The British pairing of Scott Nicholls and Chris Harris get prepared for the British Grand Prix in Cardiff later this month

The British pairing of Scott Nicholls and Chris Harris get prepared for the British Grand Prix in Cardiff later this month

 

Scott Nicholls diary: Danish GP and getting ready for Cardiff

By Macalister Bryan -

 19 June 2008 16:01

The diary week didn’t get off to the best of starts with Eastbourne facing an away trip to Swindon last Thursday.

We need to start picking up points away from home to get us up towards the play offs’ and Swindon is not an easy place to do that. Sadly we came away with a defeat.

I scored ok, 12 points, which from a personal perspective I was quite happy with.

Then it was straight on to Stanstead for the early flight to Copenhagen for the Danish Grand Prix.

We had practice on Friday afternoon which went well. The track was good, after the one in Sweden, and for a one-off track it held up really well. The bikes felt fast and I was looking forward to it.

Back at the hotel there were a few sponsor meetings and a few chats, but the travelling takes it out of you and I’d been on the road for a while so it was early to bed to get as much rest and relaxation as possible.

On the Saturday I like to get away from the stadium and the build up for a while – to really clear the mind, so we managed to go and see some of the sights and have a quiet lunch out.

Then it was back to the stadium and watching all the build up. I like to keep focussed and let the pressure drift around me without getting too effected by it.

My first two races were ok but it wasn’t until the third race that I felt that the set up was right.

In hindsight if we’d done a couple of things slightly different then we’d have had a much better result. I again just missed out on the semi finals – just by a single point – which was a bit of a blow. It seems to have been the story of the season so far.

Monday was a home meeting for Eastbourne, it was one of Sky’s televised meetings against Lakeside so there was lot more hustle and bustle than normal meetings.

I had a good meeting, all of the boys did, and I felt good going into my final ride on a maximum, but unfortunately I got excluded. You never agree when you are excluded but sometimes you just have to take it on the chin. Still it was an important and well deserved win for us.

After that, it was a quick hop over to Sweden. I didn’t go so well, as about the only bike that I’m happy with in Sweden and Poland suffered a broken frame. I came away with only eight points which I wasn’t too happy about.

I’m off to Poland tomorrow (Thursday) for a days testing. Kelvin Tatum is coming out with me as we’re trying to sort the bikes and engines out once and for all. I’m using the same engine tuner that he had when he won the long track World Championship. Then I have a Polish meeting on Friday.

It is the British Grand Prix up next on the June 28 and it is noticeable the amount of build up that goes with it. All of the hype and promotion is kicking in. Today we’ve been a series of radio and press interviews.

For me and just about all of the riders it’s the biggest one on the calendar. The crowd seems to be growing every year. It sends a real tingle up your spine when you come out of the dragon’s mouth and see 45,000 people cheering. I am so looking forward to that moment.