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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Thirteen

  08/30/07 14:57, by , Categories: MGP 2007
There was something of a hangover to be dealt with this morning... Yesterday was brilliant, and there's loads more details to add to yesterday's blog.  The first is about my pit crew.  Mike had told me he'd sorted someone to help in the pit stop, but it… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Twelve - Junior Race

  08/29/07 14:53, by , Categories: MGP 2007
I may have to add to this later, as it's late and I've been drinking... Junior Race today - I was extra fired up because the race officials had refused to change my start number from 29 to something higher.  I demonstrated this by completely fluffing… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Eleven

  08/28/07 14:51, by , Categories: MGP 2007
Very little to do today, which is good (cos it means that everything is sorted), but bad (cos there's little to think about except the race tomorrow). I dropped a pair of wheels at Paul Dedman's for fresh rubber, and while they were being fitted I… more »
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manx grand prix 2007 - Days Nine & Ten

  08/27/07 14:49, by , Categories: MGP 2007
(Didn't get chance to write this yesterday) Sunday:   Slick wanted the 600 back on the dyno to double check it, so we took it up there, and he fine-tuned the fuelling and ignition.  It still made 127bhp, but should be very safe now.  Then I took it to… more »
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manx grand prix 2007 - Day Eight

  08/26/07 14:45, by , Categories: MGP 2007
(again being written the morning after) (and being written in double quick time as MySpace lost the first version) Another Manx day.  I was up early, swapping the wheels out of the 636 to put in the 600 (which got oil all over its tyres yesterday).… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Seven

  08/25/07 14:44, by , Categories: MGP 2007
(this being written the morning after) File under: "That's Racing" As we didn't practice at all last night, there should have been nothing to do to the bikes.  Slick wanted to run them on the dyno to check the fuelling, so we popped up there, and he ran… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Six

  08/23/07 14:41, by , Categories: MGP 2007
One of those Manx days today... I slept late - was really tired for some reason.  I then spent a couple of hours doing nothing worth mentioning on the bikes - a basic "nut and bolt" check, fibreglassing a hole in the bellypan of the 600 (in the same… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Five

  08/22/07 14:39, by , Categories: MGP 2007
Had no 'real' work to do on the bikes today, which is a real luxury.  So I had a leisurely breakfast, gave Keith a hand with a couple of jobs on his 750, and then drove to my borrowed workshop, 1/2 mile across Ramsey.  I pulled the 636 out of the van,… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Four

  08/21/07 14:36, by , Categories: MGP 2007
Awoke to bright sunshine, which is always good when racing.  The forecast is for good weather (well, dry, at least) for the rest of practice week. Not much to do to the bikes - put some fresh tyres on the 636, as the part-worns on there were sliding a… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Three

  08/20/07 14:32, by , Categories: MGP 2007
Finally, we got out on track. Despite the fact that I didn't think I had much to do to the bikes, I spent all morning working on them. Sticking on the backgrounds and numbers seemed to take an hour!  But, everything was ready to roll around 2:30pm, and… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Two

  08/19/07 14:26, by , Categories: MGP 2007
No practice scheduled for today, so after the first session was cancelled yesterday, today was always going to be an easy day.  I awoke with a hangover, which responded well to one of Keith's fab breakfasts. Then we went to the paddock for the technical… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day One - Rain Stops Play

  08/18/07 14:24, by , Categories: MGP 2007
Awoke this morning to the sound of rain blatting against the window.  Bugger. A bunch of admin things to do this morning - had to go to the race office and sign on, get my riding gear checked, etc. The weather was appalling all day, so we new we'd… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - Day Zero

  08/17/07 14:22, by , Categories: MGP 2007
So, with the rattly old van (kindly borrowed from Fraser's Motorcycles - thanks to Neal Fraser) all loaded up, I made my way up the M5 and M6 to Heysham.  It's a long way at 70mph, I'll tell you.  Then on the 14:15 ferry (my usual), rolling off into… more »
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Manx Grand Prix 2007 - T'was The Night Before Christmas

  08/16/07 14:19, by , Categories: MGP 2007
Well, that's what it feels like.  The van is loaded, I'm just pottering round the house packing all my personal stuff that I'll need for the next two weeks.  I should go to bed soon, but I doubt I'll sleep. more »
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