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Old 10-29-2013, 07:31 AM   #16
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:46 AM   #17
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... and you can ride my track work horse...
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:53 AM   #18
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Jon, you gotta follow yours dreams!! Your's is a cool one and you can see how it is already inspiring others. Even if you aren't successful you will love the journey along the way.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:56 AM   #19
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Sinncere, your generosity and kindness touches my heart, God bless you.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:06 AM   #20
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In. Sincere that is an awesome offer. I've got zero racing experience but I'll show up and man the BBQ. Or make sandwiches. Or bring the turntables (which no I don't own but I got a mean playlist on the iPhone and I ain't afraid of no remixed 'Devil went down to Georgia'). So much inspiring awesome in your post and spirit in general. Would love to hang for a day and support this.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:25 AM   #21
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Thank you all of your kind words and your generous offers. They mean a great deal to me.

This is a daunting task. Just thinking about it fills me with Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. I fear I do not have the strength to carry this off. I would like to start off slow. This next season, I would like to ride on the tracks in the US and one overseas. Unfortunately, Laguna Seca is already off my list. Here is me rocking a rental 250 at Laguna in May

CotA in Austin have some rentals nearby. It would be a naked Aprilia, but that seems doable. Indy is pretty exclusive, but I believe there is a track school that is held there. As for the overseas track, I have no idea. I have watched MotoGP in Assen, and I have some family there. Motegi intrigues me, although I have no idea why. Circuits in Italy and Spain also appeal to me with their rich history. Not knowing the language does worry me though. Obviously I can't assume people will speak English.

If you have any other ideas, let me know. Thank you!
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:36 AM   #22
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La vita e come una corsa in motocicletta; nessuno sa quanta benzina il destino ha messo nel nostro serbatoio. C'e chi nasce con il pieno e chi, senza saperlo, viene al mondo gia in riserva ma...che tu abbia il pieno o poche gocce di benzina non importa, quello che conta e andare sempre al massimo fino all'ultima goccia di vita.
Directly translated, it says:
Life is like a motor race; nobody knows how much petrol Destiny has poured into our tank. There are people who have theirs full and people who, without knowing it, come to life already low on petrol but...no matter if yours is full or you have only a few drops, what counts is going at top speed till your last drop of life.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:38 AM   #23
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:04 AM   #24
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This thread brought me to tears. You guys are a different breed of human. I feel honored to be a part of this community.

Best of luck fulfilling your dream!
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:08 AM   #25
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:16 AM   #26
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Let me start you off with this:

I know Laguna Seca hosted its last MotoGP race this year, and who knows when/if MotoGP will return to this circuit. But if you want to still include Laguna Seca in your list, then just make it back down here, and your trackday is on me, and you can ride my track work horse - a 2007 Yamaha R1 - carte blanche.

I'll even ride with you the whole day, C Group or not, if you think that will make your time and experience out in the track that much better. Or I can just be your pit bitch, for that whole professional rider experience; your own pit area, me waiting to roll the bike for you on the stands at the end of your sessions, your own pimp chair, a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.

OMG. In for $100 from my race fund to help cover expenses for this. Let me know.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:38 AM   #27
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...... a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.

Dead serious. Print this if you need to, cash in whenever you're ready.



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Old 10-29-2013, 09:41 AM   #28
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:18 AM   #29
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I would like your help. Right now, I think I would just been interested in your advice. Does this make sense at all? Is it feasible? Stupid? Dangerous?
Yes. Yes. No. No.

Do it. Ride them all. Do as much as your body and savings account can take. Take pictures and write about it so we can enjoy the experience through you while simultaneously being inspired by the fact that you are using the time you have left to live your dreams.

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Or I can just be your pit bitch, for that whole professional rider experience; your own pit area, me waiting to roll the bike for you on the stands at the end of your sessions, your own pimp chair, a work table to put the bike on during lunch so it looks like we're working on it, and I'll even have a clipboard with fake data to look like we're working on set up. You can make exaggerated motions with your arms as to what the bike's doing, to complete the look.
I lold. You'll need to get some other people wearing Yamaha, Ohlins and Pirelli mechanic shirts to crowd around with their own clipboards too.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:15 PM   #30
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Live your dream. Not to outdo Sinncere, if there is any glitch in his plan, I will give you any of the Laguna trackday hosted by Keigwin in 2014.

Just look up keigwin.com when their calendar is out in a few weeks and let me know.

I have a GSXR-750 you could borrow except if won't pass sound if you are ripping through. If you back it down a notch, it will work no problem. I will bring all the stuff to you and we can both ride.

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