Friday May 7th dad and I decided to compete in the OW Cup, Saturday May 8th I found myself on the top step of the podium! What a great experience and awesome to have my dad present as my mechanic!
I entered in the Twin Cup class, which consists of about 20-25 riders - almost all on Ducati 1199 and 1098 bikes. Since this is not enough to fill a grid, we are spread out over 3 1000cc classes, the fastest being the Supercup 1000.
QP1 / QP2
Our first session was wet and we weren't able to convert to a full wet setting, so I took it easy. This was still good for a provisional 13th overall and 1st in Twin Cup! The track dried out for Q2, but somehow the wind got even more extreme (worse than I ever experienced at Assen!). It bothered me and the 899 more than the superbikes, so I found myself content with 31st on the grid (3rd in Twin Cup).
I picked up a spot at the start and settled in in 30th overall/3rd Twin Cup, however 3 laps in my own personal miracle happened.. It started raining. The red flag never came out, so I got my head down and put my BSB skills to use! By the time the track dried I found myself in 16th overall, and 1st in Twin Cup. My lead on Martijn Duijkers and his Ducati 1098 was shrinking the last couple laps, but I kept my cool and took the win! Have to thank Ryno Power for keeping me sharp in tricky conditions.
As riding races is a much better practice than doing track days, ideally I'll be entering in a few more OW Cup events. Let's see if we can achieve a couple more podiums this season!