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Jason Jones- Head Engineer & Crew Chief

Jason has been a part of Smiths Racing since its establishment in 2010. He is now the team’s Head Engineer and plays a fundamental role in the day-to-day operation of the team as well as continual bike development.  Jason also holds the role as Crew Chief for Lee Jackson for 2017.

Steve Dewick

Steve has also been a member of the team for a number of years, having joined Smiths Racing when they first began their Supersport campaign in 2011. His role as a technician means that his presence at a race meeting is essential.

Simon Westwood

Simon forms a part of Lee’s team of technicians. He is also involved in the day-to-day operation of the team.

 

Graeme Gowland

As a very talented and accomplished rider himself Graeme brings an entirely different dynamic to the team of technicians. Following a femur break in 2015 Graeme has been forced to temporarily retire to the other side of the garage.

 

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Brief Team History

2010:

  • Smiths established a 2-rider race team 2 rounds into the season to enable Dan Cooper, riding a Triumph Daytona 675 in the British Supersport, and Matt Whitman, on board a Honda Fireblade 1000 in the National Superstock class, to complete the 2010 season.

 

2011:

  • The Smiths Racing team progressed to a 3-bike set-up for the 2011 season.
  • Riders Luke Mossey, Dan Cooper and Matt Whitman all riding Triumph Daytona 675Rs in the British Supersport class.
  • The riders finished the season, having all missed at least two rounds due to injury, in 7th, 8th and 12th position respectively.

 

2012:

  • The team grew further in 2012 to a 4-bike line-up. This was comprised of 3 Supersport bikes and 1 Superstock 600 bike, all of which were Triumph Daytona 675Rs.
  • The team included Englishman Luke Mossey who was joined by Australians Billy McConnell and Glen Richards on the Supersport bike and Johnny Blackshaw on the Junior Superstock bike.
  • The 2012 season saw the team achieve 28 podiums which included 13 out of a possible 24 race wins in the British Supersport class.
  • Glen Richards was crowned Champion at the final round at Brands Hatch in a very dramatic last race.
  • Billy finished 3rd overall in the Championship with Luke in 7th.

 

2013:

  • Smiths were awarded Official Factory Triumph Team status for the 2013 season.
  • The first Triumph Factory Team for 5 years and the only team to have full factory support from Triumph in the world.
  • Triumph produced a new Triumph Daytona 675R for 2013 which the team spent the whole of the season developing.
  • Smiths Triumph entered all 12 of the British Supersport rounds.
  • They also competed in 2 round of the World Supersport series at Donington Park and Silverstone.
  • In 2013 Smiths Triumph appointed Billy McConnell and Glen Richards who finished 3rd and 8th in the Championship respectively.

2014:

  •  Smiths Triumph remained as the official factory-supported Triumph team for 2014, appointing Billy McConnell and Graeme Gowland to compete in all twelve rounds of the British Supersport Championship.
  • The team also competed in the first round of the World Supersport Championship at Phillip Island, Australia. Graeme finished in seventh from eighteenth on the grid and Billy unfortunately crashed out after qualifying twelfth.
  • 2014 was the first time Smiths Triumph contested in the International road races, entering the North West 200 race in Ireland and the Isle of Man TT. Riders Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson were chosen to contest these events.
  • After finishing the first Supersport race of the NW200 in sixth and seventh places, Smiths Triumph took their maiden road racing podium in the second race as Gary finished third with Michael finishing in a very respectable sixth place.
  • They headed to the Isle of Man TT where, in their first ever trip to the island and their maiden TT race, they took a fantastic win with Gary.
  • To complete an almost perfect 2014 season Billy McConnell was crowned British Supersport Champion, with Graeme finishing in a very closely fought 3rd.

 

 

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