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Round 2  -  Cadwell Park.  

Totally alien rubber and alien track on a bike I've never used here before, coupled with the two previous visits ending in expensive tears meant I wasn't looking forward to this round.  A few mechanical gremlins but a mental note of when to use the quick-shifter was the workaround but not all bad news, the weather was dry if not a bit breezy with a damp start.

Qualifying: Mixture of learning the track and getting used to the crazy feeling but unfortunately very cold Dunlop rubber earned me a very poor last but one place on the grid. Plenty of derrière and rear tyres in front to try to get past.

Race 1: With some people to follow I quickly managed to learn the track a little better and get past some people grabbing 6th in class, 11th overall.

Race 2: Now situated in a better position on the grid I managed to get a good start off the line and fight through to 4th in class, 7th overall.

Lesson learned, a better qualifying sessions can make life a little less challenging.  A few problems with the quick-shifter causing false neutrals and the rubber which I'm not a fan of, seems to be overwhelming the standard front suspension compared to the flexible Pirelli/Metzeller. I suppose they perhaps work better 10/10th with posh suspension.  These excuses along with the track being new to me on the R1 means I think a 4th in class for race 2 we can be more than happy with.

Next round is Mallory on the 18th May

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