It is Monday, June 22, I just got back from a weekend at Reno-Fernley Raceway with Z2 Trackdays. Oh boy, that track is exhausting with the 20+ turns and rippled pavement. Even as I am tucked and pinned down the front straight my chin would bounce off the tank as I crested each bump.
Jason, Greg, Dave, Blaise, and many others I normally ride with at trackdays opted out of going to RFR because the track conditions and facilities aren’t great, it is a bit of a drive getting over the Sierra’s, and we don’t race at RFR so it is not really necessary to practice there. I decided I wanted to go anyway! For me, RFR trackdays with Z2 are a reminder of why I like doing trackdays and even started racing in the first place, for the FUN! Until this weekend, I have never run a lap timer at this track, I didn’t even know what a respectable lap time at RFR was. (Yesterday, one of the locals said the track record is 2:17, ha, that guy must have been riding a rocket.) But, I was not there to turn my fastest laps or work on drills and corners, it was not a race practice for me… I was there to ride with my friends and have a good time.
I had a blast watching Sam pull a gap on me on his 750, pinning my SV for everything it had trying to keep up.
Back and forth playing with Lolli-pop (Kyle), he would get me into 2 and I would reel him back in on the hoot-n-holler until he changed up his line and kept me off his tail. Following Dimitry and showing him how to ride like a girl, LOL , dicing with Alan with his home track advantage.
Chasing Shawn while he was riding Greg Sahnds SV, being absolutely exhausted at the end of the sessions, and having new people come and introduce themselves to me after spotting me on track, (Hi Ilya.) Oh yeah, and the race practice starts were fun too, since I got the holeshot and lead the pack on one of them. *giggle* I beat Ricky!
The BBQ after riding all day was great, I totally won at beer pong, ha ha, and maybe had a little too much to drink (damn car bombs!), kind of like a camping trip at road racing track. My huge extended track family was there and everyone was so awesome for checking in on me since Jason wasn’t there. (Yes Jason, Greg and Frosty made sure I was safe on track and off.) Zoran helped me out with a brake line when I broke mine changing my front tire (don’t ask.) D. BenJamin bled my brakes for me after I got the new line installed (with supervision and assistance from Sam and Jason Hahn.) Sam Richards and Greg Sahnds let me ride up, stay with them and helped me out at the track. And Michelle B. and Phil each let me use their RV’s as a changing room. It’s the people and the environment at the road race track that make it fun! Well, pinning my SV in 6th gear on the front straight and trying not to brake for turn 1 is pretty damn fun too, but you get the point.
For all you road racers out there who have been chasing bike set-up and trying to find tenths of a second to pick up one more position at the finish line, For those of you who don’t do track days because it is a waste of fuel and tires if it doesn’t make you faster, For the frustrated mid-season racer who is not meeting your goals and for those whom racing is no longer fun… Try a Z2 weekend at RFR; yeah the track sucks and it gets worse every time we go, yeah my lips are burnt from the desert wind and I’m not sure I will ever get the sand out of my eyes, yeah I am exhausted from the ridiculous number of body transitions to get through the 20 turns and no this weekend of riding did not make me faster, and I must admit I missed my husband. But, WoW did I have a good time!
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