FB’S CHAR­LIE GOES PRO

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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!’

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