Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kingston, Tasmania
I RACED! unplanned first races yay.
Headed out to symmons plains today for a track day. Didn't realise it was a track/race day (when the racers class actually race). In the morning one of the racers i know asked if i was racing as they were short on numbers. Being unprepared (sidestand, no lockwire etc) I said no but would try and organise for the next track/race day. I was also a bit nervous having not been to symmons in a month.
Anyway the first race is on and i'm watching the b grade race.... yeah i can run that, not win but run with it. So me and a few other riders i came up with (all on track bikes) signed up. They passed my bike after some quick lockwiring, removal of the sidestand and taping of my head/tail light.
Second race comes round and i find out they combined A and B class. uh oh. I lined up second last on the grid (i missed qaulifying obviously) and up cam the flag...
Great start...much better than i thought i would do. catch 3 people in the first half lap. Another in the second half. For the rest of the race kind of plateud in 6th last (20 starters). Got lapped by 5 (i think) a graders, but felt quite comfortable being so close. Was very happy for my first ever race. Looking back at the riders i would have been running mid class for the b graders only.
Third race was great too, had an even better start and managed to keep with a guy who runs in the top of the b graders until i braked to late and ran wide into the hairpin two laps in a row.
Unfortunately the third race ended in an unfortunate way. One of the a graders got the wobbles (not a tank slapper...less violent) on the start finish straight when on full throttle. He hit the armco railing and got thrown onto the railing then hit a marshal point, going through the steel mesh (for debri from the cars) and hitting the marshal (who also happened to be the club president). The Marshal was okay, semi concious at first but was sitting up and talking. Suspected broken arm and a laceration to the forehead.
The rider was worse off. Also semi concious but shredded to bits. Will most likely lose his left arm and his legs were broken backwards. Not sure internally but he was pretty bad off. I got a glimpse of the guys leathers afterwards (they had to cut them off) and they werent very yellow anymore.
Not a great way to end a very exciting and otherwise great day.
I think i'll be racing next month again though.
Pictures of the bike to come soon.
Once i thought more than two strokes was masturbation. Now I realise that 4 feel better, and who am I to argue with my feelings.
05 Black/white road/track zx-10r. Race fairings with stock headlight custom blinkers, Brembo MC, HEL braided lines, Toby dampner, Mustard Block-off plates, plugged airbox, Mustard Heel guards, Mustard Ram-air tube support, custom flip-up rear fender eliminator, custom rear fender, custom seat cowl, corsa 111's.