I took a slightly different approach the start of the weekend which I normally don't do, but this change made the fundamental difference in my riding. I won't say what it was as that's my little secret;) From the first practice we were on pace, sitting most of the sessions around 14th place - about 10 places ahead of where we normally find ourselves! This made finding small problems in setup a much quicker process, allowing me to have a bike I was happy with pushing hard well in time for Qualifying. This translated well into a starting place of 20th for Sunday's main race. A few places behind were I was expecting to start, but so so close lap time wise, I wasn't too worried. The team were very pleased as it was actually our best qualifying so far!
The lights went out and the bike worked great off the line, seeing me shoot inside the top 15 after the 1st lap. Everything was working well and I felt good to push even harder seeing us reach the top 12! I felt comfortable where I was and made a another move into 11th before I saw the rider in front of me crash unexpectedly. The race was Red Flagged (Set to Restart) due to an engine blowing up, spilling oil on that corner - fortunately we managed to avoid the oil line! This meant we would restart the in our current positions, and I was in 10th place!!!
I pulled up to 10th on the grid, smiling at where we were starting. The lights went out for the second time, and the bike worked great off the line for the second time and we were in 6th! With the front in clear sight, I knew I had to just ride with my head to hold off as many of them as possible as I was in front of a lot of the top championship contenders who I knew were a bit faster than me.
This 11th is a major milestone for me, but also for MWR Kawasaki as it's their best finish to date, and first points score in British Superstock 1000 and I'm so glad I could be the one to give it to them after all their hard work!
I'm really chuffed with where we've progressed ourselves to and I can't wait to get back to work and build on this to make sure we can maintain these positions. Then work towards even better positions! The support I've had has been really great and thank you to everyone for all the nice messages and photos - much appreciated!
A huge thank you to the people who make it possible for us to even get to the grid - Rocket 88, Leatt Corporation, SA Racers Abroad and of course Mom & Dad! I'm so glad to give you some good results in return.
Our next outing is Knockhill in Scotland for Rd.4 on 29 June - back to the gym I go!
Cheers for now,