James had entered as a wildcard for round 5 of the British Superbike Championship in the Superstock 600 class, this is a very competitive class and with only being on the Triumph a few times this would be quite a task. James’ goal for the weekend was to qualify and to improve my lap times over the weekend, he had recently done some testing at Snetterton and knew from my times I would be near the back.
In FP1 James times were averaging 2.06 and managed to get down to a 2.03 in FP2, the youngster was getting better but it was a fast pace, Qualifying went well and he got down to a 2.02 which put me at P35.
James said, “Sunday morning and race day, we were due to go out at 11:20am and I was feeling confident and it was dry, the bike was set up and we were ready to go. I got a cracking start and once the first lap was over I started to get into a rhythm, there were a few accidents which I managed to avoid and concentrated on keeping my head down and pushed on. One of the faster lads had run off track and came past me I tagged onto him and learnt more in this lap than I had over the whole weekend, I watched his lines and braking points and could see where I had could pick up some faster lines, my lap times were down to a 2.00 and after a few battles crossed the line in P24. I had a great weekend and learnt loads; my goal was to be within qualifying time and improve over the weekend which we did and the bike was mint, I still have loads to learn on the bike as the handling and power are very different to what I have used before. Thank you to our sponsors as we couldn’t do this without you all, The Pip Stop, Motorcycle Stars, Pure Triumph Woburn, YRF, NGK Spark Plugs, Vroom Media, EC1, Burnell Fencing Limited, Tyre Spot, Morson Photography, Forte, Ohlins Suspension, R Alderson and Sons, and to family, friends and Bikewise mini Bike club for their continued support”.
Photo Credit: Jim Rogerson