At last, it’s time to go racing again! Missing Cadwell and Mallory back to
back made a huge gap in my season but it’s back to business now and I’ll be
fresh and hungry after the break. The RSRmotosport ZX-10R is ready to go and
I can’t wait to ride it again. The world has felt pedestrian without it.
Snetterton has had a huge makeover since we were there last year. The track
has been extended with a really interesting technical section after the
first corner that’s increased the lap by around 80%. It’s now a much more
varied challenge without losing its two very high-speed straights and
corners. The British Superbike action last weekend was great and I’m sure
ThundersportGB can produce more of the same.
At an educated guess I’d say the new layout should suit me and the ZX-10R. I
like fast sections of track and the Kawasaki has a scintilating top end.
Once I’ve learned the track I’ll be using the practice day to work on the
settings some more.
Another redeveloped track has been causing some havoc in the calendar,
unfortunately. In their haste to book events following their escape from
fiscal disaster, Donington Park managed to double-book both of the remaining
ThundersportGB events there this year. Both have been cancelled with
replacements due to be announced soon.
Finally, sorry for not posting pics from the cycle racing as promised but no
one got any of me. My vanity was deeply offended. There were some good
results though – 6th (of 30) in a brutal criterium in Bath, 5th (of 50) in a
four-man team 24hr race around the old Goodwood circuit with 508 miles
ridden, and a win in my first 10-mile time trial. The next challenge is the
Etape du Tour on Monday 11 July, a full stage of the Tour de France before
the pros get there. It’s relatively short at 65 miles but there are three
big mountains to climb. At least my fitness will be tip top for Snetterton.
Posted by John. Last modified: July 5, 2011 at 12:00 am