This Saturday at practice I bit the dust… literally!
It has been a while since it rained, and because they only wet the track before the races it was especially dry and dusty this Saturday. Everything went great (accept for the heat as always in Namibia) until around the 3rd hour of practice, we were about to call it a day and I thought “okay just 2 more laps”. That was not one of the wisest decisions I ever made, quick tip: If your body aches from continuous practice rather rest or call it a day, don’t keep on riding if you can barely hold on. So rounding the one corner the ground, being mostly loose sand, gave way beneath me, and with my arms being no more than useless I couldn’t do much to prevent the inevitable. So as if in slow-motion I watched the ground get closer and closer and did my best to brace for the impact I knew so well by now. Weirdly enough the first thought is never if I am okay, it’s whether the bike is.
After taking a second to retrieve my bearings I got up and dusted myself off. I picked up the bike and rode back to the pit areas, on my way I noticed that the steering was a bit off and at I just thought that maybe I just bent the handlebars. However, as I climbed off I saw that my front left shock was leaking oil. So now I have to take it in to Yamaha for repairs this week.
All in all not a bad Practice session, except of course for the unfortunate incident with the ground.