5th! And some massive steps in setup. Stoked.
Saturday was a bit of a disaster for me but despite the weather forecast being a bit dodgy I was optimistic on some fun for Sunday. There’s really not much seat time at these meetings so for me, every setup change felt a bit like rolling the dice and it can make you a bit anxious at times not knowing. But that’s what you have to do when you’re riding a new bike at new circuits if you want to improve. Sometimes it goes horribly wrong but when it goes right, it’s such a good feeling.
I felt like I was fighting the bike a lot on Friday and Saturday. It ran out wide on corner exit and I had a hard time keeping it on line. I was all over the place. I ran off the track a number of times and it got to my head a bit. Going into this last race we changed the wheel base, rear shock setting, pitched the bike forward, changed the quick shifter timing and changed sprockets for a shorter final drive ratio. That’s a lot of changes all at once but bar the quickshifter timing, every one of those changes was positive. The bike felt so much easier to ride and it showed in my times. I didn’t improve my PB much but my consistency was enough for me to take 7 seconds out of the gap to first place which I’m stoked on.
My team mate Roland, Geert and I had some really tight battles for a few laps but thankfully I was able to get through the traffic better and minimised errors to take 5th place. This weekend was a rollercoaster as racing often is but I’m happy with the final result. I think there’s a lot more time in that track for me on that bike with some more seat time but unfortunately that’s it for Hockenheim. I hope the progress made this weekend rolls onto the next round in two weekends at Schleizer Dreick. Last thought: how many kiwis can say they’ve raced at Hockenheim?! Hahaha yusssssss! Dream come true.