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Lucky winners scoop free quad bike insurance

The first four winners of Bikesure’s year-long competition to win free quad bike insurance are celebrating an unexpected windfall.

To celebrate 10 years of providing cover for all types of quad since the market for all-terrain vehicles really took off, we’re offering customers old and new the chance to win back the cost of their insurance up to a value of £1,000.

The competition is running each month from April 2013 to March 2014, and all types of quad are eligible for the draw, from performance and sports quads to utility and buggies.

Anyone who takes out a new policy, or existing customers whose policy renews during that period will automatically be entered into the draw, with one winner selected per calendar month to receive a refund.

The first four winners are:

  • April: Billy-Joe Fraser, from Banffshire in Scotland, for his Yamaha YFM 700 R

  • May: Mark O’Leary, from Bristol, for his Polaris Scrambler 500

  • June: Paul Colebrook, from Dorset, for his Xinyang Spy 250

  • July: Glen Cobb, from Kent, for his Bashan BS200S-3

A Yamaha YFM700R similar to that owned by Billy-Joe Fraser

A Yamaha YFM700R similar to that owned by Billy-Joe Fraser

Paul, a member of the Quad Heaven forum, which is sponsored by Bikesure, said: “I had seen the promotion on the site but never thought in a million years I’d win it, so I’m really chuffed.”

Bikesure general manager Gerry Bucke said: “We’re delighted to give something back to customers old and new as a thank you for keeping us at the forefront of quad insurance.

“As well as potentially winning the cost of your premium back, our rates are also very competitive at the moment in any case.”

Our quad bike policies offer:

  • £100,000 free legal cover as standard

  • Off-road or road use, including commuting

  • Multibike discounts, including a mixture of quads and motorbikes

  • Cover for riders with zero no claims discount, motoring or criminal convictions

  • Cover for modified or customised quads

  • Optional breakdown and personal injury cover

  • Optional helmet and leather cover

Discounts can be offered for membership of owners clubs, limited mileage, additional security precautions and experienced riders.

Bikesure make Foggy fans’ dreams come true

It was a dream come true for dozens of motorcyclists who had cheered from the sidelines as Superbike legend Carl Fogarty won four world titles.

For one day only, more than 50 bikers from across the country rode wheel to wheel with the great man during a track day organised by Bikesure.

Nearly 40 competition winners, plus guests and journalists, pitted their skills alongside Foggy, an ambassador for the broker, on the dips, crests and turns of a sun-drenched Cadwell Park.

Check out our short video of the day:

Riders ranging from trackday novices to experienced racers received some words of wisdom from the man who clocked up 59 world Superbike wins before getting a close-up view on the Lincolnshire track.

Just about every major motorcycle manufacturer was represented on the track, with bikes including a BMW K1100LT, Triumph Speed Triple 1050, Honda CB500F, KTM990 Superduke and a Ducati 916.

Carl Fogarty in action

Carl Fogarty in action

Competition winner Martyn Nicholls, riding an Aprilia Mille R, said it had been “an excellent day” and “the chance to ride on the same track as a motorcycling legend”.

“The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and the weather was amazing. Foggy himself was an absolute gentleman,” he added.

James Swaine from Dorking, another competition winner and riding a Suzuki GSXR  said: “As if having the opportunity to ride Cadwell Park wasn’t enough, in between sessions we all had the good fortune of watching Carl do his thing on the circuit, or chatting to him at his van.

“Where else can an individual have such access to a motorcycling superstar and world champion? I thought Carl was the epitome of a superstar on and off the track – what a nice guy, not bad on two wheels either. A thoroughly enjoyable day had by all, not likely to be repeated.”

The "novice" group tackle a bend

The “novice” group tackle a bend

Robert Balls, of Bikesure, said it was “a fantastic experience, made all the more special by seeing everyone there having such a great time”.

“It made it feel very much worthwhile. The day had a big grin factor associated with it that is still lingering,” he added.

Foggy himself, who entertained the participants with some spectacular wheelies and overtaking, enjoyed revisiting one of his old stamping grounds.

“Cadwell is a circuit I really like, although it’s quite narrow and you can easily get caught out,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoyed the day – it was great to get back out on to the track and everyone had a great time in fantastic weather.”

Foggy takes a bend ahead of one of the "advanced" group riders.

Foggy takes a bend ahead of one of the “advanced” group riders.

To enter the competition, motorcyclists just needed to phone Bikesure for a quote between May 1 and July 31 to enter a draw, with existing Bikesure customers automatically invited to enter.

Fincham closes gap with double win

Bike racer Mark Fincham, sponsored by Bikesure, closed the gap on the leaders in the MRO 1000 Clubman series with two wins out of two at Oulton Park last weekend.

On a rebuilt bike and on a warm, sunny weekend, King’s Lynn-based Fincham clocked a personal best on the track in qualifying of 1.46.2 to put him on pole in his class.

Oulton Druids Exit

In the first race of the weekend, Mark made a good start and spent the whole race mixing it with the Powerbike riders and leading the Clubman class, taking the class win ahead of the championship leader.

It was a similar story in race two, a blistering start putting Mark into fourth overall and first in class. After spending the whole race swapping places with the Powerbike champion from last year, Mark took another class win and set a new personal best of 1 minute 44 seconds around the three-mile circuit, not far behind the National Superstock riders’ pace of 1 minute 41 seconds.

The double class win ensured Mark stayed in fourth place in the Championship overall, but picked up 19 points on the leader. Norfolk fans can get a close-up look at Mark’s progress in the next round at Snetterton on June 22 and 23. Follow Mark on Facebook (Mark Fincham Racing) or Twitter @markfincham23. | Specialist Motorcycle Insurance

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