“Two Out Of Three Ain`t Bad”

I’m no fan of Meat Loaf (aka Meat Head) and that Mark was singing it to Alan after managing to beat him in the second and third Twinshock races made my memories of it even less favourable.

However, Mark wasn’t singing about the first race, where attempting to overtake Alan on the bumpy part of the track (between the Grandstand and World-of-Sport like camera towers) he went over the bars. However, none of us or (Frank Bough or Dickie Davies) saw the spill, unlike his crash into Kevin 3 weeks previously at Berrow .

Back to the start of the day, and my not waking up. Quick kettle boil and into the van for the dash to Tredegar. Mark and Alan were ready to go, with bikes on the trailer. Quick load up and off along the Heads-of-Valleys west towards Narberth.

Arrived at 08h30 and already thinking packing the suncream would have been a good idea, as would getting an awning for the van (they are beginning to make sense, as they work in the rain too). The ultimate would be the camper van and there were a few luxury models scattered around the field. We managed to park directly downwind of the burger van, which meant we had the smell associated with a B&Q car park for the rest of the day.

Practice was delayed as marshals were enticed with the offer of a 3 course meal from the burger van. Graham also turned up on the loan bike, as the KTM was still at Fowlers after braking down after the last trip to come and watch. He found the spanners in his hand, as after the practice sessions the Yamaha was beginning to misfire and not ideal. The old adage, of always keep the airbox on the bike once again made lots of sense as the clip on filter was again not really up to the job. It needed cleaning after every race and was far from perfect.

The new silencer I’d made from a scrap YZ250 exhaust I’d got from Hockey’s breakers seemed to do the trick.

The races were for me also 2 from 3, as I dropped it in right-handers in the 1st and 2nd race, all really silly. Really enjoyable track with a mix of tight and open corners, and I must be getting better as managed to stay in the racing action for longer and actually overtook a couple of people; great fun.

The Twinshock and Sidecar racing was also good to watch, with some good battles in both. After Mark’s fly through the bars in race 1, he managed to get past Alan in race 2 without falling off and then managed to do the same in race 3.

During the trip the previous week to Denver, I’d picked up a Go Pro HD Helmet Camera (for which there is a separate write up ). Due to changing the settings on the camera to ensure it worked whilst on my helmet during a race, I flattened the battery. Therefore got 3 laps of the second race, including my dropping the bike on the first lap. The bike performed okay, but the filter wasn’t helping and by the third race I’d given up tuning and setting the bike up.

The list of continuing mods to the MX250 includes
– refit the airbox and get the filter to seat properly
– look at the carb jetting and run some experiments
– make an exhaust mount bracket for the newly formed tail pipe. Also need to do some more work to the exhaust.

Really it needs a day on a practice track to set it up and do some testing, which will also hopefully help my riding.

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