The boys tried their best having put our stuff on a hired bike; but with no warm up session it really was wing and a prayer stuff. It didn't fit me and settings felt awful but I stayed out and managed to get 5th.
Good start and was in the top ten but had to pull in at the end of the first lap as the HT lead had pulled out of the Mag. Back out for a few laps and the gear linkage fell apart. Poor Howie, he never got chance to ride. He'll be starting tomorrow so might get some laps in.
Rocker box cover came off. Not exactly sure when - to start with couldn't work out whether my feet were slipping of pegs with vibration or the copious amounts of oil. Just managed two flying laps. Howie's not been here before either so has got special dispensation to get out later for three laps.
I got permission to run with cameras for this evenings practice session as some of my video watchers have commented on how they've missed my onboard footage. So we've just recorded the whole 20 minute session for you all!
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.