Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Far Eastern Cyberspace
This Was The Day That Was
Mss Round 1
First off, want to express heartfelt commiserations to the Silver Bullet, who has maybe got a total loss on his hands after some fucking idiot dumped oil all over the circuit from turn 4 through to the pit lane entrance as he limped back home to lazy, ignorant, experienced or intelligent to figure that leaving a trail of oil on the racin gline might have serious repercussions for those following.
I didn't see where or how Nils came a cropper but it was during Supersport Race 1 and was obviously a big one as his bike was a complete mess. I think there was some talk that the accident may have blown Nils R6's motor as well as his engine casing was cracked but the bike was still running in the gravel?
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My own weekend was no less eventfull, but very fortunately without the same outcome.
Free practice on Saturday morning was always going to be an interesting affair.... Season opener, with lots of new faces, new bikes and a re worked turn 7. So I wanted to try to get my head down and see where I was going to sit in the grand scheme. Was therefore fairly happy to be 7th, but realised that this would inevitablly change once the qualifying was underway.
Qualifying ...... or lack of it as things turned out. I stayed back in the pits to let the procession of bikes get half way round the lap before coming out to get a decent run at some clear air. Rod scott had the same idea and managed to get out just ahead of me with his ill handling R1 hardtail ! Long story short I was closing the gap in on him after one flying lap when I gassed up out of turn 2 only to see a bike down to my left and simultaneously my own bike started screaming bucking and yawing, throwing me clear out of the saddle. Miraculously I somehow recovered from this to realise that there was oil on the track which evidently was the cause of my near miss. Marshalls were pretty quick with the flags, and I took it gently around the rest of the lap to see that they then red flagged the session. When the session was re-started it decided to piss with rain so no point to go out.
The first Superbike race followed the red flagged and disastrous Supersport event. There was enough cement dust down to suggest that it was a safari rally stage and not a circuit race, but actually track was not too bad. My start was shit and I bogged the engine momentarily before lauching it skywards... 12 on the grid was i think 20 somehting out of turn one leaving some catch up to be done. Got my head down and set about picking my way through the field. Was pretty knackeredby lap 13 but had got back to 8th place and had 7th firmly in my sights ...... Should have left there, as I brake too late down the main straight and trailing the brake into the turn washed out the front end in a Blue Cat special. Daft thing to do really as I was a bit tired to catch it in time, but there you go.
The Boys managed to get the bike back together for Race 2 and I set off from the back of the grid ..... (26 bikes from 33 made the second race if I recall?) .... I got myself up to 14th and was fighting for 13th but made a mis judegement and dind't realise there was a cheeky stalker just behind me or nipped under me and powered to the line .... !!!!
The paintwork's a bit scuffed but bike looks good.