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*Foreword* - I write this up once and send it off to the family. So if something seems a little obvious to the motorcycle crowd, it’s because of them that I write it in a easy to understand way.



16 Oct 2006
Summit Point ‘Main’
Team ProMotion – Premier Day
Weather: 32° Morning / 62° Lunch / 70° Afternoon - Partly cloudy
Tires: Tires: F-P/SC (soft) 120/[email protected] R-P/SC (medium) 190/[email protected] (both new)
FI Calibration: +5, +10 +5 (unchanged)
Gearing: F-17 R-42

My father and son joined me on what will be my last day this season as it’s getting too cold. Since this was a Premier Day it was a combination of track time in the morning and race events in the afternoon. I had signed up for the GP Moto’s which put inline 4 cylinder bikes up to 640cc against V-twins of unlimited displacement. Since this is a popular grouping they run this race twice (Moto-A and Moto-B). I had signed up for both Moto’s to get a good feel for the race environment. Other races held in the afternoon were GP Lite (smaller machines), GP unlimited (for the big bikes) and a Dash for cash which anyone is eligible to enter.

Most of my morning was spent getting new tires mounted since my last set had seen the end of their usable life. By the time I got them back and mounted then passed tech-inspection the Blue (advanced) session was half way through and I felt it was probably best not going out on the track with fresh tires when the other riders are now ‘at speed’. Just before the end of the Blue groups’ session an announcement was made that the White and Red (beginner and intermediate) groups would be combined. This meant that I’d be hitting the track sooner than expected.

Ryan and his brother Mat whom I have run a few track days with this year were also attending the premier day. In fact Ryan was the one who convinced me to attend the day. Ryan runs a very strong pace that makes running with him an enjoyable challenge. We’re both in the Blue group so we spent a lot of time running together. This would also continue into the race portion but keep reading for that…

Session I: I ended up being the first one out of the grid. Not the place I wanted to be on fresh tires. I managed to stay off line and give as much room as possible for others to pass. The track was still cold but those running on tire warmers can run a faster pace off the bat. The last thing I wanted to be was an obstacle. I forgot to turn my lap timer on… Do’h. My brakes are still the weak point of this bike. The feeling in the lever was inconsistent at best.

Session II: For this session Ryan was now on new tires and I still wanted to take it easy. Unfortunately the session was cut short when two riders collided between turn 9 and 10. It seems one of the riders low sided and his bike slid over a slight hill making it impossible to see for those coming up on it. The second rider was at speed when he hit the downed bike. The debris of the two bikes on the track was frightening. We had to ride through it to get to pit lane and you could not take a straight line as there was so much debris on the ground. It was by far the worst accident I have seen in the three years I’ve been doing track days. As of this writing the rider that hit the bike at speed is in critical but stable condition.
Lap Times: 1:31.77, 1:31.19, 1:30.06

Session III: Due to the accident lunch was held early but track time continued instead of starting up the races. My brake issues are getting a little frustrating as I will have little feel going into T1 but massive feel going into other turns. For this run I was behind Ryan who had upped the pace a bit. I noticed the camera man in one of the turns so the next time around I set myself up with Ryan so were went through it side by side. The picture came out amazing and I’ll post it up when the CD of pictures arrives.
Lap Times: 1:30.83, 1:27.33, 1:29.78 1:29.02, 1:27.11, 1:27.68

Race Practice: A 10 minute practice session was scheduled before the race.
Lap Times: 1:28.30, 1:25.11

Race I: I was lined up on the outside of the 5th row of the starting grid. Since this was my first time ever experiencing this sort of start I really didn’t mind being there. The TL is a beast to launch on the best of days so I knew I’d be a little slow off the line. Being in back also meant I wouldn’t have faster riders coming up my backside nor would I be in a first turn potential fiasco. Surprisingly the start wasn’t that intense and things went smoothly. Ryan was in the back of the grid (Row 8) but made a nice move up the inside and ended up 3 or 4 riders ahead of me. During the next few laps I managed to pass those between Ryan and me and was now putting pressure on Ryan around the midway point (lap 4). I watched Ryan’s lines through T4 to see if he left anything open and sure enough I made a nice line putting me inside at T5. With open track ahead of us (fast group way out in front) I had a chance to put some distance between us but I was spent and only half way to the finish. My drive out of T10 onto the straight was weak and I knew Ryan would be able to gain and overtake. Sure enough at the brake markers for T1 I saw him on the inside and making a nice move to take the lead (well, ahead of me). That’s the way it would remain for the rest of the race. Ryan was able to put 3 or 4 seconds on me by the time the checkered flag fell but at that point I was happy just to make it to the end as I was completely spent. My father who had been watching the race from the T10 tower mentioned that the fast group was way out in front of us while the slower group was way behind.
Lap Times: 1:25.33, 1:25.08, 1:26.58, 1:25.94, 1:26.58, 1:26.82, 1:26.21

Race II: The grid was a little smaller for the second Moto and I was grided on the outside of row 4. Ryan had not signed up for this race so I was without a team mate (so to say). At the drop of the green flag a rider ahead of me pulled off a nice wheelie but not the thing to do when trying to accelerate at a fast pace. I managed to pass a number of slower riders and set in behind a rider on an R6 running at a pace I could handle without getting too fatigued but also learn a little from should I want to pass him. At the halfway point I made my move around him and basically had the track to myself as the faster riders were again, way out in front.
Lap Times: 1:25.28, 1:27.85, 1.28.36, 1:25.89, 1:25.81, 1:27.14, 1:27.08

In all the racing experience was a lot of fun and I ran some of my fastest laps ever. I have no idea where I placed in the races but think it may have been between 10th and 12th. Has the race bug bitten now? I’m still not sure if I want to go beyond what Team ProMotion is offering as far as racing but as long as they keep doing the Premier days I think my name might continue to be on the grid.

Some shots my father took...

What wheels?


Damn I need a burger.


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I love your write ups. :hail
Does your son have a bike yet?
Oh and another thing, maybe try uprgading the wheels, go lighter. Have you tried what happens with a dual exh vs a single sided on a track + time + hp? How about i finish up the airbox! and see what happens to your #'s after that. What kind of subframe do you have? stock, or chopped up for less weight? Im no race expert AT ALL, but i always see that on other race bikes.
 

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Sounds awsome Bern:thumbup Fix the caliper, do a bit of PT and you'll be with the fast group I bet:banana
 

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One of the consistent things the brakes would do is have no feel allowing me to almost pull the lever back to the bar (and it's set way out) going into T1. Then at another braking zone going into T5 I'd have all the lever I needed and they felt great. Then into T1 they were gone again.

My speculation is that by the time I got from T5 to T1 the brakes had cooled too much (outside temp was upper 60's barely making 70deg). The straight into T1 is over 3000ft long and speeds are on the higher side. T1 would warm them up to operating temp for T5.

I had changed the pads from my Vesrah RJL's to EBC HH due to the RJL's looking a little on the thin side and having a spare set of EBC's on hand. I did do a quick heat cycle on them before the track day hoping to bead them in a bit. When they were working they were great but they were just to inconsistent to push hard.

Me fat? Oh yeah... Fat bastard and I are almost twins. :lol
 

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sounds like a bit of fade :O I guess you could try different pads, but HH's would be the ones I'd recommend. You could always slap a spiffy gsxr front end on there :delicious

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chelapa said:
I love your write ups. :hail
Does your son have a bike yet?
Oh and another thing, maybe try uprgading the wheels, go lighter. Have you tried what happens with a dual exh vs a single sided on a track + time + hp? How about i finish up the airbox! and see what happens to your #'s after that. What kind of subframe do you have? stock, or chopped up for less weight? Im no race expert AT ALL, but i always see that on other race bikes.
He rides his push bike. At 4.5 he turned to me and asked me to take the training wheels off. He's been terrorizing the neighborhood ever since. A 50 might be in the foreseeable future.

I haven’t run the bike with a 2-2 but did put both the S and the R on the same dyno on the same day. The TLR with the 2-1 ran a 120 with the TLS and its 2-2 running a 114.

The subframe is a cutup stock unit to lighten it up. Note my hanger attached to the lower rail due to not having the stock hangers anymore.
 

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MOMA has a 4yo class:devious
 

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Awesome write up. I have a a subframe for ya Burns as well as a set of Marchesinis if you want them. I never even thought of bringing them. By the way, wait till you guys see these pictures. They really capture the day. I wish I could prepare write ups like these, but I will have to rely on Burns. Just to expound on the brake issue, that Brembo MC just isn't working right. With brakes, those times would really have been faster. Either way, great end to a great season. Can't wait till next year.
 

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Great write up :thumbup and I wouldent call U fat but U look like U are pregnant :laugh

J.K Bernie judging from the first pic U are in great form :hail
 

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Nice sir. Riding on the track with the kiddo is the best. :thumbup Someday mine will whip my ass. Also being fat is not a hindrance to speed, just endurance :coocoo Ask Misfire, Tye, Jasen, and Zelig.........
 

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Ryan... I've thought of taking those rims off your hands but cash is going to get a little tight with the holiday season coming up.:banghead

Dennis (the pic guy) sill doesn't have the pics uploaded yet so we can't even see the small version.

Doug... Endurance has plagued me this entire season. I have made leaps and bounds this year when it comes to going faster and doing it right but fatigue has been my biggest issue by far... Plans are in motion though and I'm getting rid of that thing. :)
 

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Good job, guys. I look forward to riding with you both next season now that you've come up to Blue. :)
 

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Good job, guys. I look forward to riding with you both next season now that you've come up to Blue. :)
More like... Hey, was that blue blur that flew by us Lance? Yeah, I think so. :laugh
 

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Thats not so bad Bern :thumbup guess U are looking forward for a top 3 :devious
 

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God
I suck...or those guys are wicked fast. We were running consistent 1:25's if not dipping into the 24's and this is my finish? Then again...I never even entered the Unlimited race and I still finished 10th.

GP MOTO A

1 Antal Halasz
2 Martin Lazor
3 Michael Gabor
4 Lucas Frkous
5 Artie Meeker
6 Matt Cranston
7 Rob Allen
8 Chris Maher
9 Daniel Heverly
10 Brian Hengeveld
11 Mark Evry
12 Ryan Fleming
13 Bernard Wilson
14 Dave Lennon
15 Erwin Delossantos
16 Andy Reiss
17 Jonas Ferro
18 Kevin Tavel
19 Coleman Howard
20 Mark Yeldham
21 Nick Schwartz

GP MOTO UNLIMITED

1 Antal Halasz
2 Nassef Guirguis
3 Lucas Frkous
4 Brian Laws
5 Kang Lu
6 Ivan Milan
7 George Demetropolis
8 Rich Littieri
9 Ken Heverly
10 Ryan Fleming
11 Andy Reiss

GP MOTO LITE

1 Mark Evry
2 John Morgan
3 Rich Littieri
4 Mark Yeldham
5 Andy Reiss
6 William Reyes
7 Jennifer Burkett

GP MOTO B

1 Antal Halasz
2 Martin Lazor
3 Lucas Frkous
4 Michael Gabor
5 Artie Meeker
6 Matt Cranston
7 Rob Allen
8 Chris Maher
9 Daniel Heverly
10 Bernard Wilson
11 Dave Lennon
12 Andy Reiss
13 Coleman Howard
14 Kevin Tavel
15 Nick Schwartz

GP DASH FOR CASH

1 Antal Halasz
2 Nassef Guirguis
3 Ivan Milan
4 Brian Laws
5 Rich Littieri
6 Kang Lu
7 Ryan Fleming
8 Matt Fleming
9 Derrick Wills
 
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