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30th June 2016

Since our last update, Chris has been at Oulton Park (11th June) having not been there for 3 years, although that time he had a win, so with the weather good he was feeling positive for the day. After a practice session where he equalled his times from previous visits he earned himself a 26th place on the grid with 40 riders taking part. With an excellent start and positions gained throughout the race he finished a very respectable 12th place. The second race was later in the afternoon and was in 9th place when the heavens opened and the race was red flagged. After a change to wets it was back to the grid for a second start. Within two laps at least 4 riders had come off on different corners, with Chris and the others having to avoid fallen riders.

All in all the track time was enjoyable and valuable as a warm up to the Isle of Man Southern Races starting on 11th July. For those interested in following Chris’s progress, live commentary of some of the races is available on Isle of Man radio and you can follow some of the races on MY LAPS live with TV coverage following later in the year.


 

There’s a lot going on with Chris Watson at the moment!

It began with him making a good start to the year, racing in the Super Sport 600 class at the Wirral 100 in Anglesey and logging two top ten finishes.

 

Next it was the Tonfanau race meeting in Mid Wales where he qualified and raced in very slippery conditions finishing fourth in the race before the meeting was abandoned due to excess surface water.

With his first road race of the year, the Cookstown 100, looming he then headed to Mallory Park to build time on the bike and it paid off as for the second year running, Chris qualified for all four classes he entered and had top 15 finishes in every one; beating his previous best lap time from last year by two seconds along the way! No mean feat at a road race like Cookstown. All was looking good for Aintree, a fast circuit and the first track meet of the year. Chris’s enthusiasm was paid back with an 8th and 9th place.

So what next for Chris?

In July he’s entered into the Southern 100 road course, a 4.5 mile course in the south of the Isle of Man, and then the big one in August, the Manx Grand Prix races - 4 laps of 37.5 mile course and held on the TT course. Racing in the Newcomers A class he will be looking to capitalise on what is already promising to be his most successful season yet. In the meantime he’s making regular practice trips to the Isle of Man to familiarise himself with the course.

Everyone at MV Utilities wishes Chris continued success and are sure his dedication will pay off.