|Trish Damon working on her 175 Honda|
|Don Drakes short stroke 350 Ducati|
Trish's Honda was quite stock and not super quick, but worked fine.
250GP ran with 500 Sportsman, Pre 40, and Formula 125. Francis Ganance's freshly rebuilt 250 was running very well and he was riding very well, and he finished 5th overall behind four 500 Sportsman bikes. Trish's bike was no match for Lorraine Crussell's 175 Honda, and Lorraine was also riding superbly and I finished almost a minute behind her, 13th overall and third in class.
|Trish's Cl175 Honda|
Don Drake's 350 Ducati is a short stroke, i.e. a 450 top end on a 250 lower end, and the more I rode it, the more I realized it wanted to rev and I kept lowering the gearing. Come the race, Francis Ganance was bumping up with his 250 Ducati. He got a better start than me and I got balked a bit by the Vintage Superbike Middleweights, who out dragged us to turn # 1. Not wanting to lose touch with Francis, I tried to dive under Alex Cook's 850 Guzzi in the turn # 10 'bus stop'. I thought I was by him, but we were on completely different lines and we collided. I went down and, while Alex didn't, I knocked the seat off his bike, and he couldn't continue. I banged my big toe and pinky, but was otherwise OK. Don and his crew kicked the Ducati straight and Alex was able to remount his seat, so we were both ready for Sunday.
Trish's 175 was not, however. It wouldn't start and she and her crew couldn't figure it out. But, she found me a different 175 to race Sunday. Now, I would race in the 250 class the 175 Honda that Anders Carlson was racing in 200GP.
|The Cl 175 Honda I was sharing with Anders Carlson|
But again, not as fast as Lorraine's and Lorraine briefly got ahead of Francis on the first lap. They both steadily pulled away from me with Francis finishing 5th overall again and me this time less than half a minute behind Lorraine in 10th overall.
Having geared Don's Ducati down again, I thought I might be able to make it a race with Francis in the 350 GP, but it would require using the draft of his very quick 250, and on the first lap, I missed some shifts and lost touch with him. I finished less than 3.5 seconds behind him, he in 5th, me in 6th overall.
all in all, not a bad weekend for having arrived with no ride.
Another tasty bike at Grattan was Geoff Maloney's GP Tech Yamaha powered Moto 3 bike.