FRIDAY 19th JANUARY - UNOFFICIAL PRACTICE
This was a chance for me to get back on the bike that I had unfortunately crashed the weekend before; after Dad,Pete Jones, Dom, Paul and Westie put in hours of working into helping me get ready for the next round here at RUAPUNA RACEWAY in Christchurch.
The bike seemed alright but a lot of grip problems had to be sorted out with the help of Robert Taylor (Ohlins Suspension Guru)
Injuries from the previous weekend at Levels, Timaru were evident. With a lot of Physio I was once again able to walk on my foot.
SATURDAY 20th JANUARY - OFFICIAL PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING
The 2nd Practice was in the wet and was I 2nd on the time sheet which I was stoked about, but as soon as qualifying came I was dropped right back in the order to 8th spot, obviously I wasnt entirely happy with that position on the grid but I had to keep thinking to myself that I was at this round just to collect some points with more races in this championship to go.
SUNDAY 21st JANUARY - RACE DAY
With the laps being reduced due to the amount of crashes during the day, this meant a better for me as my foot can last the distance. Race one I got a good start, 7th off the line moving back to 8th when Stroud came past but moved up again when I passed Lowther and stayed in front of him for the rest of the race until it was red flagged with 2 laps to go.
Race 2 - while being of less laps - wasnt so promising, with a bad start leaving me dead last into turn one. This meant that a bit of fairing rubbing was on the cards in order to make my way through the pack. I made my way back to 8th and caught up to Jon Lowther making a passing move on the last lap but he passed me back for me to settle for 8th spot.
The next national meeting will be held at Manfeild in Feilding on the 24th and 25th of Febuary, I have a few points to make up before the season ends and we are now just over the half way mark. Before this is the Paeroa round of the BATTLE OF THE STREETS.
There are a lot of people that helped in the process of getting me ready for Ruapuna and would like to take this oportunity to thank them all.
The photograph above shows NCT rider Alastair seeley along with team principle Neil Haslam unveiling the new 2007 Yamaha R1 at pole position Yamaha showrooms in Bambridge N.I. I hope to be across in the UK soon, to team up with the guys for what looks like a very exciting season in the BSB Superstock series.
Until next time,