Track Day #2: Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
Over all, day was a success!! Took the day off today and camped out at the paddock last night. Made the trip solo so it took FOREVER!!! Chuckwalla is definitely out in the middle of nowhere. No lights, no people, nada! I honestly hope to never break down out there.
As for the trackday, the new rearsets are AWESOME!!!!!! Gracias BAUCE. The grip on the pegs is crazy. It is almost as if your boot is glued on. Today was a day of learning for me. Got my suspension tuned, so it was like riding a new bike each session. I'd come in tell him how it felt, he'd tweak, I'd go back out. Never really thought that suspension could feel so different until today.
Chuckwalla is a strange track. I feel like I've been working out all day! It is a lot of track. 2.68 miles and 17 turns. Starting from turn 4-5, Double apex left then sweep right(6-7), pin it for 6 sec, quick flick right then flick back to an off camber turn just to flick into a right handed sweeper(8-10). Pin it again uphill into a small right hander over the crest to be surprised by the blind left hander passing the crest(11-12), pin it again into an 11 degree banked right hander (T13...that was nice).......It just never stopped!! I'd so do it again though
Towards the end of the day it went south as I began getting a headache, feeling nauseous, and felt like I wanted to puke(to add to that, i lost a tank fairing on track
). I'm assuming Heat exhaustion. It's weird though since I had at least a gallon of water , a sammich, an apple, cereal from breakfast and a granola bar in my system. I'm assuming I needed a little more than plain water. Next time...pedialyte. I took one session off one I started feeling like crap. That gave me more than an hr to relax. Went back out, and 3 laps into chasing a guy and passing him, I felt dizzy again. I finished the lap, pulled into the pits and called it a day. After being about 75% done packing up......
. Felt somewhat better. Still had a headache but I made it home to tell the tale
On to PICS!!!!
Packed up and ready to go.
Sunrise at Chuckwalla
1st session sighting laps in traffic
Now the rest of the day, picking it up a tad
Stupid Tank fairing
Edit: Added these
End of the day......warning.....
And sunset at chuckwalla!
Please excuse any typos and/or grammatical errors, I'm beat