My last race report failed to point out that Pete Carr, who knocked himself out and spread his GSX-R’s bodywork across the track in the last race yesterday, is ok and not seriously hurt. Hopefully he’ll be tip top soon and racing again at Oulton.
And the consolation is for my fuel mistake in race one. In Sunday’s World Superbike race one at Monza in Italy, works Yamaha rider Ben Spies ran out of fuel entering the last corner of the last lap and went from first to 15th. At the same time a few hundred miles away, the Ferrari F1 team under-fuelled Massa in Barcelona meaning he had to slow and give away several places in order to reach the flag.
I guess that makes me feel slightly better. Definitely won’t do it again though.
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.