Well, the build up is over and the 2009 British Superbike Championship season is finally underway…
For me and the rest of the Worx Crescent Suzuki team, the start of the season couldn't have been better! Sylvain set the pace all weekend at Brands Hatch, grabbed pole position and his first win in his first ever race with the team and in the championship. Fantastic!
All the hard work the team has put in over the winter has certainly paid off. We went to Brands Hatch hoping for a couple of podiums and we came away with a race win and the lead in the championship. There is still room for improvement though, and I think Sylvain would agree that he needs to work on his starts. He also needs to learn to control his aggression but I don't see this as a big problem.
Sylvain has come into the championship as a respected GP rider with buckets of talent and experience, and this has shown in his approach to the first race and the season ahead in general. I see no reason why we can't replicate this performance throughout 2009 and ultimately challenge for the title.
In terms of my role in the success, I've just prepared the team as I have done with other projects I've worked on for as long as I can remember. I've applied my managerial skills in the same way and this - combined with a very strong technical team and crew chief - has meant that we have been successful from the outset. The emphasis should now be on sustaining this throughout the season.
Personally, I have enjoyed starting with a clean slate with the Worx Crescent Suzuki. It has allowed me to build the team, rather than adapting it. We have all the ingredients this year, especially with the new Suzuki K9, which is awesome. Suzuki has always been renowned for their superb 1000cc bikes, and this one is no different!
I'm at a track day at Oulton Park with Sylvain as we speak. We're aiming to get as much preparation under our belts as possible before the next round of the championship there in a few weeks' time.
Hopefully, we'll grab another win or two at Oulton Park to capitalise on what's been a great start to the season.
See you there!