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Photo: At Donington with the Carole Nash comp winners!

Since my last ‘insidebikes’ Blog I’ve had a pretty busy time both on-and-off the track with the first half of the World Superbike season complete; a summer break and now back on the road again to compete in the last five races.

We’ve had a pretty challenging year to date with lots of ‘what-ifs’ on the CBR1000 as we’ve been battling to get the electronics up-to-speed to run at the front. The last few races we have been more consistent but still a win seemed like a little bit down the road. I have won a race every year since starting the World Superbike so I was so eager to get this first win and fortunately for me at Silverstone it went to plan. This meant so much to me and the team as we’d been working so hard this year and it finally paid off. The weather played into our a hands a bit but I was able to control the race from the front and it felt so good to cross the line in P1. The first race win for the year and the 11th race win of my career.

Straight after the Silverstone race weekend was a four week summer break however before I jet-set home to the Isle of Man I had a day at Donington Park at the Ron Haslam race school with the Carole Nash squad. It was a great day riding alongside the guys and girls from Carole Nash and I really enjoyed being able to help out so hopefully a few people walked away with a bit more insight and knowledge with their riding skills.

Over the August break I managed to do a lot of what I love doing the most – MX riding.  It’s great to get out in the countryside with some mates and have fun blasting around some fields. Reminds me of the great times I had as a kid when I first starting riding back in Northern Ireland on my mates farm. One of the things I love about the Isle of Man is that this is all on my doorstep.  I can also go trials riding direct from my front door as well as cycle out in the Isle of Man hills so there’s no option for me to be sat around.

During August I also took part in a two-day Red Bull athlete training session in Manchester which was a great way to sustain my core fitness during the race-season break. Having a few weeks at home just living a ‘normal’ life is something which I really cherish. It’s great travelling around the World for your job but I really appreciate spending time at home with my wife, my friends and family. Especially seeing that the next two-months we have the busiest end of season to date with the last five races packed in to seven weeks.

It’s hard to believe that it’s September already and by the time this Blog is released I may just be a first time Dad. Our baby Rea is due mid-September so Tatia and I are really excited about this time.

Hopefully the last few races we can maintain our consistent pace and complete the season with a handful of decent results. We have three new tracks on the calendar coming up; Turkey, Laguna Seca and the last race of the year in Jerez. I’ve had quite a few good results in Mangy Cours and Nurburgring so fingers crossed we can end the season on a high.

Until next time,
Cheers JR

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