KART­ING ABOUT

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On my own ad­mis­sion, my two wheel skills on mo­tor­cy­cles are def­i­nitely bet­ter than my driv­ing skills on four wheels so I was quite happy to have made it onto the podium come the end of the night. Now we all know Dougie is a big lad but to say he was slow in a go-kart is an un­der­state­ment. We were eat­ing our main course in the restau­rant af­ter­wards by the time he came across the line. In be­tween mak­ing the most of the good weather in Spain I have been dash­ing all over to ride in the var­i­ous FIM X-Trial com­pe­ti­tions in Europe. It was never go­ing to be easy but I think even if the re­sults don’t show the full pic­ture, my per­for­mances of late show that we are mak­ing very good progress with the ma­chine.

Away from the mo­tor­cy­cles I have only man­aged a few days back at home to catch up with fam­ily

Once again it has been a flat out few weeks with most of my time be­ing spent in Spain testing, train­ing and gen­er­ally keep­ing the Ver­tigo team busy as we go for­ward with the project. Some of the days have been long but pos­i­tive and packed with plenty of ban­ter, mainly at Dougie Lamp­kin’s ex­pense, which leads me nicely into the Team Ver­tigo go-kart­ing night that we re­cently en­joyed. Shall we say it got a lit­tle com­pet­i­tive as we all want to cross the fin­ish­ing line and see the

che­quered flag first. and friends so it was great to have Emma, Archie and my par­ents out to Barcelona for a few days to catch up on all what’s been go­ing on at home. Other than that, last week I was able to sneak in a day of shop­ping with Dougie which was def­i­nitely bet­ter for me than him as they didn’t have much left in his size – XXL!

I have some of my own vic­to­ries to men­tion but for now I would like to say a mas­sive well done to Jonny Walker on tak­ing his first over­all win in the Su­perEn­duro World Cham­pi­onship and an even big­ger con­grat­u­la­tions to Toni Bou on seal­ing a ninth FIM X-Trial World Cham­pi­onship – the word ‘Leg­end’ comes to mind don’t you think?

The lo­gis­tics for the team to pro­vide me with a ma­chine for the open­ing round of this year’s BTC was hec­tic to say the least. Dougie took my ma­chines to the event whilst I con­tested the fi­nal round of the X-Trial on the Fri­day night in Spain. It was then an early flight back to the UK on Satur­day morn­ing where my par­ents picked me up from Heathrow air­port and trans­ported me straight to the event. As it turned out, all the ef­fort was worth­while as I gave the brand its first of what I hope will be many more vic­to­ries. I must congratula­te the team for all the hard work – well done guys!

Speak Soon – Dib­sta!

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