BMCRC Round 6 Snetterton
Posted on 11th September 2023 at 21:15
A weekend of two halves
Missing out some rounds meant the next outing for Andrew was BMCRC Round 6 at Snetterton. During the break it gave us a good window of opportunity to develop the engine based on Andrews feedback over the previous races. We thought we found a fix for the some of the reliability issues and the fast flowing nature of the track would be more suited the the RD350YPVS , so we hoped for a positive weekend.
A dry weekend forecast this time, qualifying got under way and Andrew placing 4th, it was looking good for the races ahead.
Race one underway and Andrew settled into 4th under pressure from 5th place for the whole race. The RD350 having the advantage down the straight and the TZR excelling in the corners made for a very even overall lap. Andrew picked up up a 4th place which was his best result in the dry all year.
Race two andrew again started 4th and after a race long titanic scrap eventually crossed the line in 4th again, narrowly missing the podium by 0.2 seconds
While talking after the race we could see the engine was strong, but things were not good in the handling department, so a call to the trackside suspension guru was made to assist Andrew on the Sunday.
Race 3 on Sunday got underway with Andrew riding a new suspension set up that he was not familiar with. He quickly settled in and found it much more to his liking. With the bike now turning better he clawed his way upto second place and things were looking promising for his 1st podium. Unfortunately with 2 laps to go the gearbox of the trusty RD350YPVS let go down the Bentley straight, putting Andrew out the race and a potential second place. Sometimes these things cant be avoided when dealing with 40 year old parts but the disappointment will last for sometime to come
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