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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-16-2007, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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My MAM Race Results...

There a few people asking for details, so I thought I'd just post them up. Unfortunately, the weekend didn't go as well as BHF, but there was a lot learning that should help me next season.

The weather sucked. The forecast called for rain the whole weekend. It rained all Saturday morning up until lunch, so I didn't ride at all for open practice. I was planning to skip my one race since I had 4 lined up for Sunday. But it started drying off around 11am or so. It had dried off completely by the time lunch was over and I was able to get in about 15 minutes of practice before my first race. Needless to say, I felt like sh*t on the bike since I hadn't ridden in a month. I was gridded all the way in the back since I didn't pre-register for it. I got a great start for a change (I have been practicing in my head since my last race weekend ). The track was very green, but I fought through traffic the whole race and finished 6th. Not bad I guess considering I started in 20th place.

Sunday was all rain all day. I went out for practice on rains for the first time. It felt slow, but I managed and did pretty good. My first race was the GTU. There was about 15-20 bikes on the grid including experts. I got an awesome start. I feathered the clutch, WOT, lofted the front about 2" and shot past riders left and right. I was 3rd overall going into turn 1. It was still wet out there, but I managed to pick up some pace and by the end of the first lap I was leading the race overall. I opened up a 3 second gap on 2nd place over the next couple of laps. After that I made some mistakes and 2nd place was on my ass on the last lap. I planned to just take super defensive lines and not give him an inch of space to make a pass. Then the unthinkable - in my anxious efforts to keep this guy off me I gave it a little too much gas and the rear end just spun around and low-sided me coming out of turn 8. I ended up in the infamous MAM mud pits. I had the 'W' within my reach, but I crashed and my weekend was over

Bitter sweet...I got some valuable experience racing in the rain, and apparently I'm pretty good in it. I was setting the fastest laps for the day with sub-2min lap times - but I'll admit it was not as wet out there as it was later on that day, so that could have had something to with it. I also got my starts down. It's all about the start, and I think I should have no problem next season getting up front from the get go.

Again, I want to thank my fellow Nesbians for their help and support out there. Chris & Butch Frye and Joe & Dave Denowh - I couldn't have done it without you guys. Also, I want to congratulate Joe Denowh for his two 3rd place finishes.

My season is over and I plan to prep the bike for next season. I can't describe in words how excited I am to start my season. 6 months and counting

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-16-2007, 11:35 AM
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That's awesome man! first time leading a race right? crashes happen, too bad it happened in the way it did, but like you said, as long as you learn something from it, you're good to go!

Can't wait to watch the nesba domination-fest that's going to happen next year. between you, sub-par, hix, and others planning an attack on the ccs ranks, should be a fun season (who know's maybe I'll get out there one or two as well).

Good luck gettin' the bike back together, and at least it sounds like you are unhurt
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Congrats Burrito...Your "W" is gonna come very soon in my estimation.

Glad you came out of it without injury and i'm looking forward to seeing you tear it up next year.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-16-2007, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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That's awesome man! first time leading a race right? crashes happen, too bad it happened in the way it did, but like you said, as long as you learn something from it, you're good to go!

Can't wait to watch the nesba domination-fest that's going to happen next year. between you, sub-par, hix, and others planning an attack on the ccs ranks, should be a fun season (who know's maybe I'll get out there one or two as well).

Good luck gettin' the bike back together, and at least it sounds like you are unhurt
Yes, it was my first time leading. It's a very new feeling, amplified more so in the rain. You're trying your hardest to concentrate, hit your marks, and do your best, but at the same time you're trying not to get over-ecxited about being in the lead and let that hinder your concentration. Also, being in the front, you're setting the pace. How fast is too fast, how slow is too slow? And to keep the lead you have to get as close to the "edge" without crossing it. I crossed it and lost all my hard work. Even so, that in itself was a learning experience and I hope to do some more of it next season.

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Awesome job Erik, gonna have fun watching you next year. Give me a call when you get a sec.

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You should have ran the practice on the rains! Rain riding is an art and skill of smoothness. Seeing as you had ran tires and all.....

You've come a long way in a short time young burrito. I agree that setting the pace has got to be the most difficult thing.

Sounds like a good weekend if you came with some new knowledge. We missed ya at Putnam this weekend.

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Good job Erik. Like you said... now is the time to prepare for next season. Two outings and overall good results - you should be proud of yourself

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If your getting a new tail section get one that is lower to the battery this time your at max lean in some of your pics we have to change this cause the speed you are going now.

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If your getting a new tail section get one that is lower to the battery this time your at max lean in some of your pics we have to change this cause the speed you are going now.
I am planning to get new bodywork all together, but I haven't decided on the brand yet.

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damn man.. good job at least!

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