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1 November 2000

Brands Hatch track day November 2001

The track day was set up at Brands Hatch by Ian Porter for today but Mark Parchment and Matt Turner could not make it so that left just Ian and myself ,Sean Onipede

Ian was there to run in his new Yamaha YZF R1 race bike in  and I was there to make sure the racers were not having too much fun. I could not get out on the track myself because I took the wrong bike to the track (???!!).

Ian seemed quite comfortable on the bike and put in some reasonable times (low 56 sec) on a motorbike with a faulty tachometer, ripped tyres and rear suspension harder than my granddad's bicycle. Especially when you consider that this was his first real outing on the beast. However it also indicated that there was a lot of work to be done to the bike before the next track day on the 7 November at Brands -visit Ian's website for more details 

Hopefully the rest of the guys will be able to make it then. However in the paddock we met a few characters.

We met Nick Varker who found the limits of his Triumph 600 TT at clearways. His first track crash. Clearway at Brands is a very difficult corner and most riders tip-toe around it , but not him. Cool.

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The bike was not too bad with the worst being fairing and maybe a bent fork. It was good to see that he could see the lighter side of the crash and he promised that he would be back and we hope so too.

Remember "pain is temporary, glory is forever".

When I arrived at Brands, Colin Murphy, kawa400a.jpg (50869 bytes)the guy beside us in the paddock was just wheeling in his crashed Kawasaki ZX400R. The bike looked a mess. He took apart his bike, emptied about a skip load of gravel from the bike on to the floor. kawa400b.jpg (74681 bytes)He then put it back together after a load of banging and was out in time for his next session. What a character!!  The track photographer actually managed to get his picture mid crash. He reckons he will be going a 4 day track day holiday in France. A true trooper. I liked this guy.

I must also mention and thank the Yamaha YZF R1 rider that shared of paddock with us for sharing his experiences on the R1 with Ian. Apparently he has spent the whole year doing loads of track days preparing his bike for a session of racing next year. He seems cool too. Hopefully we will see him again.




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