Based on our exceeded expectations of the first few test days, we decided to enter the last races of the 2006 season with Derby-Phoenix taking place on September 23 and 24 at Cadwell Park. Mind you, racing the bike this year was not in our initial plans for 2006.
We were allowed to enter the 750cc/twins class which is essentially the old Superbike rules before the allowed the 1000 cc four cylinder bikes. This class at Derby-Phoenix is dominated by late model Suzuki GSX-R750s. Clearly, we were going to be down on power just a bit. More interestingly, this class runs a shared grid with the 250 cc GP bikes, which is of course our performance target for the 95Racer.
With all caution thrown to the wind, entry forms were filled out and sent in. Our race number was 13, which turned out not to live up to its superstitious reputation for once!
The weekend turned out to be an unqualified success. First of all, the bike ran flawlessly all weekend and finished all 4 races and the practice sessions. To put icing on the cake, in the very last race, it placed third in the newcomers class resulting in receiving a trophy. It must be said that the bike deserved the trophy far more than the rider.
While the best lap time was about 10 seconds off the pace of the first placed Suzuki GSX-R750, we came from last and finished every race in the top two thirds in grids of just shy of 30 bikes. We discovered that we ran out of gears at around 130 MPH down the long Park straight. This of course didn’t help our lap times loosing us an estimated 2-3 seconds a lap. Frankly, we didn’t expect to hit that speed around Cadwell Park with only 65 HP.
But, overall we’ve achieved much more than we had set out for 2006, considering that only the donour bike and a bunch of drawings existed just 5 months earlier.