Lee made good progress at the test day. Some extra help from K-Tec suspension technician James helped Lee to fine tune his settings and with a few other small niggles put to bed, he got his head down. Seventh fastest superstock bike, a second off the best time, was a boost.
After a steady first practice session, Lee ended the second run in P5, only 0.4 away from Alastair Seeley’s best.
A similar gap in qualifying but a lap time of 1.37.6 – Lee’s best of the weekend so far – put him on the second row of the grid in P6. Definitely moving forward.
Only one 15-lap ‘standard’ length race for Lee this weekend and he was ready to go for the late morning start. A good getaway but a less than perfect first lap in all the argie-bargie dropped Lee back two places. With the riders at the front so closely matched, he’d have his work cut out making up ground. By lap three he was joined by our good mate Billy McConnell, recovering from an out-of-position grid position after a small crash in qualifying. Lee, Billy and Seeley spent the rest of the 15-lap race going at it toe-to-toe. Lee was at the limit of his braking set up and didn’t want to risk a close move, despite having had a couple of opportunities. He crossed the line 0.1 behind Billy, but both having passed Seeley on the last lap.
Lee ended up back where he started – P6. A confidence boosting result and only four seconds behind eventual winner Keith Farmer, and well clear of the chasing pack. Lee has a really methodical approach to setting up his bike to suit his smooth riding style. Now he’s just about there and up to speed, a few more results like this weekend and he’ll be climbing up the points standings.