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Old 11-22-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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What did you learn at the track.

Well the track season is almost done and I have beeen lookng back at some pictures and videos and I am pleased with my progress. I only did 2 track days last year so November marks the one year aniversary for me on the track. In that year I have changed bikes, moved down to a 600. I have ridden Five different tracks. GSS, MSRH TWS (Texas World Speedway), ECR and Cresson. Each track has it's own characteristics that I like and they teach me differnt things. I have also riddin with Four different track day organizations. I learn from each of them also. My times have gotten lower, as has my bike. I have had a couple of wrecks. I learnedlso much from them as well. I have become a better rider both on and off the track. I have also made so many new friends that carry over into my life off the track. One of the best things for me is tha I also started to race in the CMRA this year.

After all that. The point of this thread is that I want to hear about some of your track expereinces this year. Good and bad. What are your goals for next year. Lap times, Pics, Videos. whatever. I may not make it back to the track for a while, I hurt my back. So this will help keep me occupied. Here is a few pix of my filrst track day up to my first race.

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Old 11-22-2011, 11:42 AM   #2
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hey man nice meeting you at TWS (Texas World Speedway)! You will kill it next year! Good Luck!
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hey man nice meeting you at TWS (Texas World Speedway)! You will kill it next year! Good Luck!
Thanks Dean. I will be looking for you next year. I had a blast a TWS (Texas World Speedway).
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This was my first season racing. Started off with the perfect weekend, swept every race. then it went downhill from there... Shattered my collar bone during race practice at TWS (Texas World Speedway) the following round. Sat out the rest of the season except the last round, still have that damned yellow shirt too!! Once cornerworking is done at MSRH, that will be gone.

What happened to your back?? For just starting off, you've got some serious speed dude. Can't teach talent You need to race the big bike races next year, how long are you off for??
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Wheres the picture of you getting stuffed at GSS ek??
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:26 PM   #6
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This was my first year on with my Ninja and my first year on the track. First track day was July at MSRC and followed up with 2 days at MSRH. Learned a of a lot my first day. A lot of it i already knew but i learned some new things as well to help me feel more well rounded and comofortable with my riding.

I'm looking to take the time to learn MSRH better since that's the track i will be on the most. I got caught up my last track day with a good friend of mine going down 15 minutes in the day because of someone elses stupidity. Threw my head out of the game and needless to say i actually didn't enjoy my day at all.

Need more seat time on the track is all. I feel as i need to learn myself more than anything else. Comfot and consitency is what im aiming for.. really wanna get as fluid as possible. The speed will naturally add itself into that once i get it down. Although i haven't done bad so far, i can only get better.

You'll never stop improving and learning as you go.

Ill get some pics up when i get home from work

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Old 11-22-2011, 12:45 PM   #7
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This was my first track season. I hit up GSS , MSRH twice and MSRC. I still suck but I learned body positioning, throttle control, and keep hydrated.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:22 PM   #9
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Too bad I don't have one from TWS (Texas World Speedway). I think this is the one you were talking about. Enjoy.
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I learned how expensive it is to become faster. (More practice = exponential cost)

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Old 11-22-2011, 03:50 PM   #15
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That's what I wanted to tell you last Sat. At Msrh. lol.
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Eric, one day I wanna be just like you! HAHA!

Before this year, my last track day was in September 2005 at TWS (Texas World Speedway). When I was stationed on the East coast, I did a few track days at VIR, Road Atlanta, and CMP - 2003-2004. I also did 2 races with CCS, but unfortunately crashed in my 2nd and broke my right hand. After not riding since TWS (Texas World Speedway) in '05, my goal was to ease back into track riding this year, and go about it the cheap way, so I bought a TTR-125 and went mini racing. But, as you know, this sport is addicting, so I took my street bike and went to MSRH in September. Since then, I've been to GSS twice, TWS (Texas World Speedway), and back to MSRH. I'm having fun, learning, and trying to improve everytime I go out. My goal is to get me a track-prepped 600 in Dec-Jan and eventually race.
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Eric got quick with the quickness! awesome watching you progress.

what did i learn and still learning? gotta twist that wrist
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This was my first season racing. Started off with the perfect weekend, swept every race. then it went downhill from there... Shattered my collar bone during race practice at TWS (Texas World Speedway) the following round. Sat out the rest of the season except the last round, still have that damned yellow shirt too!! Once cornerworking is done at MSRH, that will be gone.

What happened to your back?? For just starting off, you've got some serious speed dude. Can't teach talent You need to race the big bike races next year, how long are you off for??
I strained my lower back and found out that I have arthritis in my lower back. I should only be down for a few weeks. Only problem then is its too cold to go to the track. I hope to make the last Ridesmart at msrh Dec. 10.
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Went to TWS (Texas World Speedway), MSRH, and parade laps at GSS (signed up for Dec 4th

Learned how to ride the track.. Lines, body position, break in points, gearing, suspension, tires, where to look, passing, trail braking, smoothness, throttle control, and most of all using the whole track. Was able to get from lvl one to high lvl 2.
I got riding in traffic from riding Houston freeways-helps practice passing ..lol

I learned what not to do on the street, and already lost two bikes...it kinda is stupid.. everyone always says how the track will change you blah blah blah... but it kinda does... I am not sure I can afford both street and track.. but can't wait till next years season... These schools are really starting to compete for our business.. The more track time we all get the more we can progress the sport.

Parade lap footage... in the beginning of the season.. I think this was the time everyone was going faster than lvl 1... Fastline really moderated it after that... Guy goes down at 6:52..Lots of members on this vid.

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I think that I remeber that day. The guy that went down said he hit a pebble on the track.LOL
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