Yeah, but you forgot the spectators
Those of us who have been to Pasir Gudang a couple of times have also stories about meeting the local fauna. We've seen small lizards, big ass monitor lizards, cats, dogs, monkeys and ladies coming crossing the track carrying shopping bags. However, yesterday was another first for me at least. Coming over the crest going into the turn 9-10 chicane we came upon a family of boars (or very hairy pigs...) with small piglets and all. Makes you think again about having a tumble in the gravel traps there again...
Anyway, YP's summary is pretty good.
Cameron also gave tips such as make a preparation list. Because how many times have you come to the track and found that you have forgotten something obvious.
He pointed out that looking towards the next corner is of high importance. Your focus should not be only 2meters in front of you, then you'll never be prepared in time for the next obsticle.
Also, Cam said that when picking a goal for yourself when going out on the racetrack, it shouldn’t be too much focused on other racers. You cannot control what they do. The only you can control is yourself and the way you ride, so that is where you should look for improvements. Setting yourself specific goals on the track (i.e. entry speed/braking point/exit angle for a particular corner) might set you back immediately, but can help you in the long run. You don't know until you've tried it another way.
For me, I had/have some problems getting around this "getting your body in position before the corner". I've always been straight up and down on the bike when downshifting into a corner. As soon as I started moving my ass of the seat before downshifting there were so many variables coming into the picture. Suddenly the center of gravity is off, the bike is not perpendicular, the foot angle is different so the gear lever is now in a different position, gripping the tank with the knees is done differently and the arms are not straight on the handle bars (i.e. less strength). Even so, the maneuver is very useful to stabilize the bike when entering a corner, and coming to the end of the day I was finally getting around it somewhat.
That was also part of Cam's intention for the passing exercise done at the end of the day. By forcing us into positions that we are not normally used to being in by continually passing and re-passing each other, we got to try out different lines through the different corners. This exercise was done at about 90% speed, which also gave an element of racing but keeping within safety limits.
In all a nice day with good guys, and I definitely hope I have the chance to go out on the track with Cam again in the future. Thanks Cameron!!
Also big thanks to Andy and Gareth for organizing this.
Sadly we also had a spill on Wednesday where our fellow club member Enrique had a low side going into turn 1 while showing a friend around the track. Luckily he was only shaken and bruised, and the bike had some scratches and a broken foot peg. He looked like he'd been in a fistfight, but was able to ride pillion back to Singapore.
Hope to see you tonight at the BBQ Enrique!
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Last edited by Silva Bullet; 02-24-2005 at 07:59 PM.