OMG Racing travelled down to RNAS Yeovilton on Tuesday (30th July) to meet up with True Heroes Racing, who are based at the Royal Navy’s airbase, for a tour and insight into the daily operations of the facility.
The OMG trio of Luke Mossey, Josh Elliott and Billy McConnell were joined by True Heroes Racing riders Jim Walker, Dave Sellars and Dave Mackay for a day of activities built around the operation of RNAS Yeovilton and its various squadrons based at the Royal Navy’s airbase.
After a few photos out on the runway with the team’s Suzuki GSXR-1000R’s, the teams were invited into the Navy Wings hangar. where they were shown up close some of the historic aircraft on display including a Sea Fury, Swordfish and a Sea Harrier. From there it was on to the station’s fire brigade station where the OMG team were invited to try different pieces of firefighting equipment, including an airfield Fire Engine water cannon.
Unfortunately, the team’s planned outing in a Merlin Mk4 helicopter was grounded due to the weather. However, Lieutenant Commander Cross (845 Naval Air Squadron Operations Officer) – invited the team into the 845 Naval Air Squadron hangar. The team received full technical briefing on the Navy’s flagship Merlin Mk4 helicopter as well as the opportunity to discuss engineering similarities between Racing and Aviation.
The day was rounded off with a set of Royal Navy fitness and swim tests led by Royal Navy Physical Training Instructors Chief Physical Training Instructor Marc Feighery.
OMG Racing supports True Heroes Racing through their #SupportedbyOMG scheme, which lends support to teams and riders throughout the Bennetts British Superbike paddock. For the 2019 season, OMG provided their 2018 National Superstock 1000 bike, which True Heroes Racing rider Jim Walker uses to compete against Billy McConnell in the championship this year.
The unique race team, formed in 2012 by a serving Royal Navy sailor, offers opportunities for wounded, injured and sick UK Service personnel and Veterans to become directly involved in motorcycle racing at the British Superbike Championships to aid their rehabilitation and adjustment to life outside the military.
Luke Mossey #12 – Bennetts British Superbike
“I enjoyed the bleep test, I’m really into my fitness back at home and it was good to compare that to how the Royal Navy evaluate recruits. Seeing all the machinery they had there and having a bit of a laugh with the boys was a good way to build up to Thruxton this weekend. “
Josh Elliott #10 – Bennetts British Superbike
“My favourite part of the day was getting to see all the aircraft, it was amazing to see the size of them in reality – obviously in photos on the TV you never get the real scale of the aircraft, like the Merlin until you’re stood right next to them. I’ve been sending the folks back home photos through the day and they’re all jealous. The fitness test at the end, I don’t know whose idea it was but it wasn’t the best surprise I’ve ever received!”
Billy McConnell #3 – Pirelli National Superstock 1000
“We did a few different fitness drills today, the bleep test is something I haven’t done since school and it’s only been 6 weeks since my operation so it was a bit tougher than I remember, definitely got a bit competitive with the boys though so it was a good laugh. The water treading exercise at the end was really interesting as well, we didn’t use the full kit like the Navy boys would do so you can easily see how much more difficult an exercise like that can be. It was cool just to walk around and see all the different helicopters and planes, have a mess around with the fire hoses on the fire engines. Big thanks to the guys for having us out here and for managing to get my bike in the back of one of the Merlin’s – There’s new profile picture in there!
Paul Curran – OMG Racing Team Principal
“Really great to be invited down to RNAS Yeovilton today by True Heroes Racing on our way to Thruxton for Round 7 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. It was interesting to see some of the machinery on display, including a Merlin Mk4 helicopter and personally to learn more about the mechanical requirements behind keeping one operational.
Thanks to the staff at RNAS Yeovilton for taking time out of their schedules to give us the tour, and to True Heroes for organising the day.”
Phil Spencer – True Heroes Racing Team Principal
“As a Sailor based at Yeovilton it was great to have the opportunity to invite OMG Racing to visit my place of work to reaffirm and thank them for the support they have provided True Heroes Racing this year. As well as to give them a first-hand insight into some of the Royal Navy activities that take place at RNAS Yeovilton.”
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