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    Thursday
    I arrived at the track around 1130 or so. After finding an area to pit and set up. I went and got my new forks from Peter Kates, and then picked up some stuff from Street & Comp. Went to go register for open practice only to find out I have to pay with a credit card up front. Come back and pay, missed the first session. I go out for the 2nd session just in time for a red flag. I got about 3 or 4 laps in. While setting up my tent, I missed the 3rd session, no biggy. Next thing I know I know its 4:30 and I missed my last session. After meeting some of the EX Mafia it was about time to go register. After standing in line for hour and 45 minutes. I was all registered for the weekend. Head on back to the paddock with Darrell and help Pete get his stuff unloaded.

    Friday
    Woke up at 430am and could not get a good sleep after words. Finally made it out of bed around 630. headed over to Street & Comp and got a cotter pin and some brake fluid. Headed over to tech and talked with Micky about my Vemar helmet about how I liked it. Made it through tech and got ready for practice. The bike felt much different then before, it felt a lot harder to turn in with the new forks. Also had a lot of chatter going in T9. After all 4 laps that we got I came in and talked with Jamie. He recommended that I get on the gas in 9 more. Went out for the 2nd session, I donít remember much about that. My transmission issue did become an issue again and I know that hurt me overall.

    Went and grided up in 6A for race 7A. I had a nice wheelie off the start and passed a few. I caught up to Darrell by T1. I remember going into T1 with one guy 2 feet to my left and Darrell 3 ft to my right. Ended up getting by them in T2. I had a few drops into neutral in T3 and got passed a few times there. I did some passing and got to be the passť as well many times. I ended up finishing 15th out of 24 starters. Best lap time was 1:34.278.

    For the production twins race (13) I was gridded in 6C right behind Pete and Darrell. I had one hell of a start till we got to T1. As I was going to pass to get some good ground, someone in front of me downshifted too much and locked up the rear, and pulled out right in front of me. Oh well racing is racing. A few laps later I was racing against Jason Morse (#133), he passed me in 12, then I passed him 1, then he passed me in 3, then I passed him in 9. We went back and forth for like 3 laps till I passed someone slower then both of us and he got stuck behind him. I was then catching another rider but every time id come close to him my transmission would go into neutral and he would get his lead again. That was my favorite race of the weekend. I ended up finishing 6th in my class out of 11 starters, and 16th out of 26 overall.

    After talking with Dana about some of the issues I was having, he recommended that I pick up a EX500 shift kit, and switch my rear gear from a 41 to a 43. I also spent several hours talking with Micky Curry on a wide range of topics. Micky is an awesome guy and is very helpful to talk to. Micky had recommended that I try down shifting in certain areas to get a better drive out of the corners.

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    After being woken up nicely at 6am to be notified breakfast was ready at the restaurant, I went and picked up a EX500 shift kit from Street & Comp when they opened. came back just in time for practice. I went out and tried out the new gearing and the tips that micky, bj, and dana had both recommended the previous night. The new gearing was much better and helped out a lot. Iím still having issues downshifting twice before T1, but T9 was much easier going through. Before my next practice I got a hold of Dana and asked to help me install the new shift kit. Dana came over and got it install extremely quickly. I canít thank him enough.
    Went out for Race 1A gridded in 6A. I had a meh start. Not the greatest, but not shitty. I was doing okay for the first few laps, but fatigue quickly set in. I almost low sided when I was going to pass Connor 704? In T2 but he swept across from me and I got on the brakes to avoid hitting him. Bike started to drop down so I let off the brake and gas and It popped back up. At first I was pissed but then I realized being new to this I could have done this to other people and shit its racing, it happens. Most of the race I was by myself and passed a lot. I kept messing up a lot, I was not happy with this race. I finished 22nd out of 28 starters. I had a best lap time was 1:34.185

    Sunday
    Went out for practice not really thrilled with it. Pete followed me for a few laps till he ran out of the go-fast juice. On my way back to the pits, My rear wheel locks up and then I hear a bunch of clunking and clinking sounds. I kill the motor and notice 1) my tire is not flat and 2) my chain is still together. So I determined that something in the motor went. I am assuming that it was the transmission, since I had issues with it all weekend. Pushed it from the T3 turn in to where Jamie was pitted. His neighbor Geno? And his friend helped me by pushing the bike all the way back to my pit. I was extremely grateful for that as I was beat. Pete finally gets back and we talked about the session. He pointed out a lot of areas where I need improvement. Then we went and watched the experts and amateurs going into T1 & T1A

    Overall
    I was satisfied with the races on Friday but from Saturday on I am not. I Believe I need to forget everything i've basically learned from previous track days. I keep using my markers from riding my ZX6R with the EX500 and it is just not working. I also need to work on my consistency; I could not do anything consistent this weekend. I also believe I made to many changes to the bike in one weekend, and with the transmission issues, it did not help. I also cannot wait to get back to the track and race again. Hopefully without any issues that iíve had. I am flying out to Nashville Tuesday, so Iím not sure on how Iím going to get the motor apart to verify what is broke and replace everything needed.

    It was great meeting a bunch of you and seeing the few ive met before. i dont remember many new names,sorry just bad with new names.

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    Great Report!!!

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    i still need to pull the motor, but im assuming its the transmission

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    where the pics i took?

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    Hey Daviid...glad you had fun despite your problems. I caught a few pictures of you in 6 if you wnat em PM me with your email addy. I can't wait for the next weekend.

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    Originally posted by Nikon
    where the pics i took?
    uploading them right now to http://gallery.daviid.net/LRRS-Weekend3

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    Wow, awesome pics man!

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    my first race report

    i can't access the site

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    i let the registration lapse, i just renewed it last night, might take a day or two for it work for you

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    Daviid! Those are the coolest pics of the Expert Ptwins race! If you would like to make a few bucks I would like to buy a CD of those in their original sizes! Let me know!

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    damnit, why can't I see em????

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    Originally posted by zx1012r
    Daviid! Those are the coolest pics of the Expert Ptwins race! If you would like to make a few bucks I would like to buy a CD of those in their original sizes! Let me know!

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    11ty billion dollars

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    Those are cool pictures. Mark, Did you hold off Dana??

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    Hey Paul!

    Dana pulled me on the straight for three consecutive laps and I was able to out brake him into 1 each time, trying not to pinch him off too bad on the outside of him! I thought I might have him but he has this patented inside move into six that gets him by and doesn't allow the drive enough to hang outside to seven. I know this yet I still left the inside open. DOH!!!Once by he is a tough guy to pass.

    That is my excuse and I am sticking by it!

    I was really psyched to be able to stay with those guys throughout the race though. Next weekend!

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    Daviid,

    That sounds like a deal, but...

    My race bike is really one of those rides in front of the Toys R Us and they said I had to put 3 more quarters in for another ride, leaving me just slightly short of the 11ty Billion

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    Originally posted by zx1012r
    Daviid,

    That sounds like a deal, but...

    My race bike is really one of those rides in front of the Toys R Us and they said I had to put 3 more quarters in for another ride, leaving me just slightly short of the 11ty Billion
    check your pm's

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    David - any chance of getting copies of the ones I took? Ay come out decent - I can't connect to the site right now...

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    Originally posted by zx1012r
    Hey Paul!

    Dana pulled me on the straight for three consecutive laps and I was able to out brake him into 1 each time, trying not to pinch him off too bad on the outside of him! I thought I might have him but he has this patented inside move into six that gets him by and doesn't allow the drive enough to hang outside to seven. I know this yet I still left the inside open. DOH!!!Once by he is a tough guy to pass.

    That is my excuse and I am sticking by it!

    I was really psyched to be able to stay with those guys throughout the race though. Next weekend!
    I see you guys dipped into the 21s. That's starting to get pretty quick on the EX. You had that thing CRANKED over in T1. You're hangin off it pretty far as well. Looks to be a good year in PTWINS with 4-5 guys going near the front.

    Me and Eric are having some epic battles and the pace is very high for this early in the season, but we're missing 3-4 of those guys who used to mix it up with us...

    Did BJ crash in T2?

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    Whenever I think I'm going fast in turn 1 I go down and watch you guys through there! Talk about corner speed! It is unbeleivable how the 125's can corner.

    Turn 1 is one of my best for some reason. I didn't get to the 21's but my best in that race was a 22.3 so close! I am really looking forward to a close race year!

    B.J. had a cam chain tensioner fail right in 3. He was leading and put his hand up. We all let off because there was a motard down in 3, and the way the weekend was going we all thought it was a red flag. I looked at Steve, he looked at me, we looked at Dana and he was still full throttle so we resumed!

    Thanks for the compliments, I have really been working on my race form this year.

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    Originally posted by Paul_E_D
    I see you guys dipped into the 21s. That's starting to get pretty quick on the EX. You had that thing CRANKED over in T1. You're hangin off it pretty far as well. Looks to be a good year in PTWINS with 4-5 guys going near the front.

    Me and Eric are having some epic battles and the pace is very high for this early in the season, but we're missing 3-4 of those guys who used to mix it up with us...

    Did BJ crash in T2?
    BJ had a mechanical issue. i forget exactly what it was

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    Originally posted by Nikon
    David - any chance of getting copies of the ones I took? Ay come out decent - I can't connect to the site right now...
    for you 11ty billion and half dollars

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    Pics look great, David. Thanks for getting a bunch of me.

    Funny... none of them look blurry... hmmm, I've got to work on that!

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    blurry means fast :-P

    and thank darrell for the pics of the GTL, as he took them.

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    Originally posted by daviid
    uploading them right now to http://gallery.daviid.net/LRRS-Weekend3
    David thanks for posting the pics!

    Will thanks for getting some decent shots of me.

    I owe you guy's a few beers next race weekend.

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    Originally posted by brewmaster
    Will thanks for getting some decent shots of me.
    i didn't know that I took any shots of you

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