Midge Smart: Oulton Park R6 Cup race report

Visordown Racer, Midge Smarts checks in with his latest race report

Posted: 27 July 2006
by Midge#53

After how things went at Knockhill I was pretty confident for Oulton, although It didn't go so good the first time we went there. Went out in practice and didn't do anything special, struggled a bit with lines and braking points, but equalled my best time from the previous meeting at Oulton. In qualifying, on the out lap, it started to spit, so I had to get on with it as soon as possible to get a good lap in case it hammered it down.



Midge ... on one during the race


After a few laps it stopped, and I found myself in a gaggle of riders with with Matt Whitman. I could see what he was doing differently to try and change some of the things I was doing wrong. I didn't do a great time, but my ideal lap time was pretty good so I was happy enough although I got knocked back to 9th on the last lap.





The Smart line ... mid-race at Oulton


In the race I got the best start I ever have done, going from 9th on the grid to 3rd place into turn 1 without jumping the start as the commentators on Sky Sports thought I had! After dropping back to 5th, BJ Toal was in front of me and there was no way I was letting him get away. I was chasing him down, putting in a fastest lap of 1:46.190, until lap 9, where my lap times suddenly dropped because my slipper clutch stopped working and I was getting way, way too sideways on the way into turns as I banged down through the gears and kept running wide. After a lap I kind of got used to riding around it until it caught me out big time on lap 11, where I had a massive highside going into Foulstone's chicane. The race was red flagged as my fuel tank split and puked fuel everywhere. I was gutted about crashing, as at this point in the season I need good results, but I couldn't have gone any harder just for a 4th place! My lap times were good, and not a mile off the leaders, but thats how it goes I guess.



Cruising ... Midge on his practice in lap


The worst bit of the crash was the hit I took to the chest. The medics held me back for observation because I was coughing up blood for a while. Still, my kit stood up amazingly well in the crash and I could definitely recommend Carrera leathers and Aplinestars boots! Read the next issue of RiDE magazine for a crash-test update...

Later Dudes!



Midge #53

www.midgesmart.com


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Posted: 27/07/2006 at 20:28

As a sponsor what are your thoughts on the lack of coverage on terrestrial TV for the R6 cup..

Posted: 29/07/2006 at 09:21

Well, we're only just about managing to get decent BSB coverage so I'm not surprised there's not 'enough' coverage of the other support rounds from the British Superbike Championship. But on the whole I think our bikesport coverage on terrestrial TV is pretty good.

Posted: 29/07/2006 at 14:22

wotcha, glad you have got to grips with four-strokes, hope you can continue the good form - well lets forget about the crash ;-) keep goldfinger!!!! - sorry iddo from mischeif on those red bull nights out.

keep her lit

Mart

Posted: 29/07/2006 at 14:45

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