|Newcomer's Hopeful Keeps his Hand In
Dominic Cann is one of the many riders, who had hoped
to of made his Manx Grand Prix debut in what
should have been the Newcomers Race. As we now all
know, it wasn't to be, so like many other riders, he
has had to make other arrangements.
His manager, and former TT rider, Alan 'Granddad'
Warner fill's us in on his latest progress.
19 August 2001 NGMCC Championship at Chivenor, Devon
This was Dominic Cann's first outing on the
Fraser's-ALR Suzuki GSXR 1000. The bike had been
uncrated the weekend before and "run in" by Dominic
with a ride down to Lands End and back. The GSXR was
then prepared in the workshops ready for Chivenor. We
had to run it 'bog standard', including suspension and
exhaust, but we fitted a set of Race Products
excellent race bodywork. Thanks are due to Race
Products for sorting us out at short notice.
Race one was not a happy event with a miserable 11th
as a result. During debrief the rider said he worried
about "binning " the bike. Team Manager Allan Grandad
Warner told his rider to "get out there and race like
you want to win!" adding "don't worry about damaging
the bike". He did have his fingers crossed when he
Race two was a cracker. Having managed to find
reverse(?) Dominic arrived in 16th place at the end of
lap one. The commentators didn't notice his rapid
progress and were already confirming the top four had
the race sorted out. Then they spotted the "white
charger" in 5th. Most of the commentary then revolved
around our rider who carved his way through to 2nd at
the flag. Superb effort.
Race three was a similar scenario. Another 2nd place
after battling through the field.
Race four was looking good with Dominic up to third
early on and chasing down the two in front.
Unfortunately the race was just 30 minutes after race
three and the physical strain of racing a Superbike
started to take it's toll. He continued to battle away
but a near high side, as he layed a ten yard darkie
out of the hairpin, put him back to fifth where he
decided to stay.
An excellent day out for the Team. His results have
already put him in 12th place in the 1100 Championship
and there are four more Meetings to go, including
Thruxton on October 7th. Thruxton should suit the
powerful Suzuki and Dominic, who has won there
Our next meeting is at Keevil, Wiltshire on 9th Sept
Words Alan 'Grandad' Warner