After a good last round at Cadwell Park , Jordan was looking forward to racing at Donington Park.
We had started the race on a full set of new wet tyres, because as the race was called there was a sudden down pour, that had covered the track, and we decided to change at the last minute. Jordan was pushing well for the first 4 laps, of the 7 lap race and had moved up to 3rd place, but as the track dried out, those riders behind who had stayed on dry tyres managed to catch him up, as Jordan lost grip and he held on to 7th place.
Race 2 came and the weather had changed, and it was now raining very heavy. We hadn’t got any wet settings from Donington, as this was the first time that Jordan had been here on the SV. So we used the same wet race set up from Brands Hatch, with the gearing from race 1 earlier that day. Jordan got off to a good start, but it was obvious as he came around the first corner that he was having problems getting the bike to turn and grip, with the back end bouncing and stepping out. He slipped backwards down the field finishing in 16th Place.
We spent Saturday night talking with 100% Suspension and NPMC trying to get a better set up that would allow Jordan to still push in the wet, but after the wet race results of today we were praying for sun shine.
Sunday came and it looked for most of the day that our prayers had been answered. The first race came and the weather was dry and warm, with this strange yellow thing glowing in the sky, behind the clouds. Jordan managed to bring the bike over the line in 7th place setting the 3rd fastest laptime of the race.
Race 2 came and yet again the weather had changed, it had been raining heavy and the track had standing water. We set the bike up ready for a wet race making the changes that we had discussed the night before, also with the help of a friend who had turned up that day to offer advice and support. From the very off Jordan was in the thick of things, he was caught up in a bit of bar and fairing bashing off the start line putting back into 13th position around the first corner, but by the time he came round and had completed his first lap was back up to 10th place. He pushed well and was growing in confidence as he completed every lap, he was now catching the riders in front and began to pass them as he caught them up. Jordan battled well all the way up to a 5th place finish, a brilliant turn around from Saturdays wet race.
Next round is on the 8th June at Castle Combe.
Jordan was looking forward to Sundays racing with the weather being dry and warm, and was confident that he could push harder to try to get a better finish. In race 1 Jordan managed to get up to 3rd place and the front 4 riders were lapping within less than .5 of a second between them, he managed to hold onto 3rd place in the race taking his first podium finish on his SV 650.
For the second race of the day Jordan had now moved up to the front row of the grid, due to his 3rd place finish in the earlier race. This was the first time he had ever started from the front row of the grid, and was looking forward to a race start with a clear track in front of him. He battled well through out the race making some brave passing moves up and around the Mountain and the Woodlands section, putting himself in 3rd place on the track. But he had to retire on the 5th lap due to the bike cutting out.
Overall a very good weekends racing with improvements in lap times and a New personnel lap time record of 1.44, Jordan is now in 7th place in the Championship and looking forward to the next round of the Championship at Donington Park on the 11th & 12th May.