This weekend will be remembered as one where little went to plan. We’ve just had thunder, lightning, hail and now rain. I had to miss the test and first qualifying because I was working until 2am finishing a magazine deadline on Friday, the end of a 90hr week, then in this morning’s second qualifying I was on dry tyres like everyone else and then it rained. Those who posted a time yesterday on wet tyres were ok, but I had to wobble round to set a time. The result – 32nd place, the back of the eighth row.
I’ll have to approach the rest of the weekend differently. Winning or getting on the podium is next to impossible, so I’ll make up as many places as possible, try to score some useful points, and have fun.
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.