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post #1 of 16 Old 04-28-2006, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Mid O trackday 4/29

Anyone heading up? I'll be the confused looking guy with an 05 green 10R, green EZ up and green GMC 1500.

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Okay - 1st trackday on the 10R and all I can say is

Mid Ohio is completely repaved, asphalt is in perfect condition and only 3 things detracted from a great day:
1)Very 1st lap of the day (as in the out lap behind the control rider) some f**ktard on a GSXr drops is oil drain plug and sprays oil almost on the racing line for 2/3 of the track. I'm just thankful he missed nearly every apex! Of course, 3 more f**ktards didn't pay attention to - A) the debris flags being shown B) the control riders pointing to the oil on the track and C) ALL the control riders exiting to hot pit - and decided to crank it up. And they did, right into the ground in turn 2 where the oiling started. So, a 90 minute delay to the start of the day.
2)D218's suck (I know, but it's what I had)!
3)I need a real front master cylinder!

Other than that, great day! Mid O isn't really a fast track like say Willow Springs or Thunder Hill, but that back straight with the 'Kink' is a lot of fun. I was topping out in 5th before hitting my braking marker, so 164 or so with 16/39.

The rest of the track is 2nd gear, with a very brief dab at 3rd on the front straight. Pretty good exercise in throttle control!

Best part of the day? Slipper clutch! That is the coolest thing since sliced bread!

Oh yeah - I was the only 10R there, I didn't crash and I had a best lap in the low 1:52sec range. I'm happy and I can't wait to do it again!

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Sounds like ya had fun. Couldn't agree more about the slipper clutch, I'm glad I've never had to do a trackday without one.
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Where did you get the 411 on mid-ohio? AND WHEN ARE YOU GOING AGAIN?
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I'm not suprised at you being the only 10 there. I wonder what Kawi's sales have been like for the ZX10R in Ohio. I hardly ever see them anywhere, and as a matter of fact, I'm starting to think I'm the only one that owns one in Springfield. I kind of like it that way though, glad I don't have a Gixxer like everyone else around here.

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Where did you get the 411 on mid-ohio? AND WHEN ARE YOU GOING AGAIN?
Sportbike Tracktime - http://www.sportbiketracktime.com/index.html and I don't know, probably June. I think I'm doing Grattan in May.

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I would love to do Mid-O....But, Grattan only for me this year.....

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Let us know how you like Gratton. From what I 've heard it a technical track, not really a horse power type track, but should be fun all the same.
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I'd say the same about Mid O really - only the back straight/kink lets you open it up. The rest of the lap is 2nd gear. Still a lot of fun, but I don't see how they hustle a 200+HP superbike around these tracks?

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