Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shed a tear...

Well 'Sabina' has done exactly what Mark wanted.

He planned her out, designed her bits and pieces, rustled up plenty of product and financial support, built her up into a beautiful, competitive machine, took her racing - and Won!

He's currently building another bike, and that means it's time for her move on.

We have all shed a tear...

Fate dealt a great hand - and we WON!!

Looks good and sunny doesn't it?
Well it was for practice.
But I only got five laps as the bike seemed to be over heating and loosing power.
We really didn't know what to do; with less than an hour to the race.
All we could try was to top the water up and check there wasn't an air lock.

Just ten minutes to go and it rained and rained - poured down and the track was soaking wet.

Luckily it kept the bike cool - I took the lead on the 2nd lap and won the race, unchallenged

New clothes.

'Sabina' looks gorgeous in her new outfit specially designed for this event.

15 minutes of practice this afternoon shortly followed by an 8 lap race.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Donington GP - support race, Moto450

Sabina has a brand new look for Donington, Mark Hanna has re done her livery to have a bit of a retro look.
15 minutes practice and 8 lap race are tomorrow, so will keep the blog updated.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Something really different.

We are not racing, sprinting or hill climbing.
It's something called 'regularity'.

The winner is the rider who laps most consistent to one of their designated lap times. Penalties are given if you lap faster or slower.

I have 'baggied' the Suzuki XR 23, as ridden by Pat Hennen and Barry, to do my sessions on.

Trouble is track is not just muddy but we are also being plagued with heavy rain showers.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Three devils the pair of us, if ever there was one!

Iain Duffus, Brian Morrison and I are here at the beautiful Cholmondeley Castle, for their "Pageant of Power".

Chris Wilson has kindly invited us to ride his historic bikes.

I find the Randy Mamola Cagiva is the one that best matches my leathers at the moment, and Iain is fancying the RGV - that leaves the Roberts Yamaha for Brian.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Monkey time!

Doing a one to one coaching day with Griffo from the Throttle Monkey forum.

It was dry first thing this morning for three sessions.

And then it's rained heavily for the last three.
I think Griffo is hoping that we will squeeze a 7th session in as he is really enjoying himself...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New boots for 'Frank'.

Got the day off work to prep 'Frank' ready for a coaching day at Oulton on Friday, just off to local Yamaha dealers Acklams to use their tyre machine to drop on a new rear Avon.

This one has done Rockingham and Cadwell and has done really well, still has loads of life in it however I'm coaching a race competitor at Oulton so think I might need a new one to start the day!

The weather forecast is very poor so I may even get the chance to try Avon's new wet weather tyres, they look like the wets I use on 'Sabina' in the old style tread pattern, so they should offer unbelievable grip in the wet - we'll see.
Click here to check out the Avon range: Avon Tyres

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Offenstadt Kawasaki - Spa Bikers Classic 4hr.

Sorry it's taken so long to edit and get up - but I have just been so busy, busy, busy.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sabina's new clothes...

Mark thinks that Sabina should have a new outfit - so thanks to Gary Dawson at ReplicastUK who have supplied all her body work, she should be getting some new clothes.

Mind you, I think she'll always look gorgeous whichever outfit she wears!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Cadwell, so it must be Friday!

Hottrax are running their endurance event here tomorrow.
So Phil from East Coast Racing has booked me for a bit of one to one coaching.
The weather is glorious, in fact I think its a bit too hot and humid!