Not too Slow Not too Fast
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Bensenville, IL
Location: Bensenville, IL
Sportbike: 2003 Aprilia Falco
Years Riding: Too many
How you found us: ApriliaForum.com
First of all: Alex, I hope you heal up fast and recover completely.
My weekend was a blast although I didn't battle for the lead or midpack, lol.
Saturday practice was very beneficial since I do not have a lot of seat time this year. I only rode at BHF in the July round only, no track days at all. Practice started great, it was an open practice until lunch, no groups, just suit up and go. Since Kim and I run approximately same times we worked together for the most of the day and I was able to equal my personal best in our second session. We both decide to go for the P/B in the next session and just when we started running at our PB pace the session was red flagged. I remember coming to the carnage thinking WTF just happened. The airfence was blown away, a rider in the grass to the right, riders laying in grass to the left, and a bike in the middle of the track. After noticing a black bike on the track I was hoping it wasnít #56 or #79, unfortunately it was Nolanís #79, but he was unhurt. Kim and I were just behind them at the pit exit and as we were about to enter the track they stopped Kim for about 10-15 seconds to make a gap between the two groups. I tend to believe if they didnít, both of us would have been involved as well.
After that I wasnít in the mood to ride. Seeing a fellow racer being airlifted is not very motivating. It was a beer time for me.
Almost forgot that I was a victim of a shitty pass in T7 by #211. He almost hit me and forced me to stand up the bike and almost run of the track. He was turning back on the straight to see if I have made it.
My first race on Sunday was GTU. It was a cold night at BHF and I didnít want to ride the morning practice sessions instead I decided to run GTU for few laps and use it as a practice. I rode very well and was able to better my PB to 1:19:4. Indeed there were few 19s in that race. I had few slide in T4 and T6 and decided to pull in after about 10 laps and concentrate on the F40 races I had scheduled.
The first F40 MW race was OK, I had a good start and passed few folks and started chasing the rider that was about 6-7 seconds in front. I caught him in the fourth lap and tried passing him in T1 twice but was not brave enough to stick it and join the Shitty Pass Racing Team, both times I was ahead on the inside but check out and let him retain the lead. I was faster than him but I started racing at his pace and it was hard to pass him. My plan was to pass him on the last lap but I didnít see the white flag at all. On what ended up being a last lap we were coming on a lapper in T7 and he went to the right I went to the left of the lapper and I thought I had him but Spalding decided to go on my left and we ended going 4 wide in T7. I lost my drive and was not able to complete the pass I needed a few more yards. No P/B in this race, no 19s at all.
The second F40 was Unlimited F-40 and I again had a good start. In T2 a rider behind me went for an outside pass and ended moto-crossing from T2 all the way to mid T3 almost taking Tea out as he rejoined the race. I continue to have some troubles with sliding in right hand turns and at one point I almost lost the rear in the carousel. That was a scary moment to say the least. I lost the momentum which allowed the guy behind me to catch up and eventually pass me after T6A. I must say those litter bikes are fast. My pace was much slower in this race versus GTU. No P/B no 19s.
The last race was HWY SBK and again I had a good start but with no one to chase I was not having fun and after few slides, I decided to call it a day and pulled in at the mid-point of the race. I missed Kim in this race. Better safe than sorry.
Overall I am happy with my performance, I had achieved what my initial goal for the year was: to get into teens. I could have done better in the other races but it is what it is. Lack of seat time is evident and I must work on my stamina. I was very tired at the end of the day.
I would like to say thank you to Tea and Steve, Kim and Nolan, Jeff and Jeremy and of course Mr. Wheelly Malinowicz for all their help.
CCS very very Amateur #144