Race Round TTP Racing - Going to hang with the local boys!
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Summer break! That is what we are supposed to be on, from the AFM. Lucky me Jen likes to race. We decided heading up to Reno Fernley Raceway would be a good way to spend the weekend. Have you ever heard the term home track advantage. I have and didn’t really believe in it until this weekend. I understand why at some tracks Ben Spies struggles to learn the pace of the Moto Gp veterans. Even knowing some have that advantage, those riders still have to be able to ride that track. So here we go, race with fast riders and many of them with track knowledge. No problem right?
Using the curb - 4theriders.com
In rock star more like budget fashion we chose not to ride Friday. So we showed up Friday night after navigating the Labor Day traffic and began the unloading ritual. SPL Pirelli was already there and set up, so I meandered over and said my hello’s. Everyone was just hanging out and enjoying the weather. If you have not been out of the city lately wow, there are more stars in the sky than I have ever seen. Add in a mountain range and some wild horses and this is an awesome back drop.
Saturday morning and we get the ball rolling with the standard riders meeting. With such a long track it allowed us to run only a two group format. You know when your on the bike and everything just clicks, well let me tell you that was not how my morning started. The only thing clicking was my very old knees. 23 turns is a lot of corners to remember. Add in that at most tracks you remember where the bumps are, here you remember where they are not at. I made some minor adjustments to the Fast Bike Suspension and just kept trying to learn the track. Every session got better and my sights were set on super pole.
Yep, I said it SUPER POLE. They staggered us out of the gates so we could get a bunch of clean laps. That was pretty crazy. My times were not what I wanted, but the experience was awesome. Just before super pole started the man (Jimmy Wood AMA#37) showed up. If there is any question about his speed, he would leave none by the end of the day. His second session on track and he was already the fastest rider out there. My benefit came from latching on to Jimmy like a Paris Hilton purse dog. He patiently spent time with me explaining how to adjust to the track conditions and how to break the track down. By the end of the day I had cut my lap times to 2:35, big thanks to Jimmy for the help.
Keeping it close to the paint. 4theriders.com
Sunday came and some changes in the schedule had to be made. We had a lower than expected rider turnout, but with some cooperation among the sponsors, riders, and promoters we had more than enough to run three super bike classes. There was also a crazy street bike class, which was awesome to watch and the riders did a great job the whole weekend. I entered 600, 750, and 1000 Super Bike class. We had a morning practice session to shake out any issues and get ready to race.
In addition to the super pole, they added a heat race to the day. The super pole qualified you for your heat race and the finish in the heat race gives you a grid spot for the main event. My 750 heat started great and then got off track literally. Chasing from the back of the pack, over the almost 4 miles track, I was able to get back to 4th place. My other heat races went ok and I was ready to race for real.
4theriders.com catching the dirt action.
Knowing your not going to win sucks like a Hoover vacuum with a V8 engine, but Jimmy was killing it and left me searching for crumbs under the podium. I also had to deal with a raging fast Andy Allen, Eddie Vigil and others. Most of the races went the same, get a good start and then get out powered to the first turn. The highlight of the weekend came in the middleweight race. Lap 2 and charging down the front straight towards turn 1, and yes I mean down hill, a 750 pulled next to me.
Turn 1 is this crazy 5th gear super fast left right left chicane You are 5th gear pinned and just let off the throttle, no brakes. Did I mention 5th gear? With the 750 coming up the inside and about to pass, I went right by my throttle let off point. I had yet to break the wide open throttle, finally the 750 slides behind me and I am left to deal with all that speed and turn 1. Yes it is that intense! Letting off the throttle the bike starts to look off track. Against every instinct I had to pin it again, so the bike would finish the corner.
All weekend I would roll into turn 1 sure it was to fast, only to come out the other end knowing I could have gone faster. My goal was to complete that corner just once at speed. He shoots, he scores! I am sure you can go even faster than that, but I felt like I rode a missile through that section. I look forward to going back up in October and trying to go faster. Thank you to TTP Racing, Pirelli, SPL, and everyone who made the weekend possible. On a side note congrats to David and Jen for there outstanding performances. Oh yes and for the bone head move of the weekend, I forgot to thank my wife, my biggest supporter while on the podium.
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600 Superbike started 2nd finished 2nd
750 Superbike started 4th finished 3rd
1000Superbike started 4th finished 5th
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