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Back road racing after far too long to remember...
Race 1: 450 Suberbike
I got a decent start from the third row and was running 5th or so into turn 1. I let someone by into turn 2 and another into 3. I was running Pete's "Buttonwillow" gearing (55R) which was way too tall for someone going as slow as I was. I also couldn't remember my old lines and was struggling in corners I used to love. A yellow plate got by me toward the end which was against my "at least don't let any novices beat you" rule for the race so, I wasn't having the race I hoped for. When I saw the 2:14's on the results, I was pretty disappointed - that was alot slower than I expected. At least I lapped a couple 250p-ers!
My next race wasn't until after lunch so, I put Pete's shorter "Sears Point" gearing (59R) on and cheered for my buddies in their races. It was awesome to see everyone again!
Race 6: 650 Production
I was gridded on the front row but, I figured I was going to be a back marker in this one. I was hoping that I could get a good start and lead into turn 1 for a brief moment of glory but, I blew it and only kept up with my row. The good news is that I managed to stay with the pack for long enough to see some of their lines which helped me to recall mine. I finally remembered my line through turn 11 and when I touched the engine case down I knew I was starting to learn how to ride again!
The "Sears Point" gearing was too short but, I did get well into the 2:09's and just a few tenth's off of Pete's lap record on this bike and was third of the 450's! I think that the FZR should be able to do a few seconds better than that with the right gearing and some tune-up on the monkey holding the handlebars.
All in all I had a great time and it was awesome to see everyone again! I can't wait for the next race!Finishing order and theoretical points for 450's in 650p:
Hard Cold Starting: Low compression, jetting, dirty carbs, read and gap your plugs, ...
Hard Hot Starting: Tight valves, righ pilot circuit, ...
04/23/08 - Compression is good, plugs looked good and have been replaced. Still very hard to start when cold.