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    728 racing again


    I guess I will cross post this here even though this area is dying

    Race Report: 95th Loudon Classic

    Well, I feel like this was my first real weekend racing the R6. We had great weather (90 percent of the time) and I was able to race and practice on a dry and consistent race track
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    Not to be denied, when I rolled wheels to tech on Friday it started to mist rain. I didn't even bring my rains, so I parked it and had to go into GTU cold. Conditions improved and At least it was dry. I took it like a practice and ended up 5th getting my first 1:16 lap under my belt.

    Next I entered my bike in the 2 hour endurance race with Kris Hopkins and Peter Gaboriault. The goal was to give us all a chance to get time in on the R6, not really to compete. We gave each rider 2 stints, which meant a lot of time in the pits, but better quality laps for everyone. We were in contention for second, and tried to go for it by leaving Kris Hopkins out there longer, but we got our signals crossed and he pitted to give me the last ten minute stint. Fun was had and the practice proved helpful.

    Saturday saw perfect weather. I was a bit tired in practice and wasn't fast. But F40 went pretty well. The grid behind us was huge and we were into traffic by lap 2. I had a great time carving up the amateurs without losing too much pace and it netted me a third place. I'll take it!

    My final race was the main event. The 20 lap Classic. 27 entries and a pretty deep field, including some of my best buds. It proved to be a corker for me anyway! I got my usual crappy start and Peter Gaboriault BLITZED me into T1. I grabbed his wheel and thought, oh it's on! We head into T3 literally 4 wide. I got balked by Elvis, and Pete squeezed through a tiny gap to come out on top yet again. I was laughing out loud in my helmet think "you little #$%^"! I grabbed his wheel again knowing I could blast by his SV on the straight, and that's what happened.
    Now it was his turn to grab my rear wheel and he did stay with me for a good while. On lap 3 another 600 passed Pete and proceeded to hit my rear wheel going into T1. It popped my wheel into the air. I was like WTF? Head down and soldier on. I reeled in and passed a couple of guys and then spent the next 12 or so laps closing a big gap to the 8 and 9th place riders.

    I ran a long series of low 16s to finally arrive on their wheel with 3 laps to go. I could see that they were exhausted and struggling. I tried to go by Sam Greenwood in T6 twice, but he shut the door on me pretty hard. I should have stood him up and taken it, but I didn't. I spent the next 3 laps frustrated as Sam shut down every passing opportunity I had, and failed to make the pass himself. I crossed the line in 10th, but it was by far the best performance I have put in on the 600. Thanks to everyone helping me and cheering for me this weekend! It means a lot.

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    Re: 728 racing again

    Solid run man!!!

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    Awesome and a RRW mention on your endurance runner up.

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    Dude, never ever leave your rains! You should know better congrats on your efforts this weekend.


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    Re: 728 racing again

    Quote Originally Posted by isaac_ View Post
    Dude, never ever leave your rains! You should know better congrats on your efforts this weekend.


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    I decided before I left home that I have already had enough of the wheel swap olympics this year. If it rained, I was less stressed just parking it. Still, it was like salt in a wound when the mist started. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I decided before I left home that I have already had enough of the wheel swap olympics this year. If it rained, I was less stressed just parking it. Still, it was like salt in a wound when the mist started. LOL
    I did the same fucking thing hahaha

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    Enjoyed watching you guys race. Was pulling for you from the wall in F40, then from the bleachers in the Classic. Well done.

    Isn't it some sort of unwritten rule that you always pack the rains just to ward off the rain?!? I guess you tested that and disproved given the weather you had for most of the weekend.

    I didn't even know about the success ya'll saw in the endurance rides on Friday. More 'grats all around.

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    16s in the first honestly dry weekend...I think there’s some more in the tank.

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    Callin it now........ 14.2 by end of season.

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    Ugh... I seriously miss chipping away at lap times. Hell of a showing with 16s with more in the tank though, well done man.

    I was trying to make it up there to watch but by the time I was able to race 9 was already starting so I didn't bother. I had fun watching via Race Monitor though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Callin it now........ 14.2 by end of season.
    From where i sit 14s don't look too far off. I'm giving away like a second in each straight with my tendency to start my drive too early a la 125.

    Of course, i have to make it happen, but that's my plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I'm giving away like a second in each straight with my tendency to start my drive too early a la 125.
    Wait, what?! How's this work?

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    Re: 728 racing again

    Thanks for putting this up, I miss the race reports.

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    Good job Paul. It was funny to hear Keri going nuts in the bowl bleachers lol

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    Nice weekend and good luck this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    Wait, what?! How's this work?
    Opening early widens the line which means you need to keep using your lean angle to finish the turn, which means you can't roll on the throttle as aggressively.

    Opening later allows the bike to get pointed through the turn a little more, which means you can stand it up & twist the throttle more aggressively.

    That goes for pretty much any bike you're riding.

    On a low power bike, its strength is cornering over acceleration.

    On a high power bike, its strength is acceleration over cornering.

    Using your machine's strengths/weaknesses to your advantage is a balancing act.

    Riding a 600 fast around Loudon requires quite a bit more more point & shoot than a 125. You still crack the throttle open around the same point but you have to let the 600 get pointed through the turn just a little bit more so you can accelerate and fully take advantage of the HP.

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    Dude. Well explained. You should get into 1-on-1 coaching or something...

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    What Pete said. I wasn't going to share all my secrets but there it is. 728 racing again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    What Pete said. I wasn't going to share all my secrets but there it is. 728 racing again

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    Yeah... 'cause I'm a real threat on either the FZR or antique R6...

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    Sshhhh. Others may be listening 728 racing again

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    Sshhhh. Others may be listening 728 racing again

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    Good job guys. Scott Greenwood reads this forum. WTF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Good job guys. Scott Greenwood reads this forum. WTF!
    Exactly! Duh!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Sshhhh. Others may be listening 728 racing again

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    Pretty confident in saying that for most of us it isn’t the knowledge of what to do where the problem lies, it’s the talent with which to apply said knowledge.

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    That was just a friendly poke at Kurlon, guys. I'm always happy to chat technique with anyone. As Loudbeard points out, you can't talk someone to faster times. Thank god for that!

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