The racing year is well underway and after an enjoyable summer at home in Australia my girlfriend Karen and myself have headed back to the cool UK spring time. Leaving home a few weeks back we had a quick stop in Singapore for a couple of nights to catch up with friends and break up the long haul to the UK.
On arriving it was straight to Honda UK to pick up a new Honda CRV to get us about while here. I then left with the Honda TT Legends world endurance team for the final world endurance test at Magny Cours in France.
It was great to be back on the all new 2012 Honda CBR1000 Fireblade race bike with the TT Legends team. Testing went well and with day two treating us to a warm 24deg it was perfect to record some encouraging lap times.
Next time I see the Magny Cours circuit will be the week after Easter when we return for round one of the World Endurance championship the Bol Dor 24hr race.
After that it was straight back to Northern Ireland and into our home away from home…this year we are treated to a lovely apartment on the Northern Irish coastline. With the Irish sea only meters from our front window its a perfect place to rest up between races.
My first run out on the Wilson Craig Hondas that I will race at this years street races was a test day at the Kirkistown circuit. This gave me a chance to work on a base setting for the CBR1000 and CBR600 race bikes.
Easter Friday and Saturday was my first race on the Wilson Craig bikes as the team entered the first round of the Irish Supebike championship at the Bishopscourt circuit.
Using practice and qualifying to continue developing the new bikes I was happy to secure pole position for both Superbike and Supersport classes.
Race day and it was a dream run as I won four races from four starts taking a clean sweep in both classes.
From the outside our performance on track may have looked like we were doing it easy but I was putting in 100% effort in all races. I need to get as much set up time as possible with these bikes before we race the first International street race the Northwest 200 in May and we wont learn anything unless we are pushing the limits!
Next up for me is round two of the Irish Superbike series at the Kirkistown circuit on Easter Monday…
Will keep ya posted!