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Thank you for the Awesome BBQ and fun times, Bomber!!! Wow! What a great first day of this weekend! Great job by all the organizers. how can we possibly top Saturday? Even the weather was superb.

It was nice meeting RonI. Next time Im not coaching a specific student, lets get you boys lined up in "I" for some fun.

Cory on the orange kawi was my main student and was extremely progressive and listened and applied everything I told him. So cool to see improvement in action. And mjost importantly he had a blast!

Day 2 underway .......

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I second the awesomeness of the BBQ. This was my first track day and I had a blast. Some of the classroom stuff seemed a little basic, but I think that might be because I have spent a decent amount of time reading up of riding techniques and others experiences. I figured since it was my first time on the track, I would go in the slowest of the N groups. That was good and bad. It was great that I didn't get in over my head, but I really didn't get to learn any breaking points at all while we were in the groups. I found myself only braking on the straights after exiting the turn too fast and catching up real close the the riders in front of me. In the afternoon I ended up passing several riders, so that must mean I was doing something right. As we were sent free I would watch my coach's lines in a couple of turns each time we started a new session or came back from a red. I figured if I learned a couple or few turns each time I could put together a good run. My goal was to have fun and get used to the speeds and angles that are seen on a track. I feel that I came away with a successful day as I came home with no new scratches on the bike or myself. Wait, I did get a couple of scratches on my right toe slider, but those scratches are OK to have. A great big thanks go to STT, Resurrection, G2G, and TripleZ for helping me get on the track.

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Thank you for the Awesome BBQ and fun times, Bomber!!! Wow! What a great first day of this weekend! Great job by all the organizers. how can we possibly top Saturday? Even the weather was superb.

It was nice meeting RonI. Next time Im not coaching a specific student, lets get you boys lined up in "I" for some fun.

Cory on the orange kawi was my main student and was extremely progressive and listened and applied everything I told him. So cool to see improvement in action. And mjost importantly he had a blast!

Day 2 underway .......
that was a blast for sure!!!!! i'm gonna need help monday (south course) can i have u as my rabbit to chase so u can show me the lines?
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oh and RonI is a sandbagger fyi..but a very nice guy he gave me gas and a banana thanks ronI
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Nice to see so many CLSB people on the track! It was my first time in I, and I had a blast! I wasn't doing much passing, but I was cheesin ear to ear after I made my first pass It's nice having more predictable riders in front of me. Thanks Terra for showing me around, and thanks for riding by our pit area to tell me I'm slow

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Good times. Wasn't may fastest day but ironically I passed more people than usual. During the afternoon sessions one of the coaches bumped me up to grp 4 from 5. It is almost like bing in the middle of the slow group (novice) LOL!! The temp was perfect, could handle that sort of weather year round! Good seeing everyone.

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Tara, nice meeting you too! didn't know you coached! btw, your coach friend on that KTM man-handles that thing. Next time, I'll paint my bike pink so you know who to pick on while on the track lol.

RX, I'm not a sandbagger, just a guy trying to ride with my buddies! Next time, I'm gonna get in front of Nino more often so I can get more video lol
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Hahaha ....you guys had me crackin all day Saturday.
Pat, I'm glad you enjoyed those lines I showed you. R- I'll try to request intermediate tomorrow.

Today was also amazing weather. I had the honor to coach Monica and WOW is she a good listener she was instantly fast. Two days on the track and she's ready for a CC upgrade. All of the coaches were impressed!

I also was graced with three beautiful Ducatis in my group in Novice today. Good times with first timers. ....and now delicious pizza!!!!
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Tara, nice meeting you too! didn't know you coached! btw, your coach friend on that KTM man-handles that thing. Next time, I'll paint my bike pink so you know who to pick on while on the track lol.

RX, I'm not a sandbagger, just a guy trying to ride with my buddies! Next time, I'm gonna get in front of Nino more often so I can get more video lol
That's STT Stefano on the KTM. I LOVE THAT BIKE. that was a funny scenario wasn't it?

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.... special mention to Jason Pilot for his bump to advanced!

I told you, Jason! You rock!

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.... special mention to Jason Pilot for his bump to advanced!

I told you, Jason! You rock!
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had a blast in N group 1 today! weather was perfect! met a lot of cool new peoples, and there werent that many crashes. from my knowledge there were only 4. i could be wrong. either way it was all gravy!

thanks to the two coaches that worked with me and my lines. i suck at names but the duc street fighter(novice coach group1) and an r6 novice coach that had a 8 jersey on. you guys at STT rock!

jason congrats on the A bump! thanks for trailering my bike! pat, didn't see you but thanks for loaning the ez-up. ill pm you later about giving it back...IF..i give it back...bwahahaha...
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That was 1 - Tom and 8 - Chris mcvay

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Time to put the 1098s in service.

Let your SV have the weekend off.

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great time, bbq was awesome, geat weather, fun tracks, and both bikes held up, no problems, wish I could go monday too but 2 days in a row was still pretty good
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Just got home early this morning. That was a good time Saturday and Sunday. Saturday the track was COLD and oh so slippery in the morning. It really unsettled me for most of the day, and I didn't trust my tires to stick until early afternoon. Jason was freaking fast on the north course, but I got to follow and play cat and mouse with a TZ250 most of the afternoon. (mmmmm premix and leaded fuel........) Lots of cold tire crashes, one right in front of me and Pilot, 3 turns into the session.

Had to change my rear out 2 sessions from the end of the day. I think it was off and back on with new rubber within 20 minutes. The on-track tire service was awesome and cheap.

Go-Karts, Ribs, and the "other" activities were awesome. That's why STT is better than Nesba.

Sunday was great as well. Even with the bumps, I like the south course better. Nice tight turns and those sweeping lefts are great. Thanks to Grasshopper for teaching me how to take those better. After that, I was able to keep up with Jason....... mostly. In the afternoon we were playing tag for about 6 laps. Passing back and forth, there was also a coach in a Green jersey passing me back and forth as well. All while us 3 were passing other bikes. Probably the most fun I've had on the track.

Jason is definitely ready for A, fast and consistent. Bastard! Now I've got to catch up again.

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That's STT Stefano on the KTM. I LOVE THAT BIKE. that was a funny scenario wasn't it?
That guy freaked the shit out of me. I think we were going into turn 3, there was a coach leading a slower rider around and the KTM flies by me (legitimate pass on a straight with plenty of room between us). Thing was he braked HARD going into 3 and locked the rear and slid sideways a little. I was certain I was going to watch a crash. We both got around the coach and slower rider after turn 5 and then the KTM was gone before I even got to turn 6.

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thanks. i suck at names.
Apparently so do I that was Chris hipple not mcvay. Lol. Oops.

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thats right Hipple! ...i read nipple at first, lol....capitalize the damn H!
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....I also was graced with three beautiful Ducatis in my group in Novice today. Good times with first timers. ....and now delicious pizza!!!!
See everyone tomorrow!
I was on one of those Ducatis, the red 800ss. Terra, thank you again for being a great coach for my first track day. I've been riding for years, and have taken the Lee Parks Total Control class, but this was my first time ever on a track. Being as such, I was perfectly happy to take it easy, and I had a really great time learning the track, watching your lines, and fixing the issues I was having in T1-T3 (thanks for the tip!).

I hope to make it back out sometime soon. Next weekend is tempting, but I have a half-marathon to run on Sunday, so it just won't work out. Hopefully soon though. Thanks to everyone else whom I met and the other CRs who complimented my body positioning (credit the Lee Parks class!) -- it was a great first time at the track.
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