The throttle is on it's stopper for the racing season has begun! The Auckland Motorcycle Club begun the club championship series last weekend with round one at Hampton Downs. The recent riding at Taupo was such a good move for me. I'm feeling so comfortable on the bike and despite running slower than I know I can run, instantly got my head down in race mode.
Riding Steve Ward's RS125s in Christchurch a while back opened my eyes up to how a RS125 should be set up, how fierce the brakes can be and most importantly just how comfortable you can feel on one. All of his bikes have extra seat foam and many have foam blocks on the back of the tank to keep the body position rearward. Chris Malcolm and I took home some of this learning and since have put extra foam on our seats. What an awesome difference 25mm can make. I no longer get shin cramp in my shifter leg and can focus entirely on trying to beat big 4 strokes.
I had some incredibly difficult races amongst the 450s and 650s. I almost always lose about 5 places into the first corner to the 4 strokes as getting a 125GP bike off the line is not easy. In the first two races I did well and passed around and up the inside of turn 1 and turn 2 to make some of the ground back. In the last race I got skunked and couldn't get past another rider down the field. I'm incredibly happy with my passing in the first race as I managed to gap a few and battle with Max on his GSX450 (3 cylinder 600). I passed 3 bikes up the inside into turn 5 and then pushed Max out again on the last fast turn 6 but his bikes grunt was just too much and he got me by a nose over the line. Super fun battle and running at the pace I know I can.
Round 2 is in a weeks time and the 125 needs some maintenance before then. Back into the garage!