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I saw this on another board and thought it was a good topic. I know that many guys are still riding and haven't completed their season yet. I, myself, still have 2 more trackdays to do and I'm seriously comtemplating trying to also make it down to Jennings. But so far, how has your season gone? What were your highs / lows?

For me, I have just about completed my first full season of Track Only. I purchased my trackbike right after my last season of street riding in November and after I sold my street bike and then I worked on getting it set up for this year. My low was the first trackday out on the new bike and 2nd to last session. I had gotten a feel for it and kept pushing harder and harder till I made a mistake and came into a corner too hot for comfort and stayed on the brakes too long and lost the front. That was a mistake I learned from and won't do again!

My high was going to a new track (Road Atlanta) for the first time and by myself and learning the lines around it. Man, that's one crazy fast track with a loooooong back straight!

Due to my 5 year anniversary with the wifey, I wasn't able to do as many TD's as I wanted. These next 2 will make it a total of 8. But after my first full season of riding, I've progressed from a B-grouper (or group 1 in other orgs) to Intermediate and running a slow advanced pace at Barber. But what can I say, it's my home track! I've learned a ton this year and I'm already making plans for next year to be even MORE EPIC! I think the hardest and costliest part of trackday riding is acquiring everything to get started. Now that I've got most of the necessities, I can focus on seat and track time. Next year, I want to hopefully make it to Advanced. Not just at Barber, but applying what I learn at different tracks around the SE Region and hopefully get up North to NJMP and run with you Yankees!

So what about you? How was your track season?
 

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So far I've had a GREAT season. Beginning of the year, I switched from an 07 GSXR 600 to an 08 R6 and it was amazing. I went from level 1 to somewhat almost top of level 2. Hoping to keep improving and start off at level 3 next season :nocontrol
 

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Started out riding street, but bought a track bike and totally changed directions.. Going track only now, and I did 7 days this season before school forced me to stop :)().. Low point: I crashed twice in 7 track days

High point: I've definitely become more confident and capable. I know what I need to work on and I know how to get better... I just need.... More.... track time. Started out at glacier pace, ended mid-pack of Intermediate.
 

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This was my first track season, did my very first track day in March of this year. I had been a mountain carver for a year or so, and I figured I could use the track time. Turns out...I fell in love with it and gave up on the mountains.

First track day ever.



So began my addiction...I then attended a few more after that, went back to Tally 3 times, Road Atlanta twice and Barber once. All of my finances now revolve around tires, bike maintenance, and track days.

My low point would have to be crashing a brand new R1 at Road Atlanta (Demo bike) I honestly have no clue what happened. Bars twisted when I counter steered then I was sliding through turn three.

My high point would have to be my progression and all of the stuff I have learned and looking forward to learning more. I think that's why I really love doing what we do, it's a never ending learning experience!

Most recent track day at Barber.



I think next season I am looking forward to GETTING MY ****ING HEAD DOWN more! I just got to do it, I am very inconsistent when it comes to doing it. That's my main goal next track season. Although, I'm not 100% sure I am done yet. I want to do Jennings in December if possible. Hopefully it'll all work out and I can go down to Florida and ride a new track.

So yeah, a very good first season and crash free, sorta :D Can't ask for much better!
 

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First season of racing for me. Had a blast and hit the times I set for myself in the beginning of the year. Finished 7th out of 52 overall in Middleweight GP, hope to do better next year.

Also had my first on track highside, walked away with minimal damage so, all in all it wasn't too bad. Can't wit till next year.
 

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This was my first track season, did my very first track day in March of this year. I had been a mountain carver for a year or so, and I figured I could use the track time. Turns out...I fell in love with it and gave up on the mountains.

First track day ever.



So began my addiction...I then attended a few more after that, went back to Tally 3 times, Road Atlanta twice and Barber once. All of my finances now revolve around tires, bike maintenance, and track days.

My low point would have to be crashing a brand new R1 at Road Atlanta (Demo bike)
I honestly have no clue what happened. Bars twisted when I counter steered then I was sliding through turn three.

My high point would have to be my progression and all of the stuff I have learned and looking forward to learning more. I think that's why I really love doing what we do, it's a never ending learning experience!

Most recent track day at Barber.


I think next season I am looking forward to GETTING MY ****ING HEAD DOWN more! I just got to do it, I am very inconsistent when it comes to doing it. That's my main goal next track season. Although, I'm not 100% sure I am done yet. I want to do Jennings in December if possible. Hopefully it'll all work out and I can go down to Florida and ride a new track.

So yeah, a very good first season and crash free, sorta :D Can't ask for much better!
What did they do? I know at the Ducati demo days at the local track, you sign a big waiver before you ride that basically says "you break it, you pay to fix it/bought it".
 

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Crashed the bike last year in October at Mid America and finally got it fixed in June and then July went down again and got it fixed but started having electrical issues. Went back to school and haven't had the time to fix it since. Taking it into a shop tomorrow to get fixed since I do not have the time. Looking forward to getting back on it though I have been a bit timid since crashing.
 

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Mine was fantastic! Was quicker and more consistent. Had one get-off that slowed me down a lot the next race weekend, but got back on pace. Funny how that can get into your head. My physical conditioning (or lack there of) was about my biggest hinderance to going quicker. I found out I'm getting some serious side effects from a drug I'm on, which hasn't helped. Next year will be even better.

Overall, I ended up with a second, a third and two fifth places in expert classed on the season. Not bad for an old guy.

Got a cool photo in my new custom leathers the last round, too.
 

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my season was nonexistant (never been).. hopeful to get out on the track in about two years..

i'd like to have a track bike and a street bike but i need to put my college degree to use and make monaaay
 

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I had a pretty sick season. I've got 2 track days left. If I had more loot I'd be down there this weekend. :fact I started off SUPER strong, but been having a pretty rocky second half of the season. :(

I did my first full track day on the season opener in March. It was COLD!! :laugh

I progressed really fast like I had hoped to do. I started the season off on the 02, and bought some rearsets and different brake pads to get the bike where I needed it to be.

Early season pics:



I got bumped into Intermediate on my 2nd TD, which was AWESOME!

Then I did Cali SuperBike School with my 08 and some track day slicks. I ended up bumping up to advanced the following track weekend! :flex:

This was my 4th TD (Cali school):


I don't know if I've ever been prouder than when I took this pic at the end of that day. :D


This is from the weekend I got bumped to advanced, and nearly made it into the race group, but that took a couple more TD's to get done. It's quite a process, with multiple reviews from different coaches, etc. They really don't want non-racers in the race/expert group, but I made it in!


You can see the group 3 sticker on my helmet in this pic! I was REALLy happy to have been meeting my milestones for the season early.


Then I made the move to REALLy get into racing and my bike went from gorgeous street bike to BAUCE track bike!




Now:


End of season pics from the Race group I run in:


I got my Race certification on Monday, so I'm ALL set to be runnin against guys like Dieselboy next year. I can't wait! :flex:

The end of the season has been rough for me. My 08 has been sputtering. I ended up crashing it a little bit a couple TD's ago, and am gonna sort this out this weekend I hope. I haven't hit the times I want to yet, becuase of these bike problems, hurricanes, other bullshit, vacations, budget issues.. The list goes on and on.

Oh well, next season I'm throwin down hard again and will be 100% dedicated. Hopefully I can save up enough like I did for this year. I've never imagined spending money so hard. :laugh
 

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What are these seasons that you speak of? :laugh

Seriously though - it's been my first year on the track and it's been pretty amazing. Started at the end of February and have gotten 7 days in. Should get in another 2-3 before the end of the year.

Low is probably being HORRIFICLY sick the day before my last track day. Had a 101* fever. Coughing. Couldn't breathe. Exhausted. Basically thought I was going to have to eat the $250 (Auto Club Speedway is expensive).

The high was waking up the next day and feeling good enough to get my ass out to the track. Ended up getting my knee on the deck for the first time in the first session. Then ended up low-siding in the second session because the track was hot as hell and I didn't adjust tire pressure to compensate. Got the bike back together and went out for 3 more sessions, knocking several seconds off my previous best time.
 

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What did they do? I know at the Ducati demo days at the local track, you sign a big waiver before you ride that basically says "you break it, you pay to fix it/bought it".
They sent me out on another bike. :lmao
 

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$hit, no one mentioned the FREE Yamaha owners appreciation trackdays at Miller. A great couple days, AND I won a Yamaha generator in a raffle at the rider's meeting!
 

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My season started off with my first exposure to a track. I went to the Jason Pridmore school in August at Heartland Park, and since then have been doing every trackday they offer and have picked up a second bike for the track that the wife is learning to ride on.

High: All of the information that I was able to learn at the Pridmore school was invaluable, especially being new to the track. I started my next session as a middle of the pack Intermediate rider.

Low: I'm out of money :(
 

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Had my first trackday this year...and my second 6 days later. I loved the shit out of it! I've had withdrawals...last TD was in July so I really miss it and want to get back but the track bike isn't ready yet.
 

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Awesome!! This season was my first! I honestly wasn't expecting to run the track at all! I remember posting in June that my schedule is so busy I can't see myself running any track time! :lmao

Turns out.. my first day was in the beginning of July, it was so spontaneous I signed up two days before the event with a co-worker. Ran a full weekend after (one was a rainday.. epic experience :fact), and two more days after.. with my most recent on this past Monday. I learned so much, getting confident on the bike, and losing nearly 95% interest of riding the street :laugh

The Good: Getting super comfy on the bike.
The Bad: I had my first lowside on Monday :( But I got right back up and kept riding :flex:
First TD Ever, with the Intro Shirt on :lmao



Most Recent TD

 

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I did my first full track day on the season opener in March.
As in, you're first track day, ever? Or first track day of this season?

If this is your first season, that's nuts dude. Watching the video you posted from the mock race awhile, you're killin' it out there. How many TDs have you done total?
 

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Brought my bike brand new back in march....said I wasn't going to do trackdays cause they cost too much...a suit, race bodywork, and numerous parts later....I finally did my first trackday in four years on sep 23.

Such a noob out there lol, hopefully correcting a lot of my body position next month, I have two trackdays planned.

Next year I have plans to take the new racer school and get my race license and start dicing it up with my friends.
 
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