It all started last Sunday at the final round of the British Flat Track Championship at King's Lynn speedway.
The weather was great, which meant it was difficult to keep the moisture in the dirt, and so a blue groove formed which made passing difficult.
The Suzuki RM-Z 450 was working great all day; it was the most comfortable I've felt on it in a long while, I felt fast in practice, and I went on to win my 3 heat races, making passes in each of the races. These results meant I had qualified for pole in the 12-lap final.
I chose the outside gate on the blue groove, giving me myself the best possible grip. I made the gate and launched into turn one to take the lead. I led for 3 laps, and following a mistake, enough room was left for Suzuki team mate Pete Boast to pass me. I followed Pete for 3 laps, I felt I was faster going into the corners, but I couldn't get around him and diving up the inside would have been a risky move. Birtwistle then made a hard move to pass for the lead, he charged down the inside of me and ploughed into Pete, taking him offline and nearly fetching him off. I moved into 2nd, but was shortly passed by Trapmore following another mistake. I think I was pushing to hard into the corners and was just running a little too high to get the best drive out of turn 2. I concentrated on staying online and finished the race in 3rd. It was great racing and I'm pleased with my performance.
I finished the championship in 4th place, this would have been 2nd if it wasn't for my bike failure at round 4, I guess that's the way it goes sometimes.
I also managed to take the 2013 Thunderbike Championship win, after dominating every thunderbike race I've entered this year, despite my bike failure at round 1. This was great for me and John Roeder, he has put alot of effort into this bike, which is absolutely awesome, I have to say I've enjoyed riding this more than my 450 at alot of the tracks. And I think we've proved a point with running a CR500 motor in the frame, as 2-strokes seem to be off the scene nowadays.
On Friday I took part in my first track day at Cadwell Park, and rode a WK CF Moto 650i which is a newly imported 650 twin, very similar to the Kawasaki ER-6. It was drizzling all morning, and so took it me a while to get settled and feel more comfortable with the new riding surface and style. After lunch the sun came out, and I began to feel more confident with the bike and my speed improved with every session. I feel I could potential in this route of racing and can't wait to do more. I'm going to be doing a couple more track days before the season is over.
Sunday was round 1 of 13 of the Mablethorpe Beach Racing Championship and I raced in the 500mx class.
Again, the weather was great which is always nice at the beach, especially as the championship runs through the winter and we race in minus temperatures at some point.
I had to race Honda CR250 as the CR500 that i was supposed to be racing was ready in time, so I went with getting valuable championship points in mind, rather than expecting to be fighting it out with the fast 450s.
I was surprised at how the 250 faired against the 450cc mx bikes, and I didn't seem to be at too much of a disadvantage down the straightaways. I struggled with starts all day, I couldn't seem to grab second for a long while once I had left the gate, which meant I was playing catch up for the first lap or 2 in each race, looking back, I should have tried starting in second.
I finished 2nd in my first 2 races, and in both I passed 2012/13 250mx champion around the outside, so I was feeling confident after the rides. I won my next 2 races, passing up the inside and outside, I felt I was much faster into the corners and that's where I could quickly make up the gap that they gained on the starts. I was all on the last race, and I had a shot at winning round 1, I made my worst start all day, and had an even bigger gap to close, on the final corner, I had got around the 12/13 500mx champion, but he had the run down to the checkered flag, there must have only been a bikes length in it.
I was very happy with my result, and this gives me good confidence going into the next round when I'll be riding the more powerful CR500.
I couldn't have managed without you!
I would just like to say a massive THANK YOU now, for all your help this season, I couldn't have managed without you! It's been a good one! And it hasn't finished yet!
I've attached some images for the Flat Track racing, Track day and the Beach Racing.