Join Date: Aug 2004
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Tony, if you haven't raced yet I would STRONGLY suggest against starting at DIS. There are things that are in play there that you really don't want to have to worry about when you're starting out. It seems cool, and to some extent it is, but it is by far the easiest place to severly injure yourself if you make a mistake.
I'm not trying to be a wet blanket, but I had plenty of races under my belt when I first went there and it was still very intimidating. While you're riding you start to notice that in some spots if you come off, you're done.
If you end up going, I can give you a couple of do's and don'ts.
1) Never, under ANY circumstances look behind you while you're on the banking. It's a good way to end up in the wall.
2) Remember that while on the banking the reason you can turn that tight a radius at that ridiculous speed is the angle of the bank, the missing part of the equation is G force. It's pretty strong, make sure your bike is a little stiffer than usual.
3) Gear your bike about one tooth lower in the back than theoretical top speed because of the draft... it's enough to put you into the rev limiter most of the time.
4) Most importantly, watch the seagulls in the international horseshoe. If they are grouped all on the track, mind your manners in that corner. It is notoriously slippery and that's why (seriously) so give it a day or two to come in (and be sure to kick a seagull if you get the chance :)