A change of direction in 2019 and I lined up for the inaugural round of the Lind Triumph London Cup.
A first for the championship and the chance for The Smallboy’s Trackdays Team to test how the brand-new Triumph 765 bikes performed under race conditions
I took Pole position on Saturday and a clear win in the first race of the season by almost 6 seconds.
By Sunday morning, the team manager Matt Waldron was on pace and challenging for the lead. Throughout qualifying we changed positions, but I squeezed into Pole position once again by 3 tenths of a second.
That would set the scene for the day as Matt and I battled it out at the front for the next two races, learning more about the bikes and adjusting the set up throughout the day. I took the first win on Sunday with matt 3 tenths behind setting the fastest lap.
Closer racing in the second race saw me with the fastest lap, and I made the better run on backmarkers so took the win by 2 seconds.
Race three looked to be a re run of the previous two races, but on the third lap I joined the “Craner Club” with the bike incurring some serious injuries. Matt went on to take the third win of the day whilst I was assessed in the medical centre and the bike recovered.
This was a good first round with three convincing wins, which was dampened by the fall in the final race
I had a really good start to the season; there is a lot to learn about how the new bike performs but overall it feels great.
Setting the pole in both qualifying sessions was good fun and I had some really close racing with Matt. The accident in the final race came with no warning, and really cast doubt over the ability for me to compete for a full season, as the damage was extensive.
The bike was finally given a tentative “all clear” so I will be looking to add more points to my championship tally. The bike will not be liveried due to the time taken to get her repaired but look out for number #134.
Once again – I am grateful for all the support I have been given to allow me continue racing.
If you would like to follow Dan, why not visit his website dandrayton.com.
Photographs courtesy of Alex James Photography.