After a manic month, we are doing our final shakedown test at Castle Combe before we leave for the NW200 and TT
Having a full blown superbike is fantastic but the extra work it brings has been a bit of an eye opener, it has certainly kept us buy the past few weeks.
After a positive 1st test at Castle combe we moved to Cadwell park for a weekend of Racing, both the SBK & SSP bikes proved they are going to be very competitive package’s, takings race wins in their respective classes.
As well as all the testing, Wurz has now left the RAF after 31yrs so he can commit fully to running the team, not sure how he will cope having to work for a living! Dan has been busy expanding his Motorcycle shop, as well as moving into his new house and his new-found love for Ikea! Gav has also moved into a new house; not sure the Ikea craze has reached Otley yet though.
Oliver’s Mount and the Spring cup…. This was our 1st outing with the whole team and in the 2017 livery so obviously we were keen to impress. Now if you have never been to the mount, you won’t have seen how small the paddock is, it certainly wasn’t designed to take our 40ft artic, but with some expert manovering from Pete our driving we were in, and somehow, he had managed to park it right outside the bar??
Saturday morning was a wet and cold affair so both riders decided to sit out of practice, qualifying wasn’t much better, both riders went out on dry tyres, Dan on slicks on the SBK! Cant have been to bad as Dan put both SBK &SSP bikes on front row with Gav on the 5th.
Throughout the weekend, they both kept chipping away at their lap times, setting new PB’s on all bikes, Dan came away with a brace of second places on the SBK, including a fantastic 2nd place in the Feature event, the Spring Cup.
Judging by the amount of people around the awning wanting to speak to not only the riders but Pete the truck driver too, I think we achieved our goals both on and off track.
So straight to Castle Combe for our final test before heading off to the NW200 & TT. After 2 days of shock out/shock in I believe we now have a set up to start our Roads campaign with. We can’t thank Honda enough for inviting us to take part on their test, and the staff of the circuit for their hospitality.
In other news, Tommo, Dan’s long time mechanic has joined the team, but as well as us he has been head hunted to work for some chap called Leon Haslam, nice one mate, show them how the roads boys do it.
I won’t mention Roley losing the trailer of the back of the tractor unit, a good driver always checks his load mate!
Finally, we would like to wish Snowy’s wife Adel a speedy recovery after been involved in a rather nasty horse riding accident, Dangerous things those horses!