Just dropped the old bike off @ MCC; time for a fresh top end. We did the heads/valves a year or so ago, so I'm sure they're fine. Probably looking at new pistons and rod bearings - we'll see. I'll keep ya posted.
If work keeps going, and I see no indication that it shouldn't, I'm planning on the Topeka opener. It's a blast of a track, and a great season opener. If you ever go, though, seriously consider a garage. The weather has been truly psychotic all 3x I've been there..
I'm thinking of contesting GT Lights all year. Hell, there are currently only 5 dates on the MW schedule so far; Topeka & 4x @ BHF, so if I do Topeka, the rest of the season is a no brainer. Expectations? Considering that I think the winning pace in Ltwt Ex. @ BHF is gonna be at least 14's and will most likely be in the 13's, I'd say that I'll be happy with top 5 finishes and ecstatic with podiums; anything beyond that and please keep your eyes averted from my groin area, thakyouverymuch. I'm just totally stoked at the notion of being out this year. Again, we'll see.
And why only GTL? Why not? Coupla reasons:
-5 classes, 1 class, whatever. The best part is being at the track, and besides, this will be my 8th freaking consecutive year of track riding. I can't even believe it. What a blast! At this point, I'd love to do a full-on multi-class season, but I'm not comfortable with committing to it...
- because of the $$$. I'll be more than happy to just practice, give it 110% for one race, and then chill and party with everyone. Also, I still have a lot of development I wanna do before I mount a serious seasonal effort. I figure this way I can get away with 3 sets of tires for the season, so there's a huge reduction in expenditures right there. And, I reserve the right to do more races in any given weekend, and certainly we'll wanna do any TC's we can, but I think GTL is really going to be the way to go...
- because of my newly attained level of fitness. While @ the April BHF round last year, I sold a bunch of parts off of my old 996, which meant I knew I could afford to race the RA round, and vowed right then and there to start working out again, that night. Which I did. And I haven't stopped. Net result? 25 lbs lost and kept off (currently 148!!!), 3+ inches off the waist, muscle regained, new eating habits acquired and overall, I'd say the highest level of fitness I've attained in my whole life - I was never one for cardio when I was younger. So, I am really, really, REALLY looking forward to racing now as I'm sure this fitness thing is going to pay dividends out there; the only question is, how much? Thus, I figure GTL will be the optimal class as it offers the most bang for the buck and now I'm hoping I can bring a little more intensity, for longer than some of the other guys out there. Like 11/10ths for the full 25 minutes + 1 lap oughta do it. We'll see.
Anyway, enough about me. Who else is planning what? Happy New Year to all; I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this year.. (I'm also planning on a few trackdays, too...)
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Last edited by Farmboy69; 01-15-2011 at 04:39 PM.