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Old 08-22-2018, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default PeaPod #343 LRRS weekend summary 08-2018

Short and sweet.

Crappy weekend of racing for me, but I still had a great time!

Saturday day Race 2 - Amateur GTL - Great start! made it a lap and half, DNF

Saturday Race 7 - Amateur Lightweight Grand Prix - OK start, meh race, blah 6th place finish.

Saturday Race 10 - Amateur Ultralight Superbike - Not so good start, meh race, blah 6th place finish.

Sunday Race 3 - Amateur Lightweight Superbike - Eh starts, blah race, blah 8th place finish.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:53 PM   #2
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This weekend started two weeks earlier at Thompson Motor Speedway by losing fourth gear in my "A" bike. Limped through that trackday weekend luckily for the most part able to avoid fourth gear. Decided it would be easier to swap engines with my "B" bike rather than to learn how to fix a transmission with only three work days available before the next race weekend. (The "B" bike is not race ready, hence the engine swap)

Engine swap complete, I actually started packing early for the race weekend. Got on the road, had to make a short stop off the MA pike to drop off a borrowed generator, then got stuck in traffic on 495 and 93/3. Got to the track and my transponder was not working. Tracked that down to a pinched wire that probably got stuck in between the steering stop on the triple and cut. Fixed that and got through tech early for once! Had torrential rain and tornado warnings Friday night. Was luckily able to sleep in my friends motor home instead of setting up my tent thankfully!

Saturday morning was typical Loudon rain, no rain, rain, no rain, rain, no rain... I looked at the forecast and radar and put the dry tires on for practice. It rained. I got 3/4 lap total on the engine swap, it didn't fall out, so I guess I'm ready to race?


Saturday day Race 2 - Amateur GTL
With no real practice on the bike after I put it together, I was comfortable, but hesitant to get to racing. I was starting on pole and managed a pretty good start, but got beat out to the apex and slotted in second. Ran a lap and a half there at a decent pace, but was noticing different shift points with the swapped engine and it was throwing me off a little.

As I was transitioning from turn 10 to turn 11 on the second lap, my right clip-on came loose and slammed against the tank! All I could think about was a video of another competitor losing his clip-on and running off the track in turn 8, that didn't end well for him. I was kind of throttling and braking at the same time because my hand was in an odd position. I managed to push the clip-on back out and grab a little brake before running off the track and through the grass out to the NASCAR turn before gathering it up fully. Got back on the gas into the race, but went down the straight and thought better of continuing a 20 minute race with a loose clip-on and I pulled off turn 1 and watched my points lead disappear lap by lap for 20 minutes.

Odd thing is that I tightened both clip-on's down at Thompson two weeks prior because of a lowside I had in the rain that weekend. I actually had a dream during the week about tightening down that clip-on and thinking I already did it at Thompson so why bother checking it. Well, I guess I better start listening to my dreams, they must be telling me something.

Saturday Race 7 - Amateur Lightweight Grand Prix -

Not a horrible start. I started in the third spot and came out of turn two in fourth. I got a position into turn 3, but overbraked and did not catch the downshift, so bogged the exit and got passed by two riders. Was having trouble finding my shift points for some reason and got passed by another rider later on in turn 8 because I was redlining and not used to shifting through there. Remainder of the race was uneventful but was chasing another rider and still having shift point issues.

Finished 6th averaging mid 1:23's

Saturday Race 10 - Amateur Ultralight Superbike

Started in second spot, slotted in sixth by turn 1a, lol. Again with shift point issues this race throwing my timing off. Was a bit better, but still off. Managed to catch Brendan #721 coming out of turn 4 on the second lap and that was the extent of my passing for the race. Caught up to some motards eventually, but could not get around.

Finished 6th averaging 1:23's

Sunday Race 3 - Amateur Lightweight Superbike

Picked up a race I usually don't do just to remind myself I could still race. The Saturday races really got me down and was hoping this would help pick me up. I start from the back, four rows deep, because I have no points in this class. Went into turn one in last position, but passed five riders on the outside before turn 1a. Good start for a pick me up, ha!

Got some racing in and was behind #721 Brendan going into turn 3 on the second lap. He went to the cones and I figured I would out brake him on the inside. I held the gas on a 1/10 of a second longer than I normally do to be sure I could pull it off. Well apparently so did Brendan because I did not gain an inch. We both start to brake and I see his rear tire lift and start wagging. He manages to get it down, then just as soon as he does, it lifts back up and starts wagging again. He gets it settled a second time and I figure he was just going to slow it down and take a veeeery wide line through three. Unfortunately, I see the rear lift again and the front end tuck at the same time and Brendan go over the front. I could only hope for the best as I had to make the corner myself and turned in. A red came out two corners later and I pitted in with the rest of the riders.

After a time on hot pit, we were let back out to grid up for the restart. Not a bad off the line start, but did not get any positions until 1a where I caught two riders. Ran the race basically there with some bogged corners because of my shifting issues. Later in the race though, I finally figured out my shifting and managed to get back into my groove. Unfortunately, too little too late.

Finished 8th place averaging mid 1:23's again


While I had a great time at the track as always, it was not fun watching a fellow competitor, much less a friend go down. It's the part of the sport we never like to see.

My performance over the weekend left me utterly disgusted with myself. I was at least a second off the pace I should be at, and really 2 seconds off where I minimally need to be. I'm not sure what happened, but I was not worried about the engine and the clip-on thing was not an issue after I tightened it back down. I know I just was not pushing where I should be and I am disappointed in myself for being lazy. I also got very tired in the Saturday races which is unusual for me. Need to be on my game for the next two race weekends to gather myself backup.

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Old 08-22-2018, 08:55 PM   #3
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i don't think your number plate is big enough...
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:34 PM   #4
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Hehe. That was special for tech. They have been harping about numbers being too small the past two years, so I made sure they could not give me shit! They actually complained about a 6" number that went over a bend in my tail section so it only measured 5-3/4" from top to bottom. Seriously. Fine, here are some full 7" numbers on a full yellow background.
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Old 08-23-2018, 06:41 AM   #5
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Discretion is the better part of valor, as they say.

That loose clip on T8 crash was Bruce Marshall. Definitely smart to call it a race when you realized that.
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Old 08-23-2018, 08:42 AM   #6
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Remember this is supposed to be fun. As long as your bike is in a good place and you're having a good time the times will work themselves out.
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Good to see that your loose clip on didn't have the same result as me... Torn rotator cuff and 6 months of PT was my outcome... September your lap times will be back where you have been all year.
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Old 08-25-2018, 10:39 PM   #8
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Good to see that your loose clip on didn't have the same result as me... Torn rotator cuff and 6 months of PT was my outcome... September your lap times will be back where you have been all year.
Thanks Bruce! I have your video ingrained in my memory for some reason, just scary.
If you want to see my outcome, which was definitely more mild than yours, you can watch here. Normally when I hit grass, i eat dirt, but luckily made it through this time with no issues.

https://youtu.be/7xK4qtoE7XM

By the way, I have a nice video of me passing you into turn 6 last weekend....that is after you kicked my ass off the start, lol!
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