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CBR600RR - WMSC #602
No more racing! Thanks for all your support!
8/19/2007 (LAST PRO RACE)
600 Modified Production (Race 4)
Total Points in Class:
600 Modified Production: 4
What I've realized is that if I don't practice, I
won't get faster. I've had to skip practice the last
few months due to other obligations but that's no
I got up early on race day and wasn't feeling too
well but made it to the track, filed my paperwork
and headed to practice. I was running decent laps
(1:34) so I thought I would be able to pick up the
pace to 1:32 during the race. What I didn't anticipate
was by the time the race rolled around the winds would
be picking up. I'm dog slow when it's windy and it
makes me think about what happened to Chris a lot.
Hey, it's always windy at Willow, isn't it? It's high
time I learned how to race in windy conditions isn't
it? I'd say...
after the riders meeting I go to check the grid for
the one race I entered and I'm not listed! I walked
in to check with the office and realized I put myself
in the wrong race! haha.
not even the funniest part. The funny part was because
of my own clerical error, I was sent to the back of
the grid. My friends let me have it but it was all
in good fun. Shandra told me "Hey, I did that
last month and they sent me to the back of the grid
as well...." so I guess I am not the only rider
to make that error :)
was still not feeling great but the when the flag
dropped it doesn't matter anymore. The RR was feeling
good with the new 190 rear though I will need to go
up 2 more teeth in the back because my gearing is
all screwed up. There were a lot of crashes today
so I decided to see how I'd do on the start. Once
again I got a great start and ended up mid pack by
had several close calls including a guy in turn 1
on the start that caused me to have to grab a fist
full of brakes which then caused several riders to
get around me. I decided then that it was more important
to bring me and the bike home in one piece. Backing
off the throttle I was passed by many of the riders
I passed on the start. Oh well. You live, you race,
you learn. It's not about winning trophies but learning
to be smoother (which I am working on). The speed
and faster lap times will come soon. It ain't the
bike, it's me.
my one race, I put the RR right into the trailer and
was out of there by 12:30. That's one of the best
things about being out of novice is that I don't have
to wait until the last race of the day anymore :)
you in October. I'm not going to race next month due
to it being Toyota 200 weekend.
or Streets in October (Haven't decided which one yet,
600 Modified Production (Race 2)
650 Superbike (Race 5)
Gridded: 600 Mod Prod: 17th / 650
600 Mod Prod: 19th / 650 SB: 18th
600 Mod Prod: 8 / 650 SB: 8
8 (4 per race)
Total Points in Class:
600 Modified Production: 6
650 Super Bike: 4
Some days you just aren't "feeling" it....and
this weekend I had no game.
The highs from last month's improvements were lost
this month. The weather was nice but VERY hot and
not too breezy. I slapped on a brand new set of Power
Races on Saturday afternoon and was running within
8/10ths of my fastest race times during practice Sun
AM so I thought I would be OK. Not so fast!!
I was gridded 17th and got another great start. I
was 12th by the first turn. I held that place until
lap five when coming out of turn 4b the back end stepped
out. BIG TIME. I managed to save it but that totally
threw my trust in the tires out the door. Within one
lap I went from 12th to 19th place. Seven riders passed
me because I had to stay off the gas in the right
hand turns to keep the back end in line. These are
new tires and shouldn't be breaking loose like that.
After the race I had the Michelin guys look at it
and they said the tire was fine but a little low on
air pressure so they added a few pounds in. That should
solve the problem they said, right? Not! Read on....
Ok well so much for the tire just being low on pressure.
As soon as I started the race I knew something was
just not right. In turns 2, 4a/4b, 8 and 9 I could
feel the tire slipping. I had to modulate it with
throttle inputs. I was riding on the razor's edge.
Not much I could do about it but hang on. I got lapped
going into turn 8 right at the end of the race. DOH.
But -- it was the three fastest guys and they were
all running 1:22s! (Toye, Pfeifer and Tigert). Just
to show you I wasn't imagining things, Tigert's last
two laps were 1:28 and 1:29 (slow for him). As we
ended the race (I was right behind Jeff) he pointed
to his back tire. Yep, his was fried too. So maybe
the weather had a lot to do with it?
Either way, most of my goals were met and it was double
points so instead of just getting 4 points, I got
8. I'm going to see if I can get some of LLoyd's time
and run a few laps at Willow with him to see if he
can help me figure out what the deal is. The Michelin
guys think it's my suspension (upgrade it, they say!)
and I think it's the tire because the suspension has
not been changed since last month and I didn't have
these problems. (PS: Tigert's 07 600RR is a LOT faster
than my 05. I got to see that first hand.)
the plus side, I got two sets of new tires for $660.00.
The second set I bought were the 190s so maybe having
a wider profile will stop the rear end from moving
around on me for now on. We'll see.
Note: Checking my rear tire pressure
it's at 18.5lbs. 3.5lbs lower than it should have
been so maybe that's why it was getting too hot and
greasy? We checked it during the race and I thought
22lbs hot was a tad low.
See ya next month!
(Big Track) August 18/19, 2007
600cc Modified Production (Race 1)
Total Points in Class:
600 Modified Production: 2
600 Super Stock: 0 (Did not race this month)
650 Super Bike: 0 (Did not race this month)
Lap times/Race results HERE
Excellent weather at Willow today. The best I can
ever remember it being. I arrived on Saturday and
spoke to the front desk who promptly informed me that
I had enough points to move out of novice if I wanted
to: Ummm -- HECK YEAH!!
On Saturday I completed my corner working and received
my Probationary Expert license. Sunday morning I did
two practice sessions. Since I needed to be home early
I decided to just do the 600 Modified Production race
since it was the first race of the day.
and humility check:
I checked my grid placement and found out I was 28th,
next to last. Heh. Not only was I gridded at the very
back, I was going to get schooled by the fast guys.
That's ok because that's what I needed. This is the
best way to learn -- mix it up with the big boys.
When the flag dropped I was pretty nervous as evidenced
by my wheelie. I managed to settle things down and
pass some riders to slip into the middle of the pack.
I was later passed by three riders in the 8 lap race.
The last one who passed me I ended up passing him
on the brakes into turn one about a half lap later.
I managed, somehow, to stay ahead of him by 4/10ths
of a second and finished 16th.
"monumental" (said it jest) goals were achieved
in my first expert race:
1. Not crashing.
2. Not finishing last.
3. Not being lapped.
What can I say...I'm a realist. That's ok. The 600cc
class isn't called the "meat grinder" class
for nothing. It's the most competitive field in club
racing. I wanted to challenge myself and that's exactly
what I got. Time for fun!
a great weekend and see ya next month!
PS: Rest in peace #635, fellow June 2006 NRS graduate
Kevin Surantararungrsi who passed away on May 11th
in a street riding accident. May the Lord comfort
your family in this time of loss.
WSMC Practice/Race (no Saturday practice)
Gridded: 14th out of 21 riders
This was probably one of the worst weekends to race
that I can remember at Willow. It was very cold and
so windy at times it would literally blow you over.
to finally having class points I was gridded 14th.
That was great as I know the RR has pretty good power
and is easy to launch so I figured my best shot at
getting a top 10 finish would be on the start. Our
race was the 18th out of 19 runs so we ended up starting
at around 5:20pm. It was overcast and the wind was
blowing hard (when does it never blow at Willow?!)
so I kept that in mind.
green flag drops and I get a great launch. I end up
in 4th place into turn 1 and held it until the middle
of turn 8 when a rider who didn't realize how strong
the wind was blowing tried to pass me underneath.
As soon as we got to turn 9 the hard wind stood him
up and pushed him right off the track. Thankfully
he is ok even though his R6 didn't fare too well.
Turns 2, 3, exit of 7 and entry of 9 were the worst.
You never knew where your bike was going to go when
you drove it across and into the wind. After watching
the R6 go off track I decided to back it down a notch.
The race was uneventful for the most part (a rarity
for "nervice" class). I tricked myself into
relaxing by thinking of it as a regular practice session.
I was passed by two riders during the course of the
race. I figured it wasn't worth binning the bike to
try and keep up in these conditions so I settled,
happily, for 6th place and 7 very valuable points.
to Jeff Tigert for helping me get my suspension dialed
in (it was way too soft). The bike actually goes where
I point it now and I am not running wide on the exits.
I thought it was my riding style but Jeff pointed
out that my bike was squatting in the turns under
acceleration and that is what was causing me to go
wide (and lose time).
you next month!
5/20: WSMC Race
Gridded: 20th out of 34 riders
34th **** (That's racing...so they say)
Since my race was the last one one of the day I decided
to take notes in the morning around each of the turns
watching Kenny K and Jason Perez. That really helped
me a lot with my lines. I made sure to watch the 600cc
races from various vantage points as well. To be fast
at Willow you really have to study the pros.
was gridded 20th because I only had 2 points so far
this year. Not bad but the wind was blowing really
hard. The flag drops and I manage to pass 14 riders
to slip into 6th place at turn 1. It was super windy
and there was a dust storm in turn 9 making it hard
to see the exit. So suck it up and race, Brian! As
I am catching up to the 5th place rider in turn 3
on the third lap out comes the red flag.
exit the track and wait for them to clear the carnage.
Ten minutes later they call us back for a four lap
restart. I am gridded back to my original 20th position.
The red flag was a bummer as it wasted a good start
but I felt confident that I could do it again. On
the restart I get another good drive and end up 8th
into turn 1. Into turn two I am passed by another
rider who I get to know REALLY well later in the race.
I end up passing him again and start to work on the
pack ahead of me. On the third lap I come into three
a little hot and end up going a tad wide. No problem,
I'll just tip the bike over and....
of nowhere the rider I had passed earlier to regain
8th position hit a false neutral and did not brake.
Instead he t-boned me at full speed. His bike slammed
into my left side as I was leaned fully over putting
the force of the impact on my left thigh, knee and
shin. Somehow (divine intervention?) instead of crashing
I managed to save the bike and ride off into the dirt.
All I knew was my leg was in a lot of pain. I looked
back and the rider that hit me had crashed but was
standing up so I rode around to see if he was hurt.
He apologized profusely explaining what happened and
asked if I was OK. I told him "I am fine, it's
OK, that's racing and I am glad you are OK as well."
We shook hands and I waited to rejoin the race.
I limped back to the finish line the corner workers
were giving me thumbs up at each turn. How totally
cool of them. I did gain some much needed points to
put me in a better grid position for next month. Unfortunately
the incident caused me to finish next to last.
Craig and Tom helped me load my stuff as I couldn't
put any weight on my left leg. Derek came over to
help me unload the trailer. I could have been hurt
much worse but that's racing in the 600cc "meat
grinder" class. It's a risk and if I die doing
this, at least I go doing something I love and with
a smile on my face...no regrets.
bike has some minimal body
work damage. As for my leg? Right now
it has a huge
lump and some bruising.
My forearm, upper arm and left pinky knuckle has brusing
as well. My knee is tweaked but I'm walking it off
(no whining or complaining here) and will be ready
to go at it again next month.
Track day/practice with Ducati Desmo Owners
Club of SD
4/14: WSMC Practice
4/15: WSMC Race
Gridded: 28th out of 36 riders
6 (race complete)
Second novice race. I was gridded 28th of 37 riders
but in the second wave to go out (30 seconds after
the first wave). There's no chance of catching anyone
a few seconds slower than you when you have to weave
through traffic in your group. I did manage to catch
one rider in the first group but had another rider
from my group pass me on the last lap (D'oh!). I got
a decent start but with 37 riders it's really hard
to find a good spot to go around guys. I was boxed
in most of the first lap. When things thinned out
I was able to lower the lap times but still not come
close to catching the first group. At least I got
back in the saddle and am getting used to racing speeds.
I have a total of two track days since July of 2006
so I'm way behind the curve.
best thing is there were NO CRASHES during our session.
We had one yellow flag but that was a rider that ran
off the track but did not crash. He came back on so
that was good.
did get the bike mapped on the dyno and was surprised
to see 109.5 rear wheel horsepower from just a slip
on and a power commander (pump gas, not race fuel)
at that altitude. That's pretty good considering stock
it's around 102 and the motor has 16,000 miles already
(well, I street rode it a lot, loaned it to somebody
for a few days, did one long road trip and many Palomar
runs on it so of course I racked up the road miles).
Advanced Racer's Clinic
3/17: WSMC Practice
3/18: WSMC Race
Gridded: 26th out of 32 riders
3 (Red flagged, 2 yellow flags)
First Novice race. Good start but was held up in
turn 1. Managed to pass a few riders before a quick
yellow flag. Race was red flagged midway through
Crashed at New Racer's School. Broken rear set,
right side of bodywork destroyed. Managed to piece
the bike together to finish school. Definitely switching
to D209s for the next race.
THANKS TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT MY RACING
To my family - I love you all
All the Pastors of Saddleback Church
Adrian Limon - You are my brother in Christ
Kenny Kopecky - Ride with the Champ
Todd Robinson - CalSportbike
Dustin Coyner - Trackdaz
All my sponsors
To all of my friends - Thank you for support and
encouragement to follow my dreams