I arrived on Thursday ready for Round 3 at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
Friday was a test day but I really needed to just get on the bike and get some quality track time in to get my head back in the game, I did this but unfortunately missed some of the morning sessions.
I completed one lap but on the start of the second the bike stopped running, I had to pull off the track and sit this session out.
I managed to get back to the paddock under my own steam but there was clearly a problem with the R1 Arm 1 Yamaha.
Jono did a few checks and the bike seemed to start working again, I went out for a second time but the same thing happened again. I was adamant that it was the throttle sensor but we needed to strip the bike down to see what we could find.
Jono took a wiring loom out and noticed some wires that were broken and frayed, once he’d repaired this he re-attached it to the R1, What a difference this made, It was like the bike was re-born with full power again.
I spent the whole of qualifying just holding on for dear life, The bike had full power again and as a bonus my speedo clocks were working again. I eventually qualified on row 7 which was 20th on the grid.
I felt good with myself and the newly acquired full power, unfortunately with the full power my front wheel came up in the air, I had to shut off and apply the throttle with a bit more caution, this landed me at the back of the pack, I was playing catch up all race as well as getting used to the newly found full throttle.
I was sat on the back of two riders who pulled away from me in the straights but I was all over them in the corners, I just couldn't find away past them as they where tangling with each other and I couldn't find a way passed them both, it was a great race though with a lap time of 1:57.397, I think if I made a brake for it and got passed them both I could have still took a second or two off my time just in the corners, I finished 9th in class.
I thought I would try something different, to compensate for the power, but obviously got caught up in the moment and did the same start as Race 1,
I really wanted to put the pressure on and try and get through early but just couldn't find any gap to get past them, I managed a 1:56.255, but again if I could have overtaken them both could of made a couple of seconds more.
Now that the bike is working well and to its full potential I’m going to practice my grid starts with this extra power, I loved the meeting and ended up with two 9th places.
The Oulton park weekend was fantastic, I must admit I thought my weekend was over on Friday but my mechanic John Jono Bennett worked his magic and got the bike to where it should have been in the first place. Thank you so much Jono.
I would like to thank my family and friends who have been with me helping me to keep achieving my goal from the start.
I would also like to thank my sponsors who allow me to do what I’m doing.
Bridgewater and Taunton College
Pure Riding Essentials
Ian Boldy Superbike Photography
Gordano Motorcycle Training
Jono and Kat at AVID Motorcycle and Car Service and Repair
NF MOTO (for the stunning new leathers)
Thank you all so much, without your help, commitment and support I just wouldn’t be able to race.
We will hopefully be racing at the last round in 2020 at Cadwell Park on 24th and 25th October 2020
It would be great to see you there.