I arrived in Jerez this afternoon after flying to Malaga and making my trip to Jerez where I was going to have a 3 day test there with the best in our country.
Leon Haslam was going to take me for two days round the Jerez circuit and shadow my lines as well as show me how to ride to the best of my ability.
The morning wasn’t what I expected; it was quite cold and very misty round the circuit.
However, whilst everyone was patiently waiting the sun crept out and within minutes I was out for the first time round the circuit.
When I came back into pit lane, Leon was waiting on a Superstock 600 Honda to take me out and to see what he had to do to make me a better standard.
Throughout the day I improved and was growing to love the circuit every time I was out.
There was a variety of foreign track day lovers out with me but I was the only boy out on an Aprilia 125 so I didn’t have anybody I could try and battle with to improve and drag me along so it was down to Leon and I to learn the circuit, the lines and to make the most of the gorgeous weather.
By the end of the day I had grown a style that I’ve never rode and it was a big benefit to me and my times.
I woke up to blue skies this morning and after having a good first day at Jerez I knew that today I would improve again quite considerably.
After having some track time guided by Leon in the morning and some class room work I was strapped up with a GPS Unit which would show where I was on the circuit and how fast I was going at that certain point.
It showed to be a success and from that we used the information to improve my riding once more.
Leon then took video footage later on in the day of my riding and from that we also took note of what I was doing when and where on the circuit and I was then shown on a diagram what I should try and achieve to do which would then also improve how I was riding.
At the end of my second day I had dropped another two and half seconds off my best lap times from the first day and I think Leon Haslam was quietly impressed with my performance as he told me that I was keeping tremendous corner speed on my Aprilia 125.
That was the end of my two days with Leon but he showed me so much in how to ride and improve as well as how to look for all the little things that will make up time during a race.
Same as the day before, weather great temperature pretty hot and a good day I felt for my last day.
I had qualified for a race the day before and that race was today (Monday) and it was an open class race so there was a variety of bikes to say the least.
I had a few sessions out on track in the morning and some gearing settings changed and I was looking forward to my race ahead.
It was eight laps but the circuit felt quite big for my little Aprilia but as it went on and finished I managed to grab a third place!
I couldn’t believe it so that was a pleasant surprise to bring some sliver wear back to Southport.
The day came to a close early on the Monday afternoon as I had to get my bike and tools packed ready to be transported back to England and I had to get to the airport in time for my flight.
Spain I felt was such a great experience as well as a good opportunity to see how the circuit compared to any English circuit I have rode.
I have improved and become a better rider I feel after this trip and I hope to visit this country again for more of the Spanish action.
I’d like to thank Ian Newton, my Mum, Granddad, Dad, Aspire Rail, Fletchers Solicitors and all my other sponsors for being there this year and helping me with my racing and making every opportunity on my bike so satisfying.