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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-05-2008, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Post: Blackhawk July 5th - 6th

This was my first full trackday and wow what a blast! I did the free intro a month ago and have been dying to get back out there. Today went great, I camped out with some friends friday night which was fun then got out on the track this morning feeling pretty good, the track was sticky despite the cold last night and I was having a great time. The control riders were GREAT, I'm terrible with names so I can't give shout outs to everybody that helped me, gave tips, and some tough love, but I appreciate everyone's help. After my second session one of the CR's came and talked to me about what him and the CR working with me the first session noticed in my riding and gave me a ton to think about, I was almost over whelmed by the amount of info, but when I went out my third session I implemented everything I could remember and felt even more planted on the track. I was able to pass effortlessly using their tips I recieved, and by dragging my brakes slightly deeper into the corners was able to pick up some good speed. I got my knees down for the first time that session and went to lunch feeling great. After lunch I worked on keeping it smooth and practicing all the suggestions I was given. By the end of the day I got a bump to I group!

Long story short, I want to thank everybody who worked with me today, it is much appreciated! I learned a ton. Also a special thank you goes out to Craig for picking my bike up friday night and trailering it to the track for me

EDIT: The weather couldn't have been better, here's a short clip one of my friends took of me :-p

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Congradulations on the I bump!

It was a beautiful day to be at the track.
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Congrats on your bump Jeremy!

Thanks to everyone who lent me tools and even a battery to get me out on the track today. It was my first time on the track after years on the street. Incredible experience!

Thanks to the CR's who spent time with me to help me out on the lines and stuff. I'll be back to the track soon.

My afternoon ended with a crash, but not too much damage to the bike or me. I had a good time, at least till my last entry into 3A. (I buried my footpeg in the track and then the bike flipped and ended up on me.) I'm bruised but fine.

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Damn Craig, I wondered what happened to you. Glad you are alright.

You looked good out there Jeremy, (Didn't realize it was you till now). Congrats on the bump.
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Damn Craig, I wondered what happened to you. Glad you are alright.

You looked good out there Jeremy, (Didn't realize it was you till now). Congrats on the bump.
wait, were you the guy on the green 636??
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wait, were you the guy on the green 636??
Yes, and the Blue Joe Rocket Gear.
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ooohhh, ok, I didn't know that was you either haha...
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I only got to ride on Sunday but the weather was beautiful and the track was good. Liked to see the improvements that were made to the facilities. Good time with some good friends for sure.

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Hey Firecat, thanks for all the help man. You definately helped make my day a lot more productive and a hell of a lot of fun. I'll see you at Gingerman in Aug if you are there.

Dave (5axis) it was nice hanging out and talking to you, thanks for all the tips!
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Awesome weekend guys. Had bon fires at night with tons of beverages, and perfect weather all weekend, and great riding all weekend. It was pretty funny to see Sweet Willy running around in pink hotpants. He should never let Tiernan shop for him again

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-Hitting constant 17s at Blackhawk (and I still have more speed left in me)
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Hey Firecat, thanks for all the help man. You definately helped make my day a lot more productive and a hell of a lot of fun. I'll see you at Gingerman in Aug if you are there.

Dave (5axis) it was nice hanging out and talking to you, thanks for all the tips!

Hey...No problem at all. Glad I could help you out. I'm happy to see the body adjustment tweeks I gave you are working out for you.

I will be at Gingerman and would be happy to work with ya there...maybe we can catch part of your session on video for ya while we are out there.

So you still think that your "B rider for life" as you said on the NESBA board?

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my friend was out taking some pictures but unfortunately he only took shots of me...

In my pics I can see i need to get my damn upper body off the bike! My head is almost centered with the tank in some of these shots! Doh!


Edit: Looking at these closer I think i need to not only get my head and shoulders farther off the bike but also lower towards the ground
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Hey...No problem at all. Glad I could help you out. I'm happy to see the body adjustment tweeks I gave you are working out for you.

I will be at Gingerman and would be happy to work with ya there...maybe we can catch part of your session on video for ya while we are out there.

So you still think that your "B rider for life" as you said on the NESBA board?

Ehh. Maybe not, we'll see
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Jeremy congrats on the bumb to I man that was quick! Shit I have only road once since I was on the track in early june. This sucks the new house is taking up all of my time. This year will be a total write off from riding basically.
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Jeremy congrats on the bumb to I man that was quick! Shit I have only road once since I was on the track in early june. This sucks the new house is taking up all of my time. This year will be a total write off from riding basically.
Thanks!

And I know exactly what you mean, that was me last year, don't worry, next year will be a lot easier! The first 4 months after purchasing a home suck, NO money or time lol

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Yes, I to had a good time. Just need more seat time on the bike to be more comfortable, but all in all a excellent weekend.

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had a great time, guys! does anyone know where i can get in touch with joe from turn one? is he on this board? thanks.
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I had a good time on Sunday, even though I was too sick to ride. Shame my first trackday was spent in the pits but at least I got to chat it up with some riders.
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Jesus you are carrying some mad lean angle there; no wonder you got bumped to 'I' already.

I'm slow but I can help you out on the body position. You should get your head down to where the mirror would be, and get your knee out. At that angle you knee should be closer to the ground than your foot. See how close you are to dragging that toe? Put your left pec right down on the tank.

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Jesus you are carrying some mad lean angle there; no wonder you got bumped to 'I' already.

I'm slow but I can help you out on the body position. You should get your head down to where the mirror would be, and get your knee out. At that angle you knee should be closer to the ground than your foot. See how close you are to dragging that toe? Put your left pec right down on the tank.
Yeah, I realized that when I saw the picture, this picture also explained why my toe kept catching... As for the knee, later in the day I started sticking it out there and dragging it a little bit, but the trackpants are brand new and still very stiff and my leg was getting sore trying to force it out there, I need to loosen up the pants somehow for next time or i'm gonna pull a muscle I got yelled at for my lean angle vs body lean as well, definitely need to get my upper body over more, i can do it, it's just a matter of doing it while getting everything else set, so much to remember! Next time out there getting my upper body in better position is my number one objective.

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Yeah, I've seen Wink call people out that have way too much lean angle versus body position. Most listen and improve, but a few just kept right doing the same thins and as they got a little faster and hit the limit....crash. Since you already are comfortable leaning the bike like that and going fast (something I have yet to attain) then you just has the easy part left: Practice.

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EE Jeremy, throw your pic up in the "track form analysis" thread if you want feedback. Like Jeff said, Head needs to come down, right knee needs to go out. You want your body off to the side (which will help steer the bike through the turn) and your bike as upright as possible (so you have tons of grip for acceleration).

the pic in the avatar looks like a crash waiting to happen. The last pic you posted looks like some nice improvement. Congrats on the bump and keep up the good work. I try to take the first session or two to ride slow, warm up my body, and just work on form. Try that and I'm sure it will help you out.

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