Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Appleton, WI
Location: Appleton, WI
Sportbike: GSXR 750
Years Riding: 28 years
How you found us: Cruising the 'net
Go to Road America on 8/11/2004?
I just went today. What a treat. It rained and stayed wet all morning. About 40 percent of the crowd left by noon. It stayed so bad that by the end of the day, another 40 percent had left. It was a near record low temp for the day. The track was really bad, with lots of slippery rubber laid down on it from the Grand Prix cars over the weekend.
It was horrible for the morning, and graduted to just poor for the last couple of afternoon sessions. In the morning, speed in the carousel was down 50% from normal. In one A session, it was just two of us out there. After 3 laps, another 3 riders joined us. But that was it. No one else even wanted to bother, or to risk the conditions.
There were lots of crashes during the rainy morning. Lots of light damage. I don't recall seeing anything too major as far as bike damage, but the ambulance did roll 3 or 4 times. I think I saw at least two riders and bikes down in the middle of the track. They red flagged the sessions of course.
I had a few wild moments myself. In one, I was coming out of three. After tiptoeing through the turn, I got on the gas just a tiny bit too much and wow! The rear and front both went crazy and I thought I might be on the ground in a hurry, but I caught it. Exiting 14 was always a challenge, with lots of people going down there. 5 was very slow and harrowing. In 6, 8 and 12, I found it was worthwhile to pick your way in-between the tar patches instead of try to ride over them. The long wide patch in Canada (12) was actually the least bad among them.
There was another session where the traction was so bad that I reall wondered what the heck I was doing out there, and that I should pull in. I calmed down and got over it though. I'd had a couple of wacky corner exit whip slides, you know, the instant kind?
There were a couple of semi-dry sessions in the afternoon, which were much better in contrast, but it was not like having full traction. I never did decide to trust the front, because the rear was so iffy.
It was still fun for the challenge and the time with friends at the track. I'm sure I learned something about riding for all that effort! It was kind of a scarey day at the track. I wouldn't want to do that if I knew it was coming, but I did enjoy it and made the most of it.