This thing turns on itself so bloody well! But the thing that I love about it the most is the transition from railing it through a fast corner, to loading up the rear on exit and peeling gears as you lift it up. There are a few corners on our regular tracks which are so addicting as you try to find the edge grip limit each time. Love it.
I obliterated my PB on Sunday by about 0.8s. 🏁 For a lap that was only 28.9s long, that's a gain I'm proud of.
Soggy winter conditions first thing meant qualifying and the grid was a mixed lot. My biggest competition Nathanael was starting on the 4th row, I was on the 2nd. This meant the start and the first 2 laps were super critical if I wanted to finally get that win I've been after for so long. In the 2nd points race I lead about 10/12 laps after barging my way through. I grinned as I ran through the 2 main passing points in the lead of the last lap but it just wasn't meant to be. On the very last corner we ran into the back of lap traffic and I got boxed in between them and Nathanael. Unable to keep the throttle on, Nat picked me up and took it by 0.21s on the line. Devastated. The only consolation was that I had set a new PB 0.05s faster than Nat without following anyone.
Loads of learning to take out of that meeting. And I'm proud to have done a 28s lap with such little quality time on the bike.
1994 Yamaha TZ80, Minarelli heart - just look at that butt
Winter's here 💨 💦 The temps are dropping and so is the rain. That means the winter series is about to kick off and what a series it is. Loads of track time in the twisties and a bunch of new challenges to deal with.
Welcome to NZ 125GP Wil! Just need to work on that old man tuck you have going on there haha. For his first time on the bike, Wil did surprisingly well doing 1.17 flat times and feeling comfortable on the squirrelly chassis. Nice one dude.
Yesterday went much better for me than I expected. I did my pre-riding homework of watching on board video and revisiting my markers and it paid off. I got into a rhythm quickly and was running about 0.4s off my PB in the last 2 sessions. Pretty stoked to be on the nationals pace riding by myself and having not ridden the circuit since May last year. Trying to beat the 600 riders probably helped!
It's April and I haven't ridden Emily since February before, well before I fractured my elbow which meant I had to retire from the NZSBK championship. Man it felt good to ride again!
I'm out here showing Wil Killip the ropes, a new rider to the class. He does bloody well on a F4 bike and no doubt he'll be competitive on the 125 in no time.
Less is more and technical is better. There's nothing quite like fourteen bloody gear changes in 9 corners and 43 seconds. Every km/hr of momentum savoured. Every marker hit. Every minor line refined. I couldn't think of a better way to train the mind than by 35 lap sessions of this 50cc racer of mine. It might look like it was dragged out of a swamp but it makes up for it in mechanical prowess!
2 lap records on the weekend! That's not a normal Sunday! Speedhive times here
In April our class was invited to race in the last round of the Auckland Motorcycle Club series. The short 5 corner "full track" was absolutely perfect for our low powered bikes and naturally the races were stupidly tight because of it.
After getting over my elbow injury, enthusiasm was high and I was ready to take on the ever dominate Nathanael Diprose. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be and at the end of Q2 his bike chewed a big end. Thankfully my enthusiasm pulled me through and I put my TZ80 on pole position by a half second. Chuffed.
Most of the field hadn't ever done any real big track racing as we race on kart tracks in the north island so it took many quite a few laps to get some rhythm. I was feeling super comfortable on the TZ80 being a GP chassis very similar to the Honda RS125 I race in the NZSBK series. I made the most of that slight advantage and put the hammer down in the first 2 races taking them out by 15 seconds, then 8 seconds. Not bad considering the laps were only 41 seconds and the races 10 laps.
Being a bit disappointed that Nathanael wasn't out there to race I turned to my little 50 racer for a few laughs. It was the first time I'd ever ridden the bike on a big track and with no practice before the next race. I took a complete guess on the gearing and lined up on the front row against bikes 3 times the capacity. Without a doubt, the most fun I could have had that day was trying to squeeze every little km/hr out of that 50. Chin on the tank everywhere and tucking in behind anyone I could. I fought hard with Wil, Henk and Paul but ended up taking 4th place by 0.3s between Henk, Paul and I. By the end of the first race I had figured out what gears I needed to be in so the next race was far easier and I got a much better start. Henk, Paul and I got into another blood thirsty knife fight but Paul JUST got me on the line by 0.021s. I took 3rd. So, damn, close!
So that's 2 laps records in a day for the first time we all went to the track. I can't complain!
Friday at Taupo went great on the 125! Man I love riding this bike. Another faultless day stamping my lines into my memory and practicing my passing through a field of 600s. I didn't quite get a solid run of clear track to push for some time improvements but it was enough to find a rhythm I was comfortable with.
We had 6 125s there that day which is now a common size for the class here in the north island. Considering when I started there were none, I can't say just how stoked I am to see the class thrive and with new riders coming on all the time. Thanks MotoTT Trackdays for another cracker on a day!