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I'm suprised no one has posted yet, they are probably still thawing from this weekend.

Anyway here goes. It was COLD!!!! Can't stress that enough. Here are the highlights for me.

First practice, got hit by someone trying to win race practice Didn't do anything except snapped the zip ties that I had holding the plastics on, so I had to pit in and put new ones on. He did later come over and apologize so alls well that ends well, no one went down or got hurt so that was cool. Then same practice, going into the new chicane I was behind a guy that was braking pretty hard but I knew he was going to, apparently the guy behind me hadn't noticed that was going to try passing him on the inside they collided, the guy who was braking hard just stood it up and went straight the guy who was trying to pass on the inside went down in front of me, and I rode around him and his bike, and went on my merry way. I think a lot of people didn't pay enough attention to the fact that they hadn't been on a bike in a while, the tires were cold, and so was the track. But made it through that ok, pitted in changed my zip ties, and made it out for the next practice.

It took some time for me to get comfortable in that cold of weather that's for sure. Road America is definitely a HP track, in fact I think that's the only way I managed to beat Jeff, once we go to blackhawk he'll probably be kicking my butt on that 125. All in all it was an ok weekend, no crashes, some decent finishes, and good points.

I managed a 6th and 7th in Supertwins, only about 9 people on most of the grids but whatever. Then two 4th places, two 3rd places, and 2 5th places, spread out between the LWSS, LWSB, and LWGP races.

One things for sure there are some fast amatuers again this year. Ryan Hall is definitely going to be replacing Lee Davis this year as the Lightweight runaway boy, I think that guys fast.
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COLD. It was cold.

I watched most of the LWSB and 125 GP race. Jeff is SERIOUSLY hauling on that 125.
I couldn't even keep up with him. I managed a couple 7th and 8th place finishes (hey, more top 10 finishes for the race resume). One of the new amateurs was a guy I went to Team VisionSports with. I've got several pictures I need to resize before posting. Got a great shot of the tower at a race start, action photos, and Elvis (or would it be Elvi since there were two of them).


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How about some lap times? Did you break the 3 minute mark?
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Damn Dave, All that work painting your bike and someone runs into you on the first pratice session.

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How about some lap times? Did you break the 3 minute mark?
I didn't even come close to that. Dave was pretty close last time I looked. With the cold and whatnot, I could not focus on consistency at all. One race had a best lap time of 3:30:xx, the next had 3:35:xx .

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Hey, at least you all made it there and home safely. I expected to hear about a multitude of crashes due to the cold. Sounds like it went as well as could be expected. Congrats, gentlemen!

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Hey, at least you all made it there and home safely. I expected to hear about a multitude of crashes due to the cold. Sounds like it went as well as could be expected. Congrats, gentlemen!

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Oh, there were quite a few crashes, usually at least one every other race. Somebody bit it on the warm up lap right in front of me.

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Hopefully they weren't ruffed up too badly. Still, it's good to see you made it home safely.

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Got hit, but it wasn't hard I don't think there's even a mark on the paint. Just broke the zip ties that was pretty much it.

And for the record Rev, yes I did break 3 minute lap times but not by much. I think my best was a 2:58:?? I've got it written down at home, it's kind of funny because that was actually the same lap time Bernard won the Supersport race with.
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Good job guys....RA is not a fun track when its cold....you're brave just for getting out there especially on Sat. Im curious if the wind on Sunday affected anyone.
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Yeah, wind was a particular problem in Kettle Bottoms (concrete walls make excellent tunnel) and just after the bridge on the straight between 3 and 5. I normally don't consider T4 a turn, but it did require noticeable effort to steer the bike in that direction on Sunday with the wind.

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Got hit, but it wasn't hard I don't think there's even a mark on the paint. Just broke the zip ties that was pretty much it.

And for the record Rev, yes I did break 3 minute lap times but not by much. I think my best was a 2:58:?? I've got it written down at home, it's kind of funny because that was actually the same lap time Bernard won the Supersport race with.
Bernard won the ss race?
and Dave..... You should be the fast guy in the LW class. Ryan's got nothing on you.

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Man was it COLD!! I did one practise all weekend, friday and only because I haven't been on the track in two years. GTL I got my a$$ handed to me cause I rode like a wimp. Cold tires, cold track, cold patch work, did I mention it was cold.

Saturday morning 7 am I get to my pit and there is SNOW covering my tool box and 30 degrees out, so I said the hell with this went back to my hotel. Decided to head back to the track after lunch. It was 50 degrees, cloudy with a freezen 30 mph wind. Took seventh in LWGP behind Lovebothkats. Then a surprising 3rd in GP125!!

Sunday the sun came out! I seen 58 degrees on my weather station, honest. Got the hole shot in 125gp, then Boyd (334) and Scott (184) showed me how to take turn one.
Engine shut down going into 5 loss 3 more spots, started running fine again, took back 2 spots, one lap to go battled with someone less, Scott (184) lost his chain, so I took 4th overall. LWPG I had a hell of a battle with some SV. He'd kill me by 10 bikes on the front, reel him in 1/2/3 pull another 5 bikes on the back, reel him in 5, in the carousel and chicane I'd go around the outside, down the inside then away he went and every lap I'd put a wheel in on him in canada corner, even used the rumble strip. Lovebothkats was right in front of us, if he was looking back he got a good show. I think I finshed 7th.

It was a good weekend, finished 3,4,6,7,7. Thanks Lovebothkats and Grover. Hopefully, we'll all go at it again at BHF.

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Rev, yes I should've had Bernard no problem but his Buell was putting a pretty good gap on me by turn 4, and you can't win a championship in the first weekend, but you can sure as hell lose it.

As far as Ryan, we'll see once we go to another track but I'd say he has something on me, I'm hoping that part of it was just me riding ultra conservative making sure I didn't crash in the first weekend, but I think I'd have to push pretty hard to beat him. He was a challenge last year, and I guess he did a lot of ice racing and some flat tracking since last season. Plus there are a lot more SV's concentrating on the SB class and building the motors up. You know they've got something going on when they run all the Lightweight classes except supersport. ;D

I'm going to try and get the other SV setup for Superbike, which will help a lot since it has the inverted front forks, better brakes, and I think that engine is a little stronger than mine. But it wasn't just hp he beat me flat out no excuses, and I know that because he flubbed one start really bad, and I got a good start but he still blew past me and I never saw him again.

Jeff, I did see you back there in one race at one point you were looking close enough to make a move on me, and I was definitely relying on the hp difference between the SV and the 125 to beat you. I bet I'll be eating a huge plate of humble pie at Blackhawk getting beat by a 125, when you're riding an SV is a second helping of it. I could at least accept Rev, he's on a 250 at least.
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Almost forgot the most exciting or SCARY part of the weekend is when the clutch felt kind of weird at the end of one race, and I came in to find that the cable was literally on it's last strand that could've been really bad.
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Almost forgot the most exciting or SCARY part of the weekend is when the clutch felt kind of weird at the end of one race, and I came in to find that the cable was literally on it's last strand that could've been really bad.
I've lost a clutch cable while gearing down for a corner. Definately scary, luckily I was through downshifting when it went. Did you ever get the cable to feel right? Maybe some cable lube will loosen it up.

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It felt ok, I just like it to start engaging a little sooner makes starts a lot easier. I never got it there but that's ok I'll just adjust to the new feel. That last race the start wasn't bad so it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.
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Rev, yes I should've had Bernard no problem but his Buell was putting a pretty good gap on me by turn 4, and you can't win a championship in the first weekend, but you can sure as hell lose it.

As far as Ryan, we'll see once we go to another track but I'd say he has something on me, I'm hoping that part of it was just me riding ultra conservative making sure I didn't crash in the first weekend, but I think I'd have to push pretty hard to beat him. He was a challenge last year, and I guess he did a lot of ice racing and some flat tracking since last season. Plus there are a lot more SV's concentrating on the SB class and building the motors up. You know they've got something going on when they run all the Lightweight classes except supersport. ;D

I could at least accept Rev, he's on a 250 at least.
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I bet you'll be right there with him at the smaller more technical tracks. I'm sure you know not to base anything off how things go at RA since most are creeping around and just getting used to going fast again. Going to friday practice for the first BHF?

Oh and Dave... there's no consolation in getting beat by a fat guy on a little bike. I weigh more than my bike does at this point.
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I bet you'll be right there with him at the smaller more technical tracks. I'm sure you know not to base anything off how things go at RA since most are creeping around and just getting used to going fast again. Going to friday practice for the first BHF?

Oh and Dave... there's no consolation in getting beat by a fat guy on a little bike. I weigh more than my bike does at this point.
I'm hoping that is the case, like I said I was riding pretty conservative. Temps were cold, I had never been to RA before and my goal was to just not crash and score good points. I won't be able to go out for Friday practice at BHF I have to save my vacation time for the MAM round.

Why do you always have to remind me of all the reasons you shouldn't be beating me?

You wait, next year it is ON!!! I'll be starting in the same grid then, and I swear I'm going to beat that little TZ that could one of these days.

Are you going to be at the next BHF round next weekend? If so make sure you stop by so I can give you shit in person about your boy Biaggi, and Sete!!
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I'll be at the Friday practice as well.

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Once again crap weather. Road America wouldn't let us have electric either. Did I mention the $50 camping fee! Until CCS picks a better time of year I'm done! Friends looked at the forecast and ended up not coming. No spectators and poor conditions to race in. I'll miss racing Road America but this is the last year for us.

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Once again crap weather. Road America wouldn't let us have electric either. Did I mention the $50 camping fee! Until CCS picks a better time of year I'm done! Friends looked at the forecast and ended up not coming. No spectators and poor conditions to race in. I'll miss racing Road America but this is the last year for us.
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Yeah Mike_rbm, just get that AMA license and you can hang with Duhamel or Hayden! LOL! To bad CCS F*@KED that up for us.

I've got to agree with you. . . this weekend sucked. Hard! The cold was pathetic. I didn't get to compete this year but just wrenching was a pain. Can you say 'hypothermia'? I didn't stop shaking 'till Monday night. . . at home. . . in my own bed.

Yeah! August was great! Great weather and they even had. . . uh, what were those called again? Damn! It's right on the tip of my tounge.

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Cold? It was positively BALMY up there. Yeah.

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Hmm, some pictures I took. First two are of race starts, then a couple action shots of Dave and Jeff. Oh, and the Elvi that went flying through the pits after the races!

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That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!

Hell, it builds character, and it's still the 2nd-best place to watch a race!
Balmy?! You were too spoiled getting to hang out in the tower between races, princess.

2nd best place to watch? I think Road America is the best. What's your favorite track to spectate at?

Regardless, it was OK to kick off the season (would have been more fun with warmer weather ) and see everyone. #30, #80, #280, #341, #283. I never knew how much work there is (changing tires, adding fuel, getting food, helping with and prepping gear, professional photographer , etc) with 4 guys in one pit! Next year Kim. . . we're so racing Road America!

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LOL, Mike!

The scorers were falling all over each other to get back inside as soon as the last bike took the checkered flag - but Cindy and I had to stay out there as long as there was a bike on the course.

We did alternate coming in during morning practice tho.

The BEST place to watch a race is from the seat of my motorcycle. Favorite tracks? I dunno. The facilities at Barber and RA are first-rate (and Barber's museum is worth the trip by itself). Gingerman's buffet is very good. Grattan and MAM are both somewhat "spectator-friendly" in that from one vantage point you can see the majority of the course. Blackhawk is extremely "pit-friendly" and has a mean tuna sandwich.

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The BEST place to watch a race is from the seat of my motorcycle.
Amen sister!

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