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...Whew, it was a day to rememeber as I was choking on humble pies. This is my first year racing as WERA West Expert, I decided it would be a prudent thing to race in the A (Open-class) Superbike and Superstock rather than the Formula 1 class. Boy, I was pretty slick or so I thought. It turned out that on this race weekend, humble pies were given out free and generously.

Saturday, I showed up for practice and shocked by a number of high profile national and regional Pro racers out there. There were more club champions running around than I have fingers and toes. And when these big boys showed up, they just don't run the mini races, take a whooping and go home, they play for keep. There were several Willow Spring Motorcycle Club past overall champions, an OMMRA past champion, some AMA Pros, Dale Keiffer, Jack Pfeifer, Michael Beck, Correy Sarros, Premek Glintz, Jay Tanner, Rocky Aiello, Brad Hendry...the list goes on. Everyone seems to have a faster bike than my BST-equipped ZX-10R. With the throttle to the stop, and they still pull away. :bawling:

My first race was A Superbike. Gridded on the inside of row 4, I had a horrendous start, trying not to wheelie off the starting line. Well, I didn't wheelie off the line but ended up second to last into T1. As we were 6-wide funneled into T1's apex, I was happy not being caught up in the middle of the pack. The group thinned out within the next 3 turn, as I lined up the guy infront of me for a pass into 140mph T5. I didn't have the necessary speed to pass him into the turn so I parked my bike on his left rear with the intention of turning later, square off the corner and outdrive him out of the run. As I leaned into the apex and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a shadow. Instinctively, I picked up my knee and the next thing I knew my helmet was resting on another rider side fairing, with my knee on the ground at over 130mph at that point. Faack!!! (In Rossi's voice) This dude on my inside got a rider infront him and me on the outside of him. For a moment, I thought to myself how much it would hurt if this guy looses it. The moment of contact lasted only a few second but it seems like an eternity. Neither me or him wanted to give up our position so in unison we accelerated hard and drifted to the outside of the track. But as we gotten closer to the edge of the track, I realized the sucker not going to let up and at that rate I will run out of room and be in the dirt. Grudgingly, I rolled off the throttle to give him the position. For the next 2 laps, I studied him and his lines realizing there are several areas of weakness that I can exploit. Cool!!! The proceeding lap saw me outbraked him into T1. I went in so deep that I must have parked it at the apex because I scrubbed off so much entry speed. Still managed to accelerate hard enough out of T1 to keep my new position. The dude proceeded to show me a wheel into the next corner but I pretend I didn't see it. :king: Screw the intimidation tactic, if you're good enough come and frickin get it, sucka. For the next 2 laps, it was clear sailing to close the gap to the next racer. Accelerated onto the back straight, the bike started to miss-fire repeatedly, killing my drive. And sure enough, the dude came flying by. :cussing: Latched onto his tail section, I planned to pull the same pass into T1 as previously. Well, unbeknownst to me the checker flag was waiting for us at the finish line. :rolleyes: I was so focus on cutting lap that I didn't even see the white flag. :mad: Back in the pit, we discovered that my left footpeg has vibrated loose allowing the quickshifter to trigger accidentally and repeatedly.

The humble pies were a bit hard to swallow but they are a good source of motivation. Pictures will be uploaded shortly...

On another note, I always thought my OEM suspension was pretty good. Rushing out to replace this and that just after you bought the bike was a major waste of money. I stand corrected as I found out this weekend. Hardcore track riding or racing will lay waste to your stock suspension doesn't matter how good they came from the factory. More often than not, they're also non-rebuildable. This assessment also include the OEM Ohlins shock and forks on Ducati. I have trackdayed and raced my ZX-10R straight out of the showroom for the past 2.5 years. I finally broke down and put a fully adjustable Ohlins shock on in an attempt to cure a squatting problem. In the process found out, what a dream of an improvement it was. Unbelieveable!!! :)
 

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what place did you end up finishing in?
 

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Nice post :) ... good luck next time!!

I just recently started racing too, so Iam in novice class at wsmc.. never been to LVMS would like to someday soon thou!

keep us posted on your races :)
 

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Thank you, Gents for your kind words of encouragement!

Here are some pix from the raceday practice session...(I didn't have number put on until before the race.) Please excuse the pix low resolution. I should have the high resolution ones posted in a few days.

...This is my proper form


...In this one, I was running a bit wide into the decreasing radius T8, aptly named the Fishhook. You can see the defensive position of the body posture with my head dead center, while manhandling the beast to turn into the apex. The pavement pushed my knee back into the fairing and the toe slider grinding away in a shower of titanium sparks...
 

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keep us updated david, when you become famous i can tell people "i once talked to him on a forum" :)
 

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Holy $hit!!!!

I can't believe we missed this all of this commotion on Saturday, :wtf:...:barfalot:

Nicky Moore Catches His Thumb In Countershaft Sprocket, At Speed
Apr 10, 2006

Copyright 2006, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Racer Nicky Moore caught his left thumb in the countershaft sprocket on his Yamaha YZF-R6 during a WERA West race on the Classic Course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Classic Sunday.

According to a race official, Moore reached down when he encountered a problem with his bike's shifter. His glove was sucked into the uncovered countershaft sprocket and about 1-inch of his left thumb was severed.

Moore had been banned from Saturday afternoon practice following an altercation with Chris Siglin at the exit of pit lane. Siglin said afterwards that he pulled up next to Moore following an intentional on-track punt that left his front brake lever bent outwards, flipped up his visor and asked Moore about the incident. In reply, Siglin said, Moore hit Siglin hard enough to knock him off his bike; Siglin said he then jumped up and tackled Moore off his bike and that the pair wrestled on the ground.

Moore said that he unintentionally hit Siglin when Siglin suddenly slowed as if he had missed a shift, and that Siglin then followed him (Moore) into his pit, T-boned Moore's bike, knocked Moore over and threw his (Siglin's) bike on top of him.

"Siglin T-boned me in the pit," said Moore, who also said that Siglin had kicked at him on track and tried to ram him on track following the collision. "He came at me first. He rode his bike straight into my bike."

"That's a blatent lie," said Siglin. "I pulled up next to him at the exit from pit lane, next to the bathrooms there. All I did was flip my shield up and ask him WTF. He threw a right cross hard enough to knock me off my bike, and then I got up and tackled him and we kind of rolled around on the ground. While I was on top of him somebody was kicking me in the head."

Officials intervened and banned both riders from Saturday afternoon practice and at first also banned them from Sunday's races. Both riders appealed and due to conflicting stories (from both the participants and from witnesses) of what actually happened, both were allowed to race on Sunday.

Siglin said he suffered a broken finger in the melee. Moore said he would be consulting with a specialist for treatment of his severed thumb and hoped to be able to compete in the AMA National at Barber April 21-23; the severed piece could not be re-attached.

Moore said he was not sure why the countershaft cover was not installed on his motorcycle. "We usually have that on," he said.

According to legal experts, the standard liability releases signed by racers do not cover intentional acts.
 

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odonata said:
One good reason why I shouldn't be racing motorcycle... :bawling:
:laughing:...Just don't reach down and play with the shift lever when the toe piece fell off.

I have to admit it was a bloody aftermath. It splattered all over the side of his bike :barfalot:

On a different note, those of you that use Dainese axial race boots with titanium toe sliders need to be careful. My racing organization almost blackflagged me because I threw up so much spark in the second race and gave me a pretty good tongue-lashing afterward. :argue: Initially they banned my boots but much appeal and debate, they decided I need to cover the sliders with duct tape and keep my toes in...but, but, I am only 5'6". I can't stick my knee out without my toes out...:laughing:
 

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ARCHILLE said:
You are too kind, Jeff. Although, I am a competent rider, I am so far from being talented that it's not even funny. :)
One step at a time...remember the first time you did a track day, the first time you did a novice race, etc, etc...practice, and saddle time, it'll all come in due time if you are willing to make the commitment...

By racing expert level, you are already in the 1% club! :king:
Best wishes for the remainder of the year...
 

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ARCHILLE said:
:laughing:...Just don't reach down and play with the shift lever when the toe piece fell off.

I have to admit it was a bloody aftermath. It splattered all over the side of his bike :barfalot:

On a different note, those of you that use Dainese axial race boots with titanium toe sliders need to be careful. My racing organization almost blackflagged me because I threw up so much spark in the second race and gave me a pretty good tongue-lashing afterward. :argue: Initially they banned my boots but much appeal and debate, they decided I need to cover the sliders with duct tape and keep my toes in...but, but, I am only 5'6". I can't stick my knee out without my toes out...:laughing:
I was going to say... I have a pair of those D-Axial Light In boots too, after reading your earlier pix post I was wondering if the race official gave you problem about the Ti sliders because I know a lot if tracks don't allow metallic sliders.
 

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Absolutely great read David, I always look forward to your writeups. Its a little downer on your finishing place(I would be very chuffed just to have raced) but to be able to hold your own in a quality field is a far better position than many ever get to experience.

Good luck next time mate!!
 

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Thanks, Gents!

You are absolutely right, Paul! When I first started racing, I was told the number 1 rule in racing is, "It doesn't matter what place you ended up with after the race. It's the battle during the race that counts, doesn't matter if it was for last place." For a long time I believe it, then I experienced it. I can honestly tell you that statement while true, just suck ass. It's worse because I am also a true believer in racing's rule number 2, "2nd place is first looser." :cussing:

Enough of me whining and being bitter for my shortcoming. I promised better results next time around. :) (Meaning I have somehow manage to pull 2 seconds a lap faster than my next competitor. All I can see now is tenths but people lap in the 1:18s out there so it is possible. I just have to pull my thumb out of my ass and give it my all. :argue: )
 

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Hi David,
Good read, seems you found 3 secs in your rear shock so you may be able to find the other 2 at the front :nerd:

:rolleyes: And then if you pull your thumb out who knows ? :king:
 
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