Round 4 of the National 1000 Superstock Chmpionship was held north of the border, at the annual Scottish event, Knockhill, situated near Dunfermline in fife.
Typically this hasn’t been my best circuit, considering I have crashed and broke my leg twice here in the past, but I was confident in my abilities and the setup I had developed over the first quarter of the season.
We started off well in practice, setting a time fast enough for 12th place.
After changing the suspension settings a lot between sessions and altering the bike’s geometry I pushed hard in qualifying but struggled to generate a consistent feeling. I kept having moments where the bike would suddenly come around on me off the throttle but I did a time of 50.4 which was good enough for 16th place. Just two tenths off of the top 5.
Qualifying 2 was wet so we didn’t venture out as there was no chance of improving, however I didn’t let it phase me, I was ready to get a good start after a confidence boosting perfect practice start in warm-up.
The race. I got a brilliant start, I knew everyone would bottle neck in the first corner, so took a risk and moved left to the white line on the outside and rode around the outside in the first corner and up the inside on the curb in the 2nd, which put me through from 16th to 8th.
I made a good first lap staying out of trouble and set off after the leading bunch.
On lap two I made a mistake at the hairpin. Some riders in front got tangled on the approach, at which point I changed my line and tried to get to many gears to fast and locked in to a neutral and I run wide, missing the crashed riders on the inside of the turn.
I was back to around 15th position but locked in on getting back in the frame.
I quickly realised that side grip was a big problem with my set up so concentrated really hard on my corner exit to keep a consistent lap time and pushed through to 12th to finish in that very position.
I don’t like 12th but I am happy with the result and to score points. It’s a step forward, and back towards a pace I know I’m capable of.
Thank you to the Opus/Brabus Team and most importantly team manager Shaun Boyle for their great efforts. I hope they were happy with the progression. Thank you all.
Thank you to the team sponsors for their support.
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