Last weekend the CMRA was at Texas World. I had a pretty good weekend, setting personal best times by over 2.5 seconds and getting season-best finishes in SSA (6th) and HWT(1st).
The cherry on top was this series taken by Blair Hart through the chicane before the back straight. It's a very slow, tight chicane that's important to get right since the exit from it determines your drive on the back straight.
I've zoomed and cropped the images so the bike is roughly the same size in each one.
> I do think your body positioning could be better... > Head to high and can be out more
It's a constant work-in-progress, for sure. There's probably nothing more difficult in this sport.
In this series, I'm going through a slow chicane at TWS, so I'm twisting the bike from one side to the other, and that's *some* of it, but your critique is still accurate of an on going effort that began the first say I sat on a motorcycle and continues today.
I would say pic #13 is more typical of where my head would be in a corner. I'm beginning my drive out at that point, lowering my head as I add gas.
> and you would be who? > i think the instructor would know best
He's right, and I don't take offense to it.
As an instructor (RideSmart here in Texas), I'll tell you it's so, so difficult to get this aspect of riding correct, and in a race when the heat is on, the red mist is up, and the chase is in progress, it's so easy to just throw all that out the window!
Duct tape. My leathers are literally crumbling. I took them in for repair this week and the lady told me it's not worth fixing them. Salt/Sweat destroyed them in just two seasons -- I'll not buy RS taichi again! At $2200, I don't care if they are better, it's costing me something like $50 every time I sit on the bike.
On top of it all, they installed a very coarse and rough curbing in turn 6 at TWS. I ripped TWO knee pucks off in that corner this weekend, and it hurt like hell. I have a huge bruise from it. Ouch.
I think you went and screwed up your 'remaining novice' hopes by your season results. I wasn't real happy about getting bumped, as you know, but actually managed to get my first expert podium (2nd) this past weekend, in a WERA event no less.
But... The 1125 was down with cam follower issues, I was racing in D Superstock (on the Ninja 250) and we won't mention how big the field was (and that I wouldn't have placed at all if two guy hadn't crashed out).
I'll also throw out at shout to Rob - I ran into him at MMP and we had a pleasant chat.
Duct tape. My leathers are literally crumbling. I took them in for repair this week and the lady told me it's not worth fixing them. Salt/Sweat destroyed them in just two seasons --
One of the reasons I ride in Kevlar.
Back at ya Jeff. Nice to put a face to the name. Miller was great. Got a second in HWT SS the first day, but had a rough time the second day with failed tire warmers and brake pad. I'll post videos in a few days.
No worries Nick! And I should've prefaced my remarks saying I have the utmost respect for Jim and in no way were my remarks meant to be disrespectful. He has helped me out countless times and is a bevy of information and a irreplaceable asset to this board.
Body positioning is one of the hardest aspects of riding...especially when you're 6'5" and 210# The Disalvo riding school harps on it for good reason and I'm still a padawan.