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    Speedway Race the 4th.

    Welp. Went racing again. After a perfect weekend last where we won all three heats and the main (did i post about that last week?? It was sweet.) they bumped me up to Division 2. Knew that was going to happen, but it still gave me a tinge of angst sitting in the pits knowing i was going to be racing some of the guys that where teaching me how to ride this bike just a month or so ago.

    The short of it.
    Heat 1: 4th (went out with 5lbs of front air pressure. Oops.)
    Heat 2: 3rd (this ended up being my feel out ride)
    Heat 3: 1st
    Main Event: Crashed out of a solid second place. I thought i could run up high and maybe take a stab at the win but was just a bit short on talent.

    Something strange happened this week. I won the third Heat and they handed me the checkers. They usually only happens when you win the main... So after the race i took a victory lap then went back to the pits where EVERYONE was confused as fuck as to if we where going to have a main, if we just had a main, or WTF was going on. I wanted to run the main, but in hind sight it may have been better for me if the last heat was it. Another 1st place trophy would have been cool but then again learning more is priceless. Gino told me last week, keep trying different things, so i did, thus this crash is officially his fault... So blame him.

    Anyway, it was a blast. I have video of the 3rd heat and the Main its just taking them forever to upload to YouTube. Ill post them if/when they finish.


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    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

    #2
    if you ain't crashing you ain't learning.


    you have to try different lines as they will produce different outcomes depending on what the competition is presenting you. PRACTICE is a great place to work on different things! once you have the skillets you execute it.


    congrats home slice!
    Gino
    Chain Roller

    NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE PREDICTABILITY OF STUPIDITY

    2012 CCS LRRS ULSB Champion
    2012 CCS LRRS P89 Champion
    2008 CCS ULSB National Champion
    LRRS HAWK GT Racer CCS Expert #929
    ECK RACING

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      #3
      Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
      if you ain't crashing you ain't learning.


      you have to try different lines as they will produce different outcomes depending on what the competition is presenting you. PRACTICE is a great place to work on different things! once you have the skillets you execute it.


      congrats home slice!
      Thanks man. Here is the #1 problem with speedway as i see it. THERE IS NO PRACTICE! I have gotten 4 or 5 practice days this year, that is by a long shot the most of anyone at the track this year. They are invite only and happen sporadically and sometimes by request. I take care of the trash at the track this year, I also do the weeds, repaired the bleachers and am taking on the TV camera stand rehab. So i'm getting a decent amount compared to the rest, but no where near what i want.

      Here is the Main.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_7JRh0uAcc


      Here is the heat.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSqavuSSCOQ

      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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        #4
        Awesome dude!
        "Hawk Porn" http://picasaweb.google.com/11124379...eat=directlink 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special

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          #5
          Not bad for you first year!

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            #6
            Cool, doing it right!

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              #7
              LOL holy $hit. nice
              Gino
              Chain Roller

              NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE PREDICTABILITY OF STUPIDITY

              2012 CCS LRRS ULSB Champion
              2012 CCS LRRS P89 Champion
              2008 CCS ULSB National Champion
              LRRS HAWK GT Racer CCS Expert #929
              ECK RACING

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                #8
                Thanks guys. Its fun.

                Looking forward to Saturday! My goal this week is to consistently be able to run laps that are equal to my best lap last week, with maybe a couple faster ones mixed in.
                Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                  #9
                  Hell yeah man! PFG!

                  That is pretty darn smooth for your first year on a dirt oval! I gotta say I'm impressed!

                  Did I warn you or what? No practice + Short races makes developing skills a long process. Getting a holeshot is so much more critical than in roadracing it's hard to believe. IMO, one of the most oft-overlooked skills that the great GP champs (Roberts, Stoner) had coming from the from the dirt was getting up to speed and adapting quickly. Just wait till you try a different track, or it rains = chaos!


                  P.S. What's up with that one guy's smokey bike? Is it a two stroke, or just completely worn out?



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                    #10
                    Oh, also can you get your videographer and friends to comment with British accents? I guess I just expect british accents when watching speedway.

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by riot View Post
                      Hell yeah man! PFG!

                      That is pretty darn smooth for your first year on a dirt oval! I gotta say I'm impressed!

                      Did I warn you or what? No practice + Short races makes developing skills a long process. Getting a holeshot is so much more critical than in roadracing it's hard to believe. IMO, one of the most oft-overlooked skills that the great GP champs (Roberts, Stoner) had coming from the from the dirt was getting up to speed and adapting quickly. Just wait till you try a different track, or it rains = chaos!
                      Thanks man.

                      Ya, its really hard to get the track time. But if i can stay on this curve its still possible to try and get into D1 this year or early next, not into mains for sure, but into the group.. maybe. . Its also hard with it being a shortened season. We essentially are getting half a year this year. But i want to still shoot for that goal. I now have a far better idea of what i need to do. Learning what i needed to try and learn was a huge first step. Learning to get the thing to turn in was HUGE and learning how to scrub speed with just the rear wheel while on the throttle was another. Now i just need to get better at those things.

                      I would rather be the 5th or 10th or 15th fastest guy at the track that day than i would to be the fastest of the mid level riders. So ima keep trying to get up there.

                      We may run a different track Friday then back to Champion Speedway Saturday. Action Park, out on the other side of Binghamton Still waiting to hear. Also hoping to get hooked up with the ice racing guys this winter.

                      And FOR SURE<<+>>Hole shots are super important (though i have yet to get one) so is the inside gate. But we have a really good track. Lots of fast lines, every part of the track is rideable. Passing is doable. You sure as hell don't have the ability to recover from a bad start or incident like you do road racing. Starts are also harder on dirt, with no brake to hold you there and a bike that is designed to NOT get too much rear grip... Takes any hole-shot skills i had built in the past right out of the equation. Though there are guys that can wheelie right out of the gate and still have it sliding by t1.

                      Then there is the whole other skill of learning to chase the track with setup. Trying to read what the track is doing by watching the other heats ,talking to other racers and guessing.. Is it getting tighter, looser, holding its grip? Looser in one turn tighter in another? Will they water it and/or drag it? Going the wrong way on an air pressure adjustment can absolutely kill your shot at a win. My Main i went out with the same rear pressure i had in it as the heat i won, went up on the front.. Lane who won dropped both two lbs.

                      Live and learn and Practice, practice, practice, practice.

                      Originally Posted by riot View Post
                      P.S. What's up with that one guy's smokey bike? Is it a two stroke, or just completely worn out?
                      We have no oil filters, so we change out the oil every race. Some times you just over fill a little, or have tip over and end up with some smoke for a race or two. Im not sure exactly what was up with Marks bike right there but i would bet you its fine this weekend. His is an older bike, but he is a serious wrench and fabricator. That thing is a missile in on the gas. Probably 80hp. But he is older and has been racing for like 25 years... some days he just wont ride hard if he isn't feeling it, like last week... Other days he is a threat to take all 4 of his races.

                      But I have seen the smoke a few times from a few bikes (including mine). Smoking one heat, then fine the next race or the next weekend. They are all 500cc 4 stroke singles on meth, no two strokes.
                      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by riot View Post
                        Oh, also can you get your videographer and friends to comment with British accents? I guess I just expect british accents when watching speedway.
                        Hahaha. . I have a hard enough time getting them to hold a phone and keep it pointed at me. . . .

                        The track does have a real videographer . They film all the races from the TV stand. Where that footage goes, i have no fucking clue. But our announcer Andy, has a slight boston accent.. He grew up racing at Wakefeild BMX... Like me.. Strange how the world works.
                        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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