24 Apr 2014
Logic suggests you’re at fault when you run into the back of someone else, but this isn’t always the case when you’re dealing with clowns…
21 Oct 2011
As previews go, this one is rather late. I wholeheartedly apologise. By the time anyone reads it I’ll probably have finished qualifying. But then, until a couple of hours ago I wasn’t sure exactly what sort of weekend I needed to preview. The first big shuffle came last weekend when my ZX-10R was sold. It […]
26 Aug 2011
Good news and bad news. Bad news first. My bike dropped a valve during practice and my weekend was over before it had begun. I’d hoped that the poor running was an electrical fault but when I found pieces of metal – valve collet, it turned out – in the airbox, I knew I wasn’t […]
06 May 2011
One week after the royal wedding, Anglesey – new home of the Duke and Duchess – is about a million times more famous than it was the week before.
22 Oct 2010
Despite missing practice and getting very little sleep all week (thanks, dear employer) I put the S&B GSX-R750 Streetfighter on pole position by half a second. To be honest, I didn’t think I was going especially well and I was really short of grip, so I think there’s more to come.
07 Oct 2010
This is a big, important weekend. At Mallory Park I have a good chance to secure the championship title. Right now I have a lead of 124 points and so long as I have at least 100 of them left on Sunday afternoon then I’ll have done it. That takes some of the pressure off […]
23 Jul 2010
I’ve used our summer break between race meetings to pack in some good training and even get in a race on the Brands Indy circuit ahead of ThundersportGB’s visit there mid-August.
26 Jun 2010
The ideal preparation for a race weekend probably doesn’t involve an 80-hour work week, massive sleep debt and a 4am start. It’s unlikely you’d choose to miss the practice day and sole qualifying session on the Friday, as you’d rather not be last on the grid. Nevertheless, that’s the situation I’m in this morning. But […]
02 May 2010
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 […]
09 Apr 2010
First off, apologies for not blogging more in the last few weeks. I’ve been working so many hours that I’m looking forward to this race weekend for a rest. Pembrey in south west Wales is the venue for round two. It’s a flat circuit and a short lap of around one minute. Although it looks […]
10 Mar 2010
The 2010 season starts this Saturday at Mallory Park. Part of the club racing idiom is not knowing who you will be racing until you sign in on raceday morning. The pecking order won’t shake out until after qualifying, at the earliest. One (big) step up, in the British paddock, all the riders and teams […]
08 May 2009
Every racer loves it when the weather people get it wrong this way. The rain held off and the sun shone, leaving us with just the howling wind to contend with.
07 Apr 2009
Round two is here already and looming large in the distance lies Cadwell Park’s infamous Mountain, a wrecker of bikes, nerves, and chances should you get it wrong. As loved as the circuit is by so many, it’s a fickle friend that requires plenty of experience to negotiate with safety and speed.