|Longy's first race on the R6 to 7th spot...awesome!|
The highlight of the day was racing the R6, a 'pukka' sports bike, in gloriously sunny racing conditions. Racing a full blown sports bike had been an ambition for some time and needless to say it was a pretty tense affair racing against guys who, let's say, have less concerns about attending work on a Monday morning than me!! Nevertheless, whilst a good bit off the pace of the top three, a 7th place on track finish first time out in the EMRA Roadstocks (4th in the 600 class) from a field of 21 was pretty good, especially as the bike has only been ridden twice before on a couple of track days.
|Early-stockers Aidy & Rob's 110mph crash at Gerrards!|
|Getting a bit smoother on the R6|
Race 2 on the R6 was Ok...for 3 laps, however having got up to 6th spot, I was baulked by another rider who'd run wide at the esses and rejoined nearly T-boning me. Annoyingly this created a gap and the the lack of track time on the R6 kicked and my concentration fell off a cliff edge. Suddenly, the sheer speed of the R6 exiting Gerrards at 130mph, knee down became apparent and the throttle started to roll gently the wrong way to get the rider home safely! A lot more laps are required on the R6 to make it click. A 12th place finish was not so good, but all back safely which was the main thing. Interestingly the lap time had been bettered from the first race - weird.
|She lasted 4 laps...burnt clutch #2|
Anyway...there's the update as the leathers are being hung up....who knows when (or if) the next racing blog will be!