Matthew Robert­son & Martin San­di­son

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Trackday -

“MY MATE Martin and I had never been on a track­day, so we thought the one at Cad­well Park would be a good place to start. Ob­vi­ously it’s a bit of a trek from the Shet­lands but we didn’t let that stop us, so we got a 14-hour ferry down to Aberdeen and then rode nearly 500 miles down to Cad­well. We left on Tues­day night and got to Cad­well on Fri­day, and it was all pretty smooth apart from the part where my Du­cati’s bat­tery de­cided to de­velop a few is­sues.

“I’d been look­ing for a Du­cati 851 for 12 years, but they’re hard to get be­cause they don’t hang about when they come up for sale. I saw this one at a garage in Le­ices­ter­shire – I phoned up the guy as soon as I saw it and he said, ‘You don’t mess around – I only posted the ad 10 min­utes ago.’ I bought it over the phone there and then. Matthew’s KR-1S was a dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish – he got it as a £300 box of bits nine years ago and re­stored it to a re­ally high spec. He paints cars for a liv­ing so he has a real eye for de­tail.

“The track­day was fan­tas­tic, al­though af­ter the first ses­sion on the Sun­day we saw some­one throw a CBR400 down the track – we came back into the pits and said, ‘We need to calm down a bit – we’ve still got to get home on these things.’

“When we fi­nally made it back to the Shet­lands I was sit­ting at work think­ing, ‘I can’t be­lieve we’ve just trav­elled 28 hours on wa­ter and 1000 miles on roads to get to a track­day.’ See you again next year...”

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