This weekend (23/24th) saw a number of the Magnificent Seven back on track as wheels were finally turned in anger at Donington Park as well as Anglesey/Trac Mon as racing got underway in earnest.
Mark Brailsford, Joe Walton and Owen ‘O show’ Richardson were mixing things up with the No Limits Championship at Donington Park and gained seriously impressive results against some very talented riders and enormous grids.
Joe Walton, onboard the beautiful Meltedsliders machine that we last saw back in October lying in a mangled heap when they suffered a monumental ‘off’ at Darley Moor, started the 2019 season like a man possessed taking a brilliant 2nd place in the first of his 4 races over the weekend. Sadly for the opposition this only served to fire Joe up and he went on to take a hat-trick of wins in races 2, 3 and 4. Having taken the tough decision to enter the No Limits series this year Joe and the team have more than shown that they belong in this company.
In the CB500 class Mark Brailsford once again slipped on the ‘giggle suit’ and had the #21 machine Hetty matched up against some of the fastest CB’s anywhere in the country and he didn’t disappoint with four strong points scoring finishes. In a huge field of 4 different class of machinery Mark used his skill and race craft to deliver three 6th places and a 5th place in race 3 on Sunday leaving him in a very strong position and full of confidence ahead of round 1 at Darley Moor in early April.
Also out stretching the wire at Donny was Owen Richardson who was back on track competitively for the first time since throwing himself at the tyre wall at Snetterton last year. Once again in another massive field of riders and machines the ‘Show’ put in a remarkably consistent set of results with 3 12th place finishes while, I couldn’t resist this, the O’Show was a ‘no show’, in race 4 late on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile at the beautiful coastal circuit at Anglesey Tom Gigg was getting more seat time on the two #143 machines that he will be piloting in 2019. Saturday was an official test day that was also open to all ACU licence holders and incorporated a New Riders Course for both new and returning riders. On Sunday it was time to get down to business with Round 1.
Getting out on the big 1000cc Yamaha Tom began the new season in mixed conditions (Anglesey!!) and having never ridden the big bike in the dry before. Starting and finishing in 20th place Tom had mixed feelings about things, happy to not be dropped by the riders around him but disappointed with the outright lap times. Back on more familiar ground with the Pre-Injection bike Tom was determined to make up for another awful qualifying session but having made up 8 places and lying 10th the race was unfortunately red flagged. Sadly the stoppage was Gigg Senior (Tom’s Dad Pat) who involuntary threw himself at the beautiful Welsh scenery and ended up in hospital with an ‘open’ dislocation.
Missing the 2nd big bike race due to the incident with his Dad Tom did almost make it back out on track for the second Pre-Injection race but a flat battery and then a lost cylinder while still in the holding area meant an early end to the day and a chance to go and check on Dad.