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The new surface is FUCKED UP! It was coming apart really bad throughout the day with grooves and loose asphalt mixed with oil and rubber. Currently, it's about 2-3 seconds a lap slower and it was fucking HOT HOT HOT HOT!
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Which corners/parts of the track were the worst?
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In my race, the worst seemed to be turn 1. The exit was completely littered with marbles of asphalt and if you were behind someone, you got hit pretty bad. it hurt like a bitch to get hit in the neck. The grip coming out was pretty bad too. I'd imagine you'd have to be real careful on your R1 as I was having problems on my 250. The second worst was the bustop. Big ass groove right at the apex. You can either take it slow or go outside of it and deal with a chance of running over the curb on quick left transition. The outside of the bustop was littered with the shit too but didn't feel too bad since you're not going as fast thru there. The turn they call 3a which is the exit of the carousel was pretty bad too. Just lots of loose asphalt. I hope they fix this shit before anymore bikes get on it but cars are racing there next week and you know it'll get torn up worse.
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did they redo the track surface recently?



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Yeah I am pretty sure that they paved it last week. Like Wed of last week.

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did they redo the track surface recently?
yeah they put fresh asphalt in turn 1,turn 2, exit of 3, the bustop, and turn 7.
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well this is not pleasant news...
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was it the extreme heat that softened the new stuff up enough to come apart like that then?

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was it the extreme heat that softened the new stuff up enough to come apart like that then?
I believe so as it wasn't bad at all during morning practice.
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thats crazy, was it just a shitty job done then on the paving?...havent seen any roads coming up around here...well i guess they dont have people racing on them either

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well this is not pleasant news...
Don't even worry about it. I don't see it being a problem during the nesba weekend.
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thats crazy, was it just a shitty job done then on the paving?...havent seen any roads coming up around here...well i guess they dont have people racing on them either
It looked beautiful in the morning. Just not enough time for it to cure properly and the heat didn't help either.
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It looked beautiful in the morning. Just not enough time for it to cure properly and the heat didn't help either.
i'll get to see for myself this weekend...
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It looked beautiful in the morning. Just not enough time for it to cure properly and the heat didn't help either.
yeah, the heat and the GT races took their toll on it. I didn't notice lots of pebbles in T1 until Sunday's races. 3a was torn up both days. Lots of crashing Saturday. I'm just glad I succeeded in my goal of not crashing either day.
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I had a lot of problems in turn 7 and turn 1, and I wasn't even going that fast... every time I tried to lean a bit more the rear end would keep on sliding and I had to save 3 near-highsides. It's pretty bad, the tires were basically picking up chunks of the new pavement and throwing them back. I think I got mostly 6th and 7th place finishes, and a 4th place in Supertwins, almost got 3rd but nearly highsided myself into the gravel in turn 1 and that slowed me enough to cost me the position.

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Turn 7 was scary as hell during the GT Lights race on Saturday too... there was a 2 or 3 bike pileup there after the 1st lap, and the 2nd time I went around that corner, I nearly highsided into the pileup since it was so slick... then 3 or 4 laps later, I almost highsided again at the same spot and would have been right in the side of the ambulance if I crashed. It was right in the impact zone... after they rolled the ambulance off the track, another guy crashed in the same corner and it finally got red flagged. 4 bikes down all in turn 7 that race

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I'll let you guys know how it is before the weekend. I'll be there Thursday. Not looking forward to it. This has been the topic of discussion on several forums/boards - not in a good way either.

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Buy race 13 sunday there was a 1 1/2 by 3 long pot hole in the bus stop (3a) that was like an inch deep with no where to go cause to corner was litteres with loose asphalt.

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WOW!

Was there any talk about when they were going to repair it again?

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no shit, nesba has a weekend coming up on the 29th and 30th, and i tell you blackhawks has been freaking slacking for a while with there track!

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as far as the bathrooms go... they got rid of that trough that we all used to use as a pisser. They have dividers now so no one can sneak a peak at my big gigantic penis. But be happy.. at one time, the shitters didn't have doors.
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Was there any talk about when they were going to repair it again?
I think they're going to fill the voids and roll it again. I think with time, it should be good but vehicles need to stay off it for a while. Bad timing on their part I guess.
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It was bad.

The heat seemed to have a greater impact on the riders on Saturday. We shortened the sprint races to 6 laps and cut the remaining GT race to 20 minutes. The GT Lights race was red-flagged because we were down to one ambulance. There was some discussion about red-flagging it when the ambulances arrived on scene - in retrospect, it probably would have been a good idea. EX 161 ended up being transported with broken ribs and collapsed/bruised lungs as a result of being run over during one of the T7 crashes. Earlier in the day in T3-A, the three leaders were all taken out when one tucked the front end, resulting in a broken arm.

Paving the track the DAY BEFORE an event, on the hottest weekend of the year, was an absolute bonehead idea. My understanding is that Blackhawk had contracted with the paving company some time ago but they more or less blew off the job until the last minute. I'd be willing to bet that the prep work prior to pouring the asphalt was done haphazardly, as well.

Drank 1.5 gallons of water on Saturday, and 2 on Sunday. Big huge honking thanks to Ofugit for letting me crash in his air-conditioned rolling palace. Alvarez is still delicious.

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It was bad.

The heat seemed to have a greater impact on the riders on Saturday. We shortened the sprint races to 6 laps and cut the remaining GT race to 20 minutes. The GT Lights race was red-flagged because we were down to one ambulance. There was some discussion about red-flagging it when the ambulances arrived on scene - in retrospect, it probably would have been a good idea. EX 161 ended up being transported with broken ribs and collapsed/bruised lungs as a result of being run over during one of the T7 crashes. Earlier in the day in T3-A, the three leaders were all taken out when one tucked the front end, resulting in a broken arm.

Paving the track the DAY BEFORE an event, on the hottest weekend of the year, was an absolute bonehead idea. My understanding is that Blackhawk had contracted with the paving company some time ago but they more or less blew off the job until the last minute. I'd be willing to bet that the prep work prior to pouring the asphalt was done haphazardly, as well.

Drank 1.5 gallons of water on Saturday, and 2 on Sunday. Big huge honking thanks to Ofugit for letting me crash in his air-conditioned rolling palace. Alvarez is still delicious.

And it did my heart good to see DanO trackside. I'm glad you're home safe and on the way to recovery.

i am not some asphalt professional, but i do think blackhawks should have cancelled these events due to the possiblitys of someone getting hurt.

but paying the 500 dollar deduct sounds better then stopping a few grand from lost revenue.





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Almost forgot about an actual race report...

Got into a race long battle with 2 other 250's and got ahead of one on lap 4 and the other on the last lap to take second only to miss a shift coming out of 7 and completely blowing my drive down the straight toward the checker. Got passed for 2nd about halfway down the front straight due to the mistake and took a 3rd. Pretty disappointing but I'll take it. Not too bad considering I started on the last row.
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Almost forgot about an actual race report...

Got into a race long battle with 2 other 250's and got ahead of one on lap 4 and the other on the last lap to take second only to miss a shift coming out of 7 and completely blowing my drive down the straight toward the checker. Got passed for 2nd about halfway down the front straight due to the mistake and took a 3rd. Pretty disappointing but I'll take it. Not too bad considering I started on the last row.
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The track isn't going to get too much of a break, because the "other track day org" is going to be there this coming weekend on Sat. and Sun. Hope they have some solution before then.
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I had some good battles this weekend. 125GP-3th, GTL-6th, LWGP-7th. A freind of mine was nice enough you come out a take pics for me.
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