Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ducati 598 Supermono.

It really is a work of art.

On a scale of 1 to 10.

Yesterday the pain was at full on maximum 10.

Today though I've woken up and its subsided to about 7.

I won't be racing but the whole supermono paddock is about 'family style' so we have come to support all the other riders and watch the race.

This is Sjoerd Buiten, he rides a Ducati 1098 that they have simply chopped the back cylinder off!
Obviously there is a bit more to than that - it is a beautiful technical achievement.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Back from hospital.

No damage done.

Had a body scan and nothing broken.

Torn the muscles in my back. Hurts like hell.

The boys had rebuilt the bike but at the moment walking is difficult so I will just sit in the van and enjoy the bar-b-que that Alex is preparing.

Lots of supermonos.

The race this weekend is really well supported with in excess of 30 monos on the grid.

Not sure if I will be there for the race though.

Changed the gearing and the first flying lap was good over a second quicker.
Unfortunately this meant I used 2nd instead of 3rd coming out of the chicane and highsided.

Don't know what the bike is like but I'm in hospital in Verviers waiting for an xray.

Nothing broken but feel like I've been punched in the kidney.

Remember she's a moto x 450 at heart.

That's first qualifying over.
Did constant 2' 52s and ended up 9th and split the exhaust down its entire length.
Going to do a couple of changes for the next session.
But to be honest everyone is very happy with 'Sabina' having done her best.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Couple of onboard practice laps.

On board video.

Had a good couple of sessions.
Did what I needed before qualifying tomorrow.

Changed the shock and the gearing.

Ran with an on board camera so we can watch the footage together and go through stuff with Mark and Steve.

First session.

The weather is glorious.
Bright sunshine.

Today is a track day with a minimum of 600cc, the organisers have given me special permission to let 'Sabina' have a look round.

So far she loves it!

Van gets to go on track.

The access tunnel for taller vehicles has collapsed so we have a limited time window to get in the paddock via the track.

Great fun to drive the van on the circuit.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bit of a running repair.

Off we set this morning for Spa Francorchamps. Riding Mark's moto450 'Sabina' at my most favorite track in the World in a European supermono event.

Just had to pull over on A1 though to put a bit of flapping trim back on the van.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

North Yorkshire Road Racing Club.

Up in Northallerton tonight its the 'sponsored riders' evening. The club works hard throughout the year with social evenings and special events to raise funds to allocate to racers. This year they are sponsoring 15 riders and I am lucky enough to be one!

Monday, April 19, 2010

I hope it dries up.

I hope it dries up.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Back at Cadwell coaching. This morning it's grizzly and wet. I sincerely hope it's going to dry up otherwise it will be a long long day...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bit chilly at Cadwell today.

Russ has treated himself to a new bike to do BMCRC thunderbikes and is now treating himself to a coaching day. Last time we were here he was riding a mini twin so it will be interesting to see how he gets on with this bike.

Monday, April 12, 2010

95 Alive

Took 'Frank' along to Sherburn for a road safety awarness day.

The 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership is a partnership of local authorities, emergency services and other North Yorkshire agencies working together to educate, inform and train, with the aim of lowering the number of road casualties across the county of North Yorkshire.

You can visit the website by clicking here: 95 Alive

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bad ass dudes.

Bad ass dudes.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
A couple of other Harley Davidson Trophy competitors are here today having a run round; Jeremy and Darren James.

Lovely day at Oulton Park.

Lovely day at Oulton Park.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Gorgeous weather here in Cheshire. Having a good time coaching.