This one was really tough, but I won again. Keith Smith got a great start and found a huge amount of pace too. I was behind him for two laps and pretty shocked at how fast we were going. I passed him into Paddock Hill Bend and got my head down, but when I checked over my shoulder a lap later he was still there so I went faster. After a 50.3 lap he was still there again so I went flat out to the end and took no prisoners through the backmarkers. Smith even followed me into the 49s, which is remarkable on his bike.
That win makes a clean sweep of pole, lap record and four wins for the weekend, which is quite special at what I consider my home track. It also means I’m now 124pts in the lead of the championship with two rounds and 200 points left to go.
Thanks for all the texts and support.
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.