Rob "The Bullet" Barber

Biography

Date of birth 01/12/1979
Place of birth Bury
Home town Bury
Status Married
Height/weight 5ft 11 inches / 14st 7lbs
Hobbies Bike Racing / mountain biking / running/ Going to the gym / fast cars
First race Mallory 1998 EMRA Roadstocks
First win Cadwell April 2000 formula 600 New Era
Helmet Arai
Leathers Black Wolf Leathers
Boots Alpinestars
Race number 2012 , TT 26-600, TT 34-1000, TT Supertwins 20, TT Zero 14-AGNI . Preferred 39

 

Career Highlights

2000 Wining first race at Cadwell Park aboard an old CBR600. Only competed in 6 races
2001 Being top 5 in the New Era Club championship before braking arm at Mallory Round 4.  Only competed in 7 races
2002 First proper attempt at New Era club and Superclub championship aboard my first Suzuki GSXR 600 K1.  Won 4 out of 6 races, at the begining of the session.  Then Big crash at Cadwell braking leg and hand.  Still finished 5th in the Club Championship and 6th in the Superclub.
2003 Second attempt at New Era Club and Superclub championship with 2 GSXR 600’s.  Lots of problems with engines and crashes.  Featured on Men & Motors program ‘Scratchin’.
2004 Moved up to National Superstock Championship aboard a Suzuki GSXR 1000 k4.  Really got on well with the 1000 from the start. Highlight being 2nd at Snetterton with the fastest lap, in the Shot-out race.  With top 20 finishes at all rounds. Ended the season, 6th highest finishing Suzuki rider.
2005 Due to my good progress in my opening year in the British Superstocks I was chosen the represent Suzuki GB at 5 World Superbikes events in the GSXR CUP.  My highlight of the series was 9th at Silverstone.   I also won a 2 hour endurance race with team mate Magnus Houston at Magny Cours.
2006 Rode for Suzuki GB in the European GSXR Cup.  Best finish being 4th at Silverstone.  Finishing 11th in the Championship,  2nd British rider (Tom Sykes being the first).
2007 Rode at the North West 200 and the Centenary Isle of Man TT as a newcomer.  Finished 33rd in the 600 race at the NW200 on a std Triumph 675 lapping at 4min 49 sec.  At the TT Lapped at 115.4mph from a standing start on a Suzuki GSXR 750.  114.5mph on Std Triumph 675.  North West ACU 1300cc Champion.
2008 Again rode at the North West 200, TT, and newcomer at Ulster Grand Prix aboard a GSXR 1000 k8 superstock bike, and standard Triumph 675 08.  North West 200 best finishes where 19th in the Superbike race and 19th Supersport.  TT results Superstock 27th , 1st Supersport race 2 26th , 2nd Supersport race 29th , and Senior race 20th with a fastest average lap of 120.6mph.  Fastest qualifying Newcomer at the Ulster Grand Prix, qualifying 15th for the Superstock race, with a lap of 122.6mph.   Finished 3rd in the Dundrod 150 race, on the triumph, fastest lap of 117mph. Sadly Ulster was cancelled due to bad weather.
2009 Rob was inside the top 20 at the North West 200 on both his Superstock 1000 and a superstock 600.  The TT was Rob’s big success,  Rob lapped at 122.7mph average from a standing start in the Senior finishing 13th in only his 3rd year making him the 52nd fastest ever rider around the TT coarse.  Rob Also realised one of his childhood dreams by winning a race around the mountain coarse circuit in the inaugural TTxGP aboard the Agni X01 also becoming the lap record holder on an alternative fuelled bike.  Rob success didn’t end there with a 2nd in the Dundrod 150 National race aboard a superstock 600 breaking the race and lap record.  Rob Also broke the lap record in the Challenge race whilst leading but unfortunately Rob missed his breaking marker into the hairpin and ran across the grass finishing 4th.  Rob Also had 10th in Ulster Grand Prix Superstock race and 12th and 14th in the Superport races, sadly Rob’s Superstock bike broke down in the Superbike race.  Rob in his first year lapped an average of 125.6mph on the 1000 and 121.1mph average on his 600 becoming the 8th fastest ever newcomer the Ulster grand Prix.
2010 Due to a serious injury to Rob’s Dad.  The 2010 Season didn’t go to plan.  He did however finish 2nd in the TT Zero race.  29th in the TT Superbike race, 35th 24th in the two 600 races.  Rob had a few outing at his local race meeting at Aintree and 3 sisters with wins and podiums.
2011 With a few new sponsors Rob had a Honda Fireblade at his disposal and his old trusty K7 GSXR 600 with a serious assault at the TT race.  His first race of the season was at the Tandragee 100 where he was a newcomers.  He had great run of the season on both bikes with 12th in the Superbike race and 11th in the superport race and 2nd fastest newcomer to a local racer.  His TT was his most consistent TT of all with 18th in all big bike races and 15th in both 600 races also achieving the 120th mph lap on a 600 bike become the 46th fastest ever 600 rider around the TT coarse.  He then went onto become the fastest newcomer at the Post TT race at the bilown circuit and achieve a 3rd place in his first ever 250 race.
2012 This year Rob had two brand new sponsors (Block Solutions & Econoloft) as well as retaining all previous sponsors.  He also had two new bikes a BWM S1000RR (The same bike Keith Amor Won on at the North West 200), and Honda CBR600RR.  He started the year a little earlier and as a newcomer at the Cookstown 100 this meeting was hard works with lots of niggling issues with both bikes and also a spill on the 250 but the last race of the day ended well with Rob finishing 10th and the highest place newcomer.The next week entered the Tandragee 100 and had a very consistent meeting with tops 10’s and 3rd in the 250 race. 

Next stop was the TT.  After a promising start to practice thinks looks really good with a 118.5 mph lap on the 600 and 120 mph on the BMW and the fastest Suzuki supertwin lap all was well until the BWM developed a misfire at top revs which plagued him through practice as race week resulting in him not finishing a single big bike race.  He did however score a top 20 600 result with another 120 mph lap and a 4th in the TT zero race also picking up the first place university price and also 19th in the Supertwins race on a very stand Suzuki Gladius borrowed the week before from a friend. 

After a run out at Aintree on the BMW to make sure that the Quickshifter was at fault.  Rob’s  results were very unexpected as he was challenge for the lead and was within 1sec of the outright lap record on tyres that had done 4 laps of the TT coarse.  He went on to 3 Sisters and his local club Preston & district where he scored 2 wins and again surprisingly was very closed to the outright lap records for a 600 and better his personal best lap by over 1 second. 

With this new found speed and confidence it was onto the International Ulster Grand Prix.  Straight away Rob seems to be near the top of the leader board in very qualifying session.  The First race he was entered in was the Dundrod 150 Challenge race where he battled for the lead throughout the race in doing so smashed the race lap record by over 2 mph now standing at 129.1mph average.  He then when on to out-qualify the likes of Conor Cummin, qualify 6th with only 2 fast laps due to a leaking petrol tank.  He then went onto finish in the top ten in all races with a best of 4th in the 250 race. 

Unfortunately Rob crashed at high speed in the 600 race breaking his shoulder which brought a premature end to his meeting and season.

2013 Armed with the same machines but with a lot of the niggling problems solved and New Sponsor in Swinton Bike Insurance Rob hopes to start with the confidence he had at the Ulster GP and show the Road Racing world what he is truly made of.