So I got on the track for the first time on the new track bike. I wanted to do something close to home in case I had a problem with the new bike so I signed up for a day with the "other" track day org. The riders meeting ended and they announced "track goes green in 4 minutes". I hurried into leathers and raced for the track. They told us there was wet spots everywhere and mud in turn 6. I crashed in turn 6. ON MY FIRST LAP. I've pulled into my garage at higher speeds. As I learned the track I realized it was more of a late apex that would have put me outside the swamp they referred to as "turn 6". Track conditions were horrible. The track never dried. The whole day was a crashfest. They had so many bikes down they didn't even stop the sessions. Just left the bikes and chased the riders away from the track.
It took me and 2 others to pull my bike out of the mud. The slop was so deep I had mud IN my race boots. I had to make the "parade of shame" sitting on my bike in the back of the crash truck. I got all the medical releases filled out (I was fine, I wish all crashes were that smooth. Only ass and gloves touched pavement and I actually watched my bike sliding before me) and loaded my bike on the trailer and headed for home. I called my wife and told her not to come out to spectate since I was done. She asked me "well, can't you fix it in time to get back out there". That's my girl. She's a keeper.
So now the real race was on. I pulled up in front of my house and started hosing the mud off. I had a broken fairing stay, broken frame slider, broken brake lever, and bent up rearset, and about 30 pounds of mud. I welded up the fairing stay after pulling it off, took a windshield, frame slider, front brake lever, right side rearset off my streetbike and fixed it up. The biggest problem was the fairing bolts had the tops ground down and an allen key no longer worked. The quickest solution was a grinder.
So the bike was washed and back together and I got back to the track for the last 4 sessions of the day.
I felt bad about causing a red flag until I went through turn 6 again. The outside of that corner had about a dozen lines of mud tracked on it. The announcer said that anyone trying to pass in turn 6 would be EJECTED. Every session I did had bikes down. They were just littering the track. No matter how many times you say safety first or wave yellow flags (which can actually be distracting) bikes should never be circulating at race pace with 450 pounds of plastic and aluminum 1 foot off the track surface.
OK end rant
My last 4 sessions went OK. I had 1 pucker moment when I was off line following a pass. Anything other than the race line had water seeping through the track. I've heard of riders saving it with their knee but had never experienced it. I was kneedown when I hit a wet spot and lost the front. My knee sort of jammed into the track and stood the bike back up. I never lifted off the throttle and even though I didn't do it on purpose I now know how it works.
Well, to make a short story long, I had no further problems. I managed to sort out what I need to do to the bike, get the cobwebs blown off, and had fun. On the downside I need to order a couple hundred dollars worth of replacement parts and not eat for a couple months. Not only will that save money for parts but I'll be able to zip my leathers without sucking in my gut.