TWO endurance veterans have become the latest club racing riders to buy a ticket for the Ducati TriOptions Cup express and head off to pastures new his season.
The Bulldog Racing duo of Dave Croft and Andy Dix has decided to make the bold step up to the BSB paddock for the 2017 season.
“We’re both 56, born within a few weeks of each other, too young for a hip replacement and too old to chase grid girls!” Dave told UK Clubsport. “We want to continue improving and enjoying the racing so it’s an exciting step.”
Dave and Andy have been friends and regulars on the endurance racing scene for a number of years, but only started riding together last season.
Croft owns the UK distribution rights for Mupo Race Suspension and a bearing franchise for Koyo Bearings under the D2 Group banner, while Dix has numerous business interests of his own, including Zero Limits Carbon.
Their love for all things motorbikes is what got them both into racing, and their paths had crossed numerous times when racing in the former Hottrax series and more recently with No Limits Racing.
“Up until my 50th I was focussing on Thai boxing. The training, the organisation, and could boast having taught fighters at the highest level,” explained Dave.
“Bikes were for fun. I did track days – lots of them – as I had no time for anything else, but when my last top fighter retired I went racing. First I was with Hottrax and then No Limits Endurance with Giles Cooper.”
“But at the start of last season, before the first wheel turned in anger, Giles pulled out and thankfully my old friend Andy stepped in.
“Every round was tremendous fun. We had a great time, passing inappropriate comments only old fellas can get away with. Laughing out loud and racing as hard as our plastic hips would allow. It was brilliant.”
Both riders had been prepared to have another go at No Limits this year, but Croft was feeling a little bit restless, and was being inspired by some of the riders he was supporting through his business.
“With over a third of the TriOptions Grid running on Mupo I enjoy working with and supporting talented young racers, and while I was doing my bit to encourage riders like James Dunne to try their hands at the series, I thought ‘f*** it, I want to do it!”
And that, as they say, was that. A phone call to Andy later and Team Bulldog Racing was born.
“It’s going to be a big year but we’re looking forward to it. We plan to carry on as we always do – racing, having a laugh and this time acting inappropriately in BSB. We can’t wait.”
*Dave Croft headshot by Alex James
*All other images supplied by Dave Croft and Andy Dix