 3, this helps develop machine knowledge for British Talent Cup events in the future.

Alexander Rowan Team Wood Academy supported BTC rider, was at home this weekend, Ruben Boyd, Kai McClintock and Bailey Dobson all compete in the Moto 3.

Qualifying Ruben Boyd finished 2nd quickest followed by Alexander, Kai in 4th and Bailey 7th.

MOTO 3 Race 1 – Ross Moore took the win from Alexander, Jack Burrows in 3rd. Ruben, Kai and Bailey finished behind each other in 4th 5th 6th respectively.

MOTO 3 Race 2 – had the same podium positions as race 1 with Kai McClintock this time just in front of Ruben and Bailey finishing 7th.  The Championship looks like Alexander in 2nd place with 40pts, Kai McClintock and Ruben Boyd in joint 4th with 24 pts and Bailey Dobson in 6th with 19 pts

All the Academy riders did the team proud; this is our first full season with the Academy and we are looking forward to the future of each riders development. 

Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy. USBK Round 2 Race Report   

The traditional Easter Saturday event was the first of one of the “big” short circuit events for most of our riders, The 46th Enkalon Trophy Races.

With already having the first round at the same circuit our riders where more relaxed about this event. Weather was dry but quite blustery giving a few of the Moto One and SS300 riders a problem with cross winds especially at the hairpin.

Moto-One Qualifying – Ruben Sherman Boyd had another great qualifying securing pole in the Moto-One class on the Team Wood Academy Tianda TDR300 from Robert Oneill. Bailey “Bomber” Dobson did a great qualifying 3rd on the grid, riding his IMC Scholarship Tianda TDR 300.

Cory Barron in just his second motorcycle race chipped away at this lap times and putting his Tianda TDR 300 on 5th place. Alex McCalmont on his Kawasaki 250 made a steady progress getting 7th on the grid.

Dean Graham on the Graham Racing Kawasaki 300 just a bit further back with 11th on the grid.

SS300 Qualifying Kai McClintock again put in a classy session claiming pole position on the Studio 16 Kawasaki 400.  Adam Brown improved greatly from the first round to get 2nd on the grid by a tenth from Callum Clint, Clint Racing Kawasaki, Nicky Burns 4th and Martin Burnett getting 5th quickest on his Zakado Yamaha.

Moto 3 Qualifying Young Jack Burrows claimed pole with eight tenths over Kai McClintock on the Habit Moto 3 machine. Ruben Sherman Boyd managed 3rd on the Team Boyd Moto 3 and Bailey “Bomber” Dobson taking 5th place slot. Not too bad for such a wee lad.

Supertwins Qualifying Our only representative in this class is Lee Hara. Lee is making great progress from moving up to this class for 2022. Qualifying in 8th position. Great qualifying result as four of the new Aprilla’s and a KMR supertwin are heading the proceedings.

MOTO-ONE Race 1 – Ruben Boyd turned his pole position into another fantastic win, following up his win two weeks earlier. Ruben had an 8 sec lead at the line over Robert Oneill on his KTM with Bailey Bomber Dobson less than half a second behind in 3rd. Cory Barron had another strong performance coming home in sixth (Tianda TDR300). Alex McCalmont on his Kawasaki 250 is steadily putting laps in and finished 7th. Dean Graham completed the race in 10th. All the riders did exceptional well and show their determination in the sport.  

SS300 Race 1 – Kai McClintock made the most of the pole position taking a win on the Studio 16 Kawasaki from Adam Brown, Nicky Burns made the podium in 3rd place and Martin Burnett Zakado Yamaha finishing a distant 4th. Callum Clint unfortunately DNF after parting company from his machine unharmed.

Supertwins Race 1 – Lee had a great race improving on his qualifying time by 1.5 seconds and finishing 7th overall. Once Lee has more time aboard his Floors plus Doors Kawasaki 650 he will definitely be closer to the front.

Supertwins Race 2 – Race two for Lee seen him in good company producing a fantastic 6th place, he is getting the grips of the Kawasaki 650.  Lee now holds 4th place in the Supertwins Championship. Well done.

MOTO-ONE Race 2 – After an incident earlier in the day caused a long delay this was the last race of the day. Ruben Sherman Boyd romped to another win from wee Bailey “Bomber” Dobson in a very creditable second place. Robert Oneill filling the last podium position, Dylan McCrory picked up forth from Cory Barron fifth, both lads on Tianda TDR300s. Alex McCalmont again finished in 7th place and Dean Graham 11th.    

After round two of the Championship Ruben now leads it by 14pts on 95 pts, Bailey Dobson 3rd 68pts, Cory Barron 5th 43pts, Alex McCalmont 6th 38pts and Dean Graham 9th with 26pts.

SS300 Race 2 – Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy once again had the podium locked out.Kai McClintock continues to collect wins from Callum Clint and Martin Burnett filling the 3rd position on the podium, with just four seconds covering them. this has a reflection in the class championship with Kai on a full house 100pts 4 wins from 4 starts, Callum on 60pts and Martin closing in on 58pts.

MOTO 3 Race 1 – We where presently surprised by having all three of our Academy Moto 3 riders on the podium, Kai McClintock the only rider on Pirelli Slicks took the win from Ruben Sherman Boyd and wee Bailey “Bomber” Dobson picking up a cracking third place.  Unfortunately, young Burrows slid off but unhurt.

MOTO 3 Race 2 – Jack Burrows made a great recovery from the first race incident DNF to win this race from Ruben Boyd. Bailey Dobson made the podium again in 3rd place. Kai McClintock made an uncharacteristic DNF.

The Championship positions now have Ruben Boyd in the lead with 64 pts, Jack Burrows 2nd on 57. The biggest surprise is Bailey Dobson is now 3rd in the championship with 52 pts.

The Academy are over the moon with all the team rider’s results. Well done.

Hopefully they can continue the great performance at the next round at Kirkistown.

Thanks again to all our sponsors and trade discounts.

Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy.   19/04/22

Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy. USBK Round 3 Race Report   

After Easter Saturday Enkalon Trophy event the academy riders moved across Strangford lough to Kirkistown for the Easter Monday event.

Our new team riders have only had one track day session prior to this event, Cory Barron, Bailey Dobson and Alex McCalmont. The weather was again dry but quite blustery, like Saturday’s event.

Moto-One Qualifying – Ruben Sherman Boyd once again had another great qualifying securing pole in the Moto-One class on the Team Wood Academy Tianda TDR300, Bailey “Bomber” Dobson going one place better from Saturday filling second and Robert Oneill. 3rd on the grid. Cory Barron put another good solid session his Tianda TDR 300 with sixth place. Alex McCalmont (Ballyclare) had a fantastic session on his Kawasaki 250 following Cory on the grid in seventh. Dean Graham on Kawasaki 300 improved his qualifying in eighth.

SS300 Qualifying Adam Brown took pole from Kai McClintock claiming second position on the Studio 16 Kawasaki 400.  Nicky Burns third, Callum Clint forth, and Martin Burnett getting fifth quickest on his Zakado Yamaha.

Moto 3 Qualifying Alexander Rowan claimed pole after a Friday/Saturday to forget at British Talent Cup weekend. Jack Burrows claimed second Ruben Sherman Boyd third. Kai McClintock on the Habit Moto 3 Pirelli mounted machine fifth. Bailey “Bomber” Dobson taking sixth.

MOTO-ONE Race 1 – Ruben Sherman Boyd again romped to another fantastic win on the Team Wood Academy Tianda TDR300, this time over the always improving Bailey “Bomber” Dobson on his IMC Tianda TDR300. Both riders had respectively five second advantage over the next rider Robert Oneill. Cory Barron had another strong performance coming home in forth (Tianda TDR300). Alex McCalmont on his Kawasaki 250 keeps improving and finished a creditable sixth. Dean Graham completed the race in eighth.

SS300 Race 1 – Adam Brown had an impressive win by seven seconds from Academy’s Kai McClintock. Martin Burnett on his Zakado Yamaha finishing a distant fourth and Callum Clint followed him home.

Supertwins Qualifying Lee Hara qualified in twelfth position in a very strong competitive field.

Supertwins Race 1 – Lee Hara had a steady race improving both in position at the line in eleventh and cutting his lap time by a second.

Supertwins Race two for Lee seen him producing a fantastic ninth place, again he improved in all areas taking another three tenths off his lap time.is getting to grips of the Kawasaki 650.  Lee now holds joint third place in the Supertwins Championship.

MOTO-ONE Race 2 – What a race, Ruben Sherman Boyd stamped his authority on this race, lapping other riders up to third position. Almost nine seconds behind Robert Oneill in second and a Cory Barron first podium in third, we are sure Cory will be looking more podiums the rest of the season. Alex McCalmont had a strong race coming over the line in fifth place, Dean Graham had a better result in seventh. Bailey “Bomber” Dobson had another DNF again uninjured.

After round three of the Championship Ruben now leads it by 28pts on 145 pts, Bailey Dobson 3rd 88pts, Cory Barron 4th 72pts, Alex McCalmont 6th 59pts and Dean Graham 7th with 49pts.

SS300 Race 2 – Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy Kai McClintock continued to collect another win. This time not so easy after Adam Brown got the hole shot off the line and opened a gap of three seconds, putting in consistent low 1.06 laps. Kai had a messy first lap in second but put in lap after lap in the 1.05s closing Adam down on the penultimate lap.

After a few passing manoeuvres on the last lap, it was neck and neck heading to the finish line. Kai just got the win by one tenth.  Nicky Burns ten seconds back got third. Martin Burnett forth and Callum Clint in fifth.

This had to be the race of the day, Kai and Adam should be proud of the performance they put on in this race. On the flipside not the results Callum or Martin wanted, but we’re sure they will turn this around at the next round.

The championship now looks like Kai leads on 145pts, Martin Burnett in 3rd on 84pts and Callum Clint 4th on 82pts.  

MOTO 3 Race 1 – Alexander Rowan followed up his pole with a commanding win over Ruben Boyd. Jack Borrows got himself on the podium in third. Kai McClintock and Bailey Dobson had a race long battle with passes made on every lap. Eventually Bailey made an error heading to fisherman’s sliding off unharmed, Kai finished in forth

MOTO 3 Race 2 – Jack Borrows kept Alexander Rowan on it all race long, Alexander taking the chequered flag just 7 thousand of a second from Jack. Ruben Sherman Boyd had another great race on his Boyd Moto3 machine in third place. Bailey “Bomber” Dobson had a great fifth place and ahead of Kai McClintock in sixth.

The Championship positions now have Ruben Boyd in the lead with 100 pts, Jack Burrows 2nd on 93. Alexander Rowan is now 3rd with 90pts. Bailey Dobson is joint 6th with 63 pts.

The Academy Riders will now have a couple of Mondello events before the next USBK round in June.

All the young competitors, not just our Academy riders in Moto-One, Moto 3, SS300 and Supertwins should be very proud of their results and races so far this year.  

Thanks again to all our sponsors and trade discounts, especially Pirelli Moto for the supply of fresh tyres.

Team Wood Motorcycle Youth Academy.   23/04/22