My coaching client today wants to build his confidence for racing in the wet and difficult weather - so here we are at Snetterton where luckily for him it has been pouring with rain and blowing a gale...
Managed to push Leon a bit in the second race. Just kicked and crunched my way through the gear box. Almost thought about having a go at him on the dash to the finish but hey I was happy to cross the line 0.336 second behind him and be the first to congratulate him as the 2011 Challenge Champion.
...there was bound to be several more. After Cadwell and losing the race with a false neutral I should have realised that it could be indicative of a problem. Just run the race with a whole box full of neutrals; finished 3rd - but not what I really wanted.
Done the 10mins practice. Done the 10mins qualifying; there was a real mix of 43 different bikes on track. Very difficult to get a clear lap. 3rd behind Leon and Robbie. Lots of interesting people here; Gary Smith is showing me the progress of his mono. First race is about 12ish.
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.