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My good mate Henk said it best when he described the 125GP class as a "four way knife fight in a phone booth". Whooooo weee what a bloody good weekend of racing this was! Round 3 of the 2015 NZ Superbike series was my first taste of national level racing and man did it taste good! I was racing my fairly new to me RS125 and I picked up a tonne of time at my local, Hampton Downs. Whilst the 125GP class has shrunken since the glory days of 2 stroke GP dominance, there's no doubts from me that it is still equally as entertaining and challenging.
I learnt 4 very crucial things this weekend:
1) The start of a 125GP race it utterly critical to get anywhere in a race
2) I currently suck at getting a RS125 off the line
3) Tyre warmers are magical things, not to be underestimated
4) PIN IT! Everywhere!
Going into the weekend I felt fairly comfortable on the bike but I was not smooth or coherent in my riding having had little seat time on the bike. I qualified in 5th from 8 with a 1:19:090 which was already faster than I had gone previously. Roman put it on pole with a 1:14:774. Being slightly faster than Mihi and Brian but slower than the rest of the field, I had a pretty lonely set of races by myself which was fine with me. I put my head down and worked hard on my lines whilst the thoughts of catching the rest of the field gave me some solid motivation to move forward. I placed 5th, 6th and 5th in the NZ TT.
My best time in the last race was a 1.15.5 which is about 3.5 seconds faster than I had been the meeting before! It's still off the pace by 2 seconds or so but it's a large step in the right direction! I'm really looking forward to the next meeting here on the 125. Hopefully I can keep the progression coming. Round 4 at Taupo motorsport part next weekend, I can't wai