Friday, 8 April 2016
After a long winter lay-off of 6 months, the RMKD Racing team went to Croft, to contest the first round of the North East (NEMCRC) club championship. We were entered in the Supertwin class, with 2 ER6 Kawasaki's. Our ZXR 400 was also present as a possibility for a second class if the weather was kind, but ultimately was never used.
Rider Nick Anderson qualified in 4th place for the weekends racing, after a wet morning session... which seems to becoming a regular thing every time we enter a meeting! It stayed wet for the rest of the day, and we were hoping for a good result on the Manx GP podium finishing ER6, until the clutch cable snapped on the warm up lap. A very rare occurrence, which Roger has never experienced in 'all the years' he has been attending race meetings!
Sunday saw better weather, and for the first race the track was damp but drying; so we brought out the newly refreshed carburated bike for the days racing. After having to start from the back of the grid, Nick rode a steady race to 3rd place. By the third race of the weekend, the track was dry. Nick took some time re-familiarising with riding in the dry and came second behind 2014 TT podium finisher James Cowton. By the last race, Nick was feeling more comfortable with the bike, as well as gaining confidence with the impressive but relatively new Avon Tyres. After leading in the early laps, a mid race problem saw him drop to 4th, before re-gaining the lead and winning the race.
Overall, a successful outing for RMKD Racing, leaving us feeling hopeful of more good results at Olivers Mount on 16/17 April.