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AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

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    AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"


    A little bit of history first. Iíve been stagnated at 1:27ís +/- for the past two years since I high-sided and broke my foot. Itís been frustrating and I just havenít had the same confidence in myself or the bike since. Last weekend I finally hit a 1:26.4 so I bumped to Amateur. After last race weekend I did the one-on-one training with Tonyís Track Days (Gino was my instructor) and picked up a set of brandy new Pirelli slicks. Between Gino and the tires I felt great and looking at the video it appeared I had broken my funk. I took July off due to a family commitment but spent a lot of time on the dirty bikes. My goal going into this weekend was to not piss off/get run over by an Expert and to hit the 1:23 lap time that I think I pulled running with Gino.

    Fast forward to this weekend. I was a bit nervous going into practice as I hadnít ever done an AM/EX practice. Long story short, no big deal. I chased a couple of my pit mates around (Adam Clark and Bill Morey). Theyíre both faster than me so it was great having rabbits. Getting dusted by Experts wasnít as intimidating as I thought. One even came up to me after first practice and apologized for what he thought was a tight pass. I didnít know the difference, assuming thatís how experts passed. Whatever. Didn't bother me and it was good practice because I'm sure it'll happen again. Turned a 1:25x (a new PB) and was OK with that but it was still a ways off my lap goal.

    AM GTL: I was gridded up near the wall which I love. Keeps me out of trouble. I had a decent start but chickened out going into 1. There was a cluster of bikes in front of me and my brain said ďlet them sort it outĒ. I checked up and followed the train. Stupid, stupid, stupid! Didnít I even listen to Gino? Never hesitate! I had a great back-and forth battle with 801 (Celso Barros) for a couple laps during which I didnít hesitate and it worked well. I never made a pass that I thought was too close and never had anyone scare the crap out of me. I ended up picking up another position toward the end of the race and finished 5th overall with a 1:24.6. Another new PB and a great race.

    AM UL Superbike: No screwing around this time. A better start and, despite being on the inside, I just stayed in the mix through the first couple corners. I wanted to keep Bill Morey in sight so I had no choice. Celso and I had another great back and forth battle and I ended up passing him for the last time on lap 6. I put my head down trying to catch Bill but just couldnít reel him in. I did manage yet another PB, 1:23.6! Hell yeah!

    A big thanks to Tonyís Track Days, Gino Berrio, MTAG, Celso for the invigorating racing, my pit-mates Low Down Racing and especially Bill Morey for the advice and being my rabbit!

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    WTF?! I am now going to be the slow guy on our endurance team!



    Way to go John. I knew you had it in you. Now go catch Bill!.

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Dude way to go! You're droppin the PB's like panties.

    Thank you for the help too.

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Hell yes John. You've always had pretty rad style on the bike, now you've got the fast to go with it. You'll be a contender, for sure.

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Great job John, you are matching that style with speed! Always good time hanging out in the pits, thanks for the help putting my bike back together!

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Good job man. That was a solid drop of pb

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    great job, John on the finishes and multiple new PB's!

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    AM GTL:...I ended up picking up another position toward the end of the race
    you're welcome

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Congrats on a great weekend John! Beating your PB multiple times in the same weekend is nothing short of outstanding!

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    now we're talking, I knew my twin brother from another mother was capable of this before the broken foot. glad you've finally got it worked out.

    there's one thing you gotta fix though, they're carrots, you're the rabbit

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Nice job John!! Sorry I missed this on Sat. got up there Sun. only See you Labor Day weekend.

    Joel

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Shabooyah! A near three second drop in your PB? That's wild...obviously you had the tools to get it done and just needed a little push in the right direction. I think we could all use some time with Gino.

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    It is awesome to have you back where you belong, John!! I am super stoked to see you crush that barrier and lay down PB's. I am happy if I helped motivate in anyway, but it was all you.

    Brett, John's a dog on the hunt, he ain't no rabbit!

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Quote Originally Posted by Yknot View Post
    It is awesome to have you back where you belong, John!! I am super stoked to see you crush that barrier and lay down PB's. I am happy if I helped motivate in anyway, but it was all you.

    Brett, John's a dog on the hunt, he ain't no rabbit!
    so what happens when he catches the rabbits, are they proper fucked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBR929RE View Post
    so what happens when he catches the rabbits, are they proper fucked?
    Yeah pretty much..alot worse off than the carrots..LOL!

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    I looked for you Sunday because I saw where you hit 1:23 and to tell you that you looked good as usual when passing me!!
    Good job!

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    It's that gnarly beard. It just has to be.....

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    Congrats dude!

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Way to go, John! Congrats on the new PB and the renewed confidence in your riding!

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    I need to stop working with people. you all are going to be faster than me...

    I told you. 23's What an improvement. this was all you brother!!!

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Hey, you're helping my competition too. I have to do what I have to do. How about if I promise to never pass you in a race? Does that work?

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    Re: AM 117 Round 5 "Trouble"

    Makin the greybike MOVE Johnny! Glad to hear your weekend was so successful.

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