Brands Hatch
Kent

October 2005

CADWELL PARK
Ducati Experience 2000, 2001
Yamaha Race School 2003

BRANDS HATCH
MCN 2001
Ducati UK 2001
Focused Events 2005


ROCKINGHAM
European Superbike School 2002
DSC Track Attack 2004

OULTON PARK
Ducati UK 2001

MALLORY PARK
UKMOC 2004
UKMOC 2005

LYDDEN HILL
No Limits 2005


DONNINGTON PARK
Planned
Planned

SILVERSTONE
Focused Events 2005


This was very much a last run-out of the season affair and although seasonally not the best time for a trackday (when is?), it turned out to be one of the best of the year. I had ridden Brands 3 or 4 times before (my first - an MCN day) and a mixture of Ducati Experience (remember them) and Ducati only days. Initially I wasn't keen on going back but as there was going to be quite a few friends as it was a weekend date, I decided to book anyway. It was also quite a bit cheaper then the normal Brands trackday prices.

As usual, I left my preparation to the last minute so what I managed in the last week: had petrol tank, front fender and v-piece painted, made stickers for tank, ordered fairings and applied decals, collected bike (day before the track day), collected and fitted newly covered single seat and the high level screen. Since my last outing, I managed to get an Ohlins rear shock, Bucci slipper clutch and radial brake master cylinder fitted.

Had a totally spiffing day and I seem to be getting the hang of this lark now. Am slowly getting used to how to ride the 748 as it's totally different to the bigger capacity bikes but ultimately more rewarding (as well as frustrating when you get it wrong).

The highlight of the day was with my mate Terry on a Suzuki 1200 Bandit 'duelling' late in the day. We chased each other round for about 8 laps - really close stuff but great fun. Slip streaming each other and then out braking each other deep into corners (see sequence of pictures 9-14 on the right). That session has really given me the taste for more trackdays next year.

Luckily, it didn't rain and more importantly I didn't fall off. The bike survived and so now it will be put into winter hibernation until next year. More fettling will be on the cards but roll on next spring - can't wait.