North West 200 miracle from the team!
What a week, not even a week what a 3 and 1/2 days since the disaster at Oulton Park with the gearbox failing on bank holiday Monday!
We really weren’t sure what the plan was going to be as my dad wasn’t happy for me to use the engine that failed with just replacement gears as there was a lot of debris within the bottom of the engine from the broken component, so he thought the best plan would be is to get it fully stripped to ensure there’s been no further damage caused and have it ready for TT, as safety is paramount now even more so being back on the roads as didn’t want anything else going wrong with it at 180 + MPH.
This left us a bike with no engine, a massive thank you to Simon for organising with Clive Padgett in getting me a road bike to take the engine out of it to put in the race bike as a temporary measure, it wasn’t as easy as that though.
I need to say a massive thank you to Paul Milnes for driving up to batley and delivering the bike to the boat within a phone call on a working day, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Christina & uncle P for delivery of the bike on the boat last minute Wednesday evening to make the NW happen, my Mum, Dad, Wayne, Dave, Glenn, Ryan RC Graphics, Leigh Reynolds and Turner Ltd, Karl for getting the paddock scooter sorted & the lads at work Quayside Tyre and Service Centre for getting the job sorted in basically a day and a half to have the van loaded tonight and ready to set sail tomorrow morning.
Anyone that knows me, knows I’m always prepared and ready to go a week early so this has really tested me, but the job is done and can’t thank everyone enough for making it happen.
It has obviously set the team back a long way as it was an expense we really didn’t need before my biggest races of the year, so if any companies would like to come onboard for the two major road races (NW200 & IOMTT) or individuals to join the 115 club with the few remaining spaces don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Let’s go and ride motorbikes fast on closed roads once again! 😝