Keeping myself busy and motivated

October 7, 2015
by Andy Reid

I’m just back from Silverstone after another weekend watching the races from the sidelines, ‘casted up’ and itching to go racing, but I’m making progress and that’s keeping me motivated.

I have a fracture clinic appointment this week, which is four weeks since I sat in the Royal Victoria Hospital after my Oulton Park crash, so hopefully it won’t be another seven-odd hours to get in to see the specialist.

Since the accident I’ve been to Assen in the Netherlands and Silverstone and I have to admit, watching from the sidelines is nearly more painful than having an injury. It really is so different, but I’m taking the positives and being able to watch my rivals is giving me an insight into the mistakes we all make on track.

My TTC Yamaha team has been working away without me and are doing a good enough job with James getting on the podium in both races at Silverstone. He’s finished second in four out of the last five British Supersport races, so he’ll be hungry for a win on the final weekend at Brands.

A lot of people are asking me about next season. Too be honest I’m happiest when I’m winning and going fast, so as long as I am able to keep doing that then I am happy. As for 2016, the upcoming few weeks will reveal more.

I thought being injured I would be bored to tears, but I’ve kept myself busy with some PR work. I visited my old school BRA [Belfast Royal Academy] recently, and will be going back to Whiteabbey Primary School soon and I am hoping to get myself involved in the Prince’s Trust.

I was apprehensive going to speak to the kids at BRA but I must have done an okay job, as they all seemed very interested and I really enjoyed it myself. Getting involved in different things like these are good for my profile and it allows me to let people see that I’m down to earth and not a pompous wannabee superstar!

The last round of the 2015 season is at Brands Hatch on October 18, so hopefully not long after that I will have some news on my 2016 plans. But for now I’m away to polish up on my motivational public speaking skills. You just never know what’s around the next corner.


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