- Jul 20, 2011
That shade of yellow is called Self Preservation Yellow. Will you be at Cadwell at the end of the month?
Fast little buggers they are, how will you cope with all those revsUnfortunately not, the Norton crank problem is taking an age to rectify and is unlikely to be done this season. However I am taking a baby step to the darkside by preparing a Honda VFR400 for Darley moor in October.
If you went single, what class would it be ?Hmm, I too am married to a nurse, a very highly qualified one at that, multiple degrees and a masters, worked in ICU and was the clinical nurse specialist for the Wharfedale area, she also bangs the drum for Ibuprofen. It does work but I find it prolongs the injury as it allows me to abuse the problem, I have been using Ibuprofen to get through the race weekend but the knee is always worse when I stop taking it after the weekend. I feel it is made worse by the freedom given by the drugs, the back has gone away but the knee is still with me.
Anyway, Cadwell was a week ago and not part of the championship I was chasing, but it was fun, well, it was for me, my mate wasn't so lucky. He rides an MZ Scorpion in the Super Mono class and had entered the track day that was run the day before the race weekend, his conrod broke and punched a hole in the front of the engine and he went down on the oil entering the Gooseneck, that made a mess of the track, It wasn't a total disaster though as I was able to use the cement dust used to soak up his oil slick as a braking marker. He had his BMW with him so he could race but it wasn't a comfortable weekend for him as it turned out he had cracked a couple of ribs.
It was one of those weekends where if it could go wrong for the organises it did, the racing start was delayed because not all the marshal posts could be contacted due to a problem with the radios, but once that was sorted the first race went ok. The second race was red flagged after 2 laps because there was a bike on fire in the track. It was to be the last race of the day as the track wasn't fit for purpose because the fire extinguishers had made it slippy and it needed a proper clean up job. Not too disastrous as there was only a couple of races left which would be run the next day.
The first race on Sunday was a bit odd at the start, it was decided that the grid positions would be the same as the race the day before that was red flagged, unfortunately there was a few of us that didn't get this info, so it was the back of the grid start, I found this was a bit of a result as I was with a couple of guys in my class and was able to learn from them and even pass them and stay in front for about a lap, until they passed me again buggered off that is, still I was still having fun. I will try and link to a video of this race later.
The second race started with a bit of a worry because the bike misbehaved on the warm up lap, it was like the chain was jumping the sprocket or the belt drive was shedding teeth, when I got it on the back straight i gave it some pasty by way of a kill or cure attempt and strangely, it seemed to clear up, I now realised it was misfiring but seemed ok after revving it hard.
It left the start ok, but had a cough going onto the straight, it cleared and I was able to pass a GS1000 before the end of the straight, but as soon as I leaned into the right hander, it cut out for what seemed like an age, i was expecting the GS to come back past, but I think the bike suddenly slowing in front of him must have upset him, I did see his shadow appear but the bike fired up again and stayed in front, it had another stutter coming out of the chicane but ran well for the rest of the race.
Finished 4th in the Woodland oils championship with the BHR as a result of the weekends racing.
This weekend we were at Croft, yet another track I haven't been to before and back to the Laurel and Hardy school of racing. Sat all geared up waiting for the announcement for practice 9, but it wasn't until practice 8 went quiet on track that I realised the tannoy had packed up, I jumped on the bike and shot up to the track and they had all gone, not a problem, they let me out anyway. In the rush to get up there I had forgot to take the plug out of the rev counter so I gave that to a marshal to hold and set off through the gate, that is when the bike decided to let me know it needs the fuel turning on if I want the engine to keep running, it was a bit of a faff to get the fuel on but I managed it without the engine stopping and got going for my first wet laps round Croft, all 3 of them. Lap time 2:11
The rain that had started just before the practice had also been practicing, and it had got quite good at what it does, the track was as wet as Castle combe was, and they abandoned the Saturday racing there because of it. I had fitted the Heidenau tires for the race and they felt ok but I didn't really get going and the race was red flagged on the 4th lap so I was heading into Sundays racing with a grand total of 7 laps under my belt. Lap time 2:09
The rain had stopped and I was looking forwards to some dry laps as it is a very fast track in places. All was well until about 10 minutes before the race, and it started to rain again, I had put the Continentals back in and couldn't be bothered to change them back to the Heidenau tires and decided to just take it easy, no prizes for messing up the scenery. Quite enjoyed it as it happens and got the lap time down to 2:01, starting to like this place.
The rain has gone and the sun is out, and very low in the sky, last race of the day, in fact they called it the race of the year and it was longer than the other races.
It was nice to finally get a mostly dry track and got the lap time down to 1:50 ish. Also for the first time ever, I was dragging my right knee round one of the bends, don't think I like that, I have paid for the sliders, seems a shame to wear them out.
Thats it for this year and I am not sure what to do about next year, might have a change to a single cylinder bike.