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Join Date: May 2004
Location: South Loop & Cary
Location: South Loop & Cary
Sportbike: '02 GSXR 600 / '98 CBRF3
Years Riding: Since '03
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Thoughts spurred by rule change post
I haven't attended a NESBA day yet, but from what I hear there is/has been a number of illegal passes in B class, among other issues (blend-line violations)
Last summer I complained about people passing me inside corners, or late breaking me to get in front before a corner, and I was slightly berated by a few members for not understanding that track days are for 'fast riding' and not for the meek, and I should accept that more experienced B riders will want to get around my slow-ass. I took it as a lesson learned and kept my mouth shut.
But, I understood the rules before the event as NO passing in "B" Class ANYWHERE except on the straights, which really limited it to between 6&7, and 7&1. That was NOT the case as a few people spooked me in corners, and they were NOT control riders. I understood orange shirts to be allowed to pass when they felt it was safe.
Granted, this was during the CLSB and some Edge Racing days at Blackhawk, but from what I've heard and read about recent NESBA days, as the B classes have had the same issues.
I don't have a lap timer and don't really plan to get one. I couldn't say what I ran at BHF last year, but I can say I had a lot of fun, never crashed, learned a lot about the bike and improved as a rider, on and off the street. I like the track because I feel that it's a safer place than the street where I can trust a corner probably won't have gravel or oncoming traffic, but I'm still prepared for something to possibly be there. I want to make it home in one piece, me and the bike.
I feel that riding at or near 100% is not worth the potential risk to me and others out there. Sure I may be hampering my learning curve by riding below a certain level and taking baby steps, but I'm not Valentino Rossi and I'll never be a racer. I lack the natural skill, nor do I have the desire to push that hard at something as dangerous as this.
I'm not saying that accident's won't happen, but there seems to have been a lot of crashes lately. I also don't think know anything about Shannon's accident, so I'm not saying anything about that, I'm just talking about my own experiences and my lack of 'excitement' at attending NESBA days this season when I read some of the things I have seen here and on their forums.
To me it seems like B class should be people safely and curtiously trying to improve their riding, or just enjoy riding the track, and no ego's or people racing each other.
Am I naive, or is this what track days should be for? (sorry for rambling...)
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