This is the first time I've done this sort of thing, so, sorry in advance for any errors!
Now some of you might be wondering why I’m on my own Honda and not on the Ducati. Well, firstly I'd like to say that I've not had a fall out with JMF or anything like that - in fact I really got on well with James and the lads.
Image: Jackie Henry - Scarborough
However, as the season started, I was getting very worried at how long things were taking to arrive from Ducati and I hadn't been able to do any testing. I didn't want to go to the TT unprepared, as last year was really last minute, and I felt my performance at the TT was below what I was capable of, as a result. Anyway that's why I decided to go my own way and as it happened WA Corless/Jackson Racing offered me another chance to ride for them this year. They are a great team and we got on really well last year, not only at the TT but also for the rest of the year, which worked really well and we got some good results.
So that's where I am now and it's been fantastic so far. We were at Scarborough for the first Road Race of the year where we finished 3rd in the first superbike race and 1st in the main feature race, winning the Ian Watson Spring Cup. Then last weekend it was off to Cookstown - I've not done that event before and again it was most enjoyable. I qualified 12th or 13th on the grid (I can't quite remember). The first race was mega fun - it amazes me how fast you can ride those bikes around such narrow country lanes. Surely it can’t be legal??!! I finished 8th in that race which was not bad for my first visit. In the final superbike race I finished 14th having run on at the start/finish road end, whilst lying 7th, so that was a bit of a shame but hey, that's racing. Hopefully next year I can go back with a year's experience and try running further up the front.
Image: Joe Connolly - Cookstown 100
Next stop will be the TT - I've got some testing to do on the Superstock bike beforehand and I've also now got a Supertwin to ride - I've never even sat on one, so that should be fun. Also, we're hoping to get a 600 ready. It would be great to have the fleet as I've always felt hindered by the lack of track time only having a superbike, so if all that comes off it will be mega and hopefully we'll have a good chance in the TT Privateer Championship. I'll keep you updated and let you know how the testing goes…
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