This was a two-day meeting with a Friday test day and a Saturday race day. On the test day our aim was simply to get back up to speed, so we only rode the Supersport machine. We managed to blow away the winter cobwebs quite quickly and decided to wrap things up for the day after Session 4 - but then after going to spectate we decided to go out again in Session 6.
Despite there being no qualifying, there were practice sessions so this allowed us to ride the Kawasaki Supertwin for the first time this year, which seemed a lot more unexcitable around the undulating Cheshire circuit than the Supersport machine!
Our first race of the year was Open 600 Race 1. Starting from the back of the grid we advanced rapidly and moved into top 20 by the end of the opening lap. From there we slowly caught and passed a few more riders, eventually crossing the line in 16th position. Our fastest lap of 1.49.804 was just outside our PB time of 1:49.763, which we were happy with considering we were using heavily-worn tyres.
At Shell Oils Corner on lap 6 we moved into 2nd place, then started to close the gap on the race leader... Unfortunately, going through Clay Hill on lap 6 the red flag was shown - which halted proceedings and set the race finishing positions as at the end of lap 5, meaning that we were classified in 3rd place. This was a great result and meant that we obtained our first trophy of the 2022 racing season. We also managed to set a new Supertwin PB lap time of 1:54.003 (and were set to be quicker on lap 6 - which is encouraging).