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We ended up i n #3 track changed it on us LOL

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We ended up i n #3 track changed it on us LOL
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How is the leg?
I just got released for weight bearing last Wednesday afternoon (the 15th). After nearly 4 months of not using the leg, very weak, sore, and informing of it's unhappiness. That being said, it's coming along with noticeable differences at this point already. PT appointment in a couple days, in the meantime just using it more and trying to get things moving again. Definitely sore, but that's to be expected. I'll be at the next AFM round, with a few trackdays before that and getting on the street bike tomorrow. Using the scooter around the track this weekend was pretty easy after the first day, so I think I'll be fine on the bigger bike. Managed a couple steps without assistance a couple times, and pretty much down to one crutch or the cane all day (at night I still am tending to grab both just because I'm not entirely stable in the middle of the night when I'm mostly asleep )

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I just got released for weight bearing last Wednesday afternoon (the 15th). After nearly 4 months of not using the leg, very weak, sore, and informing of it's unhappiness. That being said, it's coming along with noticeable differences at this point already. PT appointment in a couple days, in the meantime just using it more and trying to get things moving again. Definitely sore, but that's to be expected. I'll be at the next AFM round, with a few trackdays before that and getting on the street bike tomorrow. Using the scooter around the track this weekend was pretty easy after the first day, so I think I'll be fine on the bigger bike. Managed a couple steps without assistance a couple times, and pretty much down to one crutch or the cane all day (at night I still am tending to grab both just because I'm not entirely stable in the middle of the night when I'm mostly asleep )
All very good news HB. Kinda reminds me of another racer....
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Ok, I'll play. Most people know me as Tornado Bait Racing. At the peak of my career I ran select rounds of Daytona Sportbike with the AMA 2012-2014. I'm an old fart and retired from pro racing so I just do regional stuff, mostly with CMRA. Bought a new ZX10 at the beginning of the season and joined the forum to hopefully glean some good info.

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So how's everyone's season coming along? Mine got a late start due to the leg, and a pathetically slow start at that, but at least it's started! Race report below:

AFM Round 2, 2017 Sonoma Raceway - My Not-So-Triumphant Return

As many know, my saga with this broken leg over the winter has been an ongoing thing. Recovery was longer than I had originally hoped (although still quick for what it was apparently), and things seemed to be going well until two weeks before I was scheduled to be at Sonoma Raceway. Some excess inflammation and pain over the tibia plate turned out to be an infection getting started, and surgery was scheduled for the next day once I managed to see my ortho. This was Thursday, a week and 2 days before I was supposed to be racing.

Doc was able to leave the hardware in for the time being, however, so my plan was to keep moving forward toward showing up to the races – if nothing else, be there, turn some laps and get to know my bike in that kind of environment. I was on crutches and cane for the better part of a week post op, but was managing to get back on the street bike the last couple weekdays before the races, so figured I could muddle through racing, even if I was slow.

I arrived Friday night and met my friends and garage mates and got my pit area and camp set up. DareDevil Motorsports would be arriving the next morning with the bike and pit help for the day. We hung out for awhile on Friday, then headed off to bed to get some sleep for Saturday.

The weather was looking amazing, and I was excited to get on the bike, but also knew I had my work cut out for me. I had basically only ever ridden the bike once, and that was at Thunderhill, and this was my first time back racing since breaking my leg. I hadn’t ridden this bike on a dry day at Sonoma – heck, I had only ever ridden a liter bike there twice – one of those being my second track day ever. There was a lot for me to process, so I decided to just take it easy and focus on fundamentals and being confident in what I was doing.

There was a huge learning curve. The bike is a completely different beast – absolutely amazing, but totally different. My brain was a bit overwhelmed with all of it. My leg was adding another level of complications by making downshifting really problematic – which was also causing a lot of corner entry issues as what should have been a short process was getting drug out into multiple steps. Autoblip helped, but I couldn’t make as good of a use of it since the leg wasn’t allowing me to use it like it could be.

We made it through practice with pretty sad times, getting into the 2:01s – pretty pathetic for Sonoma. I had one race on Saturday, Formula AFemme. Under normal circumstances I was pretty sure I’d have a good shot at winning, but with the way the day was going, I didn’t figure I’d be there – which proved to be the case. I had a decent start (at least I didn’t lose that skill), but within a few corners Jennifer and Daniela both managed to take off, leaving me to try to unsuccessfully reel them back in. While I found a couple more seconds, it was still almost 10 seconds a lap slower than I had been doing on my Daytona last year. I got a 3rd place by default since there was no one else in the class – my participation trophy LOL.



I knew Sunday was still in front of me, and that would be racing with the other liter bikes…my lap times were pathetic, but I hoped a night of sleep would help me process everything. Saturday evening was enjoyable, if a bit quiet, and I headed to bed at a decent time finding myself pretty tired.

The morning dawned bright and sunny, and we headed out for morning practice followed by the rider’s meeting. My first race would be race 5, Open GP gridded with the Super Dino bikes. I knew some of the novices in the front of their grid were putting down way better lap times than I was this weekend, so figured that’s who I’d be seeing passing me since I was at the back of the Expert grid. Sure enough, within time, a few of them started to come through. The race was over halfway done, and I was mostly racing my own race, with 2 experts still behind me – my goal was not last, and that was still within grasp.

I was heading down into turn 9, taking the line I was finding I liked on the bike. Due to the leg, however, I had to start the slow down process earlier than I would like, but I knew I could still carry the corner/roll speed and use my trail braking skills to scrub the last speed going into it – in fact, other than where I had to start my braking, this was a corner I felt like I was getting into pretty darn well, really using that awesome suspension the ZX10R has to maximize that turn-in braking. My line was a little wider out, and then I would dive in heavy on the brakes – unfortunately, there was a another rider coming up who thought he had me on the brakes – unfortunately he misjudged what my entry speed would be. I went for my apex, and just as I’m about to hit my mark I see the bike out of the corner of my eye. He hit my exhaust and the end of my tail, moving my rear end quite a ways. I was lucky and managed to keep the bike upright, ran over the dirt through the corner and nearly off the other side of the track before I had good control again but I stayed upright at least. He was not so lucky and ended up crashing. The race ended up getting red flagged, and it was called. I had found a few more seconds down into the 1:56s, but still was about 6 seconds slower than I had been on the 675 – but I wasn’t last, there were a couple other experts still behind me.



I had one more race that day, race 11, Open Superstock. I knew this race would be interesting as it was the Open SS and Open Twins – all big bikes – which meant that the fast guys would have less traffic to work through. My times were bad enough that there was a chance I’d get lapped. When I headed out I knew I was getting fatigued – the winter and spring spent recovering had taken a toll on my fitness, so I just wanted to, again, focus on being smooth and confident in the things I was doing. The fatigue issues were giving me problems with downshifting, and I was regularly missing downshifts. Other than that, though, this race was pretty drama free, I was mostly alone other than some faster riders getting through, and finally towards the end I got lapped by the front of the Open SS who were going about 18 seconds a lap faster than I was. We all snuggled through the turn 9 area, and off they went. Oh well, at least I was out there, and again, I wasn’t dead last – almost, but not quite lol.



Overall, the weekend was generally a success in the sense that I was out there, I got a feel for the bike, and I got it around what is probably the most difficult track in North America. My times were pathetic, but I was consistent and gained some more confidence in the new bike. I started to get really confident in the front end on the brakes, which, with a little more seat time, will translate to some significant improvements. As the leg heals and improves its range of motion, downshifting won’t be the issue it was this weekend, and I will be able to really utilize the features of this bike. I also got a little braver on the throttle, but there is a LOT of improvement in that department to make – I was still twisting it pretty gingerly, and I definitely need to get used to that bike’s massive acceleration, learn to have fun with the wheelies it wants to do, and just the “scoot” it has. I have a couple trackdays between now and the next race, and the next race is at my strongest track (Thunderhill), so I will focus on continuing to improve, making use of the seat time I have, and work on getting my lost fitness back as best I can in the time I have.

Huge shout outs to my sponsors this year, and thanks for hanging in there as I recover! I know there’s still a lot of good stuff in store, and I’m looking forward to where I’ll be come the end of the year. All of these companies have products and services I truly believe in!

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I wanted to edit your first sentence in the last paragraph. "Overall, the weekend WAS a success"! You did great! Are you kidding!? You have a leg that you just had surgery on and your out there racing with it, AND on a new bike that hasn't even been fully sorted...that's EPIC girl!! Great report. You just keep doing the next right thing and your going to be faster than EVER in no time!
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Going into this round, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew my leg was feeling better overall, but it was still weak and stiff, and I was also dealing with this PICC line and the antibiotics schedule that was throwing a major wrench into my day to day life. Despite all of that, I was looking forward to getting out to my favorite track and putting down some laps.



I arrived Thursday evening to set up and claim some space, and prep for the trackday on Friday. I only had a few sessions on this bike on this track, so I knew I needed some serious seat time. Friday dawned cool and nice, and I headed out early on to utilize the time I had.


Throughout the day, things were going okay, but as I was riding it was becoming obvious some changes were needed. I kept thinking “this line worked great on the Daytona, but it does NOT work on this bike!” The biggest issue, however, is I wasn’t sure what I needed to change/fix….while I had previously been given some very general information (“square off the corners more”) I’m a bit thick sometimes and need more detailed information to actually implement.


Thankfully, Ken Hill had talked to one of his instructors, Pat Farrand, who was there working with another racer for the day. Pat ended up with a free session the end of the day and offered it up to me – which I gladly jumped on. This was invaluable – while it was the very last session of the day, he pinpointed my issue(s) and I had an action plan for Saturday on things I could work on implementing.


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Saturday looked to be another great day, and I headed out for early practices knowing I’d be missing most of the afternoon due to tire changes and med schedules. Implementing the changes definitely required that I back off my pace a bit, but it seemed to be helping out. I was having to rethink the track and change how I saw it, so there were some major mental changes, and some physical inputs I had to change up as well. It was a lot to take in, and while my pace suffered, I felt like I was starting to “get” it towards the end of the day.


I had one race on Saturday, and while my times were still sad, I knew that the AFemme class was my best chance at a trophy. If I kept myself together, I may even be able to pull a win out of it. We headed out for our warm up lap and then gridded up. I was going to be racing against Valentine Welch, who’s racing MotoAmerica, on her GSXR600, and Jennifer Lauritzen on her ZX10R. I knew neither of them would be willing to “give away” anything as they are both fierce competitors.


We launched and Valentine got the hole shot. I was able to keep up with her, and followed her the first couple laps, noticing a few places where I could out power her and realizing I could keep her behind me in the areas where the 600 would be a bit stronger. On our 3rd lap I passed her going up the hill into turn 9, and from there it was a battle to be sure she and Jen both stayed behind me. We were also hitting lap traffic about this time, so slicing and dicing through the 250’s became a factor. The closing speeds on this bike vs my Daytona were proving to be interesting as I would accelerate a lot faster now. I managed to keep the other two behind and crossed the finish line in the lead.


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My laptimes weren’t great, but my best of the weekend and similar to what I was doing at this time last year – not great, but not terrible all things considered. I also saw a lot of places where I could make up a lot of time as I get dialed into the bike. This marked my first win as an expert in the AFemme class, and it was well earned with the other gals not handing it to me!


Saturday night was fairly laid back, and I eventually wandered off to bed after my evening meds (seriously this is a royal PITA). Sunday came upon us a bit warmer and promising to cause some interesting things in terms of playing games with temperatures and tire pressures. I had two races, race 4 and race 6. For some reason, however, I just couldn’t get my head in the game and “go-mode” just couldn’t be drummed up. Later on I realized I was WAY more exhausted – both physically and mentally – than I realized. Knowing I wasn’t in go-mode, I decided to take my time and focus on continuing to hit my marks and making sure I was on the right line, implementing the changes from Friday’s session with Pat.


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Both races had a pretty similar outcome. In Open Superstock I completely botched my start – maybe my worst race start to date. This put me in the back of the pack and a few faster novices were with me before turn 1. I still couldn’t turn on the fight-mode, so I just focused on my fundamentals. My times reflected this as I wasn’t breaking any records for me or the weekend, but at least I felt like I was accomplishing my goal of hitting most of my marks more often than not. Jennifer was right with me in both races, but managed to pass me on the last lap in both of them, getting her revenge for the previous day LOL.


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Once I was done racing I started puttering around with packing up, although I planned to stay through the end of my teammates races to ensure everyone could make it home safe n sound. As the afternoon waned on, I was packed up, and upon the completion of their races and some goodbyes, I headed home to unload and try to relax. The exhaustion started to hit pretty hard, and I was glad I was heading out and looked forward to a good night’s sleep.


Overall, the weekend was productive. Of course, I still hoped for more out of myself, but that being said, all things considered, it was still useful and I feel like what I learned will pay off in dividends as the summer progresses. I now know how I need to “see” the track for the bigger bike vs the smaller bike, and I also have a better idea of what I need to do physically to make that happen. Still bummed I’m having to go through this process now rather than back in Jan/Feb/Mar, but it is what it is, so dealing with the cards I’ve been dealt.


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Next round is in late July back at Thunderhill. I’ll have a couple trackdays on the east course before then, so hopefully I can be pretty well prepared. My fitness loss is a definite issue and something I need to be making a priority despite the leg and med schedules. Looking forward to getting back on the beasty and continuing the process of getting used to it and figuring out how to ride it!
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Hope everyone's season is going well. I've updated my blog with my most recent race report - this season has been a mixed bag and continues that trend. I had much higher expectations of myself than I seem to be producing, and I waver between just being glad that I'm out there to spending hours trying to convince my brain and body to do what I want them to - and, admittingly, beating myself up over not even coming close to my (what I thought were reasonable) expectations.

Gained a lot of confidence in the bike, unfortunately, that did not translate to laptimes
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