Every racer loves it when the weather people get it wrong this way. The rain held off and the sun shone, leaving us with just the howling wind to contend with. My Aprilia Tuono Factory catches the wind less than most, so I could make good use of the time available.
By the afternoon I felt comfortable, and harassed some of the GP1 superbikes with whom I was sharing practice sessions. It was handy to have the chance to chase the top class bikes, and it helped pull the lap times down to consistent low 1m02s which is pretty fair for old tyres and windy conditions. The Tuono feels brilliant around Pembrey. No-one went under a minute today, even in GP1, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend now, especially if it stays dry.
By the way, check out how cool the bike looks with the new graphics from RacepaintUK and the awesome paint by S&B Automotive Academy.
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.