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Manx GP 2022

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Manx GP – 29 August – Race Day After a day off, relaxing, nursing a sore head and leaving Rik to do the race preparation, which is part of the bonding process between bike and rider, race day dawned with heavy skies. Reports were also coming in of very damp roads all around the course […]

Ready for a lap

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Manx GP – 27 August There are not many better places in the world to be than Mona’s Isle when the is shining brightly, and this was one of those days. Glorious all day. We had 3 races to follow, with the added ‘Brucie bonus’ of a warm-up lap for Rik and Trudie, giving us […]

Evening in the camp

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Manx GP – 26 August Last day of practice today and we were woken by the patter of persistent rain bouncing off of the truck’s roof. Not promising for the afternoon’s activities of our practice and the Lightweight race. A little later we had a surprise visit from Phil, who was doing some business in […]

Waiting for the Dyno

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Manx GP Qualifying 5 – 25 August Matt and I were up with the seagulls at 5.45 am, ahead of what turned out to be a very busy day for one and all. One of those days that start off nice and relaxed, slowly building up momentum to a very high speed of work efficiency. […]

Rik and Trudy in action

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Manx GP Qualifying 3 & 4 – 24 August Busy day today with an unprecedented double practice in one day, giving us the possibility of 4 laps around the mountain course. The day didn’t dawn promising though, with The Island cloaked in cloud and it was raining, with the prospect of more rain throughout the […]

Ready for another lap

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Manx GP Qualifying 2 – 23 August Yesterday was a washout. The Manx weather closed in and treated us to a deluge lasting most of the day. It finally cleared late afternoon, giving one and all a rather pleasant evening. Too late though for any kind of chicanery. We spent the day catching up on […]

Ready for a lap

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Manx GP Qualifying 1 – 21 August It was very fitting that we woke to a beautiful, sun-kissed morning, as today marks the culmination of nearly two years of work and planning. And the sun stayed with us all day long. It’s the start of practice for next Monday’s race. I was up at six and […]

Trudy ready for battle

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Manx GP Preparation – 20 August – 20:45 Winner-winner, chicken dinner tonight. With some kind of roast tatty!  Turned out to be quite a busy and long day. With briefings, signing-on and clothing inspection for all of Rik’s race gear, all of our firesuits and stuff for the pit stop and refuelling during practice. First […]

Camp set up and ready for the Manx GP

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Manx GP Preparation – 19 August – 19:00 As luck would have it, Matt secured the last available 4-berth cabin on the ferry across and we all took full advantage of this unplanned luxury. We slept soundly the whole crossing, only being reluctantly pulled out of our magnificent slumber by the announcement we were soon […]

Isle of Man Flag

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Manx GP Preparation – 18 August – 19:58 We are sat in the truck, parked outside the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry terminal in Heysham, waiting for our night crossing to the Island. A long wait, as we arrived so early we got to watch the afternoon ferry leaving her berth. We left home […]

Trudy all ready for the Manx GP

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Manx GP Preparation – 15 August After another good weekend’s work, Trudie is good to go with just some lock wiring and graphics left to do when we get to The Island on Friday. I spent today sorting out the truck ready for loading tomorrow evening, so far so good. It’s been a long time […]

Preparing for the Manx GP

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Manx GP Preparation – 30 July Since our race meeting at Carole, the bike prep for The Manx has had to take a backseat to Rik and Sarah’s wedding. Leaving me only enough time to do some admin and ordering. I did manage to squeeze in some fairing painting though, and this last week Matt […]

Carole-Circuit-2

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Circuit Carole – 08/09/10 July 2022 – Part 3 Our race was due off at 10.20, so it was a fairly leisurely morning tidying away as much as possible before needing to sort out the gear we needed for the race and pit stop. This includes two sets of fireproof overalls, balaclava, goggles, fire extinguisher, […]

Trudie vs gravel trap

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Circuit Carole – 08/09/10 July 2022 – Part 2 Saturday dawned, as forecast, bright and sunny. ‘Gonna be a good day,’ I thought. I was outside the Dunlop set-up prompt at 7. Such a shame they didn’t open till 7.30. But at least I was second in the queue, which rapidly extended, and as it […]

Carole Circuit in the sunshine

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Circuit Carole – 08/09/10 July 2022 – Part 1 Fortunately for us, the weather was due to hold fair and remain dry throughout the weekend. I say this because we have a problem with the truck’s wiper motor that’s proving somewhat tiresome to fix. Carole is situated just north of Paris and a fraction south […]

Fire near Navarra

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Navarra, Spain – 17/18/19 June 2022 – Part 4 We all survived being burnt alive as we slept, thankfully, but the smell of the fires hung over the paddock as a stark reminder of the previous night. Matt was up at first light leaving me undisturbed in my slumber and only waking me up when […]

Navarra Start-Finish

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Navarra, Spain – 17/18/19 June 2022 – Part 3 From how Rik described what had happened I suspected a flat battery, so we now know, for sure, the race ignition is not charging at all. I pushed Trudie back to camp which wasn’t too bad as a slight decline was in my favour and fortunately […]

Navarra Start-Finish Straight

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Navarra, Spain – 17/18/19 June 2022 – Part 2 I forgot to mention in the last update, that towards the end of the second test session Rik had a misfire. When Matt checked the battery it was down on voltage and we deduced it wasn’t being charged sufficiently. So we swapped the race ignition for […]

Navarra, Spain

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Navarra, Spain – 17/18/19 June 2022 – Part 1 This race meeting marks our first anniversary of racing in France, not including test days, and what an event it turned out to be. Truly memorable. Not all for the right reasons though, as it was an extremely tough few days! It also coincided with a […]

Trudy & Rik mid race at Pau Arnos

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Pau Arnos – 13/14/15 May 2022 – Part 3 Courtesy of Matt being on other duties, I was able to purloin his nice soft ‘Goldilocks mattress’, snuggle up and have eight full hours of wonderful slumber. Deep joy. I was up, revitalised, with the larks at 5.55 am, ready willing and able to overcome what […]

Trudy on track

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Pau Arnos – 13/14/15 May 2022 – Part 2 I was up early just as daylight crept over the paddock. The morning air was full of moisture, producing a heavy atmosphere like a thick fog, without the fog. It was quite fresh which was a pleasant change from the previous day. The forecast was for […]

Testing at Pau Arnos

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Pau Arnos – 13/14/15 May 2022 We arrived at Circuit Pau Arnos early Thursday evening after an uneventful journey, for a change. The Truck was performing wonderfully well for an ‘old gal’ and did the 404kms in five and a half hours with a long fuel stop, as she has big tanks. The recent hike […]

Trudy ready for action

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Test day – Le Vigeant 11 April 2022 Apart from the routine preparations, all we had to do on Trudy was the fork oil seals, which were easier to replace than expected. We did experience a little difficulty compressing the springs sufficiently to gain access to the dismantling nuts, but Rik quickly worked something out. […]