During friday night we made some changes to the bike. Mostly with the ride height. And it seemed to be working good.
Felt a lot better, and was able to push pretty hard. The bike turned in much better, and I could open the throttle earlier when exiting the corners.
New personal best again with 1.00.783, and I was in 20th pos.
Tried a different front tire for QP2, the softest compound that Bridgestone offers, to try to squeese some more front end grip in.
The softer tire didn't work any better, and I felt a bit off in my riding aswell. Didn't have any attack at all in my riding, and failed to improve the time set in QP1. Descided to enter the pits early, and try to save some strength for the race later the same day. Dropped to 21st.
The afternoon was busy with a lot of guests and sponsors in tent. Managed to stuff down some food and a lot to drink before it was time to prepare for the race.
After finnishing 25th in the first race of the season (my first ever Superbike race), I was really hoping for my first top-20 finnish. If I made a good start, it was definatley a possibility.
The lights went out, and I made a terrible start. Lost a couple of riders instantly, but got some back into the first corner. Then there was a messy first lap. Overtaking, being overtaken, contact with other bikes... Was in 22nd after the first lap, with contact.
Made i little mistake on lap 6 and lost a little gap to the guys infront of me. Then there was a pretty lonely ride after that. Had about 1,5s gap to the guys infront, and 4s to the ones behind.
Gained 0.4s, lost 0.3s, gained 0.1s, lost 0.6s.... And so on...
When there were 4 laps to go, I descided to settle for 22nd, and not make any stupid mistakes...
Better than the first race of the season, and shaved some more time of the personal best (1.00.680) but a bit disapointed....
Maaan, do these superbike guys fly or what... Damn!!!
The day was rounded off once again with some BBQ and haning with the racebuddies and the team. Very nice!