Thruxton started off damp in the morning for practice, I was really eager to get on the bike to get my first feel of it, I was not sure how quick I would go on it but knew that it would be wise to start slower than normal as I have not rode a bike on track for a year and a half, let alone a 650 in the damp.
To start with the bike felt ok and seemed to handle a lot better than originally thought, the only trouble being the speed of the bike, to me it seemed a lot slower than the rest of the group, I ended up getting black flagged due to smoke coming from the bike which we found later to be my boot melting to the exhaust! We managed o get out in another practice session but the bike wasn’t making any power, was running too hot and did not improve, after more fettling with the carbs and changing spark plugs there was little or no improvement, I was literally thinking just my luck!
Luckily I was able to ride another bike for the last race of the day but had to start at the back of the grid in 41st, as soon as I moved from the line on the warm up lap I knew what a 650 should actually feel like – loads more torque than im used to from a 125cc bike with the same top end speed, it felt good but with no setup I had very little time to practice on the out lap to the last race of the day! from 41st I battled my way through lap by lap taking other riders and positions, the 650 felt fun to ride sliding the rear on the gas, I had to settle with an 8th place in the end as I had no laps left to catch the next group in front, needless to say I ended the day very pleased with the result and wanting to ride again! I can now look ahead to 2014 very excited about the prospect of racing the next step up in my riding career!