|Jim Moodie's Reflections on the
Picture by Trevor Burgess
|Jim Moodie's thoughts on yesterdays F1 race were always going to be
interesting. As was reported on jimmoodie.info, the V&M team were
having difficulties with setting up the Superbikes to get the best compromise
around the Island.
Jim said the race was very physically demanding
especially after losing the time I did on the first couple of laps. It's
frustrating because we know this bike can run up front, but basically we
probably went the wrong way and ran with too hard a set up.
was okay at some parts of the circuit but it was a real struggle to keep
control and use the power on the bumpy parts.
first couple of laps I decided to try and ride round the problem by trying as
hard as I could at the parts of the circuit where the bike was handling well
and hang on as best I could on the bumpy sections not to lose much time. I know
I could have done better, but after the first pit stop I started to circulate
with John McGuinness and he lapped the circuit 27 seconds faster than he has
ever done before.
On the fourth lap Jim Moodie circulated at 124.9 mph,
four seconds faster than John's best which begins to put a different
perspective on Jim Moodie's efforts, especially in the last four laps.
Although David Jefferies had gear selector problems on the last lap it
was in fact Moodie who posted the fastest time for final lap, posting a 124.8
mph lap. It's also interesting to note that Jim Moodie's race time was faster
than David Jefferies ran at the last TT when he won and also broke the absolute
lap record in the senior race.
Jim said there's no doubt the bike has
the power and the speed and we're now working on changing the set up for the
aA the Moodie site we can only agree with V&M boss Jack
Valentine, who said "Mo-one outside of the top racers can really appreciate how
difficult these bikes are to ride on the limit".
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Tomorrow (monday) all attention will turn to the three lap production
All the best to Jim Moodie and the V&M team
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