Round 1: CEV 125GP Spanish Championship - 17th-19th April
Track: Albacete Circuit
After months of practicing and familiarising himself with his new Honda Stop and Go Castrol team, it was obvious Glenn Scott was focused at the Albacete Circuit for the first 125GP Spanish Championship of 2009. Although Glenn had fallen the previous week, there were no excuses, only a matter of adjusting his riding style to suit his injured arm and the deplorable weather conditions.
Friday 17th April 2009 - Practice Day
The first practice day was very cold and wet. These were not conditions Glenn was used to racing in, in Australia. Glenn had the determination to perform well. He had two very good sessions. It was great to witness Glenn's confidence grow on the 125 Honda. The team had worked hard to ensure the bike's settings were good. Glenn commented, "I have confidence in the Honda Stop and Go Castrol team, they are extremely professional. We are always looking for improvements". When the day had concluded Glenn was the fastest rider in his team and found himself amongst the top 10 times.
Saturday 18th April 2009 - Qualifying Day
Again the weather conditions made the Albacete Circuit challenging. The circuit temperature only reached 12 degrees. Glenn's swollen arm made it difficult for him ride freely. It was obvious his riding style had to change to cater for the weak points in his right arm. Glenn would have been in excruciating pain the whole time he was competing on his Honda. Glenn's confidence was down after a minor crash in the early part of the day. He felt disappointed with the outcome of the day. His best time of 1.39.5 placed Glenn 19th on the grid for the Championship race on Sunday.
Sunday 19th April 2009 - Championship Race Day
Regardless of the events of the past two days this was the "money day". Sunday was extremely wet. After reviewing the bike settings, changes were made to align with Friday's practice day. This proved to be successful. Glenn displayed confidence during the warm up session. He completed some very fast times in these sessions. Starting 19th on the Albacete grid was always going to be challenging for Glenn. Although the lad is a real fighter and it seems nothing can deter him. Glenn's concentration was paramount. He was eager to stay out of trouble on the all important first turn. With the Honda running well, Glenn knew he would be competitive. He stayed focused and ensured his lap times were consistent. Glenn passed rider after rider weaving his way through the field. There were a couple of crashes during the race. By lap 10, Glenn found himself in 7th position. It was at this point, Glenn realised the importance of being smart and aware of the inclement weather conditions and took no further risks for the remainder of the race. A seventh place finish is indeed very respectable for this 17 year old lad from Australia in his first race for the Honda Stop and Go Castrol team. Glenn's pride in his team was obvious when he said, "I want to thank my team for the support during the whole weekend and the opportunity they gave me to ride with them".
By Steven Bennett