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Byrne And Irwin Head Busy Weekend Ahead For PBM

Lake District-based Paul Bird Motorsport are set for a busy time of it this forthcoming weekend Shane Byrne & Paul Birdwhich will see Paul Bird’s various teams in action on both two and four wheels.

Brands Hatch is the venue for the second round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship and sees the Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team continue their title defence following a podium finish at the opening round at Donington Park over Easter.

Read the full article on our website: http://www.flexicon.uk.com/en/?page=article.php&id=460
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Donington Dreaming For Flexicon Sponsored Byrne And Irwin

This forthcoming Easter weekend sees the Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team start their title defence Shane Byrne & Paul Birdwhen the opening round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship gets underway at Donington Park.

Reigning champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne is gunning for title number seven after clinching last year’s crown in dramatic fashion in the very last race of the season for Paul Bird’s Lake District-based team and the 41-year-old Londoner is confident of further success on what will be his third successive year aboard the factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R.

Read the full story on our website: http://www.flexicon.uk.com/en/?page=article.php&id=457
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Flexible Conduit Specification Guide for Hazardous Areas from Flexicon

Responding to the demand to safely protect power and data cabling in today’s interconnected world, Flexicon has launched its most extensive flexible conduit Products and Solutions Guide for Hazardous Areas.

Says Tim Creedon, Sales & Marketing Director for Flexicon: “Failure to protect power and or data cabling within Hazardous Areas with the potential risk of explosion can be catastrophic for safety and operational efficiency.”

Read the article in full here: http://www.flexicon.uk.com/en/?page=article.php&id=454
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Byrne Sensationally Crowned Champion At Brands

In one of the most dramatic finishes to the season in many years, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne claimed the 2017 title in the most dramatic style at Brands Hatch today when he overcame a 33 point deficit to win his sixth MCE British Superbike Championship title.

Riding the factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R, the Sittingbourne-based Londoner knew the odds were stacked against him following a poor run of results in recent rounds which saw him trail title-rival Leon Haslam arriving at the track at which Shakey had last taken a victory back in July.

The weekend started well with the 40 year old topping all three free practice sessions as well as being fastest in all three qualifying sessions. From pole position, he went on to take victory in yesterday’s opening race of the triple-header weekend in the unseasonably warm conditions as Haslam came home fourth, to close the gap between him and Byrne to 21 points.

Today dawned bright and in the second of the weekend’s races, Byrne was involved in a titanic scrap for the lead, cheered on by his legions of fans in the record 58,000 crowd at his local track. He went on to take victory by half a second and with Haslam encountering problems and struggling to tenth place, Byrne, who claimed BSB career win number 84 and a 21st around the famous GP track, saw the gap reduced to a mere two points but still in Haslam’s favour.

Shakey lined up in the middle of the front row for the final race of 2017, although a slightly sluggish start saw him drop back to sixth at the end of the opening lap, one place behind fast-starting arch-rival Haslam. Positions remained the same until lap six when Haslam crashed heavily at Hawthorn which gave Byrne the advantage. Needing a top 11 finish to claim his record-breaking sixth crown, Shakey did what he needed and brought the bike home in eighth place to wrap up the title and with it, gave Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team their 11th British title in the process.

Team-mate Glenn Irwin also ended his 2017 season strongly and, after being forced to retire from yesterday’s race, he opened his account today with a strong ride into seventh having overhauled fellow Ulsterman Michael Laverty on the final lap.

The Carrickfergus rider started from tenth place for the last race of the weekend and looked on course for another top ten finish until a big moment at Sheene Curve on lap five caused him to run into the gravel trap. Dropping back to 17th, he fought his way back up to 13th for three hard-earned points to finish the season in 12th overall.

Shane Byrne: “You always go racing to win championships but after having such a rough ride over the last few rounds, I was beginning to think 2017 just wasn’t meant to be so the weekend was all about having some fun and whatever happened, happened. After yesterday’s race, I was suddenly a lot less points behind and back in the hunt but I knew Leon wasn’t going to take it lying down and he proved that in the final race. When he crashed in front of me, it threw me a bit though and for the next few laps I wasn’t sure what to do. I kept hearing things and making the odd mistake so it took me a while to get back into my rhythm. The race took an eternity but to defend my title for the first time is an amazing feeling. We got the job done so a big thanks to the PBM team, Ducati, my sponsors, my family, everyone. I’ve always wanted to defend the title so I’m over the moon to do it and going into the winter as the 2017 BSB champion is an amazing feeling.”

Glenn Irwin: “The weekend started positively but I had a difficult Saturday with a small electrical problem hindering us in both qualifying and the first race. Sunday was definitely a lot better though and although not back to my best, I was a lot more competitive. The end results might not look the greatest but I had a lot better feeling and was able to give the team a lot more feedback so we know the direction we need to go in for 2018. It’s been a mixed season but that’s the way racing goes sometimes and it will ultimately make us a lot stronger so roll on 2018.”

Paul Bird, Team Owner: “I’m absolutely flabbergasted! We came here with a small chance of the title but it got more realistic as the weekend went on and Shakey rode sensationally all weekend, it was a very fast Shane Byrne that turned up this weekend. Full credit must go to the team as well as they were under pressure all weekend to put a bike under Shakey that would deliver. It’s the first time Shakey’s defended the title and it’s both his and our sixth BSB title but this is probably the sweetest. It’s a very proud day for all of us and not a bad effort at all for a little team from up north!”

MCE British Superbike Championship race two (20 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
2 Christian Iddon (BMW)
3 James Ellison (Yamaha)
4 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
5 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
6 Peter Hickman (BMW)
7 Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)

MCE British Superbike Championship race three (20 laps)
1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
2 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
3 James Ellison (Yamaha)
4 Michael Laverty (Yamaha)
5 Christian Iddon (BMW)
6 Peter Hickman (BMW)
8 Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
13 Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)

Final Championship Standings (after 12 rounds)
1 Byrne 637pts
2 Brookes 634
3 Haslam 631
4 Hickman 578
5 O’Halloran 567
6 Dixon 562
12 Irwin 132

For further information, please visit www.pbmuk.net and www.britishsuperbike.com

Pictures courtesy of Jon Jessop

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Byrne And Irwin All In For Assen

The second round out of the three that comprise the Showdown in the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship makes its now traditional foray over the North Sea to the TT Circuit Assen whereby both Be Wiser Ducati riders Shane Byrne and Glenn Irwin go in search of glory this weekend.

Having led the series for most of the year aboard the factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R for Paul Bird’s Lake District-based team, five times and defending champion ‘Shakey’ endured a disappointing opening round of the Showdown at Oulton Park last time out to drop down to third in the standings, 23 points behind series leader Leon Haslam.

So arriving at Assen, the Sittingbourne-based Londoner knows he can’t afford any further slip-ups if he’s to add title number six to his tally and the plan is to take the battle back to his rivals and hopefully add to his double victories at Snetterton and Brands Hatch in mid-season, as well as the one at Oulton Park earlier in the year.

Byrne has won twice at Assen and finished runner-up to Haslam in both races last year but that’s not an option this time around as he goes all in with a view to reducing the gap to Haslam and Josh Brookes in order to take the fight to his local Brands Hatch track next month for the three-race finale to the thrilling 2017 season.

Team-mate Irwin, meanwhile, also struggled at Oulton Park just one week after securing his maiden BSB victory at Silverstone so the Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland rider also has his own agenda coming into Assen. With the serious injuries he sustained mid-season continuing to heal, Irwin knows that a decent performance aboard his Be Wiser Ducati can take points off Byrne’s title rivals if he’s challenging for the podium, so he’ll be doing all he can to back up Shakey, especially given the recent announcement that both riders would remain with the PBM Be Wiser Ducati team for 2018.

Shane Byrne: “The recent run of tracks and the lack of results we've had lately, means only one option, and that is I have to win all remaining five races starting with the two at Assen this weekend. If I do that, even if Leon finishes second to me in every race, I’ll be the champion but it’s nowhere near as simple as that. I'd like to think I perform well under pressure and with the pressure of a title defence and the expectations of the team, manufacturer, sponsors, fans, friends and family upon me, I intend to do my very best to make this happen.”

Glenn Irwin: “I'm excited to get to the ‘Cathedral of Speed’ and I’m looking to putting the Be Wiser Ducati back up the pointy end where it and I belong. Training has again been good this week and along with some other preparation, I feel ready. Since I won at Silverstone, I’ve not enjoyed the best fortune so the plan is to go out there and give it my all and if I can get in amongst Shakey’s title rivals, then it goes without saying I will do. Assen is a track which will suit our bikes so there’s no reason why we both can’t be on the podium.”

Championship standings (after ten rounds)
1 L Haslam 571pts
2 J Brookes 549
3 S Byrne 548
4 J Dixon 541
5 P Hickman 530
6 J O’Halloran 517
11 Irwin 116

For more information, please visit www.pbmuk.net or www.britishsuperbike.com.

Pictures attached (courtesy of Jon Jessop Photography) Shane Byrne (67) and Glenn Irwin (2)
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Atkore International Group Inc. Acquires Flexicon Limited

Harvey, Illinois, September 5, 2017/Business Wire/ -- Atkore International Inc. (“Atkore”) (NYSE: ATKR), today announced that it has acquired Flexicon Limited (”Flexicon”), a leading global manufacturer of metallic and non-metallic flexible cable protection systems that carry many international and market product approvals and serves the industrial, commercial and infrastructure sectors in more than 55 countries (www.flexicon.uk.com).

“We are excited for Flexicon to join the Atkore family as their product portfolio both enhances our electrical raceway offering and strengthens Atkore’s global presence” commented Mike Schulte, President-Mechanical Products and Solutions. “With a similar electrical distribution sales channel, this acquisition reinforces a shared focus on providing innovative solutions that help make our customers successful.”
Adrian Poulton, founder of Flexicon, added, “We’re pleased that Flexicon’s success in providing flexible and liquid-tight conduit solutions is recognized and valued as a strong contributor towards providing Atkore customers with quality, delivery and valued solutions. Under the leadership of Duncan McKinlay, Managing Director, Flexicon has developed an extensive range of industry and customer approved products and look forward to realizing the synergies in our combined markets and pursuing additional growth opportunities as a part of the Atkore team.”
Flexicon is headquartered in Birmingham, England.
Terms of the sale are undisclosed.

Read More: http://www.flexicon.uk.com/en/?page=article.php&id=444
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Irwin Takes Sensational Victory At Silverstone

Northern Ireland’s Glenn Irwin took his maiden MCE British Superbike Championship victory in dramatic fashion at Silverstone this afternoon with the Be Wiser Ducati rider revelling in the damp conditions to win by a commanding 3.4 seconds.

Read the article in full here: http://www.flexicon.uk.com/en/?page=article.php&id=445
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Podium For Byrne In Dramatic Day At Silverstone

After the highs of Glenn Irwin’s first MCE British Superbike Championship race win yesterday, the Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team had a challenging day at Silverstone today, the highlight of which was five-times and defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne finishing third in the opening race to grab another valuable Podium Point prior to the Showdown starting next weekend.

Read the article in full here: http://www.flexicon.uk.com/en/?page=article.php&id=446
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Joy And Despair For Flexicon Sponsored Byrne At Cadwell

Round eight of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship took place at a packed Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire this weekend and saw a mixture of emotions for Be Wiser Ducati rider Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne who took a podium in the opening race only to be denied a victory in race two due to a technical problem.

Read the full story on our website: http://www.flexicon.uk.com/en/?page=article.php&id=441
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NEW Flexicon Knowledge Tutorial – Cable Protection- North American Approvals.

Learn more about the relevant standards and requirements for Cable Protection to meet North American Approvals.

Request your copy here: http://www.flexicon.uk.com/en/?page=article.php&id=439
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