Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NW Burbs
Location: NW Burbs
Sportbike: SV 650, FZR 400, RM 125
Years Riding: Since 1990
How you found us: Nesba!
I made a last minute decision to see if I could end up with top 5 in the region. Since I had no plans of racing this year and only did a few rounds, we'll see where the points stack up. As usual, I was gridded in the last position. I have some crazy video trying to get through traffic. I ran up on some other riders and wasn't setting up a pass, so when they checked up, it was a scramble of self preservation.
The LWSS race had me end up third behind the usual fast guys. I couldn't get through the traffic quick enough. But eventually squeezed through and found myself with open track. No one ahead or behind. One of the experts came up to me in post race inspection and said I "stripped the paint off his bike when I went by, like I was on a mission." A compliment I was glad to hear.
ULSB was going to be different. I was going to do everything I could to find the 3 seconds I needed to beat the leader. The start went well, we sliced through the experts for the first few corners. I was behind the leader for while and then he came up on the bike I struggled to predict passes on last race. Not again! I worked by and was on the hunt. Then as typical, I get motored down the front straight by my usual nemesis. I catch him going into turn 3 and I don't think I even touched the brakes. Tipped it in and dragged pegs, knees and toes as I screamed up the inside, dove under the next bike in the bus stop and put my head down. The first rider came up after the race and said those two passes were so well done he was cheering for me in his helmet as I went by the other bike. He was held up just long enough that I didn't see him again. I started chasing the leader who had a huge gap. I started to reel him in. He took a look back and dropped the hammer. I continued to close the gap, but was missing shifts, apex's and was trying to ride "FLAT OUT." I figured there's no pride in tossing it away, so I spent the last 2 laps in tow to a second place. It was a great time and a great end to the race season. One that dropped lap times, increased confidence in my riding and tires. Best of all, I look back on the race season with zero crashes.
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