In the latest edition of his Crash.net 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.