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Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

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    I rolled in Thursday night, confident to be participating in Friday practice for the first time in a while. This decision proved invaluable as I learned we had major issues with both bikes and wouldnít be able to race if not rectified. I tossed the GSXR and KTM into my truck and made the dash back to Central Mass Powersports. Todd, Al and Steve went far above and beyond to get us race ready. Wives, girlfriends and lord knows what else were mad at us Ė my apologies, it was worth it.

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    Saturday, race 4 Ė AM Super Singles Ė KTM (1st) 1.23.9
    Itís Saturday morning now and first up for me is AM Super Singles. I got a great start and took the holeshot lead into turn 1. I was zipping along, feeling more and more comfortable when suddenly I lost both tires to a big slide in the bowl. Dialed it back a bit and brought it home for a 1st place finish. Good times, weíre leading the class championship!

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    Saturday, race 11 Ė AM Ultralight Superbike Ė KTM (Mechanical DNF, 2nd) 1.24.4
    I pull up to grid and thereís a young man sitting on a new Moriwaki, 14yrs old. He looks confident. We launch with the green flag and crickets, nobody around me. Iím bombing along stretching out my lead and picking up my reference points when BAM, the bike bucks me so hard that Iím out of the seat!!! Ok, that was cool. Keep pushing, BAM Ė again and again and again! To the point where I know the spectators in the bowl grandstands were just waiting for me to stack it. Over and over the KTM kicked me around at full lean in the corners. 2 laps to go, I can limp this thing home for the win. Plans are good, really Ė you should make them tooÖsometimes they just donít work out though. She died, I coasted into the pits in neutral and watched my new little buddy (#69 Alex Dumas) take his first win. Way to go Alex!


    So, itís Saturday night and Iíve come to the realization that the KTM is done. Itís not kicking over, itís all bad Ė Iím no mechanic. I decide to eat steak and drink beer with my friends. We had a great time and got back to the garages. As soon as Iím back, Mo and Kurtz are tearing into the KTM. We can fix this they keep saying. I tell them not to worry about it, Iíve got the other bike to focus on and itíll be fine. Theyíre not having it. We scour the pits for spark plugs, we test coils and we drink beer.

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    Sunday morning and now itís hitting me. The KTM is still dead, really dead. One of my competitors, Sam Lakas (#969) comes over early Saturday morning and has a quick chat about the KTM with me. Mind you, heís my closest competition at the moment. Sam says, ďthereís a KTM just like yours for sale by the bathrooms, I know the owner Ė we should ask him for parts to get you going! Want me to introduce you?Ē 10 minutes later and weíre pulling Valley Motorsportís Jerryís KTM apart. Big thanks to Mo Kaadum (#521) for the mechanical help. Coil replaced, good to go!?

    Sunday, race 5 Ė AM Motard Ė KTM (Mechanical DNF, 2nd) 1.23.9
    Holeshot into 1 and Iím feeling good. Bikeís running okish and weíre out front. Iím riding around feeling, listening and waiting Ė I know itís coming. POP, BANG, POP! Iím flying above the bike again. Damn, not fixed. Limp around hoping to see the checkered flag, nope. Dead in turn 9 behind the tire wall. I promptly give Sam the two finger salute from the sidelines as he powers on for the win. Now things get interesting, Iím in the very next race on the GSXR! I let the corner workers know that as soon as the checkered flag flies, I gotta go! They open a sneaky little gate and Iím off, sprinting in full leathers, boots, gloves, helmet with a however many pounds motard. I make it to the garage to see my GSXR running, warmers off and smiling faces all around. Somebody says give me that, they take the KTM and I hop on the GSXR. Big Virg gives me a pat on the back and Iím off! We made grid with no time to spare.

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    Sunday, race 6 Ė AM MW Supersport Ė GSXR (12th) 1.21.4
    I hit the grid, find my spot (dead last) and get ready for the flag to fly. Sweat fills my eyebrows, eyes and entire face from the sprint back to the pits 2 minutes prior. Well, Iím warm. Flag flies, we rocket off and I settle in to a nice race. I focused on being smoother with my inputs and tidying up my 600 lines. Not too keen on passing as I still donít know the danger spots with this group of guys so I pick a few off and finish 12th out of 18. Went progressively faster and had a blast, this thingís a runner for sure.

    Sunday, race 8 Ė AM Lightweight Sportsman Ė KTM (1st) 1.26.8
    Jerry noticed me sprinting around like a fool with the KTM. He stops over before race 8 and mentions it sounds like a CDI issue. He says itís two bolts and one clip, heíll grab his off his bike and swap with me for my race. I protest, he doesnít listen. We bolt it up and the bike kicks over FIRST kick. Finally, itís idling smoothly and sounds happy. I went out excited the bike was working again but hesitant, very hesitant. Putted around at a mediocre pace worrying about #69 who crashed out behind me and just waiting for the BUCK. Never happened, took another win to wrap the weekend up and did some big olí wheelies to celebrate.

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    I canít tell you how many times I told Mo, Kurtz, Jerry, Sam, Christian and everyone else involved to let it be Ė itís ok. They wouldnít let me quit. They found solutions I hadnít considered, did work I couldnít do and got me to the grid. Iím humbled and grateful for the help.

    Great round, credit to Central Mass Powersports (Gary, Al, Todd), TSS Graphics, Pirelli, Woodcraft and Suomy. Weíre all the way up to 11th in the AM championship after not pointing in the first two rounds as a Novice. With a little luck Ė weíll crack the top 10, maybe even top 5. Stay tuned, next round in 2 weeks. With baby elephants onboard, itíll always work out.

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    Re: Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

    Good job this weekend bud. Always great to see your overcome the bs with smiles. Keep it up.

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    Re: Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

    What Savas said, with more hetero.

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    Re: Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

    Nice job this round bro. I still think you're nuts for doing that many races haha.

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    Re: Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

    Nice job buddy. It was nice meeting you, good luck with the bodywork and that Ducati.

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    Re: Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

    Thanks guys, it was a lot of fun!

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    Re: Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Nice job this round bro. I still think you're nuts for doing that many races haha.
    he did 5 races

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    he did 5 races
    I think he was in for 8 or 9 but the ktm fucked that plan up.

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    Re: Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

    Jim isn't impressed unless you race tracks all over the US and run 20 races at each round, every weekend - year round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dove View Post
    Jim isn't impressed unless you race tracks all over the US and run 20 races at each round, every weekend - year round.
    Because that's what real racers do

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    I think he was in for 8 or 9 but the ktm fucked that plan up.
    that makes more sense then. there was a guy pitting next to me at VIR that did the GTU and GTO in back to back races. Then did F40 a few races after. that's nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    that makes more sense then. there was a guy pitting next to me at VIR that did the GTU and GTO in back to back races. Then did F40 a few races after. that's nuts.
    Money stops me from doing 12 races a weekend.

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    Re: Central Mass Powersports Round 5 #123 ~ racing with baby elephants ~

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Money stops me from doing 12 races a weekend.
    This.

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