TRF Adventure Bike preparation night

By Mario Costa-Sa -


 07 January 2014 17:40

Wednesday April 2nd - 7:30PM TRF Adventure Bike Preparation Night & Meeting Shire Park Social Club Welwyn Garden City Nearest Post Code AL7 1GB next to Tesco HQ on the Shire Industrial Park Biographies

Martin Wittering - owner of Torque Racing Services.

For 15 years Martin worked in the Motorcycle Clothing Sales industry, progressing to become UK Sales Manager for Alpinestars. During this time he also found a passion for working on bikes - off road machines in particular.

Martin spent many years as an enduro mechanic and assistant for Donna Gray in the British Enduro Championship learning his trade. In 2003 he was asked to build a Honda XR650 Rally bike for Patsy Quick for her first Dakar Rally. The following year he prepared the KTM 660 rally bikes for Patsy’s 2004 attempt.

Martin joined the Desert Rose Team for the 2005 Dakar Rally as mechanic for Patsy Quick, Clive Town and Gary Ennis. Martin was asked back again on the 2006 Dakar, this time working on KTM 525s.

As demand for his specialist knowledge and experience began to rise Martin took the bold move to give up his day job and follow his passion and he started Torque Racing Services (TRS) in 2007.

Since then Martin has become a highly respected face on the rally circuit, working on various rallies such as the Dakar, Rally Maroc, Tunisie Rallye, Transanatolia Rallye, Heroes Legend Rallye and most recently assisting Cyril Despres' Team in the Sardinia Rallye.

Martin’s talents do not end there, recently working in conjunction with Rally Raid Products developing Rally Raid items such as the ‘Rally lite kit’ which converts enduro machines into rally ready bikes.

Using the experience gained on his many trips Martin is now offering his services on a multitude of Rallies including the Transanatolia Rallye, Tuareg Rallye, Rallye Albania, Breslau Adventure Rallye, Hellas Rally and Rallye Dalmatia. Service team packages can be provided subject to demand.

Martin is also an agent for the Transanatolia Rally Raid in Turkey and the Hellas Rally in Greece.

Donna Gray - Training and Logistics, ex British Enduro Champion

Donna Gray is one of the top female rally and enduro riders in the UK, and is Torque Racing’s primary off-road riding and rally navigation training instructor.

Having successfully campaigned both a KTM 690 rally bike and 250EXC enduro in recent years, her wealth of competitive experience and past participation in many of the events that Torque Racing provide service and assistance for, means she has first-hand knowledge of just what is required to undertake a successful campaign.

Together with basic and intermediate enduro riding skills training, Donna particularly specialises in Navigation and rally Road-book training, including interpretation, marking-up and personalising your own road-books, to on-the-trail navigation complete with basic to advanced GPS techniques.

Donna also coordinates the event logistics for all of the International rally-raid events that Torque Racing attends, and is able to assist customers throughout the preparation process prior to departure, together with day-to-day event bivouac management during the rally itself.

Wednesday May 7th - 7:30PM Regular Meeting Shire Park Social Club Welwyn Garden City Nearest Post Code AL7 1GB next to Tesco HQ on the Shire Industrial Park.