Phillip Island put on great weather today for another session of great racing. I was really excited to get out there today to see what I could do on a dry warmish track. Didn't get off to a great start (see my wheelie in the photo) and went from 4th back to 10th... then I had to fight my way back through the pack to the front. On the way the Suzuki in front of me blew an engine so I lost vision for a bit with all the smoke and then there was the risk of oil on the track. By this time the 4 guys at the front were too far ahead to catch (only a 10 lap race) and we are still working to find the best setting for the bike on this track. Finished 5th again so overall not a bad weekend. First super sport race for me at the World super bike weekend - got to be happy with that...
It was an awesome day today, had one of the best races so far in my racing career with a great battle between Matt Davies and Aaron Morris. Got a bad start and lost 3 positions. Half way through the race coming into turn 4 I out-braked myself passing Aaron Morris and ended up 'bumping' Matt Davies and letting Aaron through. I Fought desperately to get my position back and for a lap or so was catching Aaron but made 2 mistakes one in MG and immediately in turn 11 affecting my run onto the straight allowing Davies to catch up and we battled for the rest of the race and I ended up finishing 5th in the race missing out on 4th by only .025 sec. Thanks to Cliff Stovall from Triumph and Jeremy Mertens from Gold Coast Triumph for their support to date in getting the Triumph out on the track and up the pointy end.
Today was all about getting to the circuit, setting up the pit, doing all the paper work and then getting in some practice. Only had a short session on track... so awesome out there today. Really windy so had to hang on tight and do some adjusting. Did really well, on pace with the pointy end and looking forward to tomorrow. Que getting into circuit this morning
Well excitement already. 10.30 last night trailer decided to break. Managed a patch up job of sorts to slowly drag it back to a little village called Mirool where we caught some shut eye till morning then found a very kind couple with a welder and spent the next 2 hours welding, grinding and getting back to towable.....never a dull moment in this family and we meet nice people.
Great ride days at PI. Had so much fun on the triumph, can't wait for the WSBK support round and the ASBK season to kick off - should be a good year!! :) Big thanks to Rick Heffernan and Dad for all the mechanical support and a big thanks to Link International, Pirelli, Decalalicious and FinskyLizard Racing for the fantastic stickers and design. Now for the long drive home!!
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