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Thrown down at Thruxton
23 April 2013
In the latest edition of his
blog, Australian Superbike champion and 2013 British Superbike rookie Josh Waters looks back on round two, at Thruxton...
After round one at Brands Hatch, my partner Virginia and I decided to save the trip back up north and hang out with my team-mate James Ellison and his wife Sarah for the week. It was a really cool and relaxing lead-up to the Thruxton race weekend.
James is a great team-mate and it's always good to have someone that I can get along with. He makes me feel at home and certainly helps us adapt to the British way of life.
We arrived at Thruxton late Wednesday, the weather had been great until we arrived there and it started to rain and be very cold. Thursday was a bit better, warmer and it wasn't a bad day checking out what is a very fast circuit.
Friday morning came around and it was raining. Not great but it was still good to get out and learn the circuit. The track turned out to be very grippy in the wet. The only track I have ever ridden that had the same amount of grip in the wet would be Suzuka in Japan.
The second free practice session was dry and I got a good feeling with the bike and the track. I ended up seventh which was ok for day one. There were lots of places I thought I could make some time up on, so I was looking forward to sleeping on it that night and getting back on track for Free Practice 3 and Qualifying.
When I woke up Saturday morning it didn't look too bad, the sun was out! But by the time FP3 began the weather had changed. It was a fine mist that made the track damp, but not fully wet, so it was a waste of time to go out. No one did more than four laps so they must have been thinking the same as I was.
By the time Qualifying came around, it was pouring down! They put the session off for around an hour then made the decision that it was unsafe and called it off. The grid was made up from Friday's Free Practice 2 session, which was ok as I was on the second row.
Sunday the weather looked better, but just before warm-up there was a quick downpour. Again the track wasn't wet, just damp so it was hard to get a feeling for if any of the bike changes were an improvement.
Race one was dry and I got off to a reasonable start, but unfortunately I didn't get through lap one. I spun up and got thrown down hard in a really fast section of the track. I got up straight away, but the bike was a mess and the BSB rule is that once you are down you cannot re-join, so I waited until the race was over to go back to the garage.
I was disappointed. I didn't mind the track and the feeling I had with the bike was good. By the time I got back to the garage, my right wrist had blown up and I was sore all over, as you'd expect after getting off at over 200kph.
My new Dainese suit did its job perfectly and I am grateful to be in such a great pair of leathers. Likewise my Arai helmet. Advice I can give to anyone is always buy the best gear you can and Dainese and Arai are right up there at the top of the list for quality and safety.
Race two was a bit of a waste for me as my wrist was like locked solid. It was a shame as my team did an awesome job getting my bike ready for the race.
Since the race weekend I've had my wrist worked on every day, it's not broken which is a good thing, but it is torn up. Unfortunately I was not fit enough to race the first round of the World Endurance Championship this past weekend, which I was teamed up to ride for Monster Yamaha.
So at the minute I'm just resting up, trying to get fit for the next round of the BSB at Oulton Park. It's another new circuit, and it looks pretty interesting. I know that the results have not shown my potential yet and I am hoping to change all of that at the next round.
I'll report back after round three but if you are there, then please feel free to come by and say 'hi'. I'm always keen to meet the fans and have a chat if time allows.
Follow Josh on Twitter: @Joshwaters21
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