Sitting at the airport waiting to go home. I remember having breakfast in Phillip Island this morning but I'm not sure how I got to Melbourne...its been a long weekend.
A really brilliant race meeting, it was great to meet up with Jason and SJTFZR1000 (or should that be SJTFZR1040?) and Stan and Spook. The racing was great, there was a lot to see and more than a little beer to drink.
The downside? For all the expectation the 960 was a dismal failure, it went worse and worse and in the end Pete Smith and I swapped the spare 1000 motor in. That went fine straight out of the box but rapidly developed an enthusiasm for keeping its oil and water on the outside. So I gave up and watched the racing. Still I got a couple of days of track time, albeit on an increasingly underpowered bike. I really struggled to get to grips with the huge corner speed that track demands, no point and squirt track this one. Definitely lots of respect for anyone who can go fast there. A big cheer to Pete as well, third in the P6 open class, a trophy to take home from his first PI meeting and so close to the 40s with a 1.50.08.
Rider of the weekend? Sorry guys, not a P6 rider - it has to be Beau Beatson on the big Vincent. How do you win when everyone on the grid has 50hp more than you? Simple, you go round the corners faster. Watching him trying to ride round the outside of Mal Campbell at Turn 12 was real heart in mouth stuff. Casey Stoner doesn't try that hard.
Make sure it all hapens again next year Jason and we'll be back. With a bike that works...