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post #1 of 12 Old 05-15-2006, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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So I ventured out to button willow this weekend for the first time also the first time taking the ten out on the track. Hell actually it was really the first time i rode the damn thing at all. Any how for those who have not gone yet here is a description of the week end. First off HUGE props to track xpierence they pu together a very nice track day. from the food to TOD's girls bringing waters out to your pit for you. I mean it was a very cool track day.

My first impression of button willow was " WHAT THE F*CK" "I'm not putting my bike on that track" the entire thing looks like a cheap caltrans patch job. so i figured what the hell ill take it slow and avoid the patches. first session out I hated it along with the second and third but hey I just drove 200 miles to ride so im riding. but thats pretty much how all day saturday went.

Sunday- I hooked up with teage from cyclemall (fats guy) and went out on a session with him. Let me tell you just following his line shave 10 sec. off my lap time. thats when i realized that you just have to ignore the patch work on the track and just ride. I had blast I brought my time down to a 1min 55sec. and it ended up being one of the best track days ive had.

I also go tto meet one of the members of the forum sporting his zx-10r.net hat.

we ended the day with my buddy on his 02 R1 high siding in turn 3 and my brother with his honda high siding at the bottom of turn 5. this was the hint that said "GET THE HELL OFF THE TRACK BECAUSE YOUR NEXT" so i pulled off and she looks just as good as it did on friday. I have a few pics and will upload them later now its time to turn on the DVR and watch the gp race

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-15-2006, 01:40 AM
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Good to hear your improvement. I am laughing at "cheap caltrans patch job" I am in Cali also.
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Glad you had good time at BW and brought the bike home as nice looking as it was when you went. Buttonwillow is an odd track. But once you get the hang of it, it is quite fun. For me the worst part of the track is the main straight away. It is the bumpiest part of the track. 1:55 at BW is hauling some butt.
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Stay to the left on the straight. It's less bumpy there.

As for the patches, some are fine and some have a little less traction. Track knowledge at Button is important.
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Stay to the left on the straight. It's less bumpy there.

As for the patches, some are fine and some have a little less traction. Track knowledge at Button is important.
I assume you are talking in the clockwise direction of the track. I will have to try to hang to the left. Kinda hard though. Coming out of the last corner onto the front straight pushes you to the right.
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I took the last corner (turn 12) at an apex it helped a bit to stay on the middle of the track which was ok i just didnt have the right gearing for that track i had to go into the last turn and down shift to second to get the drive i wanted but right when i straigtened up i had to shift

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Which layout did you guys run? I like the little rise between the west and east side. My intial thought os that track were similar I was like wtf? lol but I had a good time and the layout we had was fun.

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