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OK. It's Monday morning and the last three days seem like a blur.

My most basic feelings are that I didn't crash and I didn't blow up my bike.

Another which is real hard to explain is that while racing is incredibly enjoyable and addictive, being on the track, in the race, is NOT relaxing fun. It's more like controlled (hopefully) low grade terror. Unlike most terror (the BOO! I scared you kind), though, this is continuous throughout the race. The only way you can avoid it is to slack up. But then, you are not racing.

Several times I would get through a corner that scared the living $hit out of me :eek: and then realized that I had lost my concentration in being so pleased that I had survived and was now coasting. :mad:

Ran out of gas (how is that for unfocued? :rolleyes: ) during the last practice session in the school on Friday. I pushed my bike halfway back to my truck from the track before I remembered I had a reserve. Duh! :rolleyes:

I'm pouring gas like a madman while my other classmates are lining up for the practice start of our mock race. I forget it is a practice start and nearly run over 3 bikes tearing out. :rolleyes:

Like Desmo said, the background between races is just overwhelming. Everybody is in chaos. Then you realized that just you are in chaos. Where are you supposed to be? When?

IT DOES GET BETTER. By my race on Sunday I had put about 70 laps on that track.

By my race on Sunday afternoon (each one of these represents a lesson along the line) I was

1. Fully dressed with EMPTY baldder.
2. Fully fueled.
3. Aware of my class and bike number.
4. Knew not to pull into the pits from the starting parade lap.
5. Beginning to see race lines. (This is where most of the other riders were)
6. Knew enough about brake points to realize mine are non-existant except for on the first turn at the end of the straight. Even there, it was no more than a generality along the ground... OKKK!!! I'M SCARED NOW. THIS IS AS GOOD A BRAKE POINT AS ANY!
7. Turn points? Not even a gimmer of an idea. Turning happens.
8. Accelleration points. More an issue of internal debate than a point on the ground. "Uh.... note tooo seeeelllf.... shouldn't we be accelerating somewhere in here?" "Huh... Accellerate? Oh yeah! But maybe just a little... in a minute. Hell! we'll only have to slow down again."
9. Shift points. On the straight, yes. On the rest of the course, no more than an afterthought. "Oh $HIT!! Redlined again! Better shift, huh?" Ten micro seconds later... "WTF is up with this 5,000? Where did this come from?"

Standout memories that were just flashes, over in an instant:

I am leaned way over to the right about halfway through a turn and about 3/4 stable when, out of the corner of my left eye, I see this guy's helmet and shoulders motionless about one foot from me. I remember yelling "$SSSHHHHHIIIIITTTTT!" and bobbeling slightly for an instant. He was gone... not past but "Back There" where you can't see anything... the OTHER part of the race. I had the strongest feeling that I had crashed him. Didn't though. He passed me in the next turn. :D

I am hard over in a left and about 30' ahead a guy slides off and turns into a cloud of dust like in a cartoon fight where feet and arms stick out. I watch the guy right in front of me watch this guy and go off too. I turn my eyes and face away 'cause I know if I watch I'm next. I make it through, but only because there is a small extra strip of pavement in a certain place about 8" wide.

Amazing.

Hope everyone made it home safely... funksouljon and his brother, RCJohn, Ungwaha. The other totally FINE part of this is meeting the people.
 

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Dang, Josh! I have been trying to get mentaly geared up for my first track day next month... but now! Like aris said, great post. I have no doubt you have captured the emotions most have first time on the track. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Presumeably predictable first race emotions......Thanks & way
to go Joss...!!!:D
 

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Well, it was nice to meet Joss, Ungwaha and backdraftmoto. Great weekend it was and it was nice to put more faces with names.

It was very intense being behind the bars in a race instead of holding the pit board.

Just a little note about turn 1 at Roebling Road. You know the old saying, "Don't brake until you see God"? Well who ever came up with that was a big puss. Turn 1 is way more harsh than that. :eek: :eek:

I went out in my first practice session on Friday for two laps to bed in the brakes. Well, I pulled back into the pits and realized that there is only two places at Roebling that require the use of brakes... turn 1 and going into turn 4. Everything else is throttle for a twin and apparently it is meant to be more throttle than I use considering the lap times the others were running. :eek:

One other note, all teenagers on two-strokes can kiss my ass. :D

Between Fri. and Sun. I took 7 seconds off my lap times and I didn't crash so I guess it was a productive weekend. I still need to shave about 4-6 seconds off that lap time though. :)
 

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"One other note, all teenagers on two-strokes can kiss my ass."

LMAO! :D So true.

Those little guys made me feel like the big "Death Star" being attacked by the good guy's "Vipers" or whatever they were in "Star Wars". :rolleyes:
 

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Hey, Joss!!

Glad you made it OK:D

So much of your post was a flash-back to things I forgot to mention, especially thet part about thinking you crashed a guy out. Running out of gas was a nice touch;)

Now you're hooked, too...............
 

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Well, my racing started out with me racing the Heavyweight Solo 20(20 laps). Mostly going against GSXR750s, some 600s, couple other RCs and a splash of TLRs. I got my ass smoked in that one pretty bad. I beat one person. It was fun though and my times dropped over 6 seconds during the race. BTW, I started second row of 2nd wave.

(Sunday now)My second race, B Superstock had me in the second row of the second wave. That was against alot of the same guys as in the Solo 20. It got red flagged twice before we even completed two laps. They postponed it until the end of the day. When we ran it that made it my third race so I was feeling a little better. We went out and I got a fairly good start. Still smoked by many into turn one. Halfway through the race an Orange Shirt(WERA school) provisional novice passed me. I was a green Shirt novice(Ed Bargy school). Well, I couldn't let another Prov. Novice beat me so I just hit the trottle and passed him one the front straight and going into turn 1. I passed about three people and was working on another at the checkered flag. I BEAT THE ORANGE SHIRT. :D

My HW Twins race was fun and fairly uneventful except for pressuring a guy until he drove off track. I was faster than him and his TLR but not fast enough to safely(IMO) get around him so I just stayed on his fender and he kept looking back. I wanted to tell him to quit worrying about me before he crashed.... well, he crashed. Actually he saved it and just drove off track.

I had a blast but it was my last race where I figured out the turn 1 and 2 combination. I could probably have taken a second or two more off my time with a few more laps. :cool:

I forgot about how I drove over the rumble strips coming out of the last turn full throttle trying to make a pass before the checkered flag. I guess that draft thing doesn't work as good at full lean. :D
 

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Very good, RCjohn!!

I love it when I come upon a guy that is just a little slower than me, but too fast to (imo) safely pass him. It gives me something to think about other than the fact that the rest of the field is blowing by me at warp speeds!

Are you hooked???

Gonna do it agagin???

Did you pass any Ducatis????:D
 

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John, you should of heard us cheering when you finally made your first pass in front of us! :D It was awesome!
I presume the guy you pressured was the purple 222, right? Cause you were behind him and then in front of him the next lap.
Also, we stayed and watched from T 3-4 the rescheduled race 7. You were chasing the pack of 3 others around and around and around. We kept yelling to pass, but I guess you couldn't hear us! :D
Finally came around and in the course of one lap you had passed 2 of them.
It was good seeing you know who, but I wish they could of stayed longer, as well as the rest of the clown crew who showed up.
Joss, it was great meeting you, and I bet you won't forget the T6 incident for a while huh? :)
For everyone else, Joss got a little bump on the right shoulder by a rider who wanted by in a downhill fast sweeper to the right. Kind of spooky, and we were just watching!
 

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"...Joss got a little bump on the shoulder... " Jon, that will stick in my mind for a long time. :D

Are you sore and how is the bike? I got over into T4 to watch you, so I didn't see the start. They must have had you waaaay at the back and a huge field. Your move to the front was exciting:

Lap1: ahead of 5 guys
Lap 2: ahead of 10 guys
Lap 3: ahead of 13 guys
Lap 4: ahead of 17 guys Tremendous Work!! :D

On the 5th lap, the leader lapped the rear end and I couldn't figure out your place any more. :( Just too many bikes.

Then.... disaster. :eek: I don't know how it looked from the seat, but I just happened to be looking right at you at that moment. In T5's exit it looked like your rear tire quit and the back end came around on your right. You slid off as it lowsided. Dust exploded as you both left the hard top. The bike's wheels caught as it slid and tripped it into a spinning high side. Jon, it was very good to see you standing up as the dust cleared. :)
 

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I wish I had race stories.:(
I don't think I have blinked since opening this thread. Same thing when Desmo first posted his first race.
 

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Joss, great, so you go to watch the show as well! I am sure you noticed, I WAS PISSED!
Mostly at myself, but that sucked. I will do a thread write up of my weekend.
Joss, racin's rubbing and rubbin's racing right? :D
 

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I wish I had race stories.:(
I don't think I have blinked since opening this thread. Same thing when Desmo first posted his first race.
Thanks, Wet Shrub. All it takes is a little money and a lot of determination... or was it a lot of money and a little determination???

Just start with a track day. That way, you don't have to modify your bike.

Go for it!
 

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Tooo right Jon. :D

Gawd... the money... :eek: When people say there's no money in club racing they must not be counting my outbound cash flow.

I handn't even thought about that. It's like walking through a cotton picking machine. I'd swear that at least 1/2 of the time I was at the track on Saturday was spent finding people and handing over money.

It started Friday with the Bargy school. $325
Then I had to settle up for two race tires and my new stands. $585 +/-
Join WERA @ $85 and enter the Solo 20 @ $65.
Register again for the Clubman on Sunday @ $60
Buy a better used rear shock for my GS500 @ $300.
Settle up on my custom fabricated belly pan @ $20

My Master Card is going to suck soooo bad. :(

Would this make a great commercial if I added "Watching Jon slide off the track at 70 mph.... priceless." :D
 

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John, you should of heard us cheering when you finally made your first pass in front of us! :D It was awesome!
I presume the guy you pressured was the purple 222, right? Cause you were behind him and then in front of him the next lap.
Also, we stayed and watched from T 3-4 the rescheduled race 7. You were chasing the pack of 3 others around and around and around. We kept yelling to pass, but I guess you couldn't hear us! :D
Finally came around and in the course of one lap you had passed 2 of them.
It was good seeing you know who, but I wish they could of stayed longer, as well as the rest of the clown crew who showed up.
Joss, it was great meeting you, and I bet you won't forget the T6 incident for a while huh? :)
For everyone else, Joss got a little bump on the right shoulder by a rider who wanted by in a downhill fast sweeper to the right. Kind of spooky, and we were just watching!
The guy I think I pressured was on a primered TLR. I wish I could have told him to just relax, I will pass in time. :D

That pack of three included an Orange shirt so I had no choice. Ed said don't let the Orange guys beat you. I almost caught the third one. It was weird when the other provisional novice went buy... I was like posessed. I was literally laughing in my helment when I passed the two of them. I actually thought to myself about what Ed said then told myself that guys are running 15 seconds a lap faster than me on pretty much equivalent bikes so just trust the bike. When I passed the two guys on the front straight the tack was tipping into the redline lights. :eek: I just remembered what Greg, Kevin and others had told me about turn 1. Just stay on the throttle then brake a little downshift and back on the throttle. I just buried it in there and kept it in one higher gear and rolled back on the throttle all the way trough three and giggled like a little school girl all the way around the track.
 

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Yeah, I posted over there about Greg's advice. I know I went in deep as hell into one. I w as trying to get closer to his description of turn 1 and I felt like I was. Passing 2 bikes on the outside of one was so cool! I thought I would be scared of it, but now I love the turn. It is easy to do well if everyone else is scared! :D
Joss, yeah it can be expensive. I have tried to spread out the costs and have done so fairly well. When I showed up to the track, I was ready. Except having to change the rear tire (shop put the wrong one on!) I was ready to race. It helps a lot. And now that most of the big stuff is paid for, it will be cheaper. Besides fixin' her back up. But overall, the bike was great! This was the first time I actually got to ride it.
For all the people who say thier F3s are slow and they need a newer bike. You name a new 600 bike, I prolly passed it. And I still haven't reached the full potential of the bike. This thing ROCKS! I was nervous about it at first, but once I got used to the bike, it would go and go and go!
 
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