Still recovering from the after effects of COVID-19, James Weaver headed out to his local track, Wakefield Park, for Rd 3 of the OJC... Words: James Weaver Photos: BiteSizedPics.
After my weekend was cut short up at Queensland Raceway due to getting COVID-19, I was looking forward to getting some time on the bike at one of my local tracks. Wakefield could’ve been better but I got some valuable time on the bike…
After having COVID for two weeks there weren’t many opportunities for me to have a ride, so I had to train on the pushbike and get fit. Queensland Raceway was extremely hard for me as I was sick all weekend and I didn’t know I had COVID. I still feel like I am feeling some effects from being sick, so I really had to get up to speed.
Wakefield Park is the closest track to me on the OJC calendar this year. I’m experienced on this track because of the amount of laps I have put in here. But, last time I rode at Wakefield I had a crash, this seemed to make me a bit nervous heading out onto the track for the first time of the weekend. The whole weekend it felt like I was struggling with the setup. My riding didn’t feel the same either because of the lasting effects of COVID.
In the first race I was feeling pretty good, I had a good start and a tight race with other riders, plenty of fun. In the second race we decided to change the gearing, turns out it was the wrong decision and I was a bit slower. So, for the last race we changed the gearing back to what it was and just had to leave the bike in a high gear around some parts of the track.
I have never been to Morgan Park before, we head there in August and I’m pretty excited. The way that I’m preparing is by riding the Ohvale a fair bit and spending some time on the super motard. I’m looking forward to it because it’s one of those tracks that always has close racing.
Of course, I have to add my predictions for the 2022 MotoGP champion. Last month it looked promising for Enea Bastianini but I think I would like to see Aleix Espargaró win this year instead. Wish me luck for Morgan Park, I’ll check back in next round! – James Weaver #71
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