September 02, 2008

Mallory Park - A game of Two Half's...

The level of racing was raised to a new high at Mallory Park as Longy's 750 stocker broke the 750 class lap record by well over 1 second with a 1 minute lap. The silly minor gremlins that caused six DNF's during the year and had cost him the championship had finally been fully sorted and the Eddie Lawson replica was running a sweet as a nut. With two DNF's at Darley Moor, in the last round due to running the battery flat over night, at Mallory Longy only had pride at stake.

Dominant Andy "the-boy" Jackson (GS1100) was clear favourite for the win, but the legend Clive "the bike" Wadey (Katana 1170) and Tom B (Katana 1170) - an aging ex-stocker on his comback tour were all within a whisker during qualifying. Longy however managed to qualify the 750 in 2nd spot on the grid - nice work. Things were really hotting up and finishing in the top 3 over the line on Longy's 750 was clearly going to be a challenge in dry conditions, although a class win looked on the cards.

Race 1
A blinding lap of 1m on the green machine - some 4 seconds quicker than the next 750 - was the major highlight of the race for Longy. The Kawa 750 was handling superbly and just glided around Wadey's Katana 1170 around Gerrards, soaking up the bumps. However, Tom B's 1170 was flying and whilst Longy could gain on the brakes and bends around Edwinas, he could not quite catch him during the 10 lapper, even though lap times were almost identical. The bike really was running a treat, drifting out of Gerrards and Devil's elbow nicely and stopping on a sixpence into the hairpin, However, it's becoming evident that as more 1100's are starting to appear, it might be a question of upgrading to a big elephant for next season and battling for the Open Class championship - being first past the chequered flag (or at least battling on an equal bike for a win) is looking attractive - even though a class win was nice.

Race 2
Wet conditions in race 2 and a big slide out the esses caused Longy to completely lose the plot and finished way down in 9th place. Self preservation took over and sliding around on dry weather tyres in soaking conditions was basically no fun - on this day at least. Credit to the guys on LC's and other machines who thrive in this weather and some great riding was witnessed as Longy's bike worked its way backwards.

Special mention goes to Mucka Mad on winning the 750 championship - well done mate - although he knows he will get is butt well and truely kicked next year now the Kawa 750 is fully sorted and running superbly (and assuming Longy runs in the class)! And his talented wife Sioux who takes all the photos for the blog...thanks!

Random Comments....
Are Moldy and Pete planning on going sidecar racing in 2009? With Pete's spannering skills Moldy might actually get out onto the grid!







Mad Myatt telling Longy to buck his wet weather riding ideas up...
words of "whimp, bottle-less, threw in the towel" were overheard...
Early morning work out for the Lardies...


Smiling Pete laughs at novice Ed as he tries to come to terms with hitting the big 40...
Happy mid-life crisis Ed!


Go on my boy....Simon Holland getting it on...
A classic beauty..if only the bloody thing will keep going...!
Steve's look says it all as Mucka Mad practises his X Factor audition...