Looking back at Oulton

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I was talked into trying the new Showa forks again. Javier, the team’s suspension man, thought he’d cured the problems I was having with them. My team-mate, James is getting on with them but I can’t get to grips. Again I couldn’t get any feel. I’m not getting any feedback. So I went out and tried to get used to …

Brands update

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We’ve got the old forks back in and now I feel like I’m getting there. I can understand the reasons why the boys want me to use the new forks, but they just didn’t work for me. This is the first time that I feel the bike is good enough for me and we’re not a million miles away so …

Oulton round-up

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  Well, just back at work after racing yesterday. I’m thinking I’ve made more head way in the first five minutes at work than I’d done all weekend racing my bike. We persevered with the new forks when I should’ve gone back to the ones that felt so good at Thruxton. But not all bad news, I met a bit of a …

Oulton so far

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Photo: Martin Heath Well another educational day. But it all pales into insignificance when I’ve heard of the death of my good mate Martin Finnegen at the Tangradee road race. ‘Bugger’ is my first thought. John McGuinness came to tell me, but I’ve learnt to grin and bear it in this job. It’s a man’s sport for men and shit …

Thruxton – racing at last

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Photo: Martin Heath My Fireblade had a misfire on Friday, so I didn’t get out in the morning. You can’t give these riders and inch so it didn’t help to miss a session. It turns out to be a bug in the laptop that we use to download the telemetry data and reprogram the ECU. When I did get out …