Another major issue of my time back home was finding funding for the season as we burned out our Egan family fund in 2012 to get my into the series, and we now rely on sponsors to make the seasons happen.
After many conversations, meetings and letters taking me far down the road, but still without a concrete agreement with anyone other than my ever supportive personal sponsors of Rocket 88 and Leatt, helping me along my way.
The bike felt great straight away with the settings we finished last year on, which we all worked very hard to find for me. I made some changes throughout our first full day, learning the track nicely and enjoying the new bike. Our lap times came surprisingly quickly and I was really enjoying riding it, so we made the decision to put new tyres on for my final session of the day to push for the fastest time I could, as we would be changing suspension for day 2 and needed a lap time to compare with.
The gravel was very deep and soft, which is good for cars, but terrible for bikes as my bike slid onto the traps it dug in and flung up into the air coming down, tumbling end over end to come to a rest on the other side of the barriers, in the access roads on outside of the track! I did the same backwards somersaults as I hit the gravel trap, thankfully my Leatt brace took a lot of the force when I tumbled onto my head. What started as a small front end crash, spelled the end of my 3 day test.
The work never stopped when we got back to the UK as we had to source parts and spares from wherever we could to keep the crash budget as low as possible for me, the seriously under funded South African! This meant hours and hours of phone calling and string pulling by Mark, our team boss, for which I'm extremely grateful! The bikes landed back a week later, so Mark and myself fetched them and headed back to Northern Ireland to get mine rebuilt. The bike is busy being built back up at the moment and our next outing on it will be our 2 day test at Snetterton Circuit on 8/9 April.
I have a couple £X,000s which I need to finance the rebuild and am working hard to come up with, via sponsors, donations, and any means possible. I will be looking for sponsors to get spots on my helmet starting from R5,000 or £300 which will go towards funding my race season to make sure we have a successful 2014! I will post the final details on that soon. Until then, that's pretty much what I've been up to in the racing world.
I can't wait to get back out on the bike after Spain, but a few more weeks of training will come first.
Cheers for now!