Sam Plans a Racing Return in Time for Next Season

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As we reported back in May, our sponsored rider Sam Osborne had to pull out of this year’s Thundersport GB Series after just three rounds. The reason? Sam was diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome after sustaining a head injury during a crash at a testing session late last year.

We talked to Sam yesterday and were delighted to hear that he is very much on the mend and, in his own words, he “feels much better in himself” and is very confident that he will be able to return to the track in time to prepare for the 2017 season.

With his health improving and the symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome gradually subsiding, Sam is scheduled to have an MRI scan to ensure that there is no lasting physical damage. As soon as the symptoms completely disappear, Sam will undergo a series of tests which, when completed, will allow him to get his racing licence back.

Sam had very mixed results in his three rounds of the 2016 Thundersport GB Series. He won in his class, he crashed out during horrendous weather and he had top ten finishes. He is very confident that he will improve on these performances during the 2017 season.

Sam, who rides for the leading Suzuki specialist tuning and racing team MSG Racing, is sponsored by The Motorsport Division of Lane Electronics.

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Old Injury Puts Paid To Sam’s 2016 Season

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After just three rounds of the 2016 Thundersport GB Series, our sponsored rider Sam Osborne has been forced to pull out of future events and put his racing career on hold.

During what he describes as a “casual” track day at Snetterton last December Sam, who rides for the leading Suzuki specialist tuning and racing team MSG Racing, contrived to run himself over sustaining a head injury that has proved to be more serious than was first thought. As a result, Sam has experienced issues with his eyesight and balance as well as dizziness, fatigue and headaches.

After many trips to the doctors, Sam has just been diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome which in effect means he has been regularly suffering with concussion-like symptoms since the Snetterton crash five months ago.

“Obviously i’m glad and relieved to finally find out what’s wrong with me although unfortunately it means I have had to suspend my racing licence as it’s not safe to continue racing in my condition.” Sam Osborne says. “Not only would it be very dangerous for other riders it could also leave me with permanent damage if I was to suffer another concussion on top of what I’m experiencing now. It is a nasty condition to have and one I have never heard of before. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.” Sam adds.

For Lane Motorsport, Managing Director Simon Hammerton says “We are all gutted for Sam who now has to sit out the rest of the season. But it is always better to be safe than sorry and we all hope he won’t be out for too long and back racing in the near future.”

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Sam’s Snetterton Weekend Begins Well But Ends With A Spill

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Many of you will have heard the expression – bad day at the office – and some of you will have had that experience. However, when your “office” is a race track and you’re riding a beast of a bike, such a day is not good for the rider or the bike.

The third round of this year’s Thundersport GB Series took place at Snetterton in Norfolk around the 2 mile, 3.22km, 200 circuit. Sam Osborne, who rides for the leading Suzuki specialist tuning and racing team MSG Racing and is sponsored by The Motorsport Division of Lane Electronics qualified 3rd in his class and 8th overall with an impressive 1.15 lap time.

“I was very happy with the qualifying time” says Sam “As during testing I was only managing 1.18/1.19s. Things were looking OK.”

By his own admission, Sam pushed too hard in the first of three races and a mistake on lap 7 saw Sam tuck the front into the hairpin. Race over for Sam.

In race 2, Sam had a big high side coming out of Snetterton’s “Bomb Hole”. Although managing to keep the bike upright, Sam was hanging off the bike being dragged along the track until his Suzuki ran over his leg and he had to let go.

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“The bike continued on its own before barrelling itself and my reward was a massive hole in my arm and burnt-through leathers which to be fair did the job they are designed for” Says Sam.

Unable to prepare either himself or the bike for race 3, Sam reluctantly called it a day and left Norfolk sore and empty handed.

The next event on the Thundersport calendar is at Cadwell Park at the end of May.

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Sam Shows His Fighting Spirit On Race Weekend Number Two

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Sam Osborne (photo by Alan Lygo)

After another good practice session at Donington Park, Sam Osborne had every reason to feel confident going into the three-race fixture that made up the second weekend of the 2016 Thundersport GB season. Unfortunately for Sam and many other competitors, the weather had other ideas. Sam, who rides for the leading Suzuki specialist tuning and racing team MSG Racing, is sponsored by The Motorsport Division of Lane Electronics.

In Race 1, Sam qualified seventh on the grid and was soon leading his class and was second overall. It began to look like Sam would repeat his success at the first weekend of the season and take the chequered flag in his class. Like all the other bikes in the race, Sam’s Suzuki GSX-R 600 was on dry tyres so when it began to rain he ‘toned it down a bit’ in the expectation that there would be a race-altering lack of adhesion flag or even a race-stopping red flag as the rain started to get worse. The flags never came and, despite being ‘careful’ Sam had what he describes as a ‘massive high side’ coming into McLeans.

After more than ten riders went down, the race was stopped. Sam’s bike (and Sam!!) were both damaged and were unable to join the restart just ten minutes later.

Despite a possible broken hand and a badly damaged bike, Sam managed to get home in 8th place in Race 2 and did even better in Race 3, coming 4th.

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Sam Osborne (photo by Gavin Elliott)

A brilliant achievement by a brilliant rider.

Thankfully, both rider and machine can be fixed – hopefully in time for the next race meeting at Snetterton at the end of April.

Lane Electronics’ Motorsport Division

We established a Motorsport Division around three years ago to offer high performance electronic connector solutions for multiple applications across racing platforms including cars, bikes and boats at all levels of the sport. Our products – such as the latest circular connectors from Souriau’s 8STA Series – are used extensively in bike racing.

If you have any questions about our motorsport connectors or any of our other connector products or services, please email sales@fclane.com or call us on +44 (0)1403 790661.

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Brilliant Start to the Season by Lane Motorsport’s Sam Osborne

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A first in class, a second in class and two top ten finishes overall represents a fantastic start to the 2016 season by our sponsored Thundersport 600 Sportsman competitor Sam Osborne. 24-year-old Sam, who rides for the leading tuning and racing team MSG Racing, modestly described the first race weekend of the season at Brands Hatch as a “testing weekend with extreme conditions… but I am very happy to get my first win of the season and put some points on the board”.

Out of the three races over the weekend, Sam crashed out of the first and was thankfully unhurt. In race two he was second in class, and eighth overall and won his class in race three coming sixth overall. Sam raced alongside Thundersport 600 Elite riders scoring points in his own class as well as points in the 600 Elite Championship for his top ten finishes.

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After a practice day on Friday March 4th in cold, dry and sometimes sunny conditions, Sam had what he described as a steady successful day. However, typical of our British weather, Saturday dawned with rain, sleet and very cold conditions making qualifying and then racing a very different proposition to the previous day’s practice.

In qualifying, Sam finished second, one of only two riders to go under the one minute mark and was all set for race one. After starting on the front row and leading the way, Sam crashed out but was unhurt and his Suzuki GSX-R 600 was also virtually undamaged.

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Lane Motorsport

Lane Electronics established a Motorsport Division around three years ago to offer high performance electronic connector solutions for multiple applications across racing platforms including cars, bikes and boats at all levels of the sport. Lane Motorsport products are used extensively in bike racing. Lane Motorsport offers the latest circular connectors from Souriau’s 8STA Series along with an increasingly wide range of accessories from HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics. This allows Lane Motorsport to offer a comprehensive motorsport interconnection solution which is available to specify and purchase online.

If you have any questions about our motorsport connectors or any of our other connector products or services, please email sales@fclane.com or call us on +44 (0)1403 790661. Alternatively, you could always try and catch us at an upcoming trade show.

Photos by Glyns Photos, Alan’s Photography, Jamie Reeves Photography, Kent Bad Boyz Photography.

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Great Season Beckons for Lane Motorsport’s Bike Racer

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Sam Osborne Lane Motorsport Bike Racer

Successful off-season practice and testing as well as a bike that “promises to give a few more mph” all suggest that Thundersport 600 Sportsman competitor Sam Osborne is set to have a great year. 24-year-old Sam, who rides for the leading tuning and racing team MSG Racing, is also sponsored by The Motorsport Division of Lane Electronics.

“Despite the cold and wet conditions at the recent track assessment and general test sessions, we were very happy with the way the bike went”, says Sam Osborne. “We are waiting for the final data but it looks like MSG Racing has managed to squeeze a few more mph from my GSX-R 600 which was already a quick machine,” he adds.

That extra performance could well come in handy as Sam will be racing alongside the Thundersport 600 Elite bikes as his Sportsman class and the Elite class will be racing at the same time. As a result, 600 Sportsman riders score points in their own class but are also able to score points in the 600 Elite Championship.

The first racing weekend takes place at Brands Hatch beginning with practice on March 4th.

Lane Electronics established a Motorsport Division around three years ago to offer high performance electronic connector solutions for multiple applications across racing platforms including cars, bikes and boats at all levels of the sport. Lane Motorsport products are used extensively in bike racing.

Lane Motorsport offers the latest circular connectors from Souriau’s 8STA Series along with an increasingly wide range of accessories from

HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics. This allows Lane Motorsport to offer a comprehensive motorsport interconnection solution which is available to specify and purchase online.

If you have any questions about our motorsport connectors or any of our other connector products or services, please email sales@fclane.com or call us on +44 (0)1403 790661. Alternatively, you could always try and catch us at an upcoming trade show.

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Come and see us at Autosport Engineering 2016

Come and see us at Autosport Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 14th-15th January 2016.

Forming an integral part of Autosport International, this exciting two day event is universally regarded as motorsport’s most important technology show for all specialist engineering suppliers to the motorsport and performance engineering sectors.

Lane Motorsport will be showcasing the latest circular connectors from Souriau’s 8STA Series along with connector accessories from HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics. Together, these products complete a comprehensive motorsport interconnection package which is also available to specify and purchase online.

So if you want to learn more about our connector solutions visit stand E391 or if you would like to arrange an appointment beforehand, please contact us by emailing motorsport@fclane.com calling us on +44 (0) 1403 790 267.

 

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Lane Motorsport To Sponsor Promising Bike Racer

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The motorsport division of FC Lane Electronics announces that it has agreed to sponsor Sam Osborne – a rising star in the world of the Thundersport GB Racing Club, for the 2016 season. Sam, who is 23, rides for the top racing and tuning team MGS Racing.

Motorsport connectors

Lane Motorsport offers the latest circular connectors from the SOURIAU 8STA Series, along with a newly introduced range of connector accessories from HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics – a package designed to complete a comprehensive motorsport connectors solution, which is available to specify and purchase online.

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An up and coming talent

Sam has been riding bikes from the age of just three years old and has worked his way up through competitions like motocross to compete in the Thundersport Pre-National 600 Class. After taking second place in the 2014 championship, Sam was headhunted by MSG Racing and now races their GSX-R 600.

Naturally, Sam is delighted with Lane Motorsport’s interest and support. ‘It has always been my dream to become a successful bike racer and the backing of sponsors like Lane Motorsport will certainly help me achieve my goal. Although I have only been racing bikes on the track for two seasons, I feel I am making real progress towards joining today’s stars like Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent, and British Superbike riders Danny Buchan and Jake Dixon.’

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Lane Motorsport Managing Director Simon Hammerton said ‘We established a motorsport division around three years ago to offer this demanding sector high performance electronic connector solutions for multiple applications across racing platforms including cars, bikes, and boats at all levels of the sport. Our products are used extensively in bike racing and we are sure that our sponsorship of a promising talent like Sam will help increase our profile in this area. We will be keeping everyone up to date with Sam’s progress via our website.’

If you have any questions about our motorsport connectors or any of our our other products, please call us on +44 (0)1403 790661 or email motorsport@fclane.com.

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Lane Motorsport connects with “Formula Student” at Loughborough University

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Lane Motorsport has provided a variety of Souriau 8STA connectors to Loughborough University for its racing car project which competed in this year’s Formula Student competition.

Formula Student is an annual engineering competition in which student teams from around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula style racing car. The cars are judged on a number of criteria including engineering design, technical inspection, acceleration, endurance and business presentation.

The first competition was held at Silverstone in early July and Loughborough was placed a very creditable 13th overall out of 96 teams. The most notable result was 6th place in the most challenge part of the competition, the endurance.

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Commenting on his team’s performance, Jamie Shone said “This is the first time in some years that the team has completed the Endurance event at all of the competitions entered which is a significant achievement for any team, and gives us a fantastic platform to keep this performance going into the 2016 season. We are looking forward to taking this momentum forward into next year.”

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Lane Motorsport product offering is based around the Souriau 8STA and 8TA series of high performance circular connectors as well as a wide range of compatible connector accessories including nut plates produced by Weald Electronics protective boots from HellermannTyton as well as a complete range of tooling. Lane Motorsport’s click to connect “Store” allows customers to select a standard product or “build” application specific connectors from many hundreds of in-stock components.

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Come and see us at Professional Motorsport World Expo 2015

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Lane Motorsport will be exhibition at the Professional Motorsport World Expo 2015 in Cologne, Germany from the 11th-13th November 2015, stand number 3042.

We will be showcasing and discussing the latest circular connectors from Souriau’s 8STA Series along with a newly introduced range of accessories from HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics. Together, these products complete a comprehensive motorsport interconnection package which is also available to specify and purchase online.

Please feel free to come and have a chat with us or if you would like to arrange an appointment beforehand, please contact us by emailing motorsport@fclane.com or calling us on +44 (0) 1403 790 267.

 

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