And so it has begun...
I wasn't quite as useless as last year. In only the second session of the year I managed to CRUSH(!!!) my old personal best lap time by fourteen thousandths of a second. The bike felt nice and all and I was looking forward to the next practice evening to come the week after.
This time around the bike wasn't nice at all. I was forced to issue a press release:
"Sviestad International Superspeedway, tuesday april 19th, 2011:Today the bike felt really hard to ride. I complained to my team, but they refused to listen and told me to go faster. I tried to go faster in the next session, but it felt like the bike would kill me if I tried to push. Following more whining in the pits my team mate offered to switch bikes. The difference in performance, both chassis- and enginewise, is too big to ignore. I'm going to complain really loudly to the team manager and make him get some proper suspension to replace the f*ckin' rubbish currently mounted to the bike.
I'm not sure what to do about the engine, though. I got the #80 bike into sixth gear about 250 metres earlier than I do on my bike. A big chunk of that difference is probably down to better low rev power on the #80 bike, but it also gets through the gears in a way my bike simply won't.
I feel robbed of the chance to shine, and all because of a badly set up bike. If it doesn't get better soon I'm going to have to try to get into another, more competent team.
Oh, and barely trying on the #80 bike gave the same lap time as trying your hardest on the shit #73 one.
It might sound as I'm just complaining a lot, but I simply can't describe how much better the blunt, ugly #80 bike performs. If I had that bike I'd win, for sure.
I'd probably win a twelfth place or something, at least."
Of course the team manager is me. I have since changed the general balance of the bike to mimic the feel of the "blunt, ugly #80 bike".
At least it makes nice pictures. =/