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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-15-2003, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Attending Sears Point May 2-4?

Just a quick survey on who's planning to attend the AMA National at Sears Point (Infineon) during the first weekend in May? THere's also some vintage events earlier in the week, along with some pretty cool wine country tours in the Napa Valley.

We usually have a pretty good sized neighborhood from Tahoe head down to the event. Hope to see some SBW-Motozine members there this year.

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Got any more details? Prices, times, etc.? Might try to talk the Mrs. into that....

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Take a peek at:

www.infineonraceway.com

The event starts on Friday for practice and qualifying, then thing heat up on Saturday. Sunday is the main raceday, so if you just have time for one day, Sunday's the way to go. Keep in mind that traffic sucks big time, so allow extra time for arrival and departure. If you can ride a bike over for just raceday, that's best. If you're staying overnight with a car or RV, just allow an extra 1.5 hours to leave after the main. Last year we simply hung around an BBQ'd then left at dusk with virtually no traffic at all. As you're in the Bay area, I'm thinking this is a great strategy.

I think camping runs $100 for premium sites, down to about $25 for tent sites. It gets a tad brisk at night and weather can be spotty that time of year so plan accordingly. I'd opt against tents myself. (I like heat) I think the weekend ticket was $40 last year but can't remember for sure, check the website.

Bring sunscreen, water, good walking shoes, a camera with the biggest telephoto you can get and scads of film. Bring snacks & food as the stuff there is pricey and of modest quality. Go easy on the adult beverages

Perhaps I'll see you there.

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tahoe, i'm gonna sticky this so it stays near the top. i think i'll give that a try for all of the race-weekend get togethers for '03.

have fun left-coasters.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-09-2003, 07:47 PM
 
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I plan to go. Is it a lot faster to take a bike to the track? Someone told me it's slow either way, but a bike has to be better.
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The bike will be quicker on the trip out, but don't be in a rush. Note that there will be a Superbike main on Saturday and Sunday, so you'll likely want to stay overnight. The last several years I have brought over my motorhome, but this year I'm going to ride the F-117 over instead.

There'll be a number of folks camping at the track from our neck of the woods and I'll try and post a location or meet-up spot a week before the races.

If you order soon, you can get your tix from the track. The 3-day package is $50, which is a pretty good deal. There's been a lot of changes over the winter, so the races will be interesting indeed!

The track is essentially tighter now, so the higher top-speed machines won't have as much advantage over the quicker handling bikes. Should be some great racing!

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I'll be there. I;m doing a Reg Pridgmore CLASS school there on Tuesday prior to the races. Then planning on doing RKA's rides Wed., Th & Friday.
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Say Hi to Rich Battles when you do the RKA ride! I'm envious.

I awoke to snow flurries this morning and more are due in this weekend. I pray the weatherman is wrong or I will be a no-show at Sears this year. Really sucks as I've already got tickets.

I hope to see some of you folks there. The tentative meeting place for the Sierra Sportbike riders is 10 & 2 in front of the food stands in the paddock area. Look for Sierra Sportbike Association (ASS-Backwards ) T-Shirts.

I just hope this weekend isn't a repeat of 4 years ago. Total rain-out and got the RV stuck in mud for a day before I could leave the track.

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Hey Tahoe!

Stop by and say hi if you get a chance.

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Absolutely Shawn! I look forward to saying hi again. The weather man has better news as of tonight (thursday) that we might just have a dry track for Saturday and definately a dryer track on Sunday. I just need to get over the mountains (8,000'+) without having to put chains on the bike

Looks like I may be able to get there...man I hope so!

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