Practice on Friday was a bit hectic. 5 minutes before my first session it started raining, but I still had my dry tires on. So I tried a couple laps and gave up after my front started slipping.
Then the second session was only partially wet so I went out on dry tires again and just as it started to seem dry and I was picking up the pace a MASSIVE downpour came for about 5 minutes. They restarted the session but I didn't have enough energy or time to put on my rain tires.
All in all a bad day.
I've been going over some of my issues with Iobe-san from i-factory and he has been recommending a tank pad to help me use my lower body better. I gave it a try during the qualifiers but the new position it put me in made it harder to ride forward on the bike, so I decided to take it off for the race. I'll give it a try during practice some other time.
Was 33rd in qualifiers and was worried for a second that I might not pass qualifiers. I knew my time wasn't good and I had a bad feeling on the bike. The last time I seriously rode was the TT race 3 weeks ago and I couldn't get back into the grove well.
I was able to get a good start!
Starting from last position I gained a couple spots right off the bat and was able to hold most of them off for the rest of the race!
It was a great battle experience and I constantly put out low 1:12s so I'm happy with the race overall.
During the race I kept understeering in the first hairpin and I think I might be riding too far back on the bike. I'm going to try a new spring setting later, but I have another track day event tomorrow. So for now I'll just try riding more forward
Thank you to Mako and Key for always being there for me!