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{This is a repost from GSB...}

Saturday morning practice was rather slow, lots of traffic with people searching for lines around the track. I found a decent line through the chicane and started working on getting faster there.

In the C Superstock Novice race, I got a lousy start from wave 2, but managed to work my way forward through slower riders to finish 17th overall, with a fast lap of 1:41. I was right behind another rider at the finish, and could have placed higher if the race was 1 lap longer (but isn't that always the case, eh?).

In B Superstock Novice, I got another lousy start from wave 2, and worked my way forward to 15th place, with a fast lap of 1:40 (and an average of 1:40!). This garnered me 1 point, but no trophy or plaque. No sign of sponsorships at this point, but I haven't given up hope...

I had a close call in T5, where I carried a bit more speed than in previous laps and got on the throttle a bit harder. Both the front and rear wheels started to slide, and I ran wide onto the curbing, sending me bumping and wheelying up the hill.

My final race (C Superbike Novice), I got a slightly better start in wave 2, but only worked my way up to 16th, with a fastest lap of 1:40.2 (and an average of 1:40). I was disappointed that I couldn't quite make it to 1:39.

Sunday was pretty bad all around. Chris Stevenson's wreck and passing on was very sobering...my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Morning practice was slow as hell. I only managed to put in 1:45 with all the traffic.

The first race (600 Superstock Novice) was very odd. Riders were going off the track left and right, then coming back on without looking. A lot of people were short-cutting the chicane, which made for dicey conditions for those of us who were actually turning at the chicane. I got another slow start (something that I clearly need to work on), and finished 18th, with a "fastest" lap of 1:42.

My last race was in 600 Superbike, and I really should have sat this one out. I was in row 5 in the first wave, and I figured I had a chance to finish in the top 10. I got a pretty good start, but was checked up in traffic in T1 and the chicane. Coming out of T5, I drove hard up the hill, and kept the throttle pinned, staying center track, out-braking several other riders. I figured I was on track for a 1:39 for sure. My rear end got a bit loose, but settled down as I started to turn in...then I felt a bump...next thing I know, I'm seeing sky/ground/sky/ground...

There is a disagreement between me and the other rider as to who's at fault, but we both agree that his front tire hit my rear tire, sending us both tumbling into the gravel trap. I have to give credit to the corner worker for doing a good job with separating us until we could calm down.

I have a "class 4 A/C separation" of my shoulder, and the other rider may have a broken or sprained finger. My bike isn't too badly banged up, nothing major was broken, and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get her back in shape for the track again. I, on the other hand, will have at least 4-6 weeks of down time. The doctor said there's a 50% chance I'll need surgury, so I'll have to see what the specialist says. I'm just glad that it wasn't any worse...there were a number of very bad wrecks this weekend.

An amusing anecdote about the aftermath of the crash...I walked over to the concrete barrier and sat down in the shade, taking my helmet and gloves off. As I tried to get the jacket off, my arm wouldn't quite move right, so I struggled with it and finally got it off. That's when I saw my collar bone sticking up in a very unnatural position, and I noticed that my right arm was a bit longer than my left arm. I figured I just dislocated my shoulder, so I got on all fours and threw my weight on my right arm. Nothing much happened, so I did it again, and heard a pop. I looked up to see the corner worker standing there staring at me wide-eyed and mouth open, and he asked "Dude, are you ok?" I said "I think there might be something wrong with my shoulder", to which he replied "Uh, YEAH! Let me call the ambulance..."

I sat back down, waiting for the ambulance to arrive, looking at the trees and hearing the bikes go by, and I noticed something growing in the weeds. I may have been in shock, because despite the pain that was building in my shoulder, all I could think was "Hey, blackberries. Yummy!" The medic arrived before I could get any...

Even though I'm not sponsored by these guys, props to HJC for keeping my noggin protected (despite being banned from northeast tracks), Alpinestars leathers for keeping my skin protected, Teknic gloves for keeping my hands in shape to type, and Sidi boots for letting me walk away from the wreck.
 

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You were going fast, Dave! I'll bet you were headed for a 1:39!!!Sorry about the crash; seems like in the meat grinder the biggest fear is from someone getting you from behind.
Heal up soon!

Morris Foor
 

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Thanks Morris. In retrospect, I shouldn't have tried to run with the front group on the first lap. I had 5 more laps to make my way through the pack, and there's no way I was going to finish in the top 5 (those guys were running mid to low 30's), so I was taking a stupid risk for absolutely no purpose.

I'm sure this won't be my last wreck, but hopefully it will be my worst if I can ride smarter and keep the "red mist" from taking over.
 

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I love what Chuck says at the riders meeting: "Helmet on, brain off!"
Unfortunately, we are all at times guilty as charged!

See you down the road, brother!

Morris
 

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Man , that sucks that you crashed ...... heal up soon!
I had to show up and race Road Atlanta without ever seeing it before , man that was a trip!
It was a rough weekend for alot of racers.:(
 

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I shouldn't laugh, but you sound exactly like me when I broke my arm. I had everybody laughing hysterically. Everything out of my mouth was one joke after another. I'm surprised they didn't think I was drunk, or something.

I hadn't read this before I saw the crash video. Now it makes a little more sense. Heal up quick and get back out there. Maybe I'll see you at VIR some time.
 

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Thanks Billy, I'll try to keep that in mind... ;)

I'll be back out there before too long. I'm going to start disassembling the bike this week and figuring out what's broken and needs replacing. Hopefully it won't be too bad.
 
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