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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Talking My Local Club Race

I had such a good time at my local Club Race on my F4, I want to share some pic's, and while I'm at it, some thoughts of a Rookie Racer.

I entered the Southern Downs Road Race Round 2 at Morgan Park, the home of my club, the Motorcyclesportsmen at the beginning of the month. The Track is 2.967 km long, has 12 corners. 7 right - 5 left.


The Friday before the Race weekend is a practice Track Day, so I thought I might as well start slow and nominated myself in Group 2, 22 riders in total, and then build up momentum from this group.

- First session: I was predictably a bit rusty and did 8 laps. 4 at 1:30 - 3 at 1:29, then on the last lap a 1:27.691. That's more like it.

- Second session: Another 8 laps. 2 at 1:30 - 2 at 1:29 - 3 at 1:28. Best time of 1:27.925 on lap 6.

- Third session: Based on Lap Times from the 2 previous sessions, I was bumped up into Group 1. This group is a little bigger at 27 riders, and faster. Still pretty flat with my times. 7 in total. 2 at 1:30 - 4 at 1:29 and my best time of 128:897 on the last lap.

- Fourth session: 1 at 1:30 - 4 at 1:29 and 2 at 1:28. The best being on 4 128:672. Ok, I suppose.........

- Fifth and final session: Group total of 5 laps. Geez still 1 at 1:30 - 3 at 1:29 and my best of 1:28.239 on my second lap.
Well at this point, I thinking I'm going to qualify with a time of around 1:28 tomorrow. The fast (experienced) guys were running at around the 1:20 mark. Best was 1:18.332 on an R6.


Highlights of the day would be circulating with the juniors. These little bikes are incredible. These kids and teenagers are amazing. For example;

A well known teenage girl racer on her Honda NSF 250 beat me with a 1:26 in the first session, and oh, she was just warming up.....
- Session 2: had a kid on a Honda CBR 150 at 1:24 beat me.
- Session 3: had the 2 mentioned above beat me on times of 1:25's.
- Session 4: had the same kid on the Honda CBR 150 beat me again with a 1:25.
- Session 5: again the little Honda with a 1:23

Now, you can scoff all you like, but these kids were running mid pack, riding around 1000's and 600's like nobodies business. The way these little bikes would turn up under your wheels entering the apex, and get out of the corner, was something to behold. They must get back to the pits and laugh at our early braking markers and slow corner speed.
I duelled with a little green 250, and man, it was tough work. The only place I really had him was on the straight, and he was arm out waving for me to pass him, only to have him turn up under my wheels at turn 4, to start the duel all over again. Freaking amazing!

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Saturday Morning - Qualifying.

- Qualifying 1: Bloody hell......No quicker than yesterday. 5 laps total. 2 at 1:30 - 2 at 1:29 and the best 1:28.759 on lap 4.

- Qualifying 2: This was better. 5 laps total. 1 at 1:30 - 3 at 1:27 and best at 126.835.

How this happened was, I remember in the first qualifying I got stuck behind another rider, and by the time I went around him, the leading pack had taken off so far I couldn't catch them, so settled into a routine rhythm. The problem with this is, I'll admit, I was braking on the conservative side things, was not pushing myself, hence the times.
The second session I got a tow behind one of the quicker riders, and tried my very best to keep up with him. I think he was pulling me deeper under brakes into corners, thus my times were down. PB for me at 1:26, so I was happy with that.

I qualified 4th out of 17 Rookies.

Had lunch, now racing. The races were only short at 6 laps because the comp fielded 8 classes, so it was a full day, and the only way to get everybody on the track for a decent race time.

I entered as a Rookie, and shared the grid with Period 6 bikes (10 years and older). 25 bikes on the grid. I started on grid position 9, 1st position 3rd row. Again don't scoff, there were some experienced riders in the field that would have easily been at the front in the Group 1 class.

- Race 1: Yea ha, starting on the outside to the first corner was interesting. I ended up letting some guys through on the inside on the first 2 corners, got some back on the 3rd, and battled to keep my place for the rest. First lap bustle 1:32 Then 1 at 1:30 - 1 at 1:29 - 3 at 1:28. Best was 128: 252 on lap 2.
I finished 4th, got 18 points, best speed 121.031 mph = 194.780 kilometer/hour. Rookie winner was 1:24.572 on his 2012 BMW S1000R.

-Race 2: Ok start, just like the last one really. Did my best time on the 2nd lap 126:943. Then oh dear, over shot turn 7 for a lap time of 1:34.806. I thought "CRAP", why couldn't of I have done this on the track day, and how the hell am I going to catch and overtake the bikes I let through? I never caught them and finished 8th. Still consistency was getting slightly better. 2 at 1:31 - 2 at 1:27 - 1 at 1:34 oh dear - and the 2nd lap best.
I finished 8th, got 13 points, best speed 122.853 mph = 197.712 kilometer/hour. Rookie winner 1:24.218 BMW.

That was the end of racing for Saturday.

Sunday morning, was I bloody sore. I bet the youngsters weren't......

-Race 3: OK start, no wheelies, so all good. Still a bustle into the first few corners. First lap 1:30 Then 1 at 1:28 - 2 at 1:27 - 2 at 1:26. Best lap 4 at 1:26.811. Getting better.
I finished 4th, got 18 points, best speed 123.040 mph = 198.013 kilometer/hour. Rookie winner 125:003 Triumph 675R.

-Race 4: At the start, the guy in front of me on his Ducati 916 did the biggest wheel stand, and obviously enjoyed it, as he pumped it and didn't put it down, made for me a horrible start as bikes flew up the inside of me into turn 1. First lap 1:36.172. Then 1 at 1:29 - 1 at 1:28 - 1 at 1:27 then best at 1:26.403 on lap 5. PB, so reasonably happy. Saw a guy lose his front right in front of me. He glided off the track in slow motion, until the bike flipped violently when it hit the kerb, then it looked like it was back to real time speed. Poor bugger sat at the side of the track watching us go round after that......
I finished 6th, that bloody start ruined my placings. Got 15 points, best speed 123.62 mph = 198.948 kilometer/hour. Rookie winner 123:889 BMW.

- Last Race 5: Shortened to 5 laps because of red flag bingle between a BMW S1000 and a couple of R6's at the first corner at the end of the straight. Best race for me by far. I tried my guts out to keep up with guy on front of me on his late model Blade, and it worked. Start lap 1:30 Then 3 at 1:26 and then a PB on the last lap at 125:554.
I finished 3rd, because of a spectacular crash in front of me on the last lap by the guys in front of me. I'll take it.
I finished 3rd Got 20 points. Best speed 124.446 mph = 200.276 kilometer/hour. Rookie winner 124:302 BMW.

So all in all, I had a pretty solid weekend for my level and ability, did a PB time at the track. I finished 4th place rookie over all on 84 points. I loved the pit banter between the riders and watching the juniors and side car racers.

Now for the bad news I broke my hub. It sounds like needle rollers rolling around inside. I discovered this on packing up to leave pushing my bike to the trailer What I saved on tyres, I'm now spending on a new hub. Now, this was the hub that is released on the latest model bikes. My original hub shit itself on a ride with Mitchy, before he started getting his new and improved one made. I gave it a generous re-grease not long ago, I certainly didn't over tighten the pinch on the swing arm. I can only think the chain was a fraction too tight, and when the rear squats under acceleration the chain becomes too tight, thus causing the damage. I haven't pulled it apart yet for an autopsy, but when I do, I might post some pictures in this thread, So I'm going to yell out to my old mate Mitchyyyyyyy I need a Hub, one that wont brake.......

Anyways, here's some pics from around the track, from start to finish.

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Turn 2 Group Photo

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Turn 3

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Turn 4

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Turn 6

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Turn 7

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Now, I'm guilty of a little argy bargy. You see, when the BMW gets in front of me its very hard to get around him. I'm a little quicker in some corners, but cannot out gun him on the straights. Before this argy bargy happened, I had already played chicken with him into turn one after the straight. Now, I get no joy from going into turn one going, " Oh shit, am I going to make it " So I thought right, I'm going to sneak up the outside of him and at least get infront when we hit the straight. Well you can tell by my attack angle, and where hes going, its going to be close. Well it was. We nearly touched and forced him off the gas, and and change his line. I went wide and my friend watching from the side told me he saw clouds of dust where I just skimmed the edge of the track. Now on a track day, I would just let him have his line, but hell.........I was racing Sorry Rick, you owe me one, now when I see your front wheel, its going to get interesting I bet!

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Onto the straight and finish I think?

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Probably the biggest thing that was reinforced to me all weekend was, as Dave "The Castle" says "Its not what you ride, but how you ride it".

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Brilliant Rob, thanks for sharing. Man I remember those first races like they happened yesterday.....best feeling in the world.

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Great post! Thanks for sharing and taking the time, very well written.

Sucks about the hub, but at least it didn't happen disastrously while you were on the track.

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Top results. Thanks for sharing.

Look forward to a flag to flag race sometime! Though if you cut my nose off I'm likely to take your levers off in the next turn

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Great work.
I think you should be very proud of these efforts.
Thanks very much for sharing.

And those are some great pictures.
Congratulations.

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Great story - congrats on your weekend! Glad your hub didn't cause you a problem while racing.

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Well done Rob!
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Awesome, can you post a link for the race calendar please. Wouldn't mind a day trip out to watch sometime.
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Thanks guys

It's fun with no expectation of results. No pressure other than to ride safe with out doing anything too stupid, and respect the other competitors. No amount of ego or self importance can hide below par riding. It's a quick way to look like an idiot.....

And yeah, I am especially glad nothing happened on track regarding the hub

LOL Greg, I remember you telling me at the Island you'd take my leavers off if I did anything stupid, and I could tell you were serious Talk about a psych out

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Thanks guys

It's fun with no expectation of results. No pressure other than to ride safe with out doing anything too stupid, and respect the other competitors. No amount of ego or self importance can hide below par riding. It's a quick way to look like an idiot.....

And yeah, I am especially glad nothing happened on track regarding the hub

LOL Greg, I remember you telling me at the Island you'd take my leavers off if I did anything stupid, and I could tell you were serious Talk about a psych out

Mitch and Jon, check your PM's
Great pics and story Rob,looking good mate.Got your PM and replied.Not good news about the hub,it could have failed on the track.I thought the upgraded hub is not supposed to fail.How many kms have you done on that hub Rob,and I will put you in the famous log "again".


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