Those of you who watch racing frequently will have heard riders say that they don’t mind if it’s wet or dry, but they hate it in between. Today the outlook has been a large band of ‘in between’ sweeping in from the North and lingering all day.
Top racers hate it because making the right tyre choice at the last minute is stressful and negotiating a patchy circuit doubly so. Who dares wins, Rodders.
They’ve got it easy though, because club racers’ tyre options rarely extend beyond wets and drys and we have to fit them ourselves which takes at least ten minutes. Imagine how much fun it is when the weather changes constantly.
Nevertheless, today allowed me to ride the Tuono in the wet for the first time, so it was thoroughly worthwhile. Grouped with the Powerbikes, it was pleasing to only get overtaken a couple of times all day. It bodes well for tomorrow.
I’m off to scrutineering now, then fit tomorrow’s tyres, clean the bike, and eventually hot food and shower. Pic on the way of my updated White Dalton sponsored helmet too!
The 2008 season was my novice year, and I entered Thundersport’s top class, GP1, on a GSX-R1000 K4. Racing on a shoestring, with no back-up at all and riding the oldest bike on the grid, I scored strong results against fierce competition. These performances earned recognition and praise from commentators, organisers, and rivals alike, culminating in the club’s Rookie Of The Year award.