We leave on Tuesday 17th for Spain. The truck is crammed full – six enduro bikes, three race bikes, one parade bike and a moped! Not to mention a whole host of superb Continental tyres.!
The first leg to Santander is always enjoyable: 24hrs of relaxation and a few whale sightings if we are lucky.! Then the drive to Ainsa via Pamplona, Jaca and Fiscal, thats great fun too. Then, that’s followed by a week with our mates, (14 this year) with the offroaders in the Pyrenean foothills. Blimey its going to be a great ten days, capped by the final race of the year at Aragon.
The proceedings start on Friday with practice and qualifying sessions, further quaifying on Sat and the race on Saturday night. The teams remain unchanged with Mike and Hugh paired together and Ian and Peter sharing a bike.
I would like to have announced some big developments on the bikes, but the spec remains the same as Imola, but with some general freshening up – new rings, cylinders, stem seals, wheel bearings electrical connectors, etc – basically all the routine stuff that wears out. So no big performance improvements, sorry !
The race is held as part of a big classic meeting and one of the highlights is the ‘big top’ style tent packed with classic bike parts sellers, a real treat for the Sunday after packing up.!
The ‘championship ‘ is currently led by Taurus Suzuki – a lovely team who have been knocking on the door of championship success for a few years. I wonder if they will consolidate or not ?
For those who have not been to Aragon before; its worth it…….and its 23deg C right now.
See you there RB