Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Naperville, IL
Location: Naperville, IL
Sportbike: CBR600RR & H-D Softail Custom
Years Riding: almost as long as it took to fill this out
How you found us: through a miracle
as far as gear selection goes. i honestly dont pay attention. i just listen and feel what the bike is doing.
but turn 1 i am in the mid to high 50mph.
comming up to the brake markers i am body brakeing and setting my body position then by (what is there 4 markers?) marker 3-1 brakeing/downshift and am set for my line.
(not really a turn more of a slight lean)
after 1 you stay on the gas swinging wide out of 2 then crossing over the track again approaching 3 (you can pass people here).
carry your speed from turn 2 (possably a hair of brake) for turn 3 staying just to the inside of the crest (middle of track) headed to the (kink) i am already off the bike and set for turn 3D. so its more of just tilt the bike to the right then left then turn. between comming out of the carisel and just befor the turn you should have bled off any speed you dont feel comfortable makeing the turn with.
lean it to the left comming out wide, for turn 5. you should be on the gas comming out of 4.
you come in and touch the apex and swing wide staying HARD on the gas (another great place to pass) move to the left side of the track to set up for turn 6.
this one always thru me off a bit finding the proper place to start my turn. but i think the proper thing to do here is to make it a late turn. leaning it far to the right. you stay on the gas from 6 to the turn markers for 7. in the slight kink they have here you aim for the right side of the kink (if you draw a stright line from the inside of the kink to turn 7 it should be pointing to the far left portion of the track this is your line)
comming up to 7 is fair share of brakes and another late turn and stay tucked in and hard on the gas headed into turn 1.
comming down the front stright you can catch people in the braking parkers if you take the inside. (you have to be a mad man on the brakes but its alot of fun to catch them there too)
i think that sums up my lap. i have a confirmed 1:23. but i know i had to be going faster (the becon wasnt working my last 2 days there). i can only speculate that between 1:22-120. possably a 1:19. (if chills got a 1:19 and i was in front of him i had to get something REAL close to that)
at that pace i was rideing in 2nd spot for I group.
as for what goes on in my head as i am rideing, i just try to breath slowly and know what to expect for each turn befor i get to it. i try to think 2-3 turns ahead, so i can see my entrance and exit for the following turn. but other then that be comfortable and listen to your gut. one thing i foudn out when i was at gratten later in the year was if i hold the end of the clipons vs. having my hands in the middle of the clipon i have alot more control and feel alot more stable pushing the bike around.
on a side note: i have put my CCS dreams aside for next year. i think its time to be pratical, and put another year of track rideing under my belt. This was my first year and i made great imporvements. i want to go about it the proper way and not get over my head, so what i am thinking is takeing the CCS course, then takeing some of the other classes that are offered by the race schools to help build my skill and knowledge of what is going on befor i try to compete w/ other people.
Willard: When I was home after my first tour, it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle.
Last edited by MikeD; 11-20-2003 at 01:00 PM.