I had a great time at the Keigwin 2-day Intermediate School at Thunderhill this past week. It's the local track I have the least seat time at, but the top-notch instructors really gave me some insights into some more ideal lines to take. Thunderhill is a track where confidence in going WOT is crucial to dropping lap times; and although I'm not at the point of keeping the throttle pinned in T8, I've made some great strides toward it.
My goal was to dip below 2:10 after this school; my previous best was 2:14. I hit 2:12 in day 1, and finally 2:11 in the morning of day 2. Unfortunately, a lowside during the "mock" race on day 2 kept me from riding the rest of the afternoon; otherwise I think sub-2:10 would have been easily obtainable. Eh well, another time.
As for the damage to the bike, nothing TOO major. Upper fairing is toast, but lowers and tail are usable. Upper fairing stay shattered -- I'll finally be replacing it with a Vortex race stay. Right Woodcraft rearset bracket can be bent back, but I'll need a new peg and brake pedal bracket. Subframe was majorly tweaked, but a 4-foot iron pipe and some elbow grease got it straight again. Rear wheel is dented but can be re-trued. Swingarm seems fine, but I'm trying to find a spare (possibly even 05 version) on Ebay just in case. Forks need to be inspected for straightness and rebuilt -- they seem to have a bit more stiction than before and the seals are seeping oil. Overall, not too bad, but I'm definitely missing the next (and final) AFM race weekend. :( Right now, evidence is suggesting that my shock/reservoir hose was over-stressed due to the way I had mounted the reservoir, and after 1-1/2 years of use, it finally cracked and sprayed oil over my rear tire.
I've said this before, but the Keigwin
organization runs a great event, and the staff are top notch and high class guys (and gals!). If you are in the Northern California area (or visiting), I highly recommend attending one of their track days or schools. You will not be disappointed.
A few pics of happier moments during those 2 days... (all photos by the photographers of GotBlueMilk.com, awesome work, they make even a slow guy like me look fast!)