do I start...... Well, it's probably old news by now,
but Team PC Racing (Me & Chris) have agreed to ride
for 'Martin Bullock Raceteam' this year on brand new Honda
machinery...... I will be riding the new Honda CBR600RRs,
and will have a production spec RR for the start of the
season and the Production 600 TT (which I already have
in my possession), a Supersport tuned RR for the Steam
Packet Races, then will have the Supersport RR along with
a Junior Spec tuned one for the Southern 100 and Manx
Grand Prix...... Martin is confident that they will be
among the best, if not the best bikes out there,
and after the way the Suzukis he had went past me last
year, who am I to argue with him!......... He reckons
that the Hondas will be better...... MBR have won a lot
of Manx Grand Prixs with guys who might not have won them
if they hadn't been on his bikes....... so hopefully,
I can continue that trend..... I'll be trying to that's
enough I had a few offers of other rides, and those people
know who they are, and I can't thank them enough for considering
me, and to turn them down was something that I found hard
and didn't like to do....... It's not often that someone
will come along and offer you something like that. I actually
was offered a better deal, but went down the road of what
I hope to be the better bikes...... as I now understand
why you need the best machinery that you can get.... Before,
I was just glad to be on something fast and to be out
there, but you have to be on the same page as all the
top fellas, and not start with a disadvantage like having
inferior machinery, I'm already at a disadvantage, as
most of them are a lot more experienced than me (and believe
me that counts for a lot)..... but there's nowt you can
do about that except to put the miles in. Martin also
met me halfway on most of the things that I asked for,
so I couldn't argue with that, hence the reason we'll
be doing the Southern 100, something that MBR never usually
competes in.... but we are now.....!! And I hope to be
closer to the front than on previous occasions.......
well, in the 600 races at least.
also got the Team PC Racing R6 Yamaha fixed, after it
failed in both the Junior and Senior Races in last year's
Manx GP........ the problem was eventually traced to the
Inlet Valve Seat in the cylinder head..... that was after
both the fuel system and electrical system were overhauled
at least once!..... anyway to cut a long story short,
we didn't want to f*ck about and botch it, so we bought
a 'brand new' cylinder head (they cost £1100 + VAT....
disaster!!) to replace the old one...... then we had to
get it tuned to spec...... then it had new valves, springs
etc, etc, etc... it also had the bottom end done, shells,
rings etc, etc ........ the whole job cost close on £3k.......
but like I said before, something that goes that fast
and revs that hard, I'm taking no chances...... It should
be mega now..... it's practically a new bike with all
that done! Should get the chance to test it properly in
the next couple of weeks..... I would sell it if somebody
gave me what I want for it (6 grand), otherwise it would
be like giving it away...... there won't be many faster
600 around..... so it will be a spare if nothing else....
We might even rent it out for the TT this year, as I won't
be eligible to ride it.....
PC have purchased a new van for this year's campaign,
she's a bright 'Yum Yum Yellow' Renault Master Van, which
should give us a lot more comfort than the old M.Benz
that we have had for the last 4 years, and you'll see
us coming if nothing else!....... I've
recently sold the old "'Hitler's Revenge" to
a newcomer to racing this year, so it will be spotted
up at Jurby, so she should feel at home! We have also
sold our ex TAS Suzuki GSXR1000 to another local lad,
so that will still be on the Island as well...... Haven't
really got a big bike lined up, did have one for the Production
1000 TT, but that seems to have fallen through just in
the last couple of days..... Bollocks!
season is gonna start at Croft on the 19th March at the
test day that they are running, followed by two days of
competing on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st.... Gonna
be debuting Stuey's new Big Iveco 75E15 Race Truck that
he's still in the middle of fitting out.... so we should
have all the comforts of home. There are quite a few Manx
Lads going to Croft, could be as many as ten... so it
should be a good laugh...... There should also be Manx
Grand Prix lads like Craig Atkinson and Dave Bell there,
as well as Wee Bob Grant, Les Shand, MRO Champ Chris Platt,
Croft Champion Phil Stewart to name but a few...... so
it should be a hoot..... and Bloody Faaaaasst...... I'm
only planning on wobbling round however, as I will only
be on the Production 600, which funnily enough is in Production
trim..... so will not be winning much on that...... but
will also be taking the R6 for a spin..... oh yes indeedy.....
he who knocks the most people on the grass....wins!
at Celtic Leathers has my design for my new leathers,
which took me ages to design, and hopefully he'll have
them done for the first road race that I will be competing
in...... and that will be the May Round of the Andreas
Racing Assc Centre Championship on Jurby South Road....
so should look like a new pin when that comes round. They're
gonna have Total Oils plastered on them, as well as others
of course...... and there is always room for more sponsors....
getting mesen fit by joining the NSC Gym...... only trouble
is that you don't get fit just by joining, you actually
have to put the work in...... so it's been a hard slog
the last couple of months.... but feeling the benefits
of it..... got to, and am going to keep it up..... it's
pretty physical wrestling a bike around the TT course,
and the faster you go the harder it is, so in theory...
the fitter you are the less effort it should be......
you have to take your hat off to the blokes that can do
125mph+....... must be hanging on like hell at that speed...
so hopefully all the time and effort spent in there will
stand me in good stead.
bought my good mate Kinnish's old YZ250 motocross bike
to get fit on...... but
have only been out on it the once! Have had too much to
do and too many bikes etc, to get sorted to spend the
time on it...... hopefully I'll get out and crash it soon!!.......
as long as I don't bend meself, I'll take that as a result.
My sister Angie and brother in law, Mike, have also sponsored
me a new Dell lap top computer, which obviously has a
multitude of uses, so that I can get my diary done actually
at the track, instead of making notes and then going home
and typing it in...... this way it should be uploaded
quicker.... technology is wonderful innit..... it will
also enable us to watch DVDs on the Ferry to relieve the
boredom of just sitting there..... with the prices the
Steam Packet charge, they should include a fucking cabaret....
but now we will have our own entertainment..... factory!
the first outing of the Season will be at Croft in the
North East of England, followed by the opening round the
following week at Jurby Airfield, where I believe that
we will be using the new track extension...... that will
be interesting..... anybody who wants to come up and Marshal
it would be more than welcome....
tune back in for the first very exciting episode of the
new 2004 season in about two weeks time..........