Its been a long winter and a lot of work, but finally we are back on track.
Since Aki was eager to get back racing he started the season with Barry James, then jumped on with Andy Peach and now onboard with Roger Lowelock for the rest of the year.
So back in the chair is Peter Wall. Last time we race together was at Spa in 2011.
First race of the year was the FIM world championship at Oschersleben in Germany on the 16- 18 August. We qualified 9th out of 22 bikes.
On Saturday we had a Sprintrace where we managed 10th.
In the longer Goldrace what was red flagged due to rain and then restarted we made a small mistake under braking on the back straight and came very deep into the corner.
Never of the track but we lost contact with the group we where riding in. Ended up in 12th.
We had a really nice weekend and not a to bad running considering being out of the bike for 10 month. Next we will be heading for Donington on the 6-8 September.
photo by Kari Karttiala
Merry X-mas everybody
Heres an onboard from the last 2 laps of the race at Silverstone.
Newly crowned worldchamp Reeves and Hawes overtake us but staying with em to the finnishing line. See it here
The final two races of the year today.In race 1 we where involved in some banging fairings and had to go over the grass at druids on the first lap. Back on track we where almost last and started hunting trough the fieldand managed P9.
Second race better but it was shortend by a red flag with 4laps to go, by then we where in P8.
We come at P6 in the championship
Now we only have a long drive back home.
This season is coming to and end this weekend at Brands Hatch. We have both races on Saturday and both of the has double points.
During Friday free practice we tested a new suspension setup. I didn’t worked as hoped so for Q1 we returned to known setup and it payed of. We manage to improve our personal best from July with 0.8sec still being on old tires. Its close in the top and our time was only good for P10, one sec of and it would been p3.
Race one just after lunch tomorrow.
Another useless start made todays race a hard one. And with a slug engine the overtaking was close to paintswapping. We do have a plan how to cure the starts for Brands Hatch finals. We did drop to 7th overall, but final has 2 races with double points so alot can happen there.
Got P7 in Q1 and didn’t manage to gain any positions , first due to a rubbish start and then stuck behind Bygrave for half the race. Then we did pass him we got in to a better rythm , just one small bad exit onto hangarstraight and newly crowned worldchamp Reeves/Hawes passed us. We did stayed with em and almost took em back.
Nice last part of the race and we improved 2.5 sec from Q1, just 1.6 of from new laprecord. Hope it stays dry for tomorrow.
We had 30min free practice on Friday. We made the most out it and its a long lap to learn. Only ended up in 9th. Some small adjustments on the bike and then qualifying.
After a good qualifying in fourth we had good hopes for the Saturday race, but first it was delayed, then red flagged for a crash and then in the second half we crashed.
We are both ok and the bike only has smaller damage and we will have revenge today.
Big joy today as well. Another podium at a lovely track. Craner curves is one of the nicest section ever. Make sure you find the Eurosport HD coverage from it.
We had are good race yesterday and manage to get back on the podium with a 3rd. Now we are prepared to do it all over again.