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Old 09-06-2018, 01:47 PM   #1
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Just three weeks had passed since working MotoAmerica at Sonoma with Hustle Hard Racing where we got Chad Swain to fifth place in Stock 1000.

I finally removed the abs pump and brake lines, getting rid of the limited and linked braking from stock system. I installed Brembo 19RCS master cylinder and also a TGP quickturn throttle. No more excuses for my wimpy throttle and weak braking!

Friday morning arrived and it was cold and foggy for the first session, making it an easy choice to skip and wait for the sun to warm things up. The only time I had previously ridden Sonoma was a cold and wet day in February that ended early in rain...so I don’t like to count that day...which means this is my first time at Sonoma...I get a pass for that, right???

Sun came out for the second session and I had my buddy Jay show me around, and after our outlap we did a crisp 1:56. As usual I got impatient after one lap and passed Jay and two more riders around the outside of turn 5 and did a 1:54. Someone on a CBR passed me inside turn 1 and pulled me around to a 1:52 which I repeated three more laps, for a 1:56, 1:54, 1:52, 1:52, 1:52 on my ‘first’ session at Sonoma. I love this track! Second session was a throwaway with traffic but the third went well with a 1:53, 1:52, 1:51, 1:50, and then Chad Swain tried to slow me down a bit to show me lines and we did a 1:52 to end the session. Fourth session went well with another 1:52, 1:50, 1:51, and 1:52 as some traffic and roasted tires slowed things up a bit.

Saturday morning showed warm weather and promises of quick times. Chad stayed over at my place for the weekend and we shared some good banter on the drive to the track. The first two practice sessions went well, running between 1:50 and 1:51. Dave Stanton was at the track in the morning and gave me some riding and setup advice. He is a true Jedi master and I am his hopeful Padawan! I threw on some fresh slicks after lunch and went out for the quick practice session before racing began. Low and behold with Dave’s voice in my head while circulating the track I got down to 1:48.2! That was 5.5 seconds faster than the next person in my practice group 3 and also the fastest time in practice group 4 on that session. Suffice to say I was amped up after hitting low 1:48 after seven sessions total and less than 50 laps ever at that track!

Clubman Heavy gridded up and as usual I got an anemic start. I’ve narrowed it down to my throttle not being opened enough and will be working on this in the future. I made up some places and good passes but after two laps the race was red flagged and I rolled back to the pits. The race restarted and we got going again, although this time I was behind a couple riders who I knew had slower pace. I got got around some traffic and made up the time, closing the distance on Jay #705. In my eagerness to catch up and pass I failed to notice the closing speed I was carrying into turn 11. Bottoming out my forks and locking the front wheel a few times I did my best to bleed the speed but it was not enough to avoid contacting Jay’s bike. I’m not sure exactly how but I ended up going over the bars in a weird front end highside. I landed on my head and shoulder and did a full yoga Plow pose before rolling to my feet. Fortunately Jay was able to stay upright and after a minute or two my double vision subsided and I could see straight. Sitting on the wall I did a self evaluation and discovered that my collarbone was in two pieces...at least my shoulder wasn’t dislocated! My bike seemed good to go besides a broken clutch side clip on and after the race I rode back into the pits straight to Jay and apologized for the contact. He said he only felt something on his tail section and went a bit wide into the cones, and was a huge relief when he accepted my apology. Sorry bro!!!

I was debating racing on Sunday with a sling but the wife wasn’t having any of it...so Chad Swain and Hustle Hard Racing packed my things and loaded my bike into my truck, thank you!!! The drive home was a bit rough, but the most painful part was letting my wife know that I made a boneheaded mistake that was going to impact us for the next several weeks. Fortunately she is a total gem and continues to support my racing, albeit with an ‘addendum’ added to the ‘contract’ regarding my racing strategy going forward. I will also be wearing an airbag vest in the future.

Overall this was my favorite round of the season, even though it didn’t quite end as I had imagined. I got up to speed quickly and had an absolute blast, finding time almost each session and really just starting to explore the capabilities of the brakes with the abs pump removed and a more responsive and sensitive master cylinder.

My 1:48 which came after a close call around the carousel:

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My crash which happened around 12:22:

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Old 09-06-2018, 02:05 PM   #2
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Bummer about the collarbone. But glad you had fun.
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Old 09-06-2018, 02:47 PM   #3
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Bummer man.. bummer.

Glad the wife still blessed your desire to keep on racing.
I know what it is like to come home broken..

I expected to see you just hitting Jay's rear wheel. Pretty solid smack. Glad he stayed upright. 12:22 by the way.

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Old 09-06-2018, 11:20 PM   #4
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I've heard if you have a dog lick your collar bone every day, it'll heal faster.

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Old 09-07-2018, 05:32 AM   #5
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Bummer about the collarbone. But glad you had fun.
Thanks Ian I had a blast, feel so much more connected to the bike with the new brake lines directly from master to caliper. I see the doctor for the first time today, and I got my first full night sleep without waking from pain, so it’s looking to be a Good Friday

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Bummer man.. bummer.

Glad the wife still blessed your desire to keep on racing.
I know what it is like to come home broken..

I expected to see you just hitting Jay's rear wheel. Pretty solid smack. Glad he stayed upright. 12:22 by the way.

Heal quick and well.
Thanks Budman, I hope to never experience the broken drive home again. I’m sort of glad that it happened how it did, in that I learned this lesson without impacting (no pun intended ) anyone else. I am one that learns my doing, and I learned to stop over cooking corners and take the slow corners slow!!!

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Nice times too Chris!
Thanks Berto I have three big dogs and so I should be healing three times faster, right?? I just started a new job in the city three days after this happened and I’m taking Bart into the city, so it’s a bit of a pain only having one arm at the moment. New gig is going well though, so things should only get better from here. Now I just have to finish the kitchen and living room down-to-stud remodel with one arm... at least I’m doing electrical this weekend...

I could smell 1:45 and lower. I had the plans, was slowly increasing my corner speed (not slow enough haha), getting on the gas sooner, and getting on the brakes harder(not hard enough haha). Not having bad habits to break by not having many laps helped too.

Thanks for coming by and talking with me for a bit after the fact, I was seriously down to ride with a belt holding my arm on Sunday but I think my wife would have tried to get me committed to the crazy house...
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Good job! Uhh, except for that shoulder thing.
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:36 AM   #8
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Fun racing too bad you crashed buddy! Took a chunk out of the tail too. lol


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Damn sorry about the tail, looks like it may have snagged my clip on and counter steered the bike to the left, which would explain me getting tossed off and the weird left side lowside.

Good racing for sure, hopefully you’re novice next year and we can bang more bars
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Got plated, staples are out, I have about 85% range of motion and 33% strength. Can’t make the last AFM round, but hopefully will be doing Feel Like A Pro dirt next month... should I ask for a discount??
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I made contact with two people this season, the first one crashed and the second one was a love tap... both times on the slowest corner of the track... as Ken Hill would say, I didn’t respect the slow part of the corner... I think I learned my lesson this time though
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Got plated, staples are out, I have about 85% range of motion and 33% strength. Can’t make the last AFM round, but hopefully will be doing Feel Like A Pro dirt next month... should I ask for a discount??
You should take it easy man. There will be plenty of time. Take the off season to rest and recover to 100%.

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I made contact with two people this season, the first one crashed and the second one was a love tap... both times on the slowest corner of the track... as Ken Hill would say, I didn’t respect the slow part of the corner... I think I learned my lesson this time though
Sometimes you have to go slow to go fast. If I could make a few observations or friendly remarks. I noticed watching your practice sessions and during the race that you weren't on and over the curbs very much. I think if you could hit your marks consistently you could get down to some 1:45's. I was thinking I would have went by on his left...it was tight, but there was just enough room. Shit happens fast and you had a split second to decide to go inside. Anyway...it's just my opinion. I'm not an instructor or Ken Hill etc...just giving my thoughts. You're getting on the gas pretty early it appeared and looked pretty good overall. Get better and go out this year and get some PB laptimes. I'm going to follow your progress. I wish I had a solid bike like yours to go out and see what damage I could do out on track...look out for the old geezer -Cheers
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