Good luck Joe! It's all about the start, unless you get a bad start, then it's all about keeping your head and elbows up, passing on the inside, and don't look back! Head and elbows up is key, so don't forget to do that. And don't watch the starter dude walk off, just watch the light. That's it, the rest is simple. It's easy, no pressure. Good start, head up, elbows, and keep your weight centered over the rear wheel.
Oh, and bring something to scrub the tires with if they use any kind of traction aid, like coke syrup. The tires get gummed up after one run and you won't get traction with gummed up tires, so bring a grinder or disc sander to clean 'em off after each run.
That's it, tires, head, elbows, green light, weight centered...
ol Frankie and myself might make an appearance. I have to drive to Hampton, VA tomorrow to drop off a bike, and I am trying to talk him into coming with me. It might be just me, but we will see. If we do show up, we will definitely try to find you guys.
ok, i suck. well.....i have alot more to learn. theres this whole rear brake thing, and bumping people to get them out of your way. i was put into the boards at one point and knocked down. my bars got tangled with someone elses who put me into them. no big deal. all part of it from what i was told. totally clean. although, the guy never came to find me later to appologize. i think alot of those guys have a real big chip on thier shouders with roadracers for some reason. and it seems the road racers dont get along with them either. (a near fist fight in thepits from a racing incident.) i was one of the few people running a completely stock bike so people were definitely passing me at a good clip. it took a while for the track to come in. the first round of practice was the slipperiest thing ive ever raced on. (polished concrete, no coke syrup, apparently thats a nys thing only) having an extra 15psi of air and the track being green meant i tucked the front and went down there too. guys on the same bike with the same tires were running 8-10psi. i didnt have time to ask people when i got there. i figured id be alright but it was real slick. although the racing seemed a bit more subdued. a little more controlled maybe. i learned alot in the 10 or so laps i had. so hopefully tomorrow i can make it to the semis instead of being eliminated in qualifying. warming up a bike in 30° air takes a long time. so i have to remember that too. once the track came in and with the right psi, i felt pretty good about it. the bike wasnt sliding around as much and i wasnt loosing the front. even backed it in one corner pretty good. so the track should be quite a bit better tomorrow. ill be waay better prepared, and ill get pics and post info again.
That's the spirit! You're right, I think some of the flattrack guys have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to RR or MX guys coming in, and I've never understood that. The more racers involved, the better the racing, far as I can tell.
Last year I made it into the main for the 'supermoto class on my son's YZ125. got a great start, was in second place till the guy behind me just center-punched me off the track. He was one of the Supermoto Experts on a way tricked out Husky 4 stroke. He didn't bother to come over after the race, even though we were pitted across from each other. I let him know how I felt about his "expert riding".
But yeah, it's a gas.
BTW, keeping your elbows up will give you a much better sense of when your front end is about to wash out on you.
ok, just missed the semis. had one guy beat, one guy right in front with shagged dirt knobbies i was able to catch and beat in practice, and another guy crashed in front of all of us. so he fucked everything up. i only know i had a guy beat cuz its on video....yes, video. i'll post it for you all to laugh at. the engines only guys were there from california. there is a local guy who builds osme real hot xr100s and i was talking to him for a bit. his bikes are very very trick. im one of the only people running a totally stock xr100. everyones got a pipe, and revbox, or more.
jerseygirl and frank showed which was very very cool. thanks a million for comming guys. chris is on his way to pick them up now, apparently broke down on 95 just a few miles up the road.
aaron, load your ktm and xr and make it down. 25 bucks a race for the xr, 30 for the ktm. jerseygirl of course knew the fastest guy out there and more people than i did. he set a new record of sub 7seconds. pretty fast.
anyway, we'll be back out next weekend, and ive learned a ton. so im getting faster and faster, and having more fun. and yes frank, youre right, absolutely stay inside and at some point ill be able to all the time.
NICE! Those fast XR100s sound great. It's incredible what you can get for them now. The Engine's Only guys know their stuff. At some point I'll rebuild my son's. We've raced it and ridden it into the ground, it needs just about everything, engine work, suspension, brakes, you name it, it's worn out.
Great to see you trying out some short track! A lot of people are intimidated by that stuff. Once you're out there though, you can't get enough. Just like most other racing.
its really stupid fun. people take it waay to seriously. our class is a trophy class. there was almost a fight, but the guy who was doing the aggressive riding was 15, and the guy he crashed out was like 40. so there was kinda of a problem. especially since the kid knocked him down, then on the next lap ran his foot over intentionally. then he slowed down to taunt the guy. i talked to the older guy and he said he was afraid hed kill the kid if he hit him. so its kinda whacky. but alot of fun and really cheap. no tech, only thing they check for is anti-freeze. 25 bucks to race, 10 bucks to get in. and if you can make the finals, you actually get alot of racing in. now i have to do some ice racing. apparently there was a big ice race down in w.va. this weekend. oh yeah, a few guys were unning xr100's in the 125 class. they didnt finish last and one guy even made the finals. the 450 pros are rediculous. they have the back tire locked up adn sliding so far. and the lean angle they get in that little space is amazing.
Joe, you did awesome! I have had a soft spot for flattrack racing after a trip to Hagerstown last year, but this was really different. The kids were so cute on the 50s and the pros were FAST. It was so cool to watch that I am thinking of making the trek down next weekend, and you should too!
If you like the sounds of motorcycles and the smell of exhaust, this is for you. This might be what I need every year to make it through the long winters.....
glad you guys made it back home. and really, thanks again for making it. very very cool. it was cool to see you guys since we didnt make it back up for the party. next weekend im going to the semis if i have to kill myself. the way they set the grid though you dont know if youre going to be the only guy on it who isnt going to the finals. you can get a bunch of slow bikes and people, or the fastest guys out there. or a mix of both. i had high hopes of making the semi, thought i had it til that guy went down and i wasnt able to catch the guy in front of me. but the guy crashing could have been my ticket. doh! you gotta move up and get a good start and bump your way through in the first corner or its really hard. anyway, it was alot of fun, if you have a bike, bring it. you need an ama card, then you have to get the region 7 card, then enter the race, like 25 bucks. i think youd do fine in the womans 100 class, or grab an xr50 and bring at and give it a try.
glad you guys got home finally. i went to the skatepark after i got home from brunch!