Well the win has come at last; but to be honest the track was horrendous. Slippy and unbelievably greasy. Led off the line but lots went down behind me. Then someone blew up and it was called to a halt seven laps in. Half points but hey, 'a win's a win'.
We just have the one session. On pole right until the last bl@&dy lap when both Marty Nutt and Sam Coventry sneaked up on me. What is good for the class though is that 14 bikes are within a second. I'm so proud of my nephew Ryan who has qualified 25th. Go Ryan go!
At last we got out on track. I don't think there's a lot of grip to be had, as experienced two monster slides. Swapped top times with Marty Nutt; I came in to alter something with a couple of minutes to go and he snatched the top spot from me. We both did a 49.3 with Darren Fry next on a 49.6 - but it was only practice. Qualifying is at 17.05hr.
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.