I'm starting to think the Isle of Man is like a time machine! I don't believe it was 3 weeks ago that I arrived here and yet I'm sitting on the boat now going home. It's maybe more to do with the great racing, great company and great atmosphere we always have here.
Anyway to the news, team Topgun does it again in the Classic TT F1 race, finishing 1st Privateer and 14th overall.
The team has been flat out since the TT building their classic bike, a 1992 Kawasaki ZXR750K, a true weapon in its day. This one was ridden in BSB by John Neate back in 1993/4, and the team has completely restored/modernised it to almost WSBK spec.
The only downside was lack of testing. With the paint almost dry, Wurz took it to Cadwell Park, but she had an oil leak- so back to the workshop. With the oil leak fixed next stop Jurby. Things were looking good as the sun was even shining, and things went well with the bike too. AJ was impressed; we ironed out a few fuelling issues, then AJ called it a day- before he got carried away apparently.
The Manx weather was not kind to us initially- but then we’re used to that by now! Early practice week was a washout but the organisers did some great rescheduling and we had extra practice in the sunshine.
Unfortunately the bike developed a fuel starvation fault and broke down in both remaining practice sessions. Our only option was to change everything! The only problem is the next session was the race on Monday, not ideal.
This was Saturday night and we had been invited to our local friend’s 40th party- red theme.
So twisting the Topgun theme once more, red t shirts were purchased and our artist snowy decorated them-along with some twists on their call signs (unfortunately these are not repeatable). The town was certainly painted RED that night, followed by a party in the awning where I think the whole paddock was there. Top night!!
Anyway back to business.... We also had a rider out in the MGP- another South African Colin Lehmann. Now Colin was a newcomer to the course in 2013, but didn't have the best of luck and his bike broke down in both races. AJ had told Colin we were looking for a rider- he was straight on the phone! He was to ride the Honda 600 in both Junior and Senior races.
If I was to say Colin was impressed with the bike would be a major understatement! In fact, the only adjustment we made all week was to move the rear sets back. The smile on his face every night said it all. Again, he was affected by the weather, but chipped away at his times all week managing to surpass his previous lap time almost straight away.
Both his races went to plan- every lap he went a little faster eventually reaching an impressive 109.7mph, he was going quicker again on his last lap, but unfortunately it was red flagged.
So that just about brought the fortnight to an end, obviously we had to have another party, but let's leave it at that.
I would like to say well done to both riders. Both impressed the team with their commitment and constant quest for improvement. You’re both welcome back anytime!!
Cheers to all the team, who worked non- stop to build and get the bike ready in time-then iron out all the problems.
I would also like to say get well soon to our other superstar rider Gav. Unfortunately, following a crash at the Ulster GP, he was unable to compete. Gav had to sit on the sidelines watching someone else win-we feel your pain mate-next year!!
Till next time…..
Oh yeah AJs race- the modifications worked- and he only went and won the Privateers….