Thursday, 10 October 2013
Silverstone GP Rd. 11 - Best Weekend So Far
We got to the gigantic grand prix circuit ready for a weekend that had a recipe for a good result. We had tested here once earlier in the year, the bike has been feeling constantly better the past few rounds and we have been making fewer changes, finishing closer to the front each time. I enjoy racing at Silverstone, being a fast and flowing track, so I just needed to learn changes in my race lines and a few other riding bits to suit my super powerful 1000cc Kawasaki to the track.
As usual, our ever valuable first practice session on Friday turned out wet and rainy, but unfortunately I had more a grip problem than everybody else... My clutch cover gasket blew on my out lap, and I had a big moment when I got on the power, loading up my now well oiled wet rear tyre! I initially thought maybe the tyre needed to scrub in a bit but after 3 laps of suspiciously slippery corners, I pulled in to find oil pouring out the side of my bike. The session was red flagged and I vacated pitlane hastily - I was that guy, the one who dumped oil all over the track and delayed events by 30mins! It was an unfortunate happening, but the gasket was quickly replaced and we were back in action.
After everything was checked on the dyno, we prepped for a dry qualifying 1, not ideal as I had only got 3 laps of practice, but we knew our setup wasn't far off right.
We set out on track and the bike felt pretty good, but I had noted a few changes I wanted. With Quali. 1 being like our first practice session, I wasn't phased with our 33rd position.
I noted a few changes I wanted to try in warm up before the race, and after the team had the bike prepped for Sunday, we headed out for a good team meal!
The bike was feeling good, and we were lapping over 0.5s faster than qualifying. We were up to the top 25 and chasing down the top 20 consistently, and with 1 lap to go, I managed to close in on 19th place but couldn't make the pass stick in the last corner and we got our 20th place finish.
I really like the way the bike's handling now, it's more familiar to how I've always set my bikes up to my style, as opposed to how we we've been trying to set it up following general setup info for Kawasakis, which I battle to get comfortable with.
The final round of the series comes upon us next weekend (20 Oct 2013) at the legendary Brands Hatch GP circuit, and our season draws to an end, ALREADY! My dad will be back for this round, I'm sure he can't wait to get back here and back to the race track again! This season has just disappeared and I feel like we've run out of time, wishing we had a few more races to get some solid position results!
I'm looking forward to getting to Brands Hatch and back on my ZX10R with my Dad again!