I had been to the Island Classic twice before, once in 2013 and again in 2015. My first trip was with a Suzuki GS1000. It had a good engine but the frame and suspension were really just warmed over street bike parts. I was outclassed in every way. On the second trip, I rode a bike provided by an Australian racer. The bike was advertised as "race ready"; The clutch wasn't disengaging, but being the eternal optimist, I decided to take it out in practice to see how the handling felt, we could look at the clutch later. This turned out to be a bad idea. I ran into trouble with too much compression braking going into MG corner, the slowest part of the track. The corner has a downhill approach; I apparently downshifted a little too aggressively and got the rear wheel sliding. Imagine my surprise when I pulled in the clutch lever and nothing happened. Plan B was riding off the track, keep the bike upright and get back onto the track. Instead, my trip onto the wet grass resulted in a broken collarbone, on my second lap of practice. Reflecting on that whole situation, I decided to build a new bike, using the Team UK bikes as inspiration. The UK beat the Aussie's that year, for the first time, after trying for 10 years!