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Wow... After readng this thread, sounds like everyone knows that I popped the R1's cherry this weekend at Buttonwillow...
I was running 2:10-11's all morning in the A group and in the last session before lunch got a little over confident on the exit of 2 where it goes off camber... simple lowside at full lean angle, felt like I fell out of bed in the morning... lucky!
After lunch, I decided to "take it easy" and just have fun... dropped down to B for the afternoon, and on like the 4th lap of the 1st session after lunch, it all went to hell... literally. The 65 year old on the Gixxer was quick, so I didn't want to spook him and stayed about 15 yards back for a lap. I wasn't really even planning on passing him as some of his lines were really unpredictable. On the way into turn 1 (high speed left hander).... his entry was too tight and he lost the front HARD, sending both his bike and him accross the track... although I tried to tighten my line to miss him on the inside, he slid up the track and directly under my front wheel.... I was looking where I wanted to be, but he wasn't sliding off track, more up the track.
I went over the bars probably 75+ and tumbled into the dirt... when I got up in the cloud of smoke, I checked on the old guy... he was awake, but in too much pain to move, when I saw his bike on fire I asked if he could crawl towards me cause I thought his bike was gonna explode, but he was hurting too much to move...
I hope the old guy heals well and soon... This could have happened to anyone on the track and thats a tough injury to come back from at his age.
Unbelievably, I am 100% today, and aside from a sore shoulder - ready to get back on the horse.
Although the bike is bruised, everything is straight and I will only have to replace 1 fairing before getting her back on the track.
I'll post pics from Kent (Palomar Pics) and Predikt (Ryan) when they are posted.
Be safe out there... I feel LUCKY. But I hope the old man recovers.
Great work by Take It To The Track with the ambulances, corner workers and control riders, they kept the down time to an absolute minimum and saved our asses.
Good to meet up with Predikt (our next Rossi), Pantablo (Mr. Buttonwillow), RRwantrr (dude's fast) and all - THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!
2005 Yamaha R1 Haga Replica
Ohlins Rear Shock / Fork Tube Springs / Steering Damper
STM Slipper Clutch
Akrapovic Carbon/Ti Exhaust
520 DID EVR3 Conversion
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Galfer SS Brake Lines
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Last edited by ibvosko; 08-31-2005 at 03:31 AM.