Donington racer Christian Slater lived the dream when he rode the Manx GP course for the first time last week.
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 his gear box gave up on him.
Slater completed his qualifying without a hitch and went into the 600cc Newcomers race anticipating a strong three-lap race.
It was a huge learning curve for the Lincolnshire rider and he took his time to learn his way around the 37.73-mile mountain course, the same course that is used for the Isle of Man TT races.
After finishing his Newcomers race, Christian 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.”
Commenting on the second race, Slater added: “I was gutted not to have finished the race but it’s a hard circuit on both man and machine.”