ASMA Round 2 race report!
I would love to say I didn't low-side twice today and there wasn't a video on facebook getting passed around, including on the SportbikeTrackGear.com facebook page, but that just wouldn't be true. With that said, had some positives too worth noting.
I went into this weekend way too tired, and in retrospect it makes sense that I made a couple dumb mistakes like I did. Work last week unfortunately crushed me with a 3:15 AM wakeup on Wednesday, and 3:00 wakeup on Thursday, and a 2:15 wakeup on Friday, then later in the day on Friday I had to drive 5 hours back from California to Tucson to load up the trailer and get on the road for another 4 hours to Arroyo. The amount of caffeine I had to consume Friday thru Sunday just to function was kinda crazy. The bike was working well though -- I got the brakes sorted and they were feeling pretty good in the practice on Saturday. And with my traction control now off in 1st, I did a practice start every session and felt much stronger on the starts than last round. But now, for the races.
1st race -- Middleweight Superstock. Considering I ran off track in this race last round, I started last, #9/9. Had a good start and got up to 5th by the first turn, then picked my way up to 3rd by the 5th of 7 laps. Near the end of the 5th lap though, I noticed the 2nd place rider was starting to come back to me a bit, and on a slow (<30mph) right leading onto the 2nd longest straight on the track, I got greedy with the throttle trying to get a better drive and the rear came around and down I went. An easy low-side really, but my right Attack peg/mount was gone, and I was off in the dirt anyways. So I didn't rejoin and road back to the pits after the race annoyed with myself. But these things happen, no big deal. Changed out my peg and my rear brake lever, wiped the bike down, cried over the new rash on my tail fairing, and pressed on.
2nd race -- Formula Amateur. The open rules, amateur "money race." Started 3rd, had a good start, but two guys on 1000s had decent starts as well. My main competition got out front of those 2, and I got caught up with these 2 guys for the first 2-3 laps til I could finally get clear and keep them at bay on the straights. I eventually ran away from them, finishing 3rd with the 4th place guy finishing about 15 sec back. Unfortunately the 8-9 seconds I lost trying to get past these guys in the first couple laps was the gap between me and the 2nd place guy by the end of the 12 laps, so I know I had good enough pace to hang in there. Here's a pretty good rear-facing video from one of the guys on a 1000, I'm pecking at his tail constantly for the first few laps before I disappear. Best lap in this direction, a 1:14.2 again matching what I got down to going counter-clockwise last round.
3rd race -- Middleweight Superbike. Good start, was in 3rd when on the 2nd lap these dynamic things in the video happened. The video is taken from a guy running in front of me at the time -- he goes off the inside of a kink and rejoins right in my path, and we very nearly made a baby. 20 seconds later going through the esses, I touched the big crack between the curb and the asphalt on the last right ess, lost the front and down I went again. I can't figure out how to share Facebook videos here, but if you care to see some really exciting footage of it, go to SportbikeTrackGear.com's Facebook page. I wound up picking the bike up, figured out it was still rideable, and got back up to 6th of 8 by the checkered flag.
4th race -- Southwest Thunder. I came off the track from MW SB, took a swig of water and went back out for Southwest Thunder. In that short time, two guys that were right behind me came over asking if I was OK from the low-side, because apparently it looked pretty bad. Nothing significant to report in this race -- it was me, a few SV650s, and ULW bikes. So I ran away with it pretty easily, 1st of 10 I believe. Meager lap times considering I knew I was way out front. I'm actually debating continuing to race this one in the future as it's not much fun really with no one to mix it up with.
All in all, had some successes and got at least a few good, fast laps. I'm disappointed, but the bike is ok for the most part, and I'm OK, just a little bit of a sore hip. Went through a lot of my spares, but lever guards definitely help save brake levers and Attack rearsets crash pretty well, I just went through two pegs and one peg mount. Hopefully I'm in better physical condition and better rested next round! Between now and then, I'm getting a EVR slipper put in to take that out of the equation on hard downshifting sections. All in all, not a great weekend but you have to expect some valleys with the peaks!
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