The last time I posted on here, I was just about to go on holiday to Austria with Doris and our two dogs. We had a cracking week over there and it was so relaxing that it felt more like we had a month away.
It was a great chance to catch up properly with Doris and recharge our batteries. I managed to play a few rounds of golf and we went for walks up the mountains that we usually ski down in winter! I even got invited to play in a tournament at the local golf club and surprised myself by winning Ive never won anything in golf before.
I also had the pleasure of reading David Jefferies autobiography, which was really good and brought back a lot of memories from the V&M Racing days. Id definitely highly recommend the book, it really summed up David.
We got back and it was straight back into the office with a view to preparing for Snetterton BSB. I was really looking forward to it as the bikes are suited to the faster circuits and Id already decided to give Michael Rutter another chance because he did a good job at Thruxton.
We still havent agreed on a replacement rider, so were working on a race by race basis. Snetterton, to be honest, was one of those weekends that Id rather forget and I dont think that Michael really got a fair crack at the whip. He posted the second fastest time in free practice three, but we got caught out by rain in qualifying and couldnt make it into the top 20. So, we ended up in 20th place with a bike and rider that were capable of much more.
Michael pushed too hard in race one to pick up some places and slid off so the red flag that was introduced following a separate incident played to our advantage. Michael went back out and finished seventh.
It wasnt really a great start to the second half of the season, but unfortunately, thats racing, as they say. Im giving Michael another chance at Knockhil. He finished on the podium last year and if we can achieve the same this year Ill be happy.
I do have other riders that Im interested in too, but its so difficult to get free track time on UK race circuits without having to share with a track day, which isnt the best environment to test riders in.
Aside from racing, we had a corporate event at Castle Coombe and it was Sylvains first outing since the accident. He was in high spirits and he really gave the team a lift. He enjoyed himself in some of the cars we had there for guests as well as bikes, and he met Keith Flint from the Prodigy who was there in his Porsche.
Sylvains a fantastic guy to work with and very positive, so it was good to see him. I think it gave him a chance to get out of the house too because hes been driving his wife nuts! Hes hoping to be back in action at Brands Hatch, but we see his x-ray next week so Im reserving judgement until we see how well the bone is knitting by together.
We want to make sure that hes 100 per cent when he returns so that he can come back to challenging for race wins. We dont want him out there as a support rider putting his health at risk. These riders are really tough and will put up with a little pain, but I dont want to push him too hard too soon.
Other than that, Im on my own for a while. Doris has scarpered off to Germany on her Harley, she left this morning from Hull. So Ill be enjoying a few beers and focusing on the race team as we approach the halfway point of the season.
Maybe Ill see a few of you at Knockhill.
Take it easy