: : : : James Whitham Superbike School:
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I bought my Best Man a track day with Jamie Whithams'
Speed Freak Trackdays, so my good wife bought me the
same for my birthday to keep him company. :) While
waiting for the 2005 dates to come through, Speed
Freak did a bit of a reshuffle and merged with Track
Attack Trackdays, from which came a variety of track
options. We opted for the James Whitham Superbike
where we would be arranged into groups of 7 riders
to every superbike/sport racer available to provide
first hand experience and tuition. Mick Grant was
there to help with suspension set-up.
Altogether a fantastic day out,
with a friendly, sociable & helpful atmosphere
throughout the pitlane. The sun shone all day and
there was a wealth of talent there to take the various
groups round the track including, Lee Dickinson, Cal
Crutchlow, Craig Jones, Paul Young, Paul Shoesmith
to name but a few. All the racers chatted about anything
from suspension guidance and racing lines, to who
has the best right hander between Cal and Rob Frost.
(see BSS race from Brands 28/03/04 ;)
This was my first time out on a
track on the Blade and first time at Silverstone.
We used the short club circuit [map],
which helped to learn the track and set about focusing
on the riding. My wife managed to time me at 1min
21sec on one lap, so don't know how good or bad that
is, but to say the professionals have more skill in
their little fingers than many of us out on the track
is a major understatement. Just when I thought I was
braking as hard as I could after the Club Straight
heading into Brooklands , the likes of Craig Jones
(on a very tricked R1 170bhp+) would come blasting
past hardly braking at all, and fly through Luffield
and that poxy chicane like it didn't exist....utterly
humbling and awe inspiring! I didn't have any 'real'
incidents to speak of, so as Dicko rightly pointed
out, the bike has plenty ability left in it so I could
still push harder. This I couldn't do as it would
have meant a very long walk home, considering we had
ridden to Silverstone on it!
recommended if you want to do more
than just razz round a track with little or no chance
of improving your times and knowledge. Check out their
website for further trackdays here
Striking a pose in my stylishly
modern titaniucarbonevlar 1 piece
"...and in the event of a crash,
it's all your fault...sign here.
Best man Dee & his missus Julie
Awaiting our turn with Jamie
filling Lee's tank in background
Dicko fuelled up and ready to put
us in our places on the track.
Our group head out. RGV was
fast, but binned it in last session
Braking into Copse Corner on
the inside line under an R6
Blubberboy leaning into Copse
"I coulda sworn that apex was
round here somewhere..."
Trying hard to get away as
Dee lets a sly one go
Feeling good after a grand day out
Posing with Lee Dickinson...
A real top bloke