Double Delight for Nally at Mondello- with Tom O’Hanlon.
March 28, 2014 by Tom O'Hanlon
Athlone’s Cody Nally had a fantastic start to the opening round of the Irish Championship by sealing a double win around the Mondello Park National Circuit on Sunday 23rd of March.
This year the Superbike class has seen a lot of change. This is mainly due to the fact that the Kawasaki ZX10R is seen as the bike to have and many of the front runners have switched to just that. Cody remains on his stock Kawasaki ZX10R for 2014 after achieving some great results last year. I asked Cody “Now that nearly the whole field is using the same machinery as you, do you feel any extra pressures or is the pressure on them?” He replied “I think it will make things very interesting as we’re all on equal bikes. My lads around me are brilliant and my bike is brilliant, it’s really myself that has to improve a bit more to keep near the front. I know how good the riders are I race against so I know I have to ride well but will always give it my best shot, so fingers crossed I can do well”.
Race one wasn’t ideal for Cody- or so it seemed, as Brian McCormack was first to take the chequered flag, but was later deemed to have jumped the start and so removed from his 1st place finish meaning that Cody was promoted from 2nd to 1st place. Cody said that he was “lucky to win race one after a bad start” and with McCormack receiving a penalty for the jump start. A great way to kick off the season but as any race fan knows, riders don’t want to win like this and so come race two Cody would again be on the hunt for victory.
Mirroring his race one performance Cody again took the win from Damien Byrne aboard his newly acquired ZX10R with Denver Robb 3rd. Cody was looking forward to a battle with Brian McCormack, one of the few riders on Honda machinery but said “unfortunately Brian slid off out of second but I really enjoyed the two races, especially the battle with Damo Byrne”
Cody, known for his all elbows style has impressed for quite some time. Dragging elbows just like Marc Marquez & Scott Redding. It seems that this is the modern style of riding as the lean angle is so much that a greater corner speed is achieved. Even if giving a few clicks away down a straight to a superbike, corner speed wins races.
The goal for the remainder of the season is to “keep enjoying my racing, I also want to get the best I can out of myself and the bike. As far as aims go I have my own personal aims and if I achieve them ill be very happy”.
I questioned whether Cody sees the Irish championship as a route back to the British Championship? “To be honest I don’t know, the biggest problem I have at the minute is to be able to keep competing in Ireland as money is so tight these days. I’m just going to try my best to do a good job in Ireland and see how it goes. The main thing in my mind is to enjoy racing at home and hopefully make everyone that helps me proud”.
“I would like to thank all my sponsors who have come on board this year & since I’ve started riding motorbikes. I would also like to thank Stewarty Harrison for letting me ride his bike and my father. He is always flat out working hard to help me with the bike and also my uncle and all my family and friends. Also to everyone who cheers me on or helps in anyway. I really appreciate everything people do for me to let me race, doesn’t matter how big or small, as Tesco say, every little helps”