“I guess after the last two race weekends I really wanted to finish both races,” he affirmed. “I need to get going and regain some confidence. The first race was pretty good; having a team-mate pushing like Ian was good for me, and I am sure we will work together and get stronger.
“The second race was pretty crazy – I have never ridden a bike that slides around like that! While the tyres were hanging on I came through okay, but once they had overheated it was very much a case of getting home in one piece. [We have] a break now and then Cadwell, so hopefully our luck will change for our home race.”
“These are the times when you need a good team around you,” concluded team principal Rob Mac. “There is no question Ian brought some inspiration – his pace and confidence were just what we needed. The positives from this tough weekend were there to be seen; Ian's pace helped the guys with set-up and Dan with some track management, [and] for once we had our two riders working as a team. What we did not get was any luck at all.
“Ian had to get rough in the early laps to try and break through to the leaders, but with his lack of racing this year he got caught out and slipped off. Dan after the last two race weekends was conscious of having something to build on. Two goo,d solid race finishes was just what he needed, and in the tricky conditions he did a great job. Our post-race blues will be shaken off ready for Cadwell – our local track – and hopefully a little good luck will come our way!”
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