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RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

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    RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    CLIFF NOTES: 4th, 2nd, 1st places, 1.5 seconds dropped, and my 15 minutes of fame

    Friday
    Spent FIVE HOURS for my 3.5 hour drive to get to the track. Thanks traffic.

    Saturday
    Felt awful in 1st practice, nothing was going right. Second practice felt GREAT, and I got back into the 23s I also realized the awesomeness of fresh HH brake pads courtesy of Sportbike Track Gear…WOW my old pads were junk! Even though they weren’t yet to the wear indicators, they must’ve been seriously glazed over.

    AM LWGP – 2nd wave, 16 bikes
    Gridded 2nd row, 2nd spot…and got my doors blown off on the start, settling into 8th place. I put my head down and tried to apply some of the stuff I was doing during practice, and it paid off. I was able to get past a bunch of bikes and eventually took fourth place. If I had another two laps, I’m fairly certain I would’ve taken third. New PB! 1:22.285

    Sunday
    Practices felt good…nothing notable.

    AM LWSS – 1st wave, 8 bikes
    I was again gridded 2nd row, 2nd spot…but this time I wasn’t messing around. I got a much better start and took the holeshot…and led for 2 laps! This was the longest time I’ve led a race w/more than 4 competitors since being a NV, so I was pretty psyched. Eventually we caught up to the last wave of novices, and 388 Justin Harcourt got past me as I parked it behind traffic. I snuck past the NV and stalked Justin through some more traffic, until 820 Adam Butler passed me on lap 5 (freakin’ fast for an old guy!). I stalked him for two laps, and finally was able to pass him on the brakes right before the apex of T3. In doing so, I had to check up bigtime to make the turn, so he was able to show me a wheel entering T4…and again in T6…but I held him off successfully for the rest of the race despite his best efforts. According to everyone watching, it was an awesome race to spectate…and it was damn fun! I consider this my first “real” AM podium, as the others have been (rain) races with very low grids. This was a hard-fought victory! 2nd place, ANOTHER new PB of 1:21.512!!!

    AM Thunderbike – 2nd wave, 2 bikes
    We were supposed to have a whopping three bikes, but my teammate 559 Kevin Russell had mechanical issues that didn’t allow him to race…so I lined up on the pole one spot away from 900 Jane Kennedy. I took the holeshot, and stayed in first the whole race, with a full front straight lead by the end (I believe that’s what I was told). I wasn’t pushing it 110%, but clicked off some 22s so at least I was consistent there – and I caught the back of the Unlimited Superbike pack in the 1st wave, which was my 2nd goal after “finish this race.”

    MONDAY – 15 seconds of fame
    Gorgeous day for Tony’s Track Days…though I was spent from the get-go after this weekend’s racing! In the afternoon I was asked to do a body position seminar that would be filmed. “OK,” I thought, “Ken’s gonna roll some video for the Tony’s Track Days website.” Wrong. There was a film crew at NHMS shooting for a show highlighting fun things to do around New England. So I instructed the red group on body position while the very lovely hostess of the show demonstrated. She’d never been on a motorcycle before, so I offered to take her around the pits…which was also summarily filmed, as was my brief lesson (in which I stumbled mightily over my words with the camera 18” from my face) on some of the gear we wear on the track.

    All in all, a very successful weekend – thanks in no small part to my RSP Racing teammates and my sponsors Tony's Track Days, MTAG-Pirelli, Northern New England Appraisal Services, Dyno Solutions (hey John, your shirt is in the video!), Sport Bike Track Gear (wicked quick turnaround on a new windscreen for Round 2), Brunetto T-Shirts (lots of green and orange shirts around the paddock this weekend!), 434 Racer Parts, Mad Monkey Motorsports (awesome customer service for my Qstarz data recorder!), and MOTUL (also wicked quick turnaround on fork oil to get me rolling).

    Now let’s hope the rain holds off for tomorrow’s Tony’s Track Days!

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Nice report, keep em coming.

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Good to meet you this weekend! Nice work on the new PB.

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Great racing with you this weekend

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Quote Originally Posted by 388 View Post
    Great racing with you this weekend
    Ditto to both of you!

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    Dude...that race with you and Adam was a BLAST to spectate. Way to be!!

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Dude...that race with you and Adam was a BLAST to spectate. Way to be!!
    You should have been in it!! That was the most fun I have had on a bike yet!!!

    Great write up Bill! You had your boogie on!!!!

    Charming

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Dude...that race with you and Adam was a BLAST to spectate. Way to be!!
    +1

    We were going nuts with the passing! Way to do something pretty damn awesome that isnt "be"!


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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Quote Originally Posted by PainfullySlow View Post
    +1

    We were going nuts with the passing! Way to be!
    Dude...I said way to be...you can't quote me and then say the same thing.

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Thanks everyone!! Definitely one of the most, if not the most, fun I've had racing yet. Can't wait to see what the classic holds!

    Justin you're a MADMAN running that fast after not being on the track for over a year! Gotta meet ya sometime next round...stop by the RSP/Pirelli garage or let me know where you pit...

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    I'm still pissed that I missed this with the GoPro.

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Thank you, I just hope I am able to back it up next round... that weekend was by far my best race weekend yet and I had a great time with all of you. I did make it over to the RSP garage as I know of few guys to say hello, then I was told to go home by Keith. I am in the next garage to the east of the RSP guys with the motard crew, dont remember the #, where Mark Dages and several other Expert sv racers pit. I should have my go pro working this weekend as I was very upset I can't watch some of the racing from home!!! hit personal bests all weekend with the help of chasing down some of you guys. I just wish I was able to get the start Rada did in the LWGP race... i was last row all weekend also which made it that much more fun...

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    IT must be the hair.

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    Re: RSP Racing AM#447 - LRRS Round 2 - Mustang

    Quote Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
    IT must be the hair.
    It works like a speed hump, diffusing the turbulent air behind my helmet. That must be how Martire did it.

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