Duc ready to fly!

With under three weeks left until departure, the Rowe Racing Team has now ticked-off the final task of crating the bikes.


With the help of family and friends, the crates were welded together and strengthened by extra steel plates. The bikes were firstly strapped down, making the construction of what is essentially a cage much easier. From there, all the gear, spares, tools and basically everything but the kitchen sink was stacked around the padded bikes to ensure minimal movement when being loaded.


Having never previously attempted an overseas race, everything is very new and untested to the Team, so ensuring that all the tools, race gear and primarily the bike were tied down securely was paramount.


From what we can tell, everything is in order and the next step involves delivering the two crates to Adelaide Airport ready to be couriered to the Isle of Man.


Below are some photos of the crates being constructed and filled throughout the day. We’ll have an update soon on the bikes landing OS and how Royce is tracking with his preparation.


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Rowe Racing Sponsor Dinner a great success

Café Di Roma played host to the inaugural Rowe Racing Sponsor Dinner for our Manx GP expedition.


Team Manager Les Rowe and Brian Rosser, of BJR Products, were both thrilled to parade the finished race bike ready for crating.


All who attended had leant a hand in some way, so the two aforementioned team principals and rider Royce Rowe were glad to see a good turnout of the motorcycling community. Whether it be great or small, every little bit of help has accumulated into making the Isle of Man trip a reality for the Rowe Racing Team, who are obviously extremely grateful for all the support.


The great people at Café Di Roma were kind enough to let us adorn their dining area with Isle of Man memorabilia and a collection of memories from Les Rowe’s attempt at the 1989 Isle of Man TT.


The Rowe Racing Team would like to thank all who attended and hope that everyone enjoyed seeing the final product in the flesh. The team boards a plane in exactly three weeks from now to begin the pilgrimage to the Manx GP, with all involved chomping at the bit to give the race a red hot go!



Welcome to the Rowe Racing Team blog.


As well as giving a brief rundown about the team, the site will be updated regularly to keep you abreast of head rider Royce Rowe’s racing progress, in particular at the upcoming Manx GP held at the Isle of Man.


In the ‘About’ section you can find a brief rundown of the team, bike and rider, while under ‘Sponsors’ you’ll find the people that have made this trip possible.


To catch you up to speed on what has already been accomplished, the entries for the Manx GP have been accepted, but unfortunately due to over-subscription the team will no longer be competing in the Senior GP. This leaves the Super Twins class to be contested on the BJR Products Ducati. A Suzuki GSX-R600 will still be flying over with us to the Isle of Man to be used as a road bike for Royce to gain valuable track knowledge in the week leading up to official practice week.


The bike itself has undergone all the testing possible to prepare for the one-of-a-kind race. With such long straightaways, the engine is under extreme pressure for lengthy periods of time. Aero-dynamics and fuel consumption have been altered, while long-distance runs have been used to replicate the track conditions – all things considered, the team will still be waiting for practice week to really make significant adjustments.


With paperwork out the way, the team has now begun constructing the metal crates used to freight the two bikes, including the racing gear and tools/spares. The crates will be deployed in early August, meeting the team at the docks when we arrive at the Isle on August 18… hopefully!


In preparation for the gruelling 37.73-mile mountain course, Royce has begun personalised physical training at the South Australian Medical Research and Science Centre thanks to team sponsor Auldana Foundations. With outstanding results at previous endurance races, the team hopes Royce will be in his element at the GP.


Please be sure to check back here regularly at www.roweracing.org for more updates from the team. As the Manx GP draws closer, blog posts will become much more frequent to ensure all the supporters back in Oz are kept up to date with results and enlightenments from the team.


The team would like to thank everybody who has assisted in any way along this journey and can’t wait to see all the hard work come to fruition very soon.


Until then, stay rubber side down.


Rowe Racing Team