posted on April 08, 2018 22:10
Arrived in Italy ready to start our season in civ.tv. Leathers are looking absolutely stunning and fit like a glove thanks to armrmoto! The logos by enryprint make them look even sexier! And best protection on my head thanks to berracingeurope.
1st session done so getting familiar with the circuit and more laps to follow! Thanks to my team yasracingteam for preparing the bike and working their butts off to get ready for the first round!
#97 @ Misano World Circuit
Free practice 2 didn't go to plan due to a small electrical issue so we decided to sneak away to a very special little town. Tavullia ticked off our bucket list and currently having a coffee in valeyellow46 's caffe watching motogp. :-) Qualifying tomorrow for us so fingers crossed it all goes well.
Update on today: 1st qualifying went well and instantly dropped my lap time to 1.49 but as we haven't had much practice on a dry track I was bottoming out so we needed suspension changes. Unfortunately due to an electrical issue arising in qualifying 2 I had to pull in and was not able to improve my time.
Thankfully to my team the issue is resolved and I will be on the grid tomorrow starting my first race in Italy. Fingers crossed the suspension changes work and I hope I have a hidden talent with race starts as I have not done one yet on a 600. :-D Will have a lot of work to do but I'm ready for a challenge.
It has been a challenging weekend here at Misano with poor weather conditions in my practice sessions which meant that I had no time to set the bike up for the dry so going into the race I was using suspension settings which we had to guess.
I had a good start and gained positions in the first few laps and instantly dropped two seconds off my qualifying time. However even though the suspension felt a lot better it still wasn't perfect and therefore I didn't have much rear grip. This was frustrating me so I started to make mistakes and run wide at important corners. So I dropped back and decided that pushing harder will only end in a bad way so the best way to finish a not such a great weekend is by being smooth, seeing what can be improved for next time and finishing the race safely.
Best lap time of 1.47.2 which I'm very pleased with considering it's my first race weekend on the R6 and at a new track. Lots of positives to take home and I'm extremely grateful to my team for all their hard work! Next time we will be back stronger.
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