AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Gainesville, FL
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Did my first track day.
I did my first track day at jenning's yesterday, good fun, defiantly a learning experiance, probably even more so in the planning department then in the riding part of the day. we had 8 people going, 6 including my self had never been.
The owner of a local shop went and lent his experience to us noobs and let us prep our bikes the day before at his shop, for one of use that ment rebuilding forks (long story)
due to people sleeping in the morning of we got on the road almost an hour and half late.
on the way the trailer towing 4 of the bikes blew a tire so we had to stop and change it.
the place where we got the tire changed was the most backwoods shop I have ever seen (and i have seen a lot of sketchy auto shops) it was the first time i had ever seen someone use a sledge hammer to change a tire, it was a 13 year old tire and no balancing it either, took a very slow trip home.
now the fun part, the riding...
I see why people quit blasting the streets once they start track riding, the lack of things to hit in the event of a crash was a huge confidence boost.
started off slow for the first few laps, then started to build speed, next thing I know I feel the unfamilier grind of pavement against my knee going through turn 8, wee, I just dragged knee (not the impossible goal that some have made it out to be after all)
on the last lap of the session something scary happens, my front brake lever FELL OFF, luckily at this point I am not blasting into corners at full speed so I finished the lap safely into the pits. the turn worker picked it up and brought it in during lunch, defiantly put a damper on the day as I didn't have any spare bolts.
a friend let me steal one of his bullets for one session so I at least got to ride a bit more.
our group had some more bad luck on top of the flat trailer tire, by the end of the day with 3 of people had wrecked and we had 2 mechanical failures (my lever bolt and a Ducati randomly getting an leaking oil)
Last edited by Gville George; 05-26-2009 at 12:46 PM.
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