Got a reasonable start and had a bit of a battle at the front but was always mindful of not messing it up by getting in the way of the title challengers Marty and Jon. When I looked back and saw Marty I moved out of his way, without realising that Leon was tucked in his slip stream. Bu$$er! I had a great tussel with Leon but he got the better of me by 0.019 across the line. Popped the 2nd fastest race lap in though so will be on the front row for tomorrow's race. 10.25 might be live on Eurosport.
After this morning's light shower the track was damp but I had no idea what it was like round the back; so went out on wets. With only about 8 laps in total to play with I had to get out and post some sort of decent time. With about 9 mins to go came in and changed to dry tyres. Managed to get out of the pit land with just enough time for one flying lap. That was all I needed - pole position for today's race at 5.10pm.
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.