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Matt Whitman

Matt has been having a bit of a nightmare in the last few rounds, after fantastic performances at Oulton Park earlier in the year, then a fantastic Snetterton, things have become real hard work for him. So when in the Free Practice session the Yamaha expired on the first lap we knew the weekend was going to be a tough one again. Poor Matt had to sit out the whole session until the bike could be collected from the circuit and brought back to the garage. It quickly became obvious that the problem was electrical, but pinpointing the failure was proving to be very difficult indeed. As a last minute decision with the Yamaha still dead and the first qualifying session looming we prepared the second MV for Matt. That must be a first, a dead Yamaha replaced by an MV Agusta!!



Qualifying one was interesting, Matt hated the MV, every single thing about it, he said the brakes were awful, the engine was rough and peaky, it vibrated and it didn’t handle. Apart from that he finished qualifying in a distant last place. Best we don’t explore that much more, save to say that Matt likes his Yamaha’s.



While all this excitement was taking place the elusive electrical problem was traced to an obscure intermittent failure behind the fuse block. Then it went down to the dyno to see if the problem could be replicated only to find that the bike was about 15 bhp down on power. It turned out that the throttle position sensor (TPS) had failed and was tricking the electronics into doing daft things. The only way we could get Matt remotely competitive was to put him out on Rod’s Yamaha, taking the best from both bikes in the process. As it turned out even Rods bike was way down on power too so Matt was on to something of a hiding right from the start.



In the final qualifying session Matt managed to get the Yamaha round five seconds quicker than he did on the MV but the lack of track time really took its toll and left Matt down in 30th position on the back row of the grid.



Morning Warm Up proved that Matt had a lot to offer, while everyone else was going slower, Matt’s growing confidence on the track saw him go half a second quicker than in qualifying. At least that bode well for the race.



Matt got off to a flyer at the start and took six scalps on the first lap and another couple on the second leaving him in 24th place. By lap 10 he was in 21st position and was in 18th place starting the last lap. Three quarters of the last lap went really well and he was dicing with Peter Ward when it all ended up a bit dirty. Going into the right hander in the wooded section Matt tried an optimistic overtake and pretty much T-boned Peter and they both fell off the circuit. Always the gentleman Matt gave Peter and apologetic wave as he stepped over him to try and get his own bike running and off to the finish. Sadly it was not to be and Matt was classified as the last person not to finish. Matt’s best lap of 1” 33.2’ was still quite respectable and would have seen him just outside the points. It was again a whole second quicker than he had been all weekend.







Rod Lynn

Rod had a bit of a roller coaster weekend really. He started the Free Practice on the Yamaha, and finished the race on the MV Agusta. Unfortunately Rod went out without a transponder for the first session so no times were recorded. All we can say is that he looked quite quick.



Qualifying one saw Rod on the Yamaha getting down to some serious work, at the finish he was in 22nd position with a best lap of 1”37.7 seconds. 22nd of 44 it should be said which is pretty much where Rod has been all season really.



Between Qualifying one and two Rod indicated that he’d like to have a go on the MV Agusta that Matt hated so much, this worked out quite well as we wanted to get Matt back on a Yamaha and we could only make one good one from the two we had there. So for the second session we asked the mechanics to make the second M as close in terms of set-up that we could get to Chris’s #1 bike. For a number of reasons it isn’t possible to make the bikes identical but what we did was close enough. So the first time Rod rode the bike he went a second quicker than he managed on the Yamaha after a season on the bike. Almost opposite to Matt Rod loved the bike and couldn’t find fault with it. This goes to show the difference the personal preferences of riders can be.



Race one saw Rod improve his time again by nearly another second to a low 1”36’ which again showed that the basic bike is not a million miles away, it just needs to be personalised for Rod, but we simply didn’t have the time. At the end Rod finished a respectable 25th on his first competitive outing on the bike that he hadn’t even sat on before this weekend.



Race two was a bit more dramatic with Rod being speared through the leg on the narrow start straight by another riders foot peg. Riding round in pain helped a bit as Rod finished the session in 20th, and very cross indeed. But as a first stab at riding a strange bike that someone else hated that was a pretty good effort and no doubt a great experience for Rod.



Although the results were not what we wanted we had a great weekend and I’d like to take this opportunity of thanking every one involved, without whose support and enthusiasm we wouldn’t be able to go racing.
 

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Thank You Rob for Your detailed Report. It is always a joy to read Your Story. I'm happy for You Guys that You had a great Weekend and hope the this Weekend signaled an upward trend for the Team.
 
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