|NG RRC - Anglesey 2011|
GP125 Race Win & 2nd in the 450 Open
A fantastic weekends homage to our favorite circuit, still had its ups and downs, but very happy faces at the end of the weekend.
Friday Practice went well, Brad was the only 125 which practiced out with the National GP250 Cup riders and managed to keep pace within the top 10.
Saturday Warm up went well and again Brad went out with the 250's instead and came back 9th quickest, so was looking good for the first qualifying race which was the 450 open class, which was combined of 250 gp's, 450 single & twins and 400 full power race bikes. Brad had to start from the back row of the 26 strong grid and was only one of two 125's entered, didn't get the best of starts and was last going into the back straight. He then battled his way through the field to finish 5th, which would give him a fighting chance for the championship race in the afternoon. Straight after this was the GP125 race, so with no checks just fuel, back to the grid again and another back row start, an even worse start left Brad fighting for all the race and could only manage 3rd, which gave him a front row start for the championship race later.
Saturday championship races, Brad missed the warm up lap for the 450 open and had to start again from the back of the grid, don't ask how that happened, but Brad will not be making that mistake again ! his mad was really up and he was riding the first few laps like a loon, making loads of mistakes, but fortunately he settled down into his race pace and managed to finish 4th and set the 2nd quickest time. Certainly not what he wanted. Then again straight out into the 125 race, after the second lap the engine let go and Brads race was over.
Saturday evening and we were set with the task of building his engine back up, with the help of our friends and whilst all this was going on Brad was riding in the Charity Event Wacky Races down the Cork Screw to race money for a small boy called Mason.
Well Brad was actually the slowest person down the Cork Screw for a change in total contrast to his bike riding, however if there was a prize for style he would have won hands down. His Sister Madi also went in the Bike Race later and came 3rd.
Sundays races and we were a little apprehensive how the engine was going to work, as we had to use some parts that had not been tested, warm up and Brad hit the top of the time sheets by 1.5 seconds over the 40 odd riders, so was looking good. First Qualifying race 450 open and again back row start, this was going to be a hard one as Brad was determined this time to get a good qualifier in, made a good start and ploughed his way through the field up to 5th in 3 laps. Unfortunately on a run down the Cork Screw he clashed with a 400 and the 400 went down, this unsettled Brad and he dropped back for a few laps and finished 7th. When Brad came back in his seat unit was smashed rear sub frame snapped and crash protectors bent, there was no time for repairs, an NG official kindly filled the bike up with fuel and cable ties were placed around the seat, but not really doing anything but we didn't tell Brad and he was straight back out into the 125 Qualifying Race, which they held the grid until he made it out. This was all about just getting the bike back and Brad rode with his head finished 3rd, which was enough for front row.
The next 2 hours were spent frantically repairing the damaged bike which had sustained more damage than first thought ripping the fixing out of the main frame also. Race 1 450 open and Brad was determined to give it his best shot, he knew he couldn't get the best of all the GP 250's, but was going to give it his best shot from 7th on the grid. Lost a few places on the first lap, then got stuck in, lapping confidant loosing out down the straights as nearly all the bikes in this class have 75-85bhp compared to Brad's 45bhp, but he could take them in the corners and down the Cork Screw was Brad's favorite move. He was up to 4th with two laps to go and it didn't look possible, but with some fantastic moves into the hairpin and down the Cork Screw he managed to finish 2nd, the pit wall & spectators amazed at the last lunge down into the finish straight through a gap that just didn't exist. It was as good as a win to Brad the GP250 that won was 3rd in the National Race earlier and he knew he couldn't Win, second will do.
Then it was straight into the 125 Race, fuel in quickly and back onto the grid, on a high now Brad went off from the start sitting in the 3rd for two laps then took both riders in three corners and took off, left a 10 second gap, set his fastest lap of the weekend, which would have put him 6th in the Phoenix open ! Finished in style to take a very deserved Win.
Great to see a smile back on his face, I hope he can take this confidence with him to BSB Cadwell Park next week for Round 9, Party in the Park.