Stu said if the bike did not feel right I should pull in. But in fact had a cracking race with Guy. Made a dash for the line and think I just missed out by 4/100ths. Should have moved the transponder forward.
For today's practice on the GP track we got permission to run with cameras. I couldn't believe it when on the way out the bike stopped and wouldn't start. I scootered up to pit lane and jumped on the spare. Set pole and came back in where the camera bike was now up and running. Out on it to compare bikes, first lap and the back came round at Hawthornes and it was all over! Kept pole time though. Race tomorrow 10.45am.
...go to plan. Same old same old - downpour on the grid. Red flag for someone and I put my hand up. Race stopped and everyone given 15 mins to change tyres if they wanted. I had spare bike in pit lane. Then I was really suprised by backlash from a 'gang' of other competitors accusing me of stopping the race to allow those with money for wet tyres to have more success. I tried to explain that safety was the issue and that I race for fun and riding in those conditions was not fun, but they continued jabbering and shouting at me. Stu said only race if I wanted to - so I didn't. In shock really that everyone had turned on me so nasty I thought it was supposed to be family style!
That's practice done, rode two of Stu's bikes as Graham's is unwell. It was timed and eventhough I think there are a couple more seconds still to find I was fastest with Simmo 0.301 back. Proper qualifying is at 1.30pm.
part of Brands Hatch. Yes we are in the very very very bottom of the paddock. Travelling round some of the nicest tracks in Europe for the ICGP competitors it's come as a bit of a shock for them. Toilets are on their way apparently...
Very happy with 2nd place. A tough race with lots of see-sawing of positions at the front. From what people have said after the rostrum it was very entertaining to watch. James Folkard won and Robbie 3rd.
Thanks to Matt , Ray and Harry for all their hard work. Thanks to Tony also for the use of his welder and workshop. I am just putting the finishing touches to make it look nice. Qualifying after lunch. Off to medical centre to hopefully get all clear.
Just managed to squeeze 20mins practice in to schedule for us. However, I bug$ered it up for everyone. Three laps of great grip then there was none! Highside at the chicane - red flag - trip to medical centre. Luckily I'm just a bit sore but now it's time to crack on and fix the bike.
Mike Green, says it all really, enjoying himself here at Oulton Park as it continues to rain. The time schedule is very tight and over running already. Last on the list, we may be 'lucky' and still get out for practice.
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.