Tuesday, 16 July 2013
It's been an eventful last week since our Snetterton race, going straight from the circuit to Silverstone for a test day, meaning a 4:30am start. Ride all day with the intention of preparedness for our big news of my wild card entry being accepted for the World Superbike round at Silverstone in August! Yes, our World Championship debut will be on the first weekend in August in the FIM Cup Superstock 1000 class, the world series of the class I'm currently competing in in the UK. A very exciting prospect, and we I'll be running my number #81!
After the long days on track, Mark, our team owner took his truck down the road to a friends house, that friend happened to be former Grand Prix racer of the 70's and Ducati's flagship GP winner, Paul Smart!
After a fun weekend in London, meeting up with some friends from home, including Thomas who will be joining us on our Tomorrowland music festival trip, and a few races over the next month. The weather was properly hot, even on South African terms! Really had fun with some of my oldest friends, and newest friends all together. I'm now ready to get back to the track, and head to Brands Hatch this weekend for our next round of the British Championship.
I'll keep you all updated on the weekend, hold thumbs for us!
Cheers for now!
Friday, 12 July 2013
We had a testing weekend in Scotland for our previous round of the British Superstock 1000 championship 2 weeks ago. I hadn't been to the track before so my goal was to bring it home in one piece so we could have a successful test at Snetterton the Tuesday after. We did exactly that!
After hours of decisions, advice and head scratching we came up with settings much more similar to what everyone else is running and what our suspension supplier recommended. We dialed it in and hoped it would work for the race!
The weather had been beautiful and hot all weekend, like a South African race meeting! Sunday morning was no different, waking to not a cloud in the sky, I hurried to jump on my newly changed steed for warm up . It was a completely different motorbike! It handled so differently to how I've had it all year, it required a completely different riding style, and even gearbox change!
|Front tyre marks from the rider behind|
We have some more testing coming up this week, which I am very excited for! I'll let you all know how it goes once the dust settled after our hectic week of 4am starts and 10pm suppers!
No one can say we're not trying hard to turn this season around!
Here's the video of my crash on YouTube:
Cheers for now, some more interesting blogs coming up soon, including an afternoon beer with '70's Grand Prix legend, Paul Smart!