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Had my first race this weekend. After doing three trackday in beginner group I decided to grow balls and get my race license. This weekend was the first weekend that I ever ran this track cw so I was looking to use all of practice to get some lines in. First practice session I low sided on a off camber uphill turn, known as crash hill. Cold tires and I was trying to follow some ama guys lol, bad mistake. Destroyed my left rearset and bent my clipon. My gas tank was also dented in, I guess my foot slid into my tank. Spent the entire day looking for parts to get my bike ready to race. I had to jimmy rig a Kawasaki shifter side rearset on to make it work. I ended up using Saturday race for a practice since I only had one lap all day on a track I never rode on. During the race the bike did not feel stable at all, so I rode at 80% for the race and still finished second to last? Not sure how but I didn’t end up last lol.

Sunday session, bike still feels unstable all day. Had shitty practices, I finally decided to double check EVERYTHING. I went to the Bridgestone booth and decided to cross reference their tire gauge to mine, turns out my gauge was 10 psi off. My R10s were 25 psi hot when they should have been around 35. I bumped up the pressure and went racing….turned in my best time at the track and finished 20 out of 25. Not bad considering I wasn’t going to run out there cause the bike felt like shit all weekend. Note to self, don’t crash cause it killed all my confidence.

Now I need to rebuild the bike, have to drill out my left side spool as it snapped in the swing arm. Put my stock left side rearset on and run the vortex right side rearset. Also, have to reweld a section of my subframe, and pickup eti sliders to cover the damaged side of the tank lol. Damage wasn't too bad overall.

Can’t wait for next month already. Racing was probably the best decision I have made, so much more fun than trackdays and it was fun riding with mellisa paris, jake holden, and a bunch of the pro ama guys and fast ass lil kids.


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So you decided to start racing after only 3 td's?

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three and new racer school back in jan where I rode in a group all day and a mock race.

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Damn dude that's awesome who cares if you were last.You got to race that's a win
by itself.Congrats!
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it wasn't too bad, racing does help u drop the times. Managed my best times out there racing. Can't wait for next month to come.

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where's the video?!


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it wasn't too bad, racing does help u drop the times. Managed my best times out there racing. Can't wait for next month to come.
What track?

And that's what everyone says about the times dropping during a race. I have run all my best times during mock races. Can't wait till the first race down here in May!


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NICE!! Glad you made it out alive
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Me too man, so much more funner than a trackday.

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Lol my gopro mount broke off in the next practice session. Next race I'll definitely have a video.

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What track?

And that's what everyone says about the times dropping during a race. I have run all my best times during mock races. Can't wait till the first race down here in May!
Chuckwalla, Mellis Paris was out here with Josh Hayes. It was crazy riding with those ama guys, so fast. They were breaking records left and right. Racing is so much more fun than a trackday. Nothing like having the flag drop and 30 bikes rushing to one corner.

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