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Saturdays are usually full of work and family stuff and rarely anything motorcycle related.  This week would be no exception, with an hour or so of work in my workshop, cleaning the swimming pool, then a shopping trip, followed by more work and finally a late lunch.  At around 4 pm though it was all done and the GSXR started to call me.

I can't quite believe it has taken me so long to get out on the bike this year, its the 13th of January, I must try harder.  It's not for the want of trying though, but family and work often get in the way, thankfully as I don't live in the UK anymore, (17 years in Spain) the weather generally has little to do with it.

Over the course of the year, Spain has quite a few National Fiestas (Bank Holidays) and I tend to forget about them until a couple of days before.  Usually, this means I don't have time to organise anything and another bonus biking day goes by without turning a wheel.

This week was no different and I had to be reminded by my lovely wife on Thursday evening that Friday was a fiesta and I should really get out on my bike again.

It's been a few years since I visited a round of the MotoGP championship, even though the Ricardo Tormo circuit is only a little over an hour from my home.  Time to get my finger out and go racing again.

During the early part of the year before the racing season started, it looked like Valentino Rossi would retire at the end of 2018 as he hadn't signed a new contract yet.  Not wanting to miss out on his final race a plan was hatched and 5 tickets purchased for the Valencia round held at the Ricardo Tormos circuit near Cheste.

It's been a funny old week weather-wise, I've been wearing shorts most of the week as it's been quite warm but then towards the end of the week it started to turn a bit cooler and then the forecast turned to thunder and lightning.  It reminded me of being in the UK in 2001, (the second year of GSXR ownership), for most of the short UK riding season the weather was great from Monday to Thursday and then rained until Sunday evening meaning no biking at the weekend.  The GSXR only did about 150 miles in the whole year, 100 of those were taking it to be serviced, not good.

Having new tyres fitted and setting off on them for the first time can be a bit daunting especially if the tyres are of a type you haven't tried before.  Listening to all of the stories from friends about "scrubbing in times", watching racers slide off on their outlap and the commentators wax lyrical about new tyres and their "break in period", it's enough to put some people off.

However once you've owned a bike for a few years and had a few sets of tyres it becomes second nature.

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