I'm beat. Last night was my first outing and it was abysmal. Two red lights. Two stalls. Only two trouble-free runs, but both were garbage. The guy on the mic lead the crowd in a round of laughter at my expense.
Not to be deterred, I'll be back out there sunday.
I'm going to find a quiet parking lot tomorrow and learn to do burnouts. I know, its rudimentary stuff... I really need to get over this fear of transitioning from no-go to go.
Dude its tough to get used to. Actually I was talking to fellow racers last weekend at the AHDRA Rockingham race and we were talking about the two scary/nervous parts about a pass is the burnout and slowing down.
How are you doing burnout? If you go to a parking lot, just bring some water to help break the rear free. And as you dump the clutch "throw" the bike forward, push the handlebars down/forward and it brings a little weight off of the rear for a second.
I'd heard it many times and then saw Gadson and others do it and I started doing it until I strapped my front end.
If it makes you feel any better: Once I went to the track, go up to make my first pass. There was a small slope leading to the burnout box/track, so I had it in Neutral and coasted down the hill and past the water, then walked it back to the water. Grabbed the hell out front brake, revved up, dumped the clutch and stayed on the gas. But the backend felt wrong, wasnt swaying like it should, just wasnt moving at all. I looked down and had a bright green light in my face....a "N" I forgot to put it in gear. Silly me.
Stuff happens, dont worry about those people or the announcer, remember you at least had the balls to go down and run your bike.
And to add, as far as the launching goes - for me, which I learned on a tuber and have only raced my 1125R twice (two races, not two passes, last weekend I made it to semis in the Super Eliminator class and made some money!), for me to learn to launch was to start at almost no RPM and dump the clutch, seeing how that felt. Then I stepped it up a few hundred RPM and did it again. Gradually I got used to the front coming up, knowing how it felt, how to control it, how to control the clutch.
The first night I was taught to launch I dropped almost one second off of my 1/8 mile time and was launching my S3 at 4500rpm. Thats my advice to a new person to dragracing. Start low, get a feel for the clutch and accelerating. And thats what I did on my 1125 this past weekend, started at 3k rpm launch, last runs were at 5k. Not a huge launch, but when youre used to a bike with wheeliebars, being on a short wheel-base bike takes some getting used to.
Keep practicing. Looking forward to seeing you at Smokeout (that was you, right?)