The Rowe Racing team has been pushing hard over the past few months to ensure both the Ducati and Triumph race bikes are prepared for their long-haul trip over to the Isle of Man.
PIC: Patience became a virtue for the Rowe Racing pit crew
Crating takes place in under a fortnight, so it has been a mad rush to ensure the bikes are run in and are mechanically prepared to take on the mountain course.
PIC: Royce cleans his line at Mac Park between sessions… this will be a bit harder at the Isle of Man
The team has taken two trips to Phillip Island over the last couple of months, but bad weather hindered our development.
PIC: Brian and Royce aided by our special tool, Don Kershaw
We had some technical problems with the Triumph and found that living in a small and remote market like Australia brings with it its own challenges.
There have been some very late nights in the garage to get everything sorted in time and we’re grateful to our team’s meditation guru, Mark Boag, for getting us through.
PIC: Poor weather seemed to follow us from track to track
Since sorting our mechanical woes, the team has taken part in a test day at Mount Gambier, where the weather was again a problem, and one at Mallala where the weather fined up.
The end result is that both the Ducati and Triumph are sorted and ready for crating in a week and a half.
PIC: Finally a dry track at Phillip Island (Credit: SD Pics)
The job of securing the two motorcycles, a multitude of spares, tools and racing gear into the crates is a taxing job. The team would like to thank everyone who has lent a hand in the preparation stages.
Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks as things begin to ramp up in the countdown to Manx GP ’17.
PIC: Royce sharing tips with Aussie TT racer Dave Johnson