A huge thanks for your support, without the huge effort of the
team and the support of sponsors, none of it would have been
Back to reality for me, stripping bikes, freighting engines, and
on route to England !!
March 30th 2012
Great couple of days... pretty hectic at times... here
are a few links from the media...
Another 8 hours spent in the workshop tonight after the official
practice. Everything seems to have come together finally !!
Cant wait for the racing to start now !!
March 28th 2012
Here’s our video clip from today with NZ Herald...
Along with some shots from today's activities, including the
billboard, new helmet and all 3 GP Bikes !!
Close Up TV filmed today, and the footage is due to go out
Friday evening, including an air jacket moment ...
Pleased to say it was for TV purposes and not another crash !!
March 27th 2012
Back in New Zealand, and finished building bikes!! Phew…
Great to have all the bits I needed, a big thanks to Don at
Eurobike, Misty, and Warrick Aldridge.
All the final touches have been made, the guards have been
wrapped, the helmets finished, the pit boards finalised, another
huge thanks to Demon Graphics for all the hard work and effort
they have put in over the few weeks.
Huge relief - as finally everything is all in the same country!!
Tomorrow is crazy and purely dedicated to covering media
commitments with The New Zealand Herald, Radio Hauraki, Close Up
TV, Ssangyong and Sunday News…
We hope to have some great photos and video footage, and are
planning to fire up all 3 GP Bikes for the media at Rosebank
Speedway, the local club I am affiliated to in New Zealand.
Cycled to Western Springs this afternoon to have a look at the
track, pleased to say no niggles hanging around after the crash
I had at the Brandonapolis. The track looks AWESOME!!!! The crew
down there have clearly been working flat out, and the result is
Was great to catch up with Chris Holder this afternoon, and show
him my bike set up in New Zealand, it has been 5/6 years since
we were team mates and Premier League Pairs Winners!!Bring back
the Isle Of Wight!!
Will keep you posted with some pictures from tomorrow and some
feedback from Thursday’s closed practice … Can’t wait to get out
March 19th 2012
Phew !! Another week over, and what a week !! Full of Flu… and
not just flu…man flu !!
More time in the workshop early in the week, and plenty to be
getting on with. The final proofs came through for the bike
covers and kevlars – they are very flash… my name is printed
clearly on the back for those who simply won’t recognise me !!
Successfully managed to get some more track time Wednesday,
where we ran all 3 GP Engines. Really pleased with some changes
we had made from the first practice, and really happy with the
new offset : ) !! Gary, Steve and Dad worked hard as I threw
changes at the bikes, and the results were brilliant. It was
then a quick sprint to Heathrow, to get the engines on their way
to New Zealand.
Thursday’s season opener at Ipswich was not a great meeting, the
track was fast and grippy and seemed to catch people out
specially so early on in the season. There were delays
throughout the meeting from heat 1, with crashes in nearly every
heat. Having being victim to some big crashes and some big
injuries, it is always horrible to see it happen, and even worse
for it to happen in the first meeting of the year. I would like
to wish Rye House Captain, Chris Neath and Taylor Poole both a
I didn’t get away unscathed and had a spill mid way through the
night, and set my air jacket off ..again … it worked
brilliantly. Seem to have lost some skin at Ipswich, and would
quite like it back as sitting down is not overly comfortable at
the minute !!
The meeting was scrapped before my final two heats due to the
curfew, and sadly we lost. It’s a shame, I felt better and
better as the night progressed.
Off to the Brandonapolis Friday, all made possible by Phil Crump
- who has leant me another engine whilst mine are in transit !!
Made a great start in my first race, only to clip a rear wheel,
and end up in the fence !! The bike has had better days, again…
another air canister in the jacket… and another new helmet
needed. (I think I need a helmet sponsor !!) My ankles pretty
sore and its still pretty swollen, and they tell me I’ve done
some ligament damage… So I’m now on light duties, physio and
rest until the GP !!
A few extra touch’s are in work with designers Demon Graphics
this week, and I’m eager to see the final master piece !! And
yes, the billboards finally go up this week… eek !!
I’d like to thank the Team back in New Zealand, who have
continued to work, prep and most importantly organise whilst I
am back in the UK. And I would also like to congratulate my
mechanic Jamie Moohan on a well earned 2nd place at the North
Island Championships at the weekend – Great Work !!