I took the 125 out to Ruapuna for some testing last week. A bit chillier than it has been recently (15*c) and a bit windy through pot hole on this little featherweight but as far as work week Fridays go... how could you possibly complain!? After all, any day on a smoker is a damn fine day.
Lifestyle. Racing lifestyle. Adventure lifestyle. This is why I moved from bustling Auckland to this cruisey farmers town. $80 for a day or riding with only a small handful of others on the track on a Friday is what I'm all about. There's no doubt in my mind why so many high quality riders come out of the South Island with opportunities like this.
It's the 3rd time I've ridden since I've moved down here and given that I haven't ridden all winter, I still have a long way to get back to where I want to be. I put in a bunch of consistent lap times though and felt really solid on the bike with lots of awareness to spare which is key to progression. Unsurprisingly, my fitness is way down which was pretty noticeable out there in the 30 minute sessions so I'm ramping up the body bashing into year end. It doesn't help that the muscles in my shoulder are flogged from the collarbone break and my knee ligaments are giving me crap after too many weekend hikes in the mountains. We all have our own problems to overcome though, time to get on with it.
Out on track with me was a R6 and a CBR600 which is always a crack up. It took me to the dipper each lap to catch back up to them, making loads of ground through the twistier sections of the circuit. We all came in with big grins on our faces. I'm not the best at putting in fast times without the red mist of racing in my helmet so it was good to have at least a little motivation to push harder.