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feels like I'm racing, but not quite yet :) trackday pic California Speedway 08/21/05

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to share a picture from my last track day. I finally started riding in the advanced paced groups at the track days and been having so much fun. I can't wait to start racing, I'm shooting for starting in January 2006.

Starting to ride with the liter bikes...darn those bikes on the straights :) About to pass the Duc and getting chased by the Gixxers, I'm the one with the #16 on front of the bike.

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you running the pilot powers at that pace???

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you running the pilot powers at that pace???
actually, yeah, it's pretty crazy. Everyone has been saying it's nuts that I haven't tried the DOT race tires yet, but I've finally pushed the Pilot Powers to it's limits. They have been consistently sliding out at that pace.

That same day I finally tried my first DOT race tires, the Michelin Power Races. Took a little bit getting used to but I think I'm good. They just want to turn in and they are really squirrely but they feel good on lean. I can lean more and drive more with the race tires, it's awesome.
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I've yet to really get mine to slide much. Running Diablo Corsa's. Is it a pretty predictable slide????

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yeah, once you slide once, you'll know how much lean and how much throttle it takes to do it. On an aggressive lean angle, it feels scary on the Pilot Powers but with the Power Races, I know I still have some lean left that I haven't tapped into.

Definitely try the Pilot Powers out, they last a long time too. I'm pretty much set on Michelins now but I'm still going to try some other race tires to find out what I like best.
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yeah, well...it will be a while. I've got 3 sets of corsas right now

thanks for the info man.

nice pic btw.

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awesome, thanks.
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Showoff! Look at me, I'm so good.

J/K. Like I told you yesterday, that pic is sweet.

Now I have to go find myself a slower riding buddy - one that i can keep up with.
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hahaha. thanks. if I'm not pulling faster times than the pros than i am slooooooooow
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congrats dude!...i was in the same boat as you were like 2 months ago, my lap times were progressing everytime, i was sooo stoked nothing felt better.... then i went down broke some ribs and that set me back =(


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The picture won't dl for me. I wanna see too..

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Same here, I tried a few times.
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no pics here either
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gotcha now i see it...looking good man! got some serious lean going on
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Awesome, thanks everyone! This is definitely so much fun.


[email protected], sorry to hear about the broken ribs. I know I'm going to go down one of these days, it's just a matter of when. I already feel like I'm close to low siding and I've had a couple high side close calls. Shakes me up a bit but I keep on going :)
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Nice Form,
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Wow, nice pic Ryan. I was there too, but was riding in the lowly Intermediate level! =) Yeah, those liter bikes can be a pain to pass but I think they're good for practicing late braking ;-) I'm still sore from Sunday, but will be at Buttonwillow on the 28th :icon_lol:
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Thanks MWiley600RR. It will be fun to start racing next year. I'll probably be bugging you with questions :) Hope you don't mind.


Vtec44, awesome. haha, let's ride Level 3 next time. I might be going to Buttonwillow on the 28th so see you there if I end up going. Who won the free trackday at last saturday's BBQ?
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Vtec44, awesome. haha, let's ride Level 3 next time. I might be going to Buttonwillow on the 28th so see you there if I end up going. Who won the free trackday at last saturday's BBQ?
I'm not as crazy or as fast to fight it in L3 :-P Tjtripp on my board won it, we'll be out there again in Sept I hope. I'm pitting at garage #3 at Buttonwillow. One of our girls is going to bring a portable AC... so we'll be styling in a cool garage. Hey, you're more than welcome to pit with us =D
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Looks good man. Keep it up. The biggest thing about being able to race succesfully and competently is form and it looks like you got that down. Get the form and technique down and you can always go faster. Going faster is just a matter of twisting the throttle a little further, holding it on a little longer, ignoring your concious a bit more and getting bigger balls.

The diablo corsas are great tires EZ, but the SuperCorsa are a compeltely different feel. I see that you will be at VIR on the 5th. Depending on what's mounted on my rims, you could always swap wheels with my second set. They will either have supercorsas or supercorsa pro's on them. The Pro's are harder to come by and more expensive than the standard supercorsas. They are clearing out the supercorsa stock and then all that will be available are the Pro's. For the time being, the Pro's are only available to the fast amatuers and experts.

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vtec44, awesome, thanks for the info. I'll see how I feel this weekend after Thunderhill. I'm going there Saturday and actually going to Streets of Willow tomorrow :)


ONEDWN5UP, thanks! I have a lot to work on but everything seems to be going on the right track. I get frustrated at times but I quickly get over it because all of it is so much fun :)
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lookin good man....lookin good.
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awesome picture bro you are the man it was not long ago
when you were talking about track days and racing and i
told you it will come in time and evreything will click then
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one thing I will mention is that you are pointed in the right direction. Literally.

The fact that you are leaning and looking up towards the next turn is a big plus. I see from your eyes you are looking up track. This will help you a lot when it comes to passing. Not paying direct attention to what is going on directly next to you is a challenege sometimes.

One of the biggest areas of fear that takes a while of getting over is passing people in close proximity and taking lines away from people while at speed. It is not something that should be done during track days, but it is something you will need to become accustomed to. Don't be afraid to show your wheel and get up close and personal. I have passed and challenged for passes within inches of people and have even rubbed other people. It's gonna happen and you just need to be ready for it and not allow it to freak you out. Stuff like that is where having an off-road background helps.

But I think someone linked my article in here that discusses doing track days as a segway to racing. You will find yourself to be more competent than most of the grid.

Starts are always key. My mentality has always been to get out and check out and make them lap traffic. When you go to track days find out of there is a way for you to practice starts. The key to a solid race is where you are going into the first turn, because if you have a fast guy up front it is going to be that much tougher having to pass people while making up the time difference.

Once again, this past weekend there were novice racers out there that had ZERO track day expereince and they were the slowest, sketchiest people out there.

Your track day experience will give you a serious jump on the competition. Just make sure your equipment is set, be prepared, don't rush, take it all in, clear your head, focus on that first turn and visualize the rest, put your head down and go.

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Hey Ryan.... Joe and I will be at Buttonwillow on 8/28-29.
Let me know if you're gonna make it....
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One of the biggest areas of fear that takes a while of getting over is passing people in close proximity and taking lines away from people while at speed.
This is one of the reasons why I've delayed my racing "career" LOL I suck at passing, even though I can carry more speed than the other person. I can only pass either under braking or accelerating, regardless of how slow the other guy is.
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i cant wait to start racing too...im aiming for later this year if not for sure next year....we'll probably be battling it out

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This is one of the reasons why I've delayed my racing "career" LOL I suck at passing, even though I can carry more speed than the other person. I can only pass either under braking or accelerating, regardless of how slow the other guy is.
It's not so much me taking the lines away from them but me taking them their line and them freakin' out causing them to crash.
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