I'd been looking forward to this for a long time but the weather forecasts got worse as the day approached and sure enough after a bitterly cold overcast start, drizzle then rain arrived. Despite the weather there was a surprisingly high attendance.
The first Superbike practice was a little thin on the ground with many riders missing the session. Defending champion Shakey Byrne was fastest. The remaining two sessions also had a number of riders missing, preferring not to risk the tricky conditions. Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes were fastest in the 2nd and 3rd sessions respectively with Iddon fastest overall with a best time of 1.42.674.
Despite the conditions it was good to see the season get underway but it also meant the times were meaningless and I'm no wiser as to who this years title contenders are likely to be!
Leon Haslam JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Glen Irwin Be Wiser Ducati
Shaun Winfield Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha
Classic Yamaha Livery
Michael Dunlop Bennetts Suzuki
Aaron Staniforth Honda CBR 1000
Tom Neave Kawasaki ZX6R
Blackstock / Rosney LCR Suzuki 600
Lee Crawford LCR Suzuki 600
Rikki Mcgovern Honda RVF400 vs Tom Saville Kawasaki ZXR400
Mark Goodings Kawasaki ZX10R
The traditional and most common colour is red but I decided at an early stage of the build to go with Lapis Blue and I'm really pleased with the result, particularly as there is a near perfect colour match between all of the components after cleaning and polishing.
I need a screen, mudguard and a few minor bits and pieces and its ready to go. It starts on the button and sounds great but theres a very slight misfire which I'm hoping will clear on running. Anyway barring any unexpected gremlins I should get a full summers riding in.
Since the photograph was taken I've fitted Motad pipes, Delkavic end can with high level link, seat and tank in Lapis Blue. I'm collecting matching plastics in good condition - only the lower fairing panels needed now.