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Shand Storms to Race Win
 
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Shand Storms to Race Win - September 12th 2005


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    Les Shand scored his first ever National Superstock win at Oulton Park after completing a demanding Sunday race schedule. The AIM rider competed in both Superbike and National Superstock races.

    Shand commented "This weekend has been a real demanding weekend. I knew it would be hard, but until you have done it you don't know how much. It's not just the physical side that has taken it out of me but the mental one as well.

    I had a few problems with the Superbike on Friday and Saturday, the guys worked well getting them sorted. Competing in two classes is challenging as you have to flick a switch in your brain telling you which class you are in. The braking zones are total different, if you brake on the Superbike at the same point as you would on a Superstock bike you would nearly stop. It felt so strange at first, most of Friday I had to spend getting use too it.

    My second challenge was the tyres, running on slicks is again a new experience and the extra lean angle you get with the corning speed is fantastic. Using the tyres is all about confidence and the guys I was racing against have had all season to get it right.

    I had two main goals this weekend 1) stay upright and 2) improve my lap times each time I went out. The first race I did not get a good start and I was held up by a few slower riders. It took a while under race condition for me to get confidence in the bike. As I followed other riders into the corners and I was thinking, can the bike do what I am asking it to do? Race two I felt more confident, that showed in my start and lap times, I went nearly 4 seconds quicker in race 2 than I did in qualifying. I have looked at the lap times and I was the second fastest Yamaha in speed trap 2 in the first race and fastest Yamaha at the same point in race two. If I had had more time on the bike, I may have been able to qualify higher and who knows, I could have gotten into the top 15?

    I was on a high after the second Superbike race and I had to tell myself to focus as I had to compete in my third race of the day and that was my championship. Again I got a very good start but I went into Shell Corner with Lee Jackson and Adrian Coats in front of me. The pace car came out and this allowed us to close up. The pace car was only out for about one lap and as soon as it went in I managed to get a better drive and moved into second as we went into Old Hall and on the same lap I put a move on Coats going into Lodge Corner. From that point on I just seemed to pull away. Each time I went past my pit board I saw the gap increase and by the end of the race I was 7 seconds in front and had broken the Superstock lap record 3 times. I was shocked as I felt comfortable with the bike, and did not think I was pushing it that hard.

    I have moved up to 6th in the Superstock championship and we still have two rounds left. I still want a top five championship finish."

    Alistair Flanagan went on to add "Les has done a real good job this weekend and he has shown his ability to ride any bike. The Superbike is a hard bike to ride and Les went out each session and improved his times. At this time we are still waiting to hear the news about Chris's hand so until I have spoken to all parties I don't know what is going to happen about Donington.

    Today is about Les and his remarkable achievement in Superbikes and his first ever win in Superstocks, we are very proud of him."