I finished the first race of the year fifth in class, satisfied to have
lapped a bit faster and brought the bike home safely. I got a terrible start
so that’s something I’ll need to work on over the weekend at the same time
as honing the set-up.
The pace at the front of the Superstock class doesn’t look out of reach so
I’m optimistic of better results later on at other tracks and perhaps this
The GP1 class, with whom we share a grid, was won by reigning champion Phil
Crowe with an incredible new lap record of 52.6s. That was front-running BSB
pace five years ago when they last used this circuit layout.
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.