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Just got my ASMA racing license this weekend at Arroyo Seco Raceway, NM. Had a blast. Thought I'd share.
I was on my 98 ZX6R that I bought last year (used race bike).
Handles mid turn bumps and seams like a champ. Tucked the front once (in practice) on a slow speed right to left, saved it. Slid the rear a little bit on the exits onto the straights and doglegs. I even started to goose the gas a touch to use the slipping and grabbing back tire to help make the transitions in the esses faster. None of which I have ever done before. What a blast that was!

I ran 3 races. Beginner, 600 Supersport AM and Formula Unlimited Ametuer. The last one was a 20 minute race open to all bikes riden by Am's. After a bad start (mid pack) and 18 minutes of hard charging, I caught up to 3rd on the last lap (Aprillia twin) and passed both him and the 2nd place rider on the last two turns. My friends said the announcer was going nuts. To be honest, so was I. The drive to get by the big Aprilia started with a slide coming onto the back straight. Not a big one, just on the gas early and hard. I slid all the way to the rev limiter, stood it up a bit then snatched 4th, 5th then 6th gear on my way down the straight. Reeled him in on the brakes going into the big carousel (think of a smaller turn two at Leguna). He went tight, I went in hot and pushed wide a bit. I was already around him and he was in no shape to catch me mid turn. Going wide set me up for the exit and last right. Hard on the gas to put my wheel in front for 2nd place across the line.

Both those guys came up to me after the race and congratulated me on a good ride. Then they found out I was the NEW guy (first race weekend)....


The track record is around 1:11.00. I was timed in the 600 race and was consistently in 1:15's.
I picked up the pace a bunch for the Unlimited race. Easily 1-1.5 seconds off of my 600 SS race times. Must get lap timer!

Will post some pics if I can get some.

Shaun
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Congrats on the great race weekend. Some of the guys I ride with also run ASMA pretty regularly. They would be from Helmet Harbor/Pipe City in Phoenix. Go by Team Bling I believe down there! ....definately say hi to these guys if you get the chance!!!

One of these days I'm gonna get myself down there
 

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Wow, small world. Team Bling was there. Helmet Harbor/Pipe city paid my cash prize for 2nd place. I think they (TB) took 1st or 2nd in the team sprint races.

I can't even tell you how cool everyone was at the track. Totally laid back (off track of course). Good clean racing. Mostly. My race partner had a pretty bad get-off at the end of the back straight in the Unlimited AM race. Riding a stock ZX7R, and if you think the bike is heavy, he ain't no lightweight twin either. He rides the hell outa' that bike considering the "stockness" of it. Know that he's "post crash", it's time to convert it.
 

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Oh its definately a small world in the sportbike/racing community !

Some of those guys are a little nuts when its comes to racing, but they are definately one of the best group of guys you'll ever meet.
 

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Originally posted by want2race

My friends said the announcer was going nuts. To be honest, so was I. The drive to get by the big Aprilia started with a slide coming onto the back straight. Not a big one, just on the gas early and hard. I slid all the way to the rev limiter, stood it up a bit then snatched 4th, 5th then 6th gear on my way down the straight. Reeled him in on the brakes going into the big carousel (think of a smaller turn two at Leguna). He went tight, I went in hot and pushed wide a bit. I was already around him and he was in no shape to catch me mid turn. Going wide set me up for the exit and last right. Hard on the gas to put my wheel in front for 2nd place across the line.

Both those guys came up to me after the race and congratulated me on a good ride. Then they found out I was the NEW guy (first race weekend)....


The track record is around 1:11.00. I was timed in the 600 race and was consistently in 1:15's.
I picked up the pace a bunch for the Unlimited race. Easily 1-1.5 seconds off of my 600 SS race times. Must get lap timer!


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This is to me like what porn is to a sexoholic.

I'm more like 7 seconds from the 600cc track record on my local track, so I'm quite a bit slower still.... but DAMN your post makes me want to race.
 

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Originally posted by RedFinn

This is to me like what porn is to a sexoholic.

I'm more like 7 seconds from the 600cc track record on my local track, so I'm quite a bit slower still....
Well, in case you haven't noticed, you're not on a highly Supersport prepped racebike and this was the first (or second?) trackseason for you :). Patience [:p].

I haven't been on a trackday since july, but you have had quite a bit of training since that. Looks like I have to get a -03 or -04 to keep up with you :). "Jäsentenväliset" next summer?

Originally posted by RedFinn

but DAMN your post makes me want to race.
Me too!
 

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Somebody posted this on the ASMAracing.com forum site.

Peter Tran won the Formula Amateur race quite convincingly. Trent was right on him but he got passed right at the end by an impressive new guy. Steve Collins crashed out which is rare. He would have been up toward the front.
 
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