LEADING Isle of Man TT privateer Daley Mathison is piloting his own Stobart-liveried BMW machines in the Superbike and Superstock classes, along with a Movuno.com Halsall Racing Yamaha R6 in Supersport.
Each day, UK Clubsport will catch up with him to find out how his TT is going…
“So far so good, I sort of hit the ground running really with the new Movuno.com Halsall Racing 600 on Saturday night. Straight out the crate, first lap 119 mph I thought ‘that’s pretty good you know.’ Usually it takes a week to get up to that sort of speed on a 600 and everybody else is going well as well so it must be just tribute to the weather. The circuit’s really good, the surface is nice, the track’s clean, I think I’ve had one stone so far that’s cracked a screen so you know the track’s in really good condition and the boys have done really “well.
“I went out on the Superbike on Monday night and I just struggled a little with set up really, it’s been a year since we’ve been out here and the bikes have changed a lot – we tried to put them back as close as we could to what we had last year but until you get up to speed you always go soft with your settings and you end up working your way back hard again. It’s a bit of a routine that you go through but yeah we’re starting to go back to that harder setting again and it’s starting to work,
“On Tuesday night I went out and did a 125.6 and I thought’ that’s good, that’s roughly where I want to be’ – if I chip away a mile an hour per night or maybe a mile and a half, with the right setup I think we’ll be there.
“I’d love to see a 130 by the end of next week, that’s a massive goal for me – it’s be a dream for me to get that 130 and I think the boys at the front, your Dean’s your Michael’s, they’re going to push your boundaries up to 134 so we’re going to all have more to “find.
“I followed Hicky last night and I followed Dean in a few places and what I’ve learnt is it’s not a massive amount of time everywhere, it’s just a little bit of time here and a little bit of time there. Those boys are split between maybe a second, a second and half and I’ve still got 20 or 30 seconds to find but yeah, It’s not that bad.
“I’ve made it happen. It could’ve very easily not happened, I could’ve buried my head in the sand and just walked away from the whole lot to be honest and I did feel like that.
“But that first lap on Saturday night, it just made it all worthwhile. I sort of fell out of love with the sport almost at one point, but then you come here and you think ‘Jesus, this really is why we do it’ and we just want to be here all the time. All right, it’s dangerous and your team’s worried, Dad’s worried the girls back home are worried but when you’re out there it’s bliss, it really is.”
*Main and R6 images: Double Red
*BMW image: Gary Howlett