Today’s practice day went great. The bike was in recalcitrant mood first thing, slapping its bars everywhere and ruining my confidence. A few set-up changes got it sorted though, and through the afternoon it was a pleasure to ride hard and the times tumbled.
I’m now really happy with my dry pace. The thing is, tomorrow is forecast as very wet. New rain tyres are being fitted as I type and then we’ll see how qualifying goes. I want to win as much as ever, but I won’t take any big risks if the conditions live up to the BBC’s severe weather warning.
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.