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Old 11-16-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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Have You been on a Wet Track?

I have moto 3 Valencia dvr'd and see they are racing fast on a wet track. That seems freaking scary let alone dangerous.

Do the tires still stick like normal? Almost? As fast as it look likes they're going, it looks like they're doing okay.

Anyone experience that. Or do they cancel track? Probably not for such a big race? Had me on edge thinking, someone is about to side.

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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I really want to try it with street tires
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I have..not that bad...it teaches you throttle control among other things to be smooth...It makes you a better rider, but not necessarily comfortable.
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I have..not that bad...it teaches you throttle control among other things to be smooth...It makes you a better rider, but not necessarily comfortable.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:52 PM   #7
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less people on RR/forest/3090/ect... when its wet
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Done a wet trackday. Well, half of one. They called it at lunch due to lightning. You can't go full speed, and your brake/throttle application has to be doubly smooth, but you can still go fast.
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At the professional level, the riders and rain tires are so good that the riders are only a very few seconds off dry track pace. At least the ones who don't bin it. Really amazing IMO.
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At the professional level, the riders and rain tires are so good that the riders are only a very few seconds off dry track pace. At least the ones who don't bin it. Really amazing IMO.
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Racing in the rain is SUPER fun. Do all your braking when you're straight up and down, and be VERY smooth on the throttle...and other than that, ride like usual.

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Did a few races on wet tracks and several track days also. No pressure on the track day but a race can be really stressful trying to finish in the top 3. It is a true test on you level of smoothness.
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Im sure many changes are made to the pro bikes. Throttle control is likely assisted by the computers and they are probably detuned some.
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I have..not that bad...it teaches you throttle control among other things to be smooth...It makes you a better rider, but not necessarily comfortable.
This.

Did three mini endurance races in the rain this year and got about 3 hours of rain racing experience on a Ninja 250. That may have taught me more about throttle control than the rest of the year of racing. When you can step out the rear on a 250 with just a hint of aggressive throttle at lean you lear the limit pretty fast. Like riding the dirt, makes you safer when you hit the limit on the bigger bikes, because you learn not to freak out when the rear steps out (roll-off = high side) and keep that throttle nice and smooth.

Rode an hour last round at Cresson on an SV with full rains in a driving rain. After I got comfy I shaved my time down to just a few seconds off my dry times. The technology in the tires is amazing. That said, if it dries out you will shred the rains. At that Cresson mini endurance the quick teams had to come in and change tires because they were toasted and they were losing too much time to the DOTs.
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I did my first track day at TWS (Texas World Speedway) last feb 17. It was cold and raining was very nervious at first. But got comfortable through out the day. And now riding in the rain is a breeze
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