I hope none of you reading this find what I’m about to write in any way boring or predictable, because I rode my heart out and the result is really exciting for me.
I won. By 17 seconds. And I smashed the old lap record down to 49.6s. Before the weekend I’d thought how cool it would be to get under 50s on a Streetfighter, but I never imagined that I’d get so far under it.
Keith Smith was second, Chris Matthews third and Andy Denyer fourth. That’s boosted my points lead to 85 as things stand now.
There were quite a few crashes, including my team-mate Nigel Davis. What he didn’t know was that he was leading class B at the time as runaway points leader Barry Utting has already fallen. Happily, there were no injuries.
We’ve just had a downpour so the track might be wet for the second race. That’s ok as I have two options of tyre for damp and wet conditions. With a big points lead, I won’t be taking any risks. I’ll let you know how it goes later. Wish me luck.
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.