Another blog, another apology. Sorry for not posting results yet (it worried my nan). Here’s a brief rundown on both races.
I was nervous before the first race as Marsden had been quicker in qualifying. I had a plan, but even if it worked I knew it would be a tight race. I got a great start and went straight into the lead. On the third lap I glanced back to see I actually had a couple of seconds gap over Carl. Then several bikes crashed in different places (no bad injuries, thankfully) which brought out the red flags. At the restart I again got the holeshot and this time Marsden was with me all the way. On lap five I got tangled with a backmarker, allowing Marsden through but I managed to repass him right away. Then on the last lap I outbraked myself into the hairpin, going wide and letting him back through. This time a backmarker did me a favour, blocking Marsden momentarily and letting me get better drive onto the back straight. I edged in front just before the very fast, fifth gear kink, defended the last corner, and took the chequered exultant. I also cut my best lap to 1m00.8s.
Race two was less dramatic but absolutely flat-out. I led from the lights, pulled a small gap and held it to the line to win by a second from Marsden. Third went to Lee Hardy with a very gutsy ride having been knocked off by a slower bike in the first race and banged about a bit.
Tomorrow is TV day, so I’ll polish the bike, comb my hair, and aim to win again.
Time for bed now. Sweet dreams.
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.