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Gary Mason profile

By Dan Moakes
September 4 2006

Gary Mason
nationality · English
born · 4 May 1979
british superbike début · 2002

Following in the footsteps of his father Dave, a TT racer, Gary Mason is one of the more promising young riders in British racing. Having risen through the ranks in fairly short order, he then made a strong impression in his first year on a works Superbike, at the age of just 23. Following a spell at Yamaha, he has now moved back to a Honda ride, and will be looking to turn his recent experience into podium results, and then race wins, before too long.

Gary Mason - photo by Carly Rathmell

1990s
Began in British motocross, getting to top ten standard

1997
Road racing début at Mallory Park

1998
Won on début in Formula 400, with a 250cc Suzuki

1999
Raced in the Aprilia 250 Challenge, but season hit by injury; also raced in National Supersport Supercup, with Nick Morgan/Hawk Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R

2000
8th in British Supersport championship, with Kawasaki - 2nd at Brands Hatch, 4th at Cadwell Park; 12th in British Superstock championship; World Supersport wildcard - 14th at Brands; European Superstock, with Kawasaki ZX9R - won at Brands; also worked as a road tester for bike magazines and DVDs

2001
7th in British Supersport championship, with Sanyo Honda CBR600 - 4th at Oulton Park, 6th at Knockhill and Donington; 6th in British Superstock championship, with Sanyo Honda FireBlade - 2nd at Donington and Oulton; European Superstock, with Honda - 6th at Donington Park

2002 Team Motopower Firehawk, number 15 Honda
In a successful attempt to expand the series, the British Superbike rules evolved to allow four-cylinder bikes of up to 1000cc. Gary rode one of several CBR 900RR FireBlades, quickly becoming the Motopower team leader, and finished as top Honda man overall. He finished tenth four times, ninth at Cadwell and Donington, and scored a total of 56.5 points, for fourteenth in the championship

Gary Mason 2003 - photo by Carly Rathmell
photo by Carly Rathmell

2003 Virgin Mobile Yamaha, number 8 Yamaha
Having caught the eye, Gary was signed to race the Virgin Yamaha YZF-R1 in 2003, as team-mate to reigning champion Steve Hislop. From the off he performed well, scoring in the top eight almost every time out, and starting off with fifth at Silverstone. He added fourths at four different venues, and at Mondello Park started from the front row then led race one. Although he missed a podium result, Gary beat Hislop a few times, and was four points ahead when the Scot left the team. 208 points placed him eighth overall

2004 Virgin Mobile Samsung, number 6 Yamaha
The Yamaha R1 riders struggled rather more in 2004, with Mason often qualifying on the third row and, although he had a better time of it than team leader Steve Plater, he wasn’t quite as consistent as new boy Tommy Hill. Nevertheless, Gary qualified third on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, finished sixth twice, and fifth at Brands on the Indy circuit, scoring 116 points for eleventh position

2005 Stobart Honda, number 3 Honda
With the Virgin Yamaha rider line-up changing yet again, Gary moved to Paul Bird’s former champion MonsterMob team, now with the Honda CBR 1000RR FireBlade and a three man set up. In a highly competitive series, Mason was a consistent scorer, with points from all races bar two. This placed him eighth overall, on 174 points, and first of the non-works Honda riders. Fifth at Croft was his best result

2006 Team Hydrex Honda, number 5 Honda
Gary has moved teams for this season, and has already scored a fourth place at rain affected Donington


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