Nice one Billy!

McConnell crowned British Supersport Champion

After one of the most dramatic weekends of the year, the Gloucester-based Smiths Triumph Racing Team duly wrapped up their second Motorpoint British Supersport Championship win in three years when Australian ace Billy McConnell secured the title at Brands Hatch today.billy-730x380

The Aussie, from Adelaide, brought the factory-backed Triumph Daytona 675R home in eighth place to secure sufficient points ahead of Yamaha rival Alastair Seeley but there was heartbreak for Smiths team-mate Graeme Gowland when the Hexham, Northumberland rider crashed out of today’s race on the very first lap, meaning his title hopes were over and he could only finish third in the title race.

It wasn’t straight forward as the Smiths duo suffered mixed fortunes all weekend, none more so than in Saturday’s qualifying session with Gowland taking eighth and McConnell way back on the eighth row after falling early on. Both riders put in sterling in performances in the afternoon’s Sprint race though with Graeme taking sixth place and Billy riding heroically into ninth which meant he retained his title lead and only lost three points to his team-mate. However, with Alastair Seeley finishing in second, there was now just 21 points splitting the leading trio going into the final race.

R12 MCE British Superbikes Brands Hatch GP - 17/18/19 October 2014Starting from positions seventh and tenth on the grid for the Feature race, both riders made good starts, particularly Graeme, but his challenge ended almost before it began as he cruelly crashed out at Druids on the opening lap. With Seeley leading the race, Billy still had to ensure he finished no lower than 11th and keeping a close eye on his pit board he did all he needed to do and crossed the line in eighth place to finally get his hands on the number one plate.

Billy McConnell: “It’s been a stressful last couple of rounds but to finally win the British Championship is brilliant and I was crying my eyes out on that final lap! I’ve come so close in recent years and it’s probably why my results haven’t been the greatest in the final races as I wanted it so bad. With Graeme going out early, it took the pressure off my shoulders but it was probably one of the longest races of my life and I just brought the bike home. I’ve got a fantastic team behind me and we’ve been consistent over the 12 rounds whilst I’ve had a fantastic team-mate pushing me all year so I feel for Graeme. It’s a shame he went out early and that little bit of extra luck that you need was on my side this weekend. I’ve been in the top three for the last five years so to win at last is amazing and very emotional.”


October 22nd, 2014  |  Published in News, Triumph


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Putting in the miles on our 1215cc machines is already a no-brainer but we’ve just made it a whole lot easier!

If you purchase a brand new Tiger Explorer or Tiger Explorer XC and it’s registered before 31.12.2014 we’ll treat you to a Garmin Zumo 660.

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Click on one of the following to find out more about these exciting models, Explorer  Explorer XC or  Explorer spoked wheels 

*Available on Tiger Explorer and Tiger Explorer XC models. Fitting charges may apply. Subject to the purchase of qualifying motorcycle at full price. Subject to availability. Offer on Garmin Zumo 660 only. Offer ends 31st December 2014.

October 21st, 2014  |  Published in News, Triumph

Limited Edition Thruxton Ace

Meet the special edition Triumph Thruxton Ace which was revealed last weekend at the Ace Cafe London in front of thousands of café racer fans! 

The Thruxton Ace celebrates it’s classic racer heritage with a one-off Pure White and Jet Black paint livery paired with tasteful Ace Cafe logos reflecting Triumph’s long historical connection with the legendary café on London’s North Circular. Thruxton Ace - 1041 Resized

With a sculpted oxblood custom seat, detachable pillion seat hump and authentic bar end mirrors, the Thruxton Ace truly is a special edition – the bike also features a unique handlebar plaque to commemorate just that. The Thruxton Ace maintains the Triumph Thruxton’s iconic parallel twin, which produces 69PS and 69Nm of torque across a broad rev range. 

The bike also has the looks to go with its purpose with a classic 60’s café racer stripe running along the tank to complement the already spectacular silhouette of the Triumph Thruxton. 

Only 100 will be available in the UK with the bike landing in our showroom in December. Priced at £8200.00 on the road, resevations are now being taken.

 Call Richard or Mark on 020 7793 9313 to bag one!

September 30th, 2014  |  Published in News, Triumph

Last chance for early bird tickets!

Tickets online have already increased but for a short time only tickets purchased Metropolis Motorcycles will remain at the early bird price.

Visit before the 31 March to benefit from the following prices:
Adults: £20 (£28 from April)
Under 16s: FREE (with a full paying adult)
Camping: £8 pp (£12 from April)

Bigger and better than ever before our one day festival, now based at the Motor Heritage Centre, Gaydon, is set to be jam packed with fun for the whole family. If you and your loved ones enjoy bike displays, stunt shows, off road demonstrations, live music, and everything in between then you’ll kick yourself if you miss our number one event! See the website for more activities and stuff for the kids too.

Combine this, and much more, with an opportunity to tour the famous Triumph HQ factory in Hinckley and you can see why thousands join us for each Triumph LIVE event.

Remember, tickets are available online here, but for early bird prices be sure to visit us soon!

March 18th, 2014  |  Published in News, Triumph

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