ThundersportGB makes its first trip into Wales next weekend, for round three at Pembrey. The grids have been given another shake up, and the big story heading into the weekend is the return of the Supertwins class in amongst the Streetfighter A bikes. Streetfighter B is mixed in with the Junior Powerbikes.
This changes things a bit. My dad would remind me (and he’d be right) that I only have to race the other Streetfighters and it doesn’t matter if every Supertwin beats me. In reality though, we know that the two classes will be mixed up on track and that I should have the pace to match the front-running Supertwins based on Mallory and Cadwell times, even if Michael Price on his Supersport-spec Triumph Daytona 675 is likely to be away at the front.
What this means in the races, is that I’ll be racing the Supertwins just for track position. Tactically, I’ll be aiming to get a couple of Supertwins between me and the other Streetfighters. Given the power of some of the Supertwin bikes, that will require some hard riding to make up ground on the brakes and through corner speed. If a Supertwin blasts by with sheer power, it could push me into the clutches of other Streetfighters. This was the case at Mallory Park, where the two classes were last mixed together and the strategy worked well there.
Pembrey is even less of a power circuit than Mallory. Braking stability and corner speed are what you need in south Wales, and the Aprilia Tuono Factory has those qualities dialled in. I like the track, having scored my best GP1 finish there last year.
Look out for my distinctive polka-dot helmet in the colours of White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors. It certainly caught the eye of the commentators at Cadwell Park, so it’s here to stay and RacepaintUK are making up another set of their quality vinyl graphics right now.
Finally, the exciting news that Rockstar Energy Drinks have joined the team! I’m really happy to be a part of their huge international family of athletes and racers. Rockstar is as cool as they come and they back some of the top names in every action sport, including six-times AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin, so it’s awesome to have them involved. There will be a Rockstar fridge in my pit awning, so come see me for a hit of the world’s most powerful energy drink. Check out their website from my links page.
All things considered, I absolutely cannot wait to go racing at Pembrey.
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.