Since my last update I have been to Japan for the Suzuka 8hr. It was an amazing experience and the circuit would now be one of my favorites. The layout has such a technical layout with both fast and slow turns it was a challenge to learn. Qualifying went well but an issue with the world endurance spec rear wheel changing system forced the team into an early retirement. At least I got to qualified and also ride a rotation in the race and record some solid and consistent lap times.
The Ulster GP was the final street race in my Calendar and started well when I qualified the 600 and Superbike on the front row. Come race day and the weather was against us with rain starting and stopping all day. This made for some very tricky tire choices and race strategies… I played it safe and did not take any chances in the dodgy conditions and ended the day with a podium in the Supersport class. I recorded the second fastest lap for race day on the superbike but things did not come together in the race for a podium finish. I was happy to keep it safe and leave in one piece!
The next round of the World Endurance Championship is the 24hr race at Le Mans on the 24/25 September. Last week the TT legends team attended the official 2 day test for the event giving me a chance to learn the circuit.
Testing went well and I was comfortable while lapping at race pace lap times so I cant wait for my first 24hr race where I will partner John and Keith on the TT legends Fireblade.
Before I head to Le Mans it will be over to the Goodwood Revival event to race a G50 Matchless at the iconic event. Everything at the 3 day event has a pre 1966 theme… everything from the bikes and cars competing to the riders and mechanics clothes! It should be a great weekend of fun.
Then the 24hr… bring it on!