IDM Supersport Round 6 Race Report

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Sachsenring Round 6 Report

Round six was a two day race event held at the famous Sachsenring circuit. Thankfully we had two days of great weather!
My last visit to Sachsenring was on a Superbike back in 2010, remembering the track was not a problem as it was my favourite track on the calendar. Noise restrictions resulted in the normal procedure of Friday practise being cancelled, meaning we had to head directly into qualifying 1. The nature of the tight twisty circuit should have helped our bike to be competitive as peak horse power is considered less important. Running into some technical difficulties with the clutch during the session was reducing the power slightly. We made some small improvements to the bike during the session and managed to finish in 7th position.
Qualifying two was incredibly disappointing due to the problem with the clutch being unresolved and becoming worse. We lost a lot of the session repairing the problem, which meant we only managed to complete one flying lap that qualified us in 12th position for the evening’s first race.
Starting from 12th on the grid was my worst qualifying for the year so I knew that I had a big job ahead. My start and opening lap went really well as I managed to go from 12th to 6th in the first corner and then moved into 5th before the last corner. Two laps later I was able to pass two more riders to put myself into 3rd position, I was able to maintain my position until 6 laps from the end of the race when I started to suffer from very bad rear chatter. At this point Austrian rider Stefan Kershbaumer came past on the main straight. I was able to return the favour and pass Kershbaumer around the outside into turn 1, but quickly lost the position again a lap later down the straight. On the second last lap German rider Luca Grunwald came past in a straight line and was able to pass Kershbaumer in the same instance. I put in every effort I could to stay with the two riders but only ran into more chatter. I was very frustrated that we missed out on the podium but with the problems we had the result was reasonable.
Morning warm up was a disaster as I suffered a very fast high side crash due to a cold rear tyre. I injured my wrist and had little mobility. But thanks to the medical staff and the support of Adrian Nestorovic I was able to push through the pain to try to pick up some points.
As I sat on the grid for race two the pain in my back and wrist was very unpleasant despite being on a mixture of pain killers. But as usual once the lights went out to start the race the adrenalin kicked in and the first 3 laps were actually ok. To my sursprise my start and first corner saw me again improve quickly and slot into 4th position as the field crossed the line for the first time. As the laps went on my wrist became more painful and I lost two positions after some pins and needles started in my hand. It caused me to run wide into turn 1 mid race and at that point I decided to just keep the gap to 7th position at 4 seconds. I was relieved to get the points for 6th position after such a difficult weekend.
The X-ray showed that the wrist was not broken and only that I had hyper extended it and the recovery has been quite good. I believe that it will be around 80% repaired for IDM round 7 at Hockenheim on the 22nd of September.
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