When your machine looks like this when your morning warm up is in progress, you know you’re in for a crapper of a day. We fixed all we thought that needed to be fixed last night then just before the first session today realised the front brake master was stuffed and wasn’t working, and, can you believe it, the gearbox selector spring tab broke again! What are the odds? So the gearbox wasn’t working and needed another replacement shifter shaft. Out came the engine.
Between the frustration, working on the bike with Roland and Jan, and throwing it into the gravel in the rain the day before, I had zero rhythm and none of the momentum I try and build through the weekend. None the less I put my headphones in, did some visualisation and punched out another great start to chase at the back of the front group. The lack of rhythm and track time punished me though and I got swallowed up by the field to finish 8th. This circuit requires total commitment and confidence, and millimetre precision so I wasn’t in a good place to make it work for me. I improved my time a lot though and the gamble on gearing I made worked out well so there’s that. I also learnt a lot and riding Tor Poznan is such an amazing experience so I still had fun. Ahhhh well, that’s racing for yah huh. A massive thanks to Roland and Jan for working on the bike alongside me to get it fixed and to the Jonker team for the loan of their spare brake master cylinder so I could get out there.