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Steve Polden :- started racing at the age of 17 on various bikes, CB750 K6 very scary, Yamaha RD400 and RD350LC and RD250LC on which I won the southern Sixty Seven Club Championship in 1981. Then moved onto more serious stuff TZ350 proper racing.
In 1984 I went back to production racing on a Yamaha RD500LC, this bike got a lot of attention because of the speed it was capable of.
In 1985 I took over an old part of Kings of Oxford which we called Kings Two Wheel Centre and I gave up the road racing to concentrate on building up our new business venture

Racing

Craig Polden (son) :- Started racing at the age of 5 on a Suzuki RM50 motocross bike, as Craig got older he moved onto a Kawasaki 60 and 85 and then into the 125cc class.
Craig moved onto road racing and took part in the Aprilia Superteen class on a RS125.
Craig had some good results, at 17 he moved onto the Aprilia RS250 class.
In 2003 Craig took part in the Yamaha R6 Cup, with Cal Crutchlow and Tommy Hill, the best place Craig achieved in the R6 Cup was 6th place at Oulton Park. While Craig was taking part in the R6 Cup we were leant a Winnebago to stay in from the Father of a good friend of ours, to say thank you for the loan of this motor home we invited the family to a meeting at Donnington Park, where they were so impressed with Road Racing that they wanted us to introduce there Grandson to the sport, his name was Bradley Smith.
We helped Bradley to get started with the Aprilia Superteen class, and the rest is now history as Bradley is now taking part in Moto GP, we would like to wish him all the best for 2013. Craig has gone back to motocross and he is taking part in GT Cup on a Yamaha YZ125.

Georgina Polden (Daughter) :- Started racing at a young age on a KX65, she progressed onto Suzuki RM85 and 125 she certainly caused a stir with the boys. Georgina has also taken part in the Girls Nationals and has got some good results. Georgina is now riding a Honda CRF250 and is taking part in the GT Cup. Georgina has also taken part in the Weston Super Mare Beach race for the last 5 years and has finished the race every year.
Georgina decided she would like to have a go at road racing, so we took her to Mallory Park to get her road licence and then she went to Brands for a meeting, but she had to go in the 250cc class as they did not have a 125cc class, she improved her times throughout the weekend but as she was on a 125cc it was hard going for her.

At Easter she entered the Aprilia RS125 Superteens  at Donnington Park, she certainly
took on the challenge, she achieved 3rd novice home on her debut race, and finished in top 10 in most of her races. Georgina is now deciding which path to take Motocross or Road Racing.

Our family are very passionate about motorcycling .

Aprilia RS125 challenge 2013

Georgina has finished the 2013 season, she has gained some good points and finished in

7thplace in the Nitro Newcomers CUP,

3RDplace in the Ladies Buff Championship

15thplace in the Aprilia RS 125 Superteens

Also she was awarded the Flying Lowes Trophy.

Georgina has gained lots of track time and got more experience as the season went on.

She is now getting ready for the 2014 race season, Georgina is going to stay with the Aprilia 125 Superteens and aims to better her positions from last year.

She has been putting in extra track time in Spain and plans to put her experience from there into

good use back on the English tracks.

 

Final Prep before start of 2014 season –

We attended the final test day with Thundersport GB at Donnington Park on Sunday 23rd, with the Ben Gautrey Foundation. The weather was very windy out on track but stayed dry a bit different from the week before when we were testing at Donnington in the snow and rain. We managed to complete all 7 sessions gaining more track time and working on our lap times averaging at 1.32s. Craig had noticed Georgina’s corner speeds had improved from the winter training in Cartagena, Spain last month where we went to get more experience on corner speed. In the afternoon all Superteen riders attended the Ben Gautrey foundation academy where Georgina was given advice on things for her racing career with Steve Brogan and Max Coates, it helped her to understand a bit more for her racing this year. The Kings Two Wheel Centre rider now feels ready for start of the season, with just under 2 weeks to go at Brands Hatch. Thanks to all the sponsors this year, we will be keeping you updated throughout the season with our race reports.

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Brands Hatch Round 1

Round 1 soon came round after the long winter break.

We arrived at Brands on Thursday to set up the garage in preparation for

Fridays testing.  The weather was surprisingly sunny.

Three laps into testing on the Friday my engine blew up, so I had to use the

Spare bike so that I could get use to the track. The spare bike is not as good as my race bike, but at least I could get track time.

The engine in my race bike was rebuilt ready for qualifying on Saturday Morning.

I qualified 8th with a time of 59 seconds, I wasn’t feeling too confident with the bike, so I knew I would have lots of work in the race to get my times down.

Race 1

I had a really bad start due to a problem with my clutch I was last off the line and had to be pushed started, I really had my work cut out as the others were well in front. My adrenalin kicked in with frustration and I knocked seconds off my qualifying time and managed to finish the race in 10th place.

The bike was back in the garage to have a new clutch fitted.

Race 2

With the clutch all sorted I got a much better start, I was 5th off the line and had a good battle with 6th and 4th place, I finished the race in 4th place and had got my times down to 57 seconds.

Sunday 9th March 13, 2014

Race 3

I was really looking forward to getting back on track, I had a good start and was in 4th place and battling for 3rd place I had got my time down to 56 seconds but ended up finishing the race in 4th place.

Race 4

Another good start I had a really good battle with Tryston on the corners, this was until the race was red flagged with 3 laps to go. I finished in 4th place with lap times of 57 seconds.

I really enjoyed the weekend after such a bad start with the engine blowing up,

The weekend was a really good result for me.

I am back at Brands on Sunday to test a TZR 125, I have been given the use of it

From a friend of my Dads.

If you would like to watch Races 3 and 4 from the Sunday they will be shown on

Motors TV on the 20th March at 9.30pm and 21st March at 3.45pm, where I have a Motors TV Camera strapped on my bike.

Round 2 will be 12th and 13th April at Donnington.

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Georgina in first place taking the chequred flag

SNETTERTON 4TH -5TH MAY 2014

This is a weekend I will never forget for all different reasons, from sadness to happiness. Firstly my Grandad passed away and I had his funeral on the Friday before racing. My feelings were not really set for racing, so I was going to just enjoy it and see what happened and the weekend finished on a high.

Saturday was testing.

Sunday morning went out for qualifying where I unfortunately got involved in a big crash with another rider making a big mess of the bike, and writing off my helmet.

When I got back to the garage I was shocked to hear that I had managed to put it on pole the lap before I was taken down, this gave me a buzz for the first race.

 

Race 1

Start wasn’t so good but managed to keep on the pace finishing in second place, I didn’t  expect myself to be able to keep up with pace. This really put me in the right frame of mind for Race 2, I knew that I was on a pole and I needed to use this to my advantage.

Race 2

This race was something very special for me as I was battling with the top3 all race until the last 2 laps to go, I took the lead and finished the race in 1st place.

Not only is this my only ever 1st win but I made history at Thundersport GB as being the first girl in the Aprilia Superteens Series to ever reach 1st place podium. 

I was so happy with that result.

 

Monday

Race 3

After Sunday ending on a high I was still in shock and buzzing from 1st place result, I wanted more of them, so I set off to a ok start and was battling with the top3 again and I managed to pull off another 2nd place.

Race 4

Excellent start breaking away with 1st leaving the rest of the pack behind, I had a really good battle with a fellow competitor Joe Thompson swapping from 1st to second throughout the race, it came to my last lap and I really wanted another win , so had my line set up to go round outside an inside for the last corner as I went to make my move I went too far off the racing line so my bike unsettled nearly causing me to have another off but I kept it together I just couldn’t make my plan happen, I was still pleased though as I managed to pull some corner speed out for a good drive in order to catch back up to finishing a tenth of a second off 1st place, so another 2nd place finish.

 

Really pleased with how I rode this weekend it has brought my confidence along way and I just have so much more feeling on the bike, I managed to stay consistent with my lap times too.

Thank you to my Mum and Dad, Kings Two Wheel Centre, Ark Scaffolding, Smart Rimz,

Oxford Products, 151’s Clothing, Putoline Oil, and Steve at Weisse clothing.

Looking forward to Cadwell Park in the next few weeks and hoping for another consistent performance.

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Georgina  going round the outside of number 74

Catch Georgina battling with number 74 on Motors TV

Thursday 15th May @ 9.30.

Cadwell Park 4th – 5th May
Round 4 soon came along after a very exciting Round 3 at Snetterton. Test day on Saturday was very wet so hardly any dry track time. Then came to Sunday morning for the qualifying session it had dried out so was looking to get a good time but not having been to cadwell park since last year I had a feeling it was going to be a challenge having to get to grips with it again. However we qualified 3rd with time of 1.51.09 so was pretty happy to be on front row after not much practice.
Race 1:
Feeling confident from my qualifying session and knew that me, Joe Thompson and Rory skinner would be on a close race again. Start was not brilliant but straight into 2nd which I was feeling pretty comfortable in me and Rory skinner managed to leave the pack fighting our way round the track for 1st position, I completed the race in a strong 2nd position only .3 off Rory so yet again was close!
Race 2:
I was determined to get another taste of the top step again so managed to get off to another great start leaving pack once again with Rory battling each lap made some pretty good passes on each other changing position! Until last lap got my head together taking the lead round Chris curve corner managing to stay 1st all way to chequered flag! Lap times down to 1.47.8.
Race 3:
After successful Sunday, today I was feeling stronger for some better racing! Another good start after moving my grid position up to 2nd. Me and Rory had another close battle until couple of lap before end we reached the back markers Rory got threw where I got stuck behind going through hall barns which lost me 3 seconds unfortunately Rory got away by this time but was strong 2nd finish for me.

Race 4:
Last chance for me to have another win, Joe Thompson stayed with us in the pack this time round so was more interesting, felt in a comfortable position until came over the mountain and had big tank slap which nearly caused me a big off but saved it just with my motocross experience! Joe Thompson swooped past into 2nd so had bit of work to do before 4 laps before end of the race, unfortunately I couldn’t overtake so finished 3rd.
Another successful weekend, had few suspension problems throughout the weekend but managed to hold it all together until that little mountain wobble! Big thanks to Dad (Steve) mum (Sandra and brother (Craig) for all their hard work throughout the weekend also huge thank you to my sponsors: Kings Two Wheel Centre, Ark Scaffolding, Smart Rimz, Putoline Oil, 151s and Oxford Products.