The warm up was good – I was on an old tyre from qualifying and still able to match my best times of the weekend which I was pleased with. My riding of the 600 was improving and I felt more confident/comfortable every session! At the end of this session the tyre had completed race distance but I was still able to put in good lap times which gave us a confidence boost for the race.
The race was challenging. I was struggling to get the bike stopped into turn 4 – I ran on about 3 times costing me positions and time from the riders in front! I was experiencing a lot of sliding at the rear of the bike, and I wasn’t able to open gas full soon enough. The race got red flagged part way through due to an engine failure leaving oil on the track.
The restart was only 5 laps. It was a sprint race – we knew there was no time for mistakes and had to push hard giving it 110%! We made some changes which helped massively, and lap times were better again. Unfortunately a silly mistake on the last lap cost me a position and there wasn’t enough time to regain it!
After such a great start in Australia it’s frustrating that my world championship season could be over before it’s really has chance to begin. Phillip Island was only my second ride on a 600 machine so to come away with world championship points is beyond anyone’s expectations. It’s been a difficult two weeks with monies promised not coming through and it’s hard to accept when people let you down. The team don’t want to lose me and I know I’ve still got more to give so if anyone out there can support me in someway however small I’d be massively grateful. If anyone wishes to discuss involvement further please email my Manager Michael on email@example.com
Big thanks to everyone for all your support back home!