During the 2015 Isle of Man TT, the Australian Cameron Donald piloted Norton machinery in the Superbike classes, earning a best of 18th in the RST Superbike TT. As for the Supersport classes, he rode a Padgetts Honda CBR600RR, earning a pair of 13ths.This are unusual results for the 38-year-old Donald, who won the TT Newcomers Trophy in 200. For the 2016 TT, Donald will look to build upon his two TT wins. But he won’t be with Norton or Padgetts this year; instead, he has signed with the Northern Ireland-based Wilson Craig Racing aboard Honda CBR machinery.
Donald will pilot Honda CBR1000RR SP machinery in the RST Superbike, PokerStars Senior TT,and RL360 Quantum Superstock TTs, and Honda CBR600RRs in the two Monster Energy Supersport races.Wilson Craig was also backing Donald during the 2012 Monster Energy Supersport race 1, when Bruce Anstey just beat Donald to the line for one of the closest finishes in TT history.Cameron’s debut podium was second at the 2006 Senior TT when he finished second behind John McGuinness; that year, Donald was also backed by Wilson Craig Racing. He earned his two wins with victories in the 2008 Superbike/Superstock TTs; the following year, he set his first-ever 131+mph lap.To date, Donald has 10 TT podiums, he latest arriving in 2013 when he finished second behind Michale Dunlop in the Superbike race. Donald is also the eighth fastest rider ever to have lapped the 37.73-mile Mountain Course Circuit.Cameron Donald says “I’ve signed with Wilson again to race at the front of the Superbike field. He’s always prepared great bikes for me and I’m really comfortable with the team and see Wilson as a friend. I know that I can still win races on the Isle of Man and riding for Wilson Craig Racing will give me every chance to have a go for the top spot in the big bike class as well as the other races.”Wilson Craig says: “It’s no secret that I’ve always wanted to win a Superbike Race at the Isle of Man TT and with Cameron Donald riding for the team we’ve undoubtedly got a chance to win one. We’ve got a real affinity with Cameron and he’s always been consistently challenging in every class when he’s raced for us.”
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.