BESC Adstone, Manor Farm,
Last year at Adstone it was dry and dusty and I was wishing for a drop of rain, this year was the complete opposite and I was wishing for the sun!
I started out on Saturday at a steady pace and struggled to push 100%, and just as I found my rhythm I sampled the dirt. With the wet conditions it was very easy to make mistakes and just about everybody did, the course was similar to last year but just wetter! The extreme section made for good viewing and also was a good area to make up time, unfortunately it had to be cut out halfway through as it was a bit of a traffic jam at times. I rode consistent through the day with just a few small crashes which helped me to 3rd on the day.
On Sunday I wanted to start stronger and really attacked the first test, with the course reversed and all the ruts the wrong way I took a few big risks that paid off and won the first test outright. The 2nd test didn’t go as well and Alex Salvini pulled a lot of time and like the first day it was more a battle for second, I had a better day and battled with Tom Church for most of the day, going into the last test I was in 2nd as Tom had made a mistake on the previous test and Jordan Rose was creeping up. My arms were getting tired from hanging on to the 350 and didn’t quite hold off Tom and only just stayed in front of Jordan .
Overall it was a good weekend and I’m moving forward and more and more confident, Hopefully the next round at Canada Heights will be another good one for me.
Video of the first BESC at Aldershot courtersey of Digger Offroad Films.
The first two races of the year are done and dusted now, I’ve just about finished cleaning up from them! We couldn’t have had worse weather to deal with and I think the organiser’s done a great job to put the events on, the first BESC round being frozen solid under 3 inches of snow and then the first BEC round in Wales being a mud bath.
Having moved from the 250f to the 350f I didn’t put a lot of pressure on myself to get good results straight away as the last time I changed to a bigger bike the only time I went fast was in the back of the ambulance on the way to hospital! I wanted to ride well but ride safe. For me the hardest thing was trying to get used to the bike under race conditions, it rides a lot different to the 250f and I think that’s where I was going wrong, trying to hard and making to many mistakes.
Being thrown in at the deep end with the conditions was difficult but I know now what I need to do to move forward and get the bike set for me, so hopefully my riding will improve for the next BESC round at Monmouth and the results will be more like what I should be getting.
See you at the races
Hi all, hope your loving the new site as much as I do (thanks Wayne)!
My preperation for 2012 is going well, just a few meetings to wrap things up and we’re good to go!
I’m pleased to say that most of my sponsors from previous years are continuing their support which I’m so gratefull for and hopefully a few new sponsors aswell. I will list all 2012 sponsors when they’re all confirmed.
For now it’s back to testing the new machinery.