I turned up ready to go out on the test day, but we were still sorting the bike out in the morning, I managed to get out just after lunchtime but the bike still wasn’t 100%, we did some more changes and tried again, I managed 30mph and the bike wouldn’t go any faster than that ! I pulled straight off the track and released we had some more work to do.
The rest of the day was spent stripping and rebuilding, checking and changing settings, a friend of ours came over and gave me some good information regarding R6 set up as he was using the same make bike, we had to go with the information we’d been given as I was at a loss as to what and why the bike was behaving like it was. we adjusted and got ready for the race day, going into race one with a poor performing bike is not the best thing to do but we had little choice.
I went out for qualifying and just wanted to get a feel for the bike, thankfully it was working a lot better then the previous day, we still have a few things to do to get the perfect setting but I could get round the circuit, I managed a 1:54.275 which isn’t great but for an untested bike it wasn’t too bad, Unfortunately I qualified on the back row.
Race one and I felt more confident than the previous day, I just needed to get a feel for the bike! I set off and started to get to grips with it straight away, I was lapping in 1:49.012 which was ok on a bike that was chugging and loosing power, I finished 25th and 21st in class.
I went out with a similar attitude get round and feel it but didn’t realise how tired I was getting and the bike was trying to spit me off, so I kept it at a speed that wasn’t going to hurt, I stuck at a 1:50.832 finished 27th on grid and 22nd in class.
I got a good start and went for it, I managed a 1:48.369 and it felt good, the changes had worked again but still not 100% I was taking my lap times down and getting more and more confident on the R6, I did feel some occasional lumpy ness in the bends that felt like the bike was really trying to kick me off, but this was my best race yet! I finished 26th on grid and 21st in class.
Again a great start, I tried to push and got straight to a 1:48.812 on my second lap, but my fitness caught up with me, I was struggling to pick the bike up through the corners and started to scare myself, I dropped to a 1:51 for a couple of laps and then built myself up again to finish the races on a 1:48 my best finish yet. 24th on grid and 20th in class.
What a great weekend, I finished all races with a bike that wasn’t working correctly but gaining position and getting on well with the old girl, I have some things to change for the next round at Mallory Park but for a base setting I’m really liking these results.
Thank you all for your support :-
I would like to thank my family, friends and sponsors -
The Rifles Benevolence Fund (Cpt.Chris Mills)
Bridgewater and Taunton College
Avid Motorbike and Car Service
Kerry Rawson Photography
R&G Crash Protection
A & R racing
Tonic Logistics / Tonic Motorcycle Transportation
"A note from the Editor"
"On behalf of Chris and everyone connected with Chris Ganley Racing I would just like to express my own personal gratitude and appreciation for two individuals who worked tirelessly so Chris could race over the course of the Cadwell Park race weekend.
Cam Green and Andrew Dyke worked beyond the call of duty to repair an engine on Sunday evening, Cam instructed Andrew as Cam was in a wheel chair with two broken legs and two broken feet!
I looked on in awe at the pair of them working, A fantastic effort and outstanding commitment by both of them. Thank you both So much."
See you all at Mallory Park
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Thank You So Much Kerry And Mark