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Monday 26th May

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Because of the weather, practice on the Saturday night was cancelled. Things have been full on though; you don’t think you have a long list of things to do, but it seems to take a long time as there’s always something that needs doing, especially the more time you have to look at a bike. I guess that’s just motorcycle racing; trying to make things as close to perfect as possible.

It was a shame Saturday was cancelled as it was Lightweight only and we need as much time on the new bike as possible – we already know the R6 like the back of our hands. The Paton S1 was built in Milan, Italy, and is the first one off the production line and the one used for the homologation process. As soon as Dad and I got our hands on it, we’ve been busy turning it into a TT bike. There have been some long and late hours spent on the bike, so dad wanted our very trusted mechanic, Mervin, to run his spanners over it for a double-double check.

Merv is just one of those people that road racing needs. He volunteers so much of his time to help us. He’s helped since I began road racing in 2007 and my Dad, well, as long as I can remember. He’s also the only other person Dad trusts other than himself to work on my bikes.

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