I arrived at Mallory Park on Thursday evening after a stressful day ! luckily I found out my vans MOT had expired so before setting off I had to get it booked in and sorted that morning, I would like to thank Tweed Road Motors LTD for getting the van in at short notice, I wouldn’t have been able to get to Mallory Park if they hadn’t bent over backwards to get me MOT’d and on my way.
Thank you so much.
Friday test day and we still had a few things to sort out, we managed to get a few sessions out on circuit but the bike was still not working properly, again I had done enough to get round. I had to wait for qualifying to get a better feel but what I had experienced with the handling, the bike and setup were going in the right direction. After the last session in qualifying I managed to get onto row 8, 23rd on the grid.
I had a good start, again the bike after lap 4 started to splutter in the corners but I just did my best to get round, I managed to gain 23rd on the grid and 18th in class with a lap time of 1:04.009.
This isn’t a great time but with a bike that I was struggling with I was just happy with a finish.
I had a much better start but still thought the bike was not working properly, there was something not right and I couldn’t put my finger on the problem. I was trying to go faster but the bike was not fully working, I managed a 21st position finish and 17th overall in class which again I was happy with, my lap time was 1:01.688 so although I seemed to be struggling I was heading in the right direction.
On Saturday night Cameron and Andy got to work on the bike to try and find why I was under performing, they worked hard and thought there could have been a issue with the fuel filter, The boys again worked there magic to try get me out, unfortunately I missed out on morning warm up but this was a small sacrifice to pay if the bike was back up to its full performance.
I thought just go for it and see what happens, straight off the start I pushed my way through a few people and tagged onto the back of three fast guys, I felt that good I wanted to get past these and push even harder, but got to lap three and the bike just spluttered and wouldn't pull, I really felt disheartened now, but had a better idea of what the problem could be.
I went back in and got back to work.
We established that there was rust in the fuel tank of all things ! luckily I had a spare tank as I’d brought one for Ian who was going to spray my main sponsor Blesma on the spare tank, I had to use this tank and put Ian’s little project back until we meet at the next round. After we put the tank on I was again going to push, I thought to myself just see what happens, I even said to a couple of my teammates i'll probably be back in as this repair may not work.
Race four was a twelve lap race which is slightly longer than normal, I had a good start and again overtook a few people by the first corner, I tagged on the back of another bike and stuck with him, I got to lap 6 and the bike didn't cough or splutter, I tried to push a little harder and remarkably finished the race, I was over the moon.
I think we have cracked it, the bike feels like it's working properly again now, I couldn’t believe that rust in the tank was the cause of all my problems!
I can now try to get a better understanding of the bike now, I'm so excited and so happy! it's been a long process but feel like we are eventually getting there,
I finished the last race Sixteenth on the grid and thirteenth in class with a lap time of 1:00.378, just over a second slower than the R1. what a great end to the weekend.
Once again I could not do what I do without the continued support from Blesma and all my loyal sponsors, I would also like to thank -
Andrew Dyke & Claire Dumbleton
John Jono Bennett
A special thank you to Mark R Arliss from Kerry Rawson Photography for supplying images at the Mallory Park meeting.
Also my 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
Mupo Race Suspension
See you all at round five - Donington Park 24th 25th July with Thundersport GB
All the Images unless otherwise stated have been taken by Kerry Rawson Photography, Please click the Website button below to go direct to Kerry's Photography Website.
Thank You So Much Kerry And Mark