The 9th and 10th of September at Oran Park saw the final points round of the season. When I say, "saw" I mean through a torrential downpour. To say that both days were wet, would be one of the major understatements of our time. Combine this with the fact that there was enough oil lying around the track to concern OPEC, it made for an interesting 2 days racing.
New Era 2 0-250. After the Mito wouldn't start, I decided to run the Moriwaki 80 in this class. Needless to say, i didn't expect to do well, and I didn't. I didn't do badly, though, and had a lot of fun ducking and weaving around bigger bikes, most of which seemed very nervous about twisting the throttle in the conditions. I know I came 13th overall in the first race (overall combining 0 - 1100cc), but I'm not sure about the second, and I didn't race the last 2 because of problems with the bike.
Motolites. I should have taken my snorkel and fins, it was that wet. Once again, although I felt like I was riding really conservatively, I was slightly faster than a few of the others. Running 6th in the first race,last lap, coming around Yamaha corner and there's Garth Hanna's bike on it's side right in my line. I had to back off to avoid hitting him, and John Lalor shot past me. It's hard to say I would have caught the next bike ahead of me, but there was a slim chance I could've got a 5th, although swapping Garth for John had no effect on my 6th placing.
Coming 5th on the first lap of the second race, when John Lalor went down 3 bikes ahead of me. the next two bikes were in a conga line behind him, and so both had to slow down to avoid him. I had already committed to the inside line, and thought "Bewdy". I opened the throttle a microsecond too early, and the back end stepped out and spat me over the top (Yes, you can highside an 80cc bike!). John got up and going again (although he rode straight back to the pits), but when I tried, my left footpeg was hanging from the gearshift linkage. I was fine and some minor surgery had the bike ready for the next race.
3rd race, went out, and the bike was coughing and spluttering, so I pulled in after one lap, to find the air filter waterlogged. I dried it out, and was able to get the bike running cleanly again, but it would be a matter of luck if it stayed good for a whole race.
I also went and bought some new tyres, which had been recommended to me from the Clerk of the Course, who was associated with the Asian Cup championship. I was as nervous as...........something really nervous, going out on unscrubbed tyres on a soaking wet track. I had wiped the tyres down with some petrol, and some more knowledgeable heads than mine said they were fine to go.
Last Race, bike seemed to be running OK. TYRES WERE FANTASTIC. Second lap, and I was powering past people (having started dead last due to two DNF's), when the coughing and spluttering started again. I kept wringing the throttle, trying to keep the revs up, and kept passing people. I was third going into the last corner, but on the exit, the bike had no power, and Trev Lusby sauntered past me to take the podium, whilst I settled for 4th.
I never knew you could be absolutely stoked, and yet dissappointed at the same time. Bring on Wakefield Park 4-5 Nov.