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When good plans backfire…
Few things are more important than racing, but my wife is one of them so there was no way I was going to miss her birthday on Friday to travel to Snetterton. Arriving later on Saturday after a long drive meant missing practice and first qualifying. That was ok, since qualifying was split for this round, with a session on Saturday afternoon and one Sunday morning. The forecast said rain for Saturday, and dry thereafter.
As it happened, Saturday was beautiful and today is miserable. While everyone else set their times in the dry, I had to pop a few brave pills and try to get as far up the grid as possible in the wet.
So, I’m 13th on the grid of 19, on the fourth row. Not ideal, but not ruinous either. My quick bike and the long straights will take me past the less powerful class B bikes in short order, and then I’ll have to chase the leaders.
If it’s dry then I’ll need to find good pace quickly to have a chance, but it’s far from impossible. If it stays wet, then I could even be better off – I was fastest in the wet session by two seconds.
The first race is at 2pm. Wish me luck and I’ll let you know how it goes soon after.

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.

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