|Jim Moodie's Junior 600
The view that most people saw of
Pic by Carol
|Today Wednesday, Jim Moodie won the four lap Junior 600 race with a
superb start to finish victory on board the immaculately prepared V&M
Jim is obviously happy with the result and he explained that
conditions were good but not perfect as the track was about 95% dry.
Jim said "there were a few damp areas, but I made a really good start
and immediately I was making inroads on David Jefferies. I made up ten seconds
in five miles (Ballacraine) and I averaged 125mph from a standing start to that
point. My first lap time from a standing start was 118.50 and I was getting
signals that I was making good time. My second lap was 118.45 when I came in
for fuel and then I put in a third lap of 119.30, by this time the track was
getting better and I had a strong lead.
On the final lap
flying lap I was hoping to have a real go at the lap record, but early in the
lap the clutch started to give me some trouble so I tried to ride smooth,
rolling it a little, short shifting not using the full rpm. I was still getting
good signals though, +26 +25 +28 and finally plus 33 as I crossed the line with
a final lap average of 118.50 mph.
The last thing I wanted was for DJ
and others to go out, but I was riding well and making good time right from the
off. Yes it was good and apart from the slight clutch problem the V&M
Yamaha was perfect and was handling really well".
After today's races
there was a short practice session for fridays senior and production 600
competitors. Jim had a lap on the superbike and said there are still a couple
of things to do. He then completed a single lap on the production 600 and
(unofficially) he lapped at 119.21.
Jim predicted earlier in the week
that a 120mph lap on the production 600 bike could be possible, just possible.
Jim said, "It would need to be perfect, the track, the weather
It would be a tall order, but possible".
Well done Jim Moodie, 8 TT
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