I purchased My 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in October this year and I had been staring at it for almost two whole months just itching to jump on it and see how it rode compared to my old Yamaha R1.
The morning of Wednesday the 10th December I departed London Gatwick Airport with my Partner Harriet, Fellow Black and Blue Racing team mate Ali Rowland-Rouse and two other friends on a 0720 flight to Alicante, Spain.
We landed at around 1030 local time and now it was time to get on the A-7 Motorway to check into our hotel in Mojacar.
We went up to the track at around 4.30pm to get the bikes and ourselves prepared for the following morning and further days ahead.
Thursday Morning we headed up to the track for the obligatory riders briefings and by 10am it was time to fire up the blade and head out on to the track for my first session.
all seemed well at first and then I started to encounter a problem with the bike in what seemed like a fuelling issue or misfire which after losing almost all of the first day turned out to be a failure with my HM quickshifter.
After consulting with Ali and listening to his sound advice, and that of my partner Harriet I stripped off the quickshifter and managed to make it back out for a final session that afternoon where the bike ran perfectly.
I had entered in to the “race 4 fun” to test the bike in a more competitive environment and to get myself dialed into the machine achieving a 1.59.8 lap time allowing me to qualify 20th out of 27th on the grid for the race that was to be held that sunday.
unfortunately the weather decided to play havoc with plans and the circuit was closed prematurely and a riders brief carried a verdict of a no go as conditions seemed inappropriate due to the number of us who hadn’t brought any wet tyres.
even though I had problems with the bike during the early part of testing and not achieving quicker lap times I felt that the test was an overall success on a personal level and that I had found a good base to start from with the bike and that with a few more tweaks to suspension and also small set up adjustments I can be confident in myself and machine for next season in the Thundersport GB Pre-National 1000’s
I would like to say a massive thank you to the following for helping and assisting me to make the testing possible and a success overall:
Fellow team mate Ali
Geoff and Jennifer at Planet-Knox for help in obtaining Knox Handroids Hand armour and DryInside Base Layers
and of course my partner Harriet for her emotional support which meant she sacrificed her own track time to help me get the bike sorted for next year.