There is not really any point putting more wear and tear on Mark's bike. It's ridiculous to put the 450 singles and twins in the same class and call them equal. I don't mind riding hard on any day but it pi$$es me off to be ridden away from on the straights by something that is supposed to be equally matched, I reckon the speed differential at the end of the straight something like 20mph more for the twins. Should really have entered 'Sabina' in the supermono class as mixing the 450s does not work for me. Not even bothering with today's second race.
I could not believe it when the rain started an hour before the race. I got away well and led for about the first ten laps in the wet. Then Matt Davies on one of the Aprilia rent-a-bikes and I swapped the lead for the next few laps, I could pass and out ride him on the twiddly bits but simply couldn't match his horsepower on the straights. Matt ultimately took the win by just 0.263 - Ben's gear lever fell off and Nige pulled in as he didn't have confidence in the rear grip. Going to give Gordon a different shock for tomorrow.
Spent the start of qualifying with Ben on track following him and then led for a lap before doing my own thing. Only managed to get a few decent laps in before the session was red flagged for someone who blew up. I didn't get near my best practice time of 1.13.1 from yesterday. Only managing a 14.26 that puts me 7th. Trouble in the awning though as Ben is 0.029 sec faster than Nige.
Last practice session did not even make one complete lap. Lots of head scratching back in the awning. Steve McNick was the person that ultimately found the missing spark. Only problem was, by time he found it the practice day was over. Will have to wait till tomorrows qualifying to see if it works!
As if she is in sympathy with Gordon not being able to get out and play Sabina has now developed a mystery cut out problem. At first I thought she might have touched a valve so pulled the clutch. But not so. Then she lasted just five laps in the next session before cutting out completely.
2017 is now upon us; all things considered, like most people I'm really feeling 'the pinch' and will have to seriously think about the time I take away from work. As I freely admit, I'm just a truck driver who is quite good on a bike, so to compete in anything this year I will need to secure financial support to help me through the season.
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I've enjoyed 35 continuous years in motorcycle racing having ridden something competitively every season since 1982; picking up 6 separate British Championship titles: 1988 British JuniorStock Champion, 1992 British Supersport 400cc Champion, 1995 British Supersport 600cc Champion, 2004 British Supermono Champion - watercooled. British Historic GP Championship 2014 & 2015.
On the roads I've won the Macau Grand Prix on a ROC 500 and the North West 200 Supersport 600cc race. I'm the last Briton to have won the Imola 200.