We’re back safe from Jerez, after what turned out to be a really good weekend, particularly on one side of the garage. Great results for Chaz Davies, I’m only sorry that teammate Davide Giugliano wasn’t up on the podium with him… Anyway, onwards and upwards. I was made up to see Tati Mercado on the top step of the Stock1000 podium on Sunday. Now leading that championship with team Barni Racing, they’ll run their final race of the season in France next month – I can’t wait to see what’s sure to be a great battle there, and will be cheering Tati on all the way!
We now have a couple of weeks back at base, with the next event not until early October. A very strange season finale this year, with many long breaks between the final rounds, so one this month, one next month and the last races in Qatar in November. It means you just get back into the swing of things, only to find you have another few weeks away from the tracks – not the best, and I’m sure the riders don’t love it… Anyway, we hope that next year’s calendar makes a little more sense, and is organised a little earlier on so that teams are better able to sort the logistics.
It was great to catch up with Carlos Checa in Spain. He was excited to make a lap of honour and got a lot of attention from the fans. He’s keeping himself busy now that he’s retired from the racing and, as well as the extreme sports, is currently taking flying lessons too – he says he also likes to relax in front of the TV sometimes but if it’s true, I find it hard to believe that it happens very often!
So this coming weekend the MotoGP boys are at Misano but over in Germany, at the Lausitzring, we have the penultimate round of the IDM championship, where Xavi Fores and Max Neukirchner, of the 3C Racing team, are fighting for the Superbike title. I’m definitely keeping my eye on that one, though from the comfort of my sofa – my other half will be there so he’ll keep me posted for sure.
Ok, better get back to putting together the post-Jerez press summary…. Back soon, I promise!