What we learned

RiDE (UK) - - Experience -

Bob Wat­son

“This is my first time at Cad­well. I’m on my 2005 Fire­blade; it’s my price and joy. The track has lots of blind sec­tions and it’s quite hec­tic but I’m en­joy­ing it. I’ve al­ways wanted to do it, and it’s liv­ing up to ex­pec­ta­tions. I can see why it’s bet­ter on a 600; I think I got into third twice!”

Tim Schofield

“My first track­day, and I’m rent­ing a Du­cati V4S from the CSS. I’m a bit ap­pre­hen­sive be­cause though I’m a qual­i­fied rid­ing in­struc­tor, it’s all road and they put me in the in­ter­me­di­ate group. I’ve al­ways had quick bikes on the road, so I’m just go­ing to try it and see how I get on.”

El­lis Wheat­ley

“I’ve rid­den Cad­well a cou­ple of times but not for 10 years. And this is only my sec­ond track­day on my 675. The track still goes in the same di­rec­tion it used to but it’s a bit harder now, prob­a­bly be­cause I’m older! I just need to find a bet­ter set-up – the front chat­ters ev­ery­where.”

Robin Mc­neal

“I raced a bit, mostly 600s but packed in a few years ago. So now I just do track­days in­stead, on the 2002 R1. Every time I come to Cad­well — and I’ve come here a lot — I find some­thing new, a bit more, a dif­fer­ent line, or a cam­ber I’ve never no­ticed be­fore.”

Nick Col­ley

“I raced for 10 years on a pre-in­jec­tion 600 and three years on a GSX-R1000, but in 2015 I had a big crash here at my last meet­ing and that was it. I wasn’t go­ing to do any more track rac­ing af­ter that, but now I just do track­days, on the R6.”

Richard Sterna

“To­day’s my birth­day — this is a good way to spend it. I was here a few weeks ago on an­other track­day but in the in­ter­me­di­ate group only four were road bikes. So it was a bit in­tim­i­dat­ing. To­day I feel much more com­fort­able be­cause rid­ers are more cour­te­ous.”

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