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Ok, glad to answer your questions.... Brendan, I was ripping up turn 9, catching Rob Wilson, and I chose a late apex because of my entry speed, I was almost completing my turn, with total throttle control, and then my rear couldn't hang with all the forces on it. it stepped out on me from the force of cornering- and my Sato's (had just put them on that night) touched down. Rear lifted up, front went down, and I was looking at tha gas cap for a milisecond. I threw my hands back and down to slow me from the bike, and let it go it's own way.... I tried to keep my feet up, but they were bouncing along the dirt so hard that they were rag-dolling. It was almost funny, because as I was sliding, I was saying "don't break, don't break, doing good" for a long time, until my ankle and foot were jammed into a dip in the dirt, causing it to fracture. I went to Butte Medical, and knew it was broken. I had some guys load up my completely trashed bike, and drove myself with my left foot up to Redding where I stayed overnight, and had surgery on it the next day. Foot is Farked up, probably as bad as Stevo's, but the real problem is that this is going to cost me the height of my season in work. I think it will really cost me about 40,000 in work lost. Anyhow.. I am in a weird position, because yes, I was going to turn my bike into insurance, but I have a couple thou in upgrades that i want to get off of the bike... pipe and rearsets are perfect! Just haven't had the chance.... I don't think that State Farm will insure it on the track, but I may have to fib a little... I have heard so much about the new GSXR600, that I may stray that way next year if I get ready to race.
Oh, I was wearing an smx2 suit, which held up great.. needs a little sewing though. SMX plus boots... hardly a scratch, but the impact was felt thru the boot, so I was wondering if another might have prevented that. Sorry to disappoint you about hamfisting it, lol.. I don't do that until I hit the straights! How is your injury by the way? I fogot what you hurt.. your hand or arm? +10 on the Sato's, because I can't believe they are dead straight after seeing the bike flip so many times and land hard on one of them. Subframe bent.. forks bent, wheels ???? not sure. all bodywork obliterated. Some of the pictures there are a little gay, because there were many red flags during the sessions. Didn't know I was going to be one of them on Sunday!