2nd/3rd April Croft
9th/10th April Mallory Park
14th/15th May East Fortune
21st/22nd May Darley Moor
24th/25th/26th June Cadwell Park
16th/17th July Lydden Hill
20th/21st August Cadwell Park
24th/25th September Cadwell Park
Well it was about time to try at least to get back on track in 2014.
Development on the bike has not stood still. Geometry altered,new front suspension,radial caliper and cooling duct from PLC Corse (see previous post)
Also the seat deserved an improvement… I wanted it wider. This was not due to too many fry-ups but an attempt to help me stay on the bike mid-corner!
The design was inspired by the VPI vespas really but with a little more weight forward emphasis.
So… its load the van and away we go..Its a fair distance to Cadwell. My plan was to go early on friday to get scrutineered and noise checked to save time on race day. Also my friends from Mallorca were flying over to watch the Bsso racing for the first time, arriving at mid day.
Once settled , the awning fitted up and bike unloaded it was time for a cheeky pic.
Scrutineering was passed and all is well.
(pics by Pep)
Saturday – Race day1
Well nerves were doing their best to wind me up. I am always like this before riding. But as soon as I get down to the holding area they disappear faster than Marc Marquez.
(Thanks to Mike Oxley for the above pictures.)
Heading out on track all is good until nothing… the motor cuts after one lap. I suspect a sparkplug or dirt but with only one lap completed its not good for me in terms of track time.
Anyway.. I thoroughly check the bike.. top end off too.
(thanks for the above pics by Wayne Gowing.)
I can’t find much wrong at all.. Egt temps were fine.. not a single det on the sensor. mmm… plug change and carb clean and now its race time..
(thanks to Lee Hollick Photography for the above 2 pics)
(thanks to Stephanie Kate Hambleton for the above 2 pics)
The lights change.. I mess up the start and find myself further back down the order than I started with! The fast group 4 machines pass me and its time to get going.
I started 12 on grid but by the end of lap 1 I was told later I was up to 9th. However the bike is misfiring and wont let me rev through the power band. Ok.. bring it in and lets have a look.
Calling Charlie Edmonds its decided to at first swap the ignition before looking at other possibilities.
(pic by Wayne Gowing)
So race 2 comes along… the problem is still not solved.
I bring the bike in after the out lap. There is not point damaging an engine for the sake of coasting around.
(pic by Denise Perry)
So… its not looking good to be honest..
I change some settings on the carb and wait for prastise on sunday morning to test.
Sunday race day 2
The bad news is that practise is cancelled. So race 1 on sunday is really practise for me. I head out and straight away I realise I have not solved the problem. So I ride the bike in and admit that simply this is not meant to be.
Next season cant come quick enough!
Thanks to all those who chipped in and helped this weekend. Its a pleasure to be amongst such good friends.
pic by Mike Oxley
pic by Wayne Gowing