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Pocono North—Oct. 14, 2000

How can I describe the north course? If you’re familiar with pocono raceway, you should know NASCAR turn 3 and the FUSA course. The north course consist of the infield section of the FUSA course after turn 1 and NASCAR turn 3, run in the opposite direction that FUSA runs the infield and the opposite direction NASCAR runs their turn 3.

A brief track description—You come up on the Turn 3 banking which you run down towards the ‘apron’ of the course. It brings you on the back straight where you start running up towards the wall. This brings you to the chicane that TPM puts in to slow things down. It’s a hard right over and then a left back. I was running the banking in 5th gear at 14000 rpm (indictaed, 400 tach is optimistic) and then down shift to second for the chicane.

I’d run second gear into the right-hander, brake, and then go, get third gear and brake for the left hander. The left hander had a bad patch of concrete that wasn’t where you’d wanna be (no traction). Following the left there was another right and then you have small kink left and it’s a right hander back to the banking. There’s a transition bump there that a lot of people went down on. That’s a lap around the North course, as best as I can remember it.

First Session—This one sucked. I checked my air pressure and set it for 30/29. I went out and thought that the 400 was steering really quick. I did one lap and knew my pressures were WAY too high. I came in and dropped to 27.5/26.5 (gauge must be bad, so much for a $50 air pressure gauge). I got three laps in after that. But they were good laps.

Second Session—I started in an early group out. We had one clear lap and then we were in traffic. I hooked up with other guy who wasn’t interested in hanging with the group and we got past a lot of people braking for the chicane and a lot of people through the infield. When we came up on the banking and not one but two red ZX6R’s came blowing by me. It was great though what a confidence booster to be able to ride with some guys, pass some guys, not get stomped by guys. I got knee on both sides, had a blast, really cranking.

Third Session—I decided to get behind a ZX6R that had just moved up into red (I think). So I got around him quick. That’s when I tried waiting for the SV in the red group to come around, never saw him. I had a great time. This time I tried going slow on the banking to get into groups of riders. This was a stupid idea. It wound up throwing me out of rhythm. I spent most of my time riding alone, or stuck in groups of guys who’d let bury me on the banking only to not be able to find a safe place to pass them in the in-field. But it was just awesome to have the confidence in me and my bike to ride with them.

Forth Session—I lined up behind the SV. Nutec gasoline smells really nasty. I was getting high on the starting line. The first lap I kept pace with him. Unfortunately, he was using the lap as a warm up. Next lap around he started pulling me on the straight (man, that nutec smells really bad). Then the infield, where I felt invincible, he smoked me. He smoked me good. I was in shock. I thought for sure I could get him in the infield, but no-can-do. He waxed me. I started riding slow looking for some groups, but nothing. It wasn’t as much fun.

Fifth Session—I don’t really remember how I wound up behind an old school GSX-R and a Buell, but I was. They were really dicing it up, the Buell had the infield, and the GSX-R had the banking. I started slowing down on the banking to let them go ahead of me, but I was still catching them by the end of the infield. So I tried running with them on the banking, but I couldn’t up enough to out brake them. So finally I rode around the banking really slow. Going into the chicane I was passed by what I think was a 900RR and a YZF1000 (could be wrong). The RR checked us up pretty good, which sucked for me who was really on the gas. But I had fun with them through the infield and it was checked flag time.

Sixth (Last) Session—The sun was setting on the track. I wasn’t really riding great in this session. On the third lap, I was bored of riding alone. As I came up on the banking there was an Aprilia that was entering the banking, so I just stuck behind him. I wanted to pass him the infield and figured I’d have others to race with. Because we were going so slow, I had downshifted too many gearing coming into the chicane and hit the rev limiter, passed immediately by a ducati or something. Great, one more bike. I went to pass the Aprilia, but he took my line. So then I stuffed him on the next turn. I didn’t mean to, but he took a weird line, and I was dedicated to my less than perfect line and I wound up stuffing him a bit. Which is too bad. I pulled in after that. I figured getting this aggressive isn’t worth it. The sun was low, the bike was running hot, so it was a day.

Now I don’t want anyone to think that I was the fastest guy out there, because I was far from it, but I wasn’t slowest either (like normal). I may have some of the sessions out of order, but I tried to piece it together out of memory.

It was nice to go to a track and not have something to worry about and be able to focus on having fun. I was surprised at how many of the guys I’ve met over the past year at TPM came up and commented on how much faster I got. That was great. Anyway, that was my TPM-Pocono North 2000 story.


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Great post! I tried to get in (unsucessfully) this last weekend to watch and see what these sessions are all about and now I know!

sounds like a lot of fun! (i'm looking to join TPM in the spring)

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hey whitey,

drop barb ([email protected]) an e-mail and see if you can get it spectate this weekend (Oct. 22nd). it's supposed to be nice. i won't be there, but you'll get to see them on the east course.

and yeah, it's a blast.

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Great write-up Tony. Thanks!

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cbrf2boy:
hey whitey,

drop barb ([email protected]) an e-mail and see if you can get it spectate this weekend (Oct. 22nd). it's supposed to be nice. i won't be there, but you'll get to see them on the east course.

and yeah, it's a blast.

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good call, I should've done that last week as I'm sure they've got nothing against riders actually interested in joining hanging around to take in the activities. If Sunday's doable for me this week, I'll definitely do that

thanks for the heads up - tw



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if you can get there, go, you'll love it.

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Just look out for the turn three guardrail. I saw someone get flown out in the chopper after highsiding directly into/ontop of that thing! OUCH!
 

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Pocono Track days Buell Blast Crash!

Did anyone from this summer's Pocono Track days see a lady on a Black Buell Blast crash really bad !? (she suffered Brain injuries)
She was a friend of mine. I was just wondering if any of you saw that. And can tell me more about the crash. As I wasn't there.

Thanks....
 

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wow, this thread was a blast from the past. was it at a teampromotion event?

sorry about your friend's accident. how is she doing now? there's a few tpm control riders who stop by, maybe one of them will spot the post.
 

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Crash victim at Pocono

I'm not sure which track days it was? But I beleive it was in July or August ?
My friend/Joyce has recovered after being in a coma and a month in the hospital for observation. But she has no rememberance of the Crash whatsoever.
I've been out of the loop this year as far as races....and if I'm not mistaken- the Tracks days were the ones that Buell puts on ?
So I'm sorry if I got the events confused. But if anyone was there and saw this crash. Please let me know- Thanks!
 

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i'll send this link to friend who goes to a lot of the buell track days and see if he remembers seeing anything.
 

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Thanks !

Coz I'd really like to know what happened ! I hadn't seen her for awhile...then I find out about the wreck ! She's a newbie rider and has only been riding less than 2 years.
 

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It was a Buell riders day, I was there. I did not see it happen so I can't say. I had to run the medical data sheet to the medics that were working on her and then I had to leave.

Last I heard, was a few weeks ago, and she was OK but still recovering. She took a pretty hard hit to the head so that will take some time to recover from.
 

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Thanks...

....well, I kinda knew THAT much ~LOL

But if anyone else had seen the wreck, I'd like to know how it all went down (No pun intended).

And YES, she's doing alot better now...but No memory of that day.
 

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I'm very happy to hear she's better. I heard the first few days were tough on the family and friends.
 

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i talked to my friend. he said that he really doesn't remember the accident. :( sorry.
 
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