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Flexicon sponsored Byrne Sizzles To Snetterton Double in British Superbikes!

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne put in two faultless performances at Snetterton over the weekend with the Flexicon Sponsored Be Wiser Ducati ace winning both MCE British Superbike Championship races to move up to second in the Championship table after round five.

Read the full story here: https://goo.gl/Z3dh4k
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Griflex are Exhibiting at Hannover Messe 24th – 28th April 2017

Griflex will be in Hall 16 Stand F02, as part of the Flexicon Group, ready to share the latest developments for the Automation Industry.

For your free visitor ticket, courtesy of Griflex visit https://goo.gl/T3UiyY

Or for more information on our stand at Hannover Messe 2017 visit our website: http://www.griflex.com/news/view/hannovermesse2017
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The Griflex warehouse has relocated from Kitts Green, Birmingham to new premises in Coleshill Birmingham, next to Sister Company Flexicon Ltd – Cable Protection specialists.
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The Flexicon Sponsored PBM Team enjoyed a great weekend at Brands Hatch to round off a fantastic season in the MCE sponsored British Superbike Championships.

Pictured above is Tim Creedon (Flexicon Sales & Marketing Director, Left) and Paul Bird (PBM Team Owner, Right) celebrating PBM becoming the most successful team in the history of the Championship.
Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne claimed the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship title in dramatic style at Brands Hatch today when he overcame the difficult autumnal conditions to win his fifth British Superbike Championship title.
After Saturday’s heroics where the 39-year-old Londoner increased his advantage to 27 points after main rival Leon Haslam crashed out in the wet conditions, heavy morning rain had left the 2.4-mile Kent GP circuit extremely damp but a dry line had appeared by the time the opening 20-lap race got underway although Shakey found himself running on the edge of the top ten on the factory backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R.
Keeping title rival Haslam in his sights, with just three laps to go, he overhauled team-mate Glenn Irwin for seventh and with Christian Iddon retiring on the penultimate lap, he moved up to sixth, one place behind Haslam. That was how they finished and the result clinched Shakey the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship. Irwin, third in the opening race on Saturday on the Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R, ran in the top five for much of the race and although he was overhauled by Byrne and Haslam in the closing stages, he hung on for seventh to back up his third place of the previous day.
The third and final race of 2016 was only four laps old when it was red flagged due to an oil spillage, eventually getting underway again over the shorter distance of 10 laps. Shakey was back in eighth at the end of the first lap but by half race distance he was up to fifth and that became fourth with just three laps to go. The penultimate lap saw him up to third to eventually claim the final podium position to end his season and eventually win the championship by 29 points.
For 26-year-old Ulsterman Irwin, 17th wasn’t how he wanted his year to end but a poor start saw him close to the back of the field and although he made a few overtaking manoeuvres, the short race distance meant he was unable to climb any higher but 12th place overall was a good result in his rookie BSB year.
The result saw Byrne add to the titles he won in 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2014 and his result was enhanced by Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team taking their fifth BSB title too, adding the four of Shakey’s to the one won by Steve Hislop in 2002 to become the most successful team in the history of the championship.
Shane Byrne: “I must admit, it’s a strange feeling to have won the championship with a sixth place finish but to do so with a new manufacturer is a massive achievement for both myself and the team. The conditions in the first race today were very tricky and the bike was strong in the wet part of the track and not so strong in the other parts so it made it very difficult to overtake. Leon came by and I realised I needed to keep one place behind him to clinch the title and whilst he pulled away initially, he gradually came back to me and we got the job done. Winning my fifth title will probably sink in later and it’s certainly a weight off my shoulders and whilst I was desperate to end with a win, we signed off with a podium. The whole Be Wiser Ducati team have worked incredibly hard all season long so a massive thank you to them especially my crew chief Giovanni, and team of Kev and Sam.”

Glenn Irwin: “The second race today wasn’t how I wanted to end the year but I made a horrendous start and with it being such a short race there was no time to do anything. The race earlier in the day was a lot better and overall it’s been a good year. It’s been tough at times without doubt but I’ve learnt a lot and made good progress whilst I haven’t had many DNFs or made too many mistakes. I’ve really enjoyed myself so a big thank you to the whole Be Wiser Ducati team, Paul Bird Motorsport and all my sponsors.”
Paul Bird, Team Owner: “To win our fifth title and become the most successful team ever in BSB means a lot to us especially with Ducati coming back with us after a long time away. It’s hard to find the words at present to describe just what we’ve achieved and for once I’m speechless! Conditions were difficult all weekend but you just have to deal with them and Shakey obviously showed his class once more. He knew what he needed to do, didn’t panic and delivered exactly what he had to. Glenn had a late season flurry of results and got his confidence back so it’s good to see him have a solid debut season in BSB.”

MCE British Superbike Championship race two (20 laps)
1 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
2 John Hopkins (Yamaha)
3 Peter Hickman (Kawasaki)
4 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
5 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
6 Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
7 Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)

MCE British Superbike Championship race three (10 laps)
1 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
2 John Hopkins (Yamaha)
3 Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
4 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
5 Christian Iddon (BMW)
6 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
17 Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)

Final Championship Positions (after 12 rounds)
1 Byrne 669pts
2 Haslam 640
3 Ellison 610
4 Linfoot 602
5 O’Halloran 568
6 Mossey 550
12 Irwin 143
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The Flexicon Sponsored, Be Wiser Ducati rider Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne took over the lead in the title race of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship with a podium and a victory at a dramatic round five of the series Shane Byrneheld at Snetterton in Norfolk on Sunday.

Aboard the factory-supported Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R, the 39-year-old Londoner stormed to pole position courtesy of a Datatag Superpole lap inside the lap record to start today’s first race from P1 on the grid but it very nearly all went wrong on the opening lap for the four-times champion when he was forced wide and onto the grass, re-joining in last position.
 
From there, Byrne showed his true class and aided by a new lap record, he tore through the field to claim a brilliant third at the chequered flag to record the 162nd MCE BSB podium finish of his career.
 
The new lap record meant that Shakey started race two from pole position again and he immediately grabbed the lead although he had a group of riders queuing up behind him. However, on lap six, he upped his pace and it allowed him to break away from the chasing pack, only Dan Linfoot able to go with him. Throughout the second half of the race though, Byrne controlled affairs from the head of the field and with the race ending early due to a red flag, he duly took his third win of the year, and the 71st of his career, to retake the championship lead.
 
Team-mate Glenn Irwin, meanwhile, started the first race from 11th place and with good pace throughout practice and qualifying he was hopeful of securing two good results. The race started well too as he moved up to a fine fifth place but the 26-year old’s race ended early when a technical problem with a gearshifter caused him to retire at the end of the fourth lap.
 
The Carrickfergus rider did, however, get to start the second race from the more advanced position of fifth on the grid. A poor start put him back in tenth but he regrouped and was soon back up to seventh, less than two seconds behind his team-mate. At half race distance he moved up to sixth and although he got pushed back a spot by Christian Iddon, seventh was a deserved way for his and the Penrith-based team’s weekend to end.
 
Shane Byrne: “The first race was very annoying as I had good pace and was confident that if I could get to the front I could manage the tyre and the race. Leon tried to pass me though and if I hadn’t have lifted the bike up we’d have both been down. I re-joined in dead last and abused my bike for the rest of the race, treating each lap like a qualifying lap. I paid the price towards the end with grip so I just brought the bike home for third. I knew tyre life would again come into play in the second race so I made a conscious decision to start steadily. I could see Dan was still with me towards the end of the race where I was all set to pull the pin in the last four laps but the red flag came out so it saved me the effort!”

Glenn Irwin: “The team made some good changes prior to the first race and it gave me the best feeling I’ve had all year so it looked like a podium was within our grasp. However, the bike started
to Glenn Irwincut out quite considerably on lap five and I had to retire but luckily, we get two BSB races in a day and two chances of a result. In race two, I had to ride without a quickshifter but, after an average start, I was able to make some good progress and the bike’s certainly as quick as anything else out there now. I was losing grip so the red flag probably played into my hands and overall, it’s been a good weekend for me and I feel more confident now.”
 
Phil Borley, Technical Director: “It’s been an excellent day for Shakey although it’s obviously a shame about the coming together with Leon in race one. Had it not been for that we could have been looking at a double win but we’ve got to be pleased with first and third and with the championship lead ours once more, it’s very much onwards and upwards for Shakey. Glenn made good improvement in both races and it’s a shame an electrical problem caused him to drop out of the first race. We thought we’d cured it but it came back on his sighting lap so to ride for the entire race without a quickshifter was a great effort. His confidence is improving all the time and he had good race pace this weekend so he’s doing a great job.”

MCE British Superbike Championship Race One (16 laps)
 1 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
 2 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
3 Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
 4 Billy McConnell (Kawasaki)
 5 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
 6 Jake Dixon (BMW)
DNF Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)
 
MCE British Superbike Championship Race Two (12 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
 2 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
 3 Michael Laverty (BMW)
 4 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
 5 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
 6 Christian Iddon (BMW)
7 Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)
 
Championship Standings (after five rounds)
1 Byrne 156pts
 2 Haslam 152
 3 O’Halloran 116
 4 Linfoot 111
 5 Iddon 104
 6 Cooper 98
13 Irwin 34
 
The next round takes place at Thruxton in Hampshire over the weekend of 22/24 July and for further information, please visit www.pbmuk.net and www.britishsuperbike.com.
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One day to go until doors open at the Middle East Electricity Exhibition in Dubai  #mee2016 . Griflex will be co-located on the UK Pavilion, in Hall 2, stand number 2F28 as part of the Flexicon Group stand.
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The Flexicon Group are delighted to be exhibiting at AusRAIL, from the 24th to 26th November, in Melbourne Australia.

AusRAIL is the meeting place for anyone operating in, or looking to do business within the Australian rail sector. Hosted in Melbourne for the first time since 2008, AusRAIL PLUS 2015 is shaping up to be the largest AusRAIL ever hosted.

AusRAIL PLUS attracts around 450 exhibiting organisations biennially, 900 conference delegates, 120 high level speakers and provides 12 networking functions including delegate luncheons, gala dinners and exhibition networking drinks.

We will be showcasing the latest in Cable Protection solutions, with our sister Company Flexicon, for the Rail Industry so come and talk to the team on stand 423.

For details of this event and to register for free tickets use the following link:
http://www.ausrail.com/exhibition/free-exhibition-pass-registration/
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Following a tough couple of rounds, the Flexicon Sponsored Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport team bounced back in superb fashion at round nine of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park this weekend whereby reigning champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne scored a superb double victory to get his challenge back on track.

With three MCE BSB races over the course of the weekend, it was a busy meeting for both the riders and the team, but pole position for Saturday afternoon's race saw Shakey back to his best aboard the PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R. From there, he made it count and having grabbed the lead going into the first corner, he was never headed during the 18 laps and despite coming under pressure from James Ellison in the closing stages, he duly took his significant 67th career MCE BSB win.

Sunday’s race saw the 37-year-old Sittingbourne rider locked in battle with main title rival Josh Brookes and there was never more than half a second between the pair. Going into the final two laps, the race was still anyone's but on the penultimate lap, Byrne suffered a technical problem which resulted in retirement and cruelly robbed him of crucial Podium Points heading into the Showdown.

With a spare engine fitted for the third and final race, it proved to be a hard fought race for Shakey and whilst he held a comfortable second place in the early stages, a slight mistake after a period under the safety car saw him drop back to fourth. But in typical style, the four-time champion fought his way back into contention and grabbed the lead on the penultimate lap to take his seventh win of the season.

Meanwhile, team-mate Stuart Easton was making his return to racing after breaking his leg in a high-speed spill at Brands Hatch in July and the weekend started well as he eased his way back. The Hawick-based rider was placed in a strong twelfth after the free practice sessions but unfortunately crashed out in the early stages of qualifying.

With further damage to his already injured leg, the 32-year-old Scot was forced to withdraw from the remainder of the meeting and with other results over the course of the two days not going his way, it meant he slipped back to seventh in the table, subsequently missing out on one of the top six Showdown spots.

Shane Byrne: "First of all, I'm delighted to be in the Showdown again this season and we can now regroup and get ready for the final three rounds. The first race was quite tricky this weekend and I wasn't sure how it would pan out, but I tried to relax and look after the tyres and it all went to plan. The second race was the first time we've had an engine failure in two years and I really felt for the team so that final race win is for them as they've turned it around for me after the problems we've had in recent rounds. Again, it was a hard race and after I made the pass on Josh, it gave me some work to do, but I dug deep and pulled through for the victory."

Stuart Easton: "After all the hard work in getting back for this round, it's not only disappointing to suffer another injury setback, but to miss out on a Showdown place by a narrow margin is especially harsh. I gave it my best shot and it didn't work out so now I have to concentrate on getting fully fit again. Well done to Shakey on the double win, I'm pleased for him and the PBM team and I hope to be back in action for Assen."

Paul Bird, Team Owner: "It's been a bittersweet weekend and obviously I'm really disappointed for Stuart after fighting his way back from injury only to suffer another one this weekend. He was riding really well this season and the broken leg in July came at the worst possible time and it's ultimately cost him his place in the Showdown. He's a fighter though and will come back stronger for sure. For Shakey, he's shown his class again this weekend and after a slight dip in form, he's bounced back like the champion he is. We had a cam-chain problem in the second race, which was our first engine problem in two years, but the boys put a spare engine in and he showed his class. It's now all about the Showdown and we're definitely ready with the only aim being to retain the number one plate."

Whereas Byrne trails Brookes in the points table, attention now turns to the Showdown scoring format which sees Brookes hold a slender two point lead going into the opening round of the Showdown, which takes place at Assen in The Netherlands over the weekend of September 18/20th 2015.

For more information, please visit www.britishsuperbike.com and www.pmbuk.net.

MCE British Superbike Championship -Race One (18 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Danny Buchan (Kawasaki)
4 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
5 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
6 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
DNS Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship -Race Two (18 laps)
1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
2 Danny Buchan (Kawasaki)
3 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
4 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
5 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
6 Peter Hickman (BMW)
DNF Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
DNS Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship -Race Three (18 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
2 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
3 Tommy Bridewell (BMW)
4 Danny Buchan (Kawasaki)
5 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
6 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
DNS Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)

Championship Positions (after nine rounds)
1 Brookes 553pts
2 Byrne 551
3 Ellison 522
4 Bridewell 507
= Linfoot 507
6 Laverty 500
7 Easton 139
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The Flexicon Group will be exhibiting at Rail2015 on the 16-17th Sept in Long Marston, where we will be showcasing the latest in Cable Protection Solutions and Hose & Ducting Solutions for the Rail Industry.

#Rail2015 is an outdoor rail show aimed at the entire rail sector. This will be an event that showcases the best range of products and services that meet the increasingly demanding needs of the rail sector with particular emphasis on best practice, ingenuity and the application of innovation. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their products, goods and services in a real rail environment with the option to utilise the facilities on the site. We'll be there with the latest #cableprotection

With the Rail Alliance regarded as an authority in matters relating to the UK rail supply chain and the challenges faced by SMEs supplying into it, the show will very much reflect and demonstrate support for all the Rail Supply Group work streams and will be integral themes to the entire show.

Throughout the two days there will be a comprehensive timetable of events and demonstrations taking place. Seminars and presentations will be delivered by high profile industry leaders and also experts in their fields.

- See more at: http://www.rail15.com/event.php#sthash.uKkz3ug6.dpuf

For your free tickets and further details visit - http://www.rail15.com/tickets.php
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BSB update - Flexicon sponsored team scores a double at Snetterton

Round four of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship #BSB took place at Snetterton where the Flexicon Sponsored Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport team enjoyed a superb day as reigning champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne stormed to a dominant double race win to lead the title chase.

Aboard the PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R, four-time champion Byrne started the first 16 lap race from pole position for the first time this season and a superb start saw him complete the first lap with an incredible 2.3 second lead. The rider from Sittingbourne maintained his advantage and increased his lead to almost four seconds before running to his pit board to come home a comfortable winner.

With further improvements to the machine for race two, Byrne again took an early lead in race two and although a safety car period allowed the pack to bunch up, by lap seven his lead was up to almost two seconds. Lapping over half a second quicker than all of his rivals, he wasn't to be denied and he duly swept to his second victory, this time by almost five seconds.

It was Shakey's 64th career win and the 14th time he had scored an MCE BSB double victory meaning he now holds a 17 point advantage over nearest rival Josh Brookes whom he beat into second place in both races.

Team-mate Stuart Easton, from Hawick, also enjoyed a reasonably good day at the Norfolk venue, somewhere he hasn't enjoyed the greatest of fortunes in the past, and took a brace of top seven finishes to maintain his fourth place overall in the championship table.

Having taken a victory and a podium finish already this season, the results saw the former double British Supersport champion consolidate his fourth place in the standings as the Scot eyes a place in the all-important Showdown later in the season.

Shane Byrne: "The weekend could have been worse couldn't it?! It's been a superb weekend for me and with a great start in the first race, I was able to get into a good rhythm straight away. It allowed me to get a good advantage and it played into my hands as about a third of the way through the race, I had a slight issue with the quickshifter and so had to nurse the bike home a bit. The PBM team did a great job and rectified the issue for race two and I knew I could run a faster pace and that's exactly what happened. I tried to keep it as clean as possible and pole position and a double is perfect."

Stuart Easton: "Snetterton is always my least favourite circuit on the calendar so to come away with a sixth and a seventh is not a bad day at all. It was difficult out there and I was struggling in the last sector so it was a case of hanging on. The team gave me a great bike and it kept me in touch so a big thanks to them. Staying in a good fourth overall is what I wanted and I can look forward to my home round at Knockhill now where I'll be looking to fly the Scottish flag high."

Paul Bird, Team Owner: "It's been a fantastic weekend for us and Shakey's been dominant today. He never looked like being beaten and showed what a class act he is. It's always been Stuart's bogey track so for him to come away with sixth and seventh is better than we expected too and we're looking strong in first and fourth overall in the championship. After a busy fortnight at the TT, we've shown our class today and got straight back into winning again so well done to the whole Paul Bird Motorsport Team."

MCE British Superbike Championship Race One - 16 laps
1 Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
2 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
3 Jason O'Halloran (Honda)
4 Tommy Bridewell (BMW)
5 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
6 Chris Walker (Kawasaki)
7 Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship Race Two - 16 laps
1 Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
2 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
3 Jason O'Halloran (Honda)
4 Michael Laverty (BMW)
5 Tommy Bridewell (BMW)
6 Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)

Championship Positions (after four rounds)
1 Byrne 151pts
2 Brookes 134
3 Ellison 118
4 Easton 99
5 Bridewell 77
6 O'Halloran 74

The fifth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Knockhill in two weeks' time (July 3/5th). For more information, please visit www.britishsuperbike.com and the brand new team website www.pbmuk.net
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