Yesterday my Roadracing Club had one of two annual Club Races. A very easy going event instead of one of the regular practise days. Four classes ( 125 Junior, 125-400+singles up to 700cc, 600cc and 1000cc) and only club members are allowed to start.
As usual I was badly prepared in all kinds of ways but I managed to get down in time to get the bike out and find out that the battery was flat. I manage to get borrow a charger and while I am waiting a change a fuels hose and some other small stuff. When the battery is fine I start the bike up and she starts like a dream. Last time I had serious problems with the clutch slippin so I had changed all the internal parts in order to get rid of it.
The weather was fine with some sun and about 13 degrees celsius. I entered in the 125-400 cc class that had a wide variety of different bikes. Two Honda RS125R with small kids on them, two 250 GPs with older men on ( me and my buddy Teddy), Two KTM Supermotards, two Aprilia RS250s, one Supermono (RGV frame with Husaberg engine) and finally the hero of the day with a Yamaha RD350.
One QP of 20 minutes for each class and the first few laps I ride like a tit so I enter pitlane. Get rid of some tape from the radiator, curse a bit and get out again. The clutch is still slippin a bit but my riding is ok but slow.
I end up fifth with a 1.07.2 lap time. Decent but not good.
While I wait for the race I change the clutch springs and get help adjusting it some more.
The nice and friendly atmosphere in the paddock is great and I always have a great time talking to friends.
Race time and I feel good and confident - I am all set to have fun and get the bike to the finish ( my six latest entries have ended in five DNFs and one DNS so I need a result..
As always I do a terrible start and am third last in the first corner. But this time I wonīt mess about so I pass three guys straight away. At the end of the first lap I pass one more entering the first corner. Unfortunately I get a bit hold up by one of the Supermotards and I almost end up hitting his back wheel in one corner where he surprises me with a much slower mid corner speed and I have to take avoiding action. I get passed by two guys, among them eventual winner who did an even worse start than me but I use the engine to pass all three of them down the straight. I put my head down and actual do some decent laps and manage to keep the young gun Nicklas Krey behind me for some time. He passes me but I repass, more HP in my 250 than his 125.
Eventually he makes a pass stick and I manage to keep him close for a while but he takes inch by inch. In the meantime my friend Teddy crashes from a healthy lead and I am third. My lack of training shows when I start making mistakes and feeling stiffer in my arms. I have a good cushion to the fourth placed rider so I lower my times. On the last lap I almost fucks it up but manage to recover and can take the flag.
Great time, I finish, the bike works all the way, I set a new PB with 0.9 secs ( 1.05:286) and get to bring some silverware back home to my oldest son. My "Piston Cup" gets his sign of approval so I am well happy!
Too bad the seasons over.