I saw your wreck on the front straight. You took out at least another rider and I think a third went down too. I saw a bike kartwheeling down the straight. Good to hear you are ok, becasue you didn't move for a while. Speedy the track marshall was first on the scene. He ran across the track on foot from the Grid to see if you were ok. We were all watching from the fence.
Remember that the brake is not a switch. You need to compress the front suspension and then start squeezing the brake to really scrub off speed.
IF you find yourself behind the "slow guys" take it easy and work on your lines through the turns. This will take your mind off of how fast you think you should be going.
IF you get antsy then pit into the Grid. The track marshall will hold you until you can get some clean track ahead of you.
Roy from Absolute gave this valuable advice during the riders meeting.
I was in group 3 that day and those guys are fast. I got caught up in about 6 guys that were moving. I felt that I could hang but it would be pushing my skills, which I was not comfortable doing at the first day of the season. I gridded out and signaled to Speedy that I needed space. I didn't even stop my bike in the grid and he sent me back out. I had open track for at least a full lap.
I wish you a speedy recovery.
Are the other guys OK?
Is the bike totalled?
Hey thanks for the helpful words man,
yea i feel so bad for the other riders because you know i was behind them and it was me that should have been the one paying more attention and doing the avoiding.
The other riders are ok. One was taking to the hospital with me in the other ambulance and he had bad bruising on his right leg but no breaks. The guy that went down behind i heard is ok as well.
You're right i should have just come in to hot pit and gone back out. I didn't realize how big of a speed difference it was going to be with the 'fast red shirts' and the 'slow red shirts'
IN the 3rd session of the day, the control riders in the classroom session asked who was bored and like 5 of us raised our hands. So they split us up into two groups again. The fast and slow red shirts. THe fast red shirts were running close to group 2 speeds...at least that's what the control rider said.
Yea as soon as i went down i was saying to myself ...."THAT WAS SO STUPID! What was the purpose of going so fast on the straight!! YOU COULD HAVE PIT IN, WAITED AND GONE BACK OUT!"
Anyway, i need to learn from this and make sure it doesn't happen again.
The bike -- i'm going to look at it in the garage today. it's ina garage but it seems like miles away cause i have to go down 15 stairs and it's at the other end of the house lol. It's seriously a workout right now when i use crutches lol
I'll try to take some pics tho.
THe right side wiring might be messed up i'm pretty sure and the brake lever and few other things...that's what i've been told anyway. (I went to the track with a friend who was in group 3 also - Mike on the white r6 with orange arai helmet and white spidi suit)