Donington racer Christian Slater lived the dream when he rode the Manx GP course for the first time.
He completed the Newcomers race with no problems but when he went out for the Senior race he only got as far as the Bungalow when the gear box gave up on him, race over.
Slater, aka Bomber, completed his qualifying without a hitch and went into the 600cc Newcomers race anticipating a good three-lap race.
It was a huge learning curve but he took his time to learn his way around the 37.73 mile mountain course – the same course that is used for the TT races.
Slater said: “I really enjoyed the race but I am still getting used to riding the 600 as I have always been used to the big 1000cc machines.
“The track itself is like no other in the world, and you have to treat it with great respect. But each lap is a learning lap and I’m really enjoying every minute of it. It’s a new challenge for me and the CS racing team.
“With it being a three-lap race I never got a flying lap in but my fastest was on lap two after which I had to come into the pits to refuel. But with an average speed for the lap of 98.9mph I was very happy.”
After completing his Senior race practice on the 1000cc Kawasaki and with a delay because of an earlier shower that left the tarmac damp in places he finally set off in the four-lap race.
But after just a few miles he encountered a problem with the gear box and was disappointed to have to retire at the Mountain top on the first lap.
He added: “I was gutted not to have finished the race but it’s a hard circuit on both man and machine and at least it didn’t just blow up, it gave me plenty of warning so I could pull in safely.
“A big thank you to John and Donna at Massey’s garage at Holbeach, Kev at KS Performance, Paul and Pat at P&P Racing, Julian at J&B Motorcycles and all at the CS racing team for looking after me; without all these people it would not have been possible to have completed this challenge.
“Plans are already in place for me to come back to the Isle of Man in 2015.
“It’s a massive track to learn but I think I have found my flow and I can now start to build on that to become faster.”