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Hi all

Things have been fairly busy since my home round at Oulton Park. Straight after race day, we travelled to Mallory Park to drop the trucks off, ready for some testing at the Leicestershire circuit.

It was really useful for Sylvain and the team to spend some time there. The sun was shining and he managed to pick out a fast line around the circuit almost straight away. In total, we did 132 laps and made some good progress throughout the day, lapping consistently around the 56-second bracket, so we're all set for the British Superbike fixture there next month.

Coming from GPs, Sylvain isn't used to tracks like Mallory which feature slow chicanes and hairpins, so in his first season in BSB it's important to visit as many track days as possible to allow him time to adjust to the variations in layout and speed. We did a track day at Oulton Park after the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch and that seemed to prepare him well for when we went back for the British Superbike Championship a few weeks later.

Before I went to Oulton Park, if somebody had told me we would have two thirds by the end of the weekend, I would have been delighted. As it turned out, I now feel we could have performed even better. Sylvain did fantastically well to qualify the bike in fourth position, which with his race pace would have been enough to seriously challenge for race wins. However, he got off to two poor starts and this hampered his chances. He's a formidable rider with obvious championship-winning potential, but he can become even better if he gets his starts just right. 

Although I'm slightly disappointed at the results at Oulton Park this year, I have some great memories of the track as I've had success there on more than one occasion in the past. Unfortunately, it always rains on at least one day of the weekend, and the most recent BSB round was no exception! Even though Oulton is my home round, I prefer to stay with the team in a hotel, rather than at home as I find that this helps with moral, particularly when there's a new rider in the ranks.

That's all for now and I'll post my next blog after the forthcoming round of the season at Donington Park on 23-25 May. I'm going to try and squeeze a few rounds of golf in between now and then, so wish me luck!

All the best,