AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Wayne, New Jersey
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Rain Races Suck...LRRS Race Report 8/20-21
I am sick of hearing people quote Kevin Schwantz from Faster by saying "Rain is the great equalizer". BS. Racing in the rain sucks.
Saturday was a disaster as the skies opened up after practice. It was my 1st time on rain tires and my first time racing in the rain. Needless to say, it was a lesson.
I took the holeshot from the last row and went through 1, then 1 a, and was like, ok, i have to take it easy. Ride at 80% and don't lean too hard. I hit the pavement transition in turn 2 and next thing I know the bike is just sliding away from me towards the air fence. The bike hit the air fence with both wheels flat and I came sliding into home plate right to it. I picked it up, yelled at the marshal that it wasn't leaking anything and get out of my way. I reset the ignition and continued on my way and ended up like 3rd or second to last. Every time I went to lean it felt like the bike was going to fall over. I wasn't comfortable at all and the tires just didn't feel right. They were used pilot radial rains and I had them for 2 years. So it was either my head, them or both but I just cruised around for the rest of the race.
Then race 14 came up. It looked like it was going to stay wet but dried up right before it and I was still on my rains. So I went out there and discovered the entire race line was dry. I ended frying them and slipped and slid around. I was in 4th for a while but did not feel safe so I just backed off and finshed last which was absolutely the worst but I didn't care. I cooked my rains though and felt like I was riding on pads of butter.
Saturday was raining in the morning so I slept insince I didnt feel like practicing in the rain. The sun came out and it dried up in time for race 1. I pulled the holeshot and Rick breen passes me in 9 but carries so much speed that he goes wide in 10. I take the straight line going for 11 and he crosses back over and hits me in my swingarm with his front wheel and sends us both into the grass and across to the nascar track. I ended up 6th in that race and was pissed. Breen then had the balls to wait at the pit out and start yelling at me. Saying dont ever disrespect me like that since I had my hand up like what was that after he hit me. Running at the mouth like a jerkoff tellin me it was rick doucettes bike. Thats nice. This is my bike. ANy respect I might have had for him is long gone. I was going to be nice and say hey, we're both still standing but he wanted to be a cock. He can go fug himself. And Raymond Jones and a few others that saw the whole thing were like I had the right of way and it was his fault for hitting me. That guy is just a prick. Someone else said that they think he's on steroids and thats his attitude problem. what a jerk. He doesn't even belong in the Am class anymore but he won't move to expert since he wants the AM titles. Meanwhile he's running 1:15's with the rest of us in the front running 1:17's and 1:18's.
Race 6 I took 4th and was up to 3rd at one point but went a little hot into 3 and ran wide and got passed. But I ran a 1:17.6 so I can't complain too much. That's my best time yet.
Race 10 was almost a repeat of 6. This 15 yr old shane narbone turned 16 and was out there gsxr 600. He almost clipped my front wheel going into 1 off the straightaway. Spooked the hell out of me and I had to get hard on the front breaks to keep him from taking out my front wheel. That happened and I was like, I'm not getting beat by a 16 yr old so I passed him back in 12 which is a very tight and sketchy place to pass but I have done it a number of times for position on the last or next to last lap and made it stick. And that was where things ended up.
I ended up with two 4ths a 6th and two other non-mentionables. But I had lower lap times and an overall lowest lap time yet, so I guess thats some redemption.
Yup, I def perfer the dry weather. But it was def an experience.
Oh, and before I forget. Congrats to Jay (hessogood) for a great weekend. He had some great races and took home several 1st place trophies. And he also avoided getting beat by a pretty good looking Canadian chick on a 600RR though it was close. At least he got a calendar with some hot racing babes out of it. I still want a piece of ms. january.
I'll post up some pictures when the photographer gets them up.
NE/Mid-Atlantic CCS/ASRA #973
2006 NE CCS/LRRS Amateur Champion
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