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!