FB’S CHARLIE GOES PRO
The race school is not just for aspirational young ‘uns that have a stark resemblance to someone that should be hangin’ with Bilbo Baggins. I got my first session at the school this year, coincidentally enough three days after making my racing debut as a 42-year-old hopeful at Donington Park with the Yamaha Past Masters. Had I known those three days earlier what I did after schooling I would have had very different results.
Missing the Apexes, moving too frequently around the bike, not using the rev range, feet not positioned properly – all observations frommy instructor Adrian who’d been watching my every in my first outing to see where he could improve my riding. I don’t even think he was prepared for the huge number of hang-ups on offer, but hey, at least he was being honest. He sure did have his work cut out, but I made progress with every session and felt happier and more confident with every circulation. Best of all, thanks to the ongoing advice, Adrian estimated I was a good 20 seconds quicker around Donington between sessions 1 and 3, which is crazy because it felt a much easier ride in the last outing than the first. What a great experience. I can’t wait to go back.
‘We can take the stabilisers off now!’