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Round 1 - "Ding"

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 During a particularly damp weekend on Daventry I decided to kick off my mini bike racing again. The conditions could not have been more difficult, rain, the sun, rain, then sun..... and although I have wets for the bike, I don't have spare sprockets and discs and so it was matter of wait and see what it was going to be like and change the wheels to suit 20 minutes before the race. 

I got down to the track at about on the @ 22:30 on Saturday night, pitched my cheap ass setup and bedded down. Arguably there is no better way to spend a Sunday. Practice, Qualifying and 2 races, and the bonus of being surrounded by pleasant like-minded people.

 

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Despite my being awfully slow, running in group B in the stock 140s (fastest 30 riders go in group A) I came 20th in race 1 out of 30, and 16th in race 2 out of 22, I enjoyed the day immensely. The only down side, and this was of my own cheap ass making, was my paddock set up. There is a reason why everyone uses the pop gazebo type set ups, and that is because they work. My multi tarp situation worked well, but took forever to set up, and unless you are on grass, which isn’t ideal, you can’t use it. . Needless to say I didn't bother for round 2. 

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I have ridden road bikes for a few years, but through work and everything I had to take a break.

2015 is my first full season in mini bike racing, i came into it as it is racing on a shoe string budget. I have no previous experience in racing, and so i'm learning from the ground up.

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