Day one SOT was a bit of a mixed bag. Started out with drizzly rain that just wouldn't let up so qualifying was wet. Only managed one lap in MotoEuro before a red flag but astonishingly qualified P5. SS open was on a drying track but still on wets and I put the M900 Evo on pole.. Race time and thankfully the track was dry. Managed a creditable 6th in MotoEuro and was all psyched up for SS open.
Glenn Corson made the hole shot but I got him back half a lap later. Led the next 3 until a infield mistake where I nearly lost the front and Glenn came through. Stayed on his back wheel until the same corner a lap later and Glenn went down. Not the way I like to win but from there it was an easy cruise to the line. Luckily Glenn is perfectly fine and will be up for some more fun tomorrow.
Day 2. The drama really started the night before with the Covid 19 level 2 alert. Was it on? was it not?? It seems yes so my sleep deprived body arrives at the track bright and early. Not sure where my mind is at that stage. Weather isn't doing what it's told either but at least it's dry.
All set for my first race MotoEuro. A bit of a delay while they pick up broken bikes and we go out for the warm up lap. Turn one the bike is moving around, then again at the hairpin, then again.... This isn't right. Two bikes went down on what turned out to be a serious oil spill from the previous race. The race was called off and I decided to flag MotoEuro completely and save myself for my main event Superstock Open.
Race 2. My start was OK but turn one was a shocker. I missed a down change and all I could find after that was a box full of neutrals. I pulled the clutch in and basically coasted around the corner while the entire field queued up behind me. I was amazed no one passed. I finally hooked a gear and pinned it. After that I was never challenged. Glenn, who had started from the back of the grid, battled his way up to second but was over 15 seconds behind.
Race 3. I sort of expected the same with Glenn starting off the back. My start was OK. Turn one much better and I started putting down some consistent laps. With one and a half to go I saw a wheel. Glenn had cleared the field with ease this time and tried to come under me at the dipper. I held my line and he had to back out of it losing a lot of momentum. I now knew the race was on so put my head down and went for it. Track conditions weren't that favorable for any sort of lap records but I still managed to take the win by 4 seconds.
3 from 3 and 3 years running Superstock open champion!
Another fantastic weekends racing and lot of good fun and laughs with mates. Just a shame about Glenn's crash. I have a feeling things would have been much different otherwise.
Big shout out to Wayne Judge getting his first podium on the Muzano M900R. A PB of 1:42 and a third overall in the class.
Big thanks to Sue the crew and all those who pitch in and support us over the weekend.