RACE one of the TT fortnight didn’t all go to plan for Daley Mathison, but he’s vowed to come back stronger as he prepares for the busy week of racing ahead.
A technical problem put paid to his hopes in today’s RST Superbike TT, but the Stockton man wants to put day one behind him and take the positives that came as he banked a 126.464mph lap on his Eddie Stobart Racing BMW today.
“The bike was going well, we made some adjustments and it seemed to be for the better. I seemed to struggle to get going early on in the laps but once I started tying it all together I strung a couple good laps together.
“We had a good first pit stop and we were two seconds faster than Tyco. The boys worked well and we were under time – I think we even made a few places up in the pit stop and got out in front of a few lads.
“The times were coming and we were back up to just short of 127, faster than I’ve done all week. But then unfortunately halfway around on the third lap, the exhaust blew a hole in the header, which meant the bike was putting too much fuel into the engine to compensate.
“I just kept riding and thought it might be alright – it certainly wasn’t going to do it any harm. But unfortunately we just ran out of fuel at Sign Post corner as a result.
“Is that how I wanted race one to go? No. Could it have been much worse? Yeah. So we’re happy enough with it. We’ve gone in the right direction and we’re going faster, so I can’t really complain at the moment.”
“We got two good laps on the stocker last night, and we’re happy enough to park that now and just leave that ‘til the race and just ride that as it is. So tonight we’ll plan to get a flying lap on the 600 – two laps – then a TT Zero lap as well.”
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