Circuito de Almeria Aftermath
From the 1st till the 4th of October I went to Spain for some tracktime @ Circuito de Almeria with Focused Events
Rain and 12 degrees in Holland so it wasn't a punishement to fly to Almeria where the sun shines and 15 degrees warmer.
Still when you land and step out off the plain the heat hits you like a brick wall, dont get it wrong we are not complaining.
Day one was all about getting used to the heat and get the feel of the track again, bear in mind that I crashed at Almeria last year so for me it was quite a challenge to overcome my fears. After a few laps i felt comfy and suddenly had my first near highsider on the 1000 Srad. Time for new tyres, And remind a 1000K4 is not the same as a slabby 750....
Day two was all about trackinstruction under the guidance of Steve Brogan wich was very helpfull. At the last session of the day the air valve of the rearwheel decided not to cooperate wich left Me with a flat tyre while i was braking at the straight with 250 kmh. Imagine a bike braking out to left and right with that speeds luckily i managed to keep the bike under control and didn't crash.
Whole day long it was a problem to do constant laps the bike was misbehaving in high speed bends downhill, wich ment there was work to do,
Day three was a perfect day, after getting some suspension advise from Bob Stöpler and put into use sorting the rearwheel I was back in business. Finally hitted the apexes like i wanted so managed to get the laptimes like i had last year. The bike started too behave wich gave confidence. A while back ik fitted the k7 slipperclutch and i can recommend a slipperclutch to everyone it’s awesome !
Day four was all about getting home in one piece so no rush to get better laptimes. Riding lines lines lines lap after lap.
Skipped the last session to load up gear and bikes into the crates.
It was a perfect Track Holiday superb weather, nice hotel, good food, and friendly spanish folks. I can recommend trackdays abroad to everyone !! Back in Holland now rain and even colder 9 degrees.
Hopefully next time in Spain Team Banana will be in it's full form accompanied by @Rene EFE and @Jelly
A big thanks to everyone who was there with Me and offcourse Focused Events for the perfect organisation and hospitality