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I didn't find a thread like this, so decided to start one up where the racers on this forum can share their racing stories in a collected environment, and I'm sure questions and such will come up from time to time.

Basically, an ongoing thread for the forum members who are actively racing to keep track of each other and share their updates!

Start out with a quick introduction, who you are, what you race, and what series and classes you race. Racing goals and accomplishments. Then, as your season moves along, post up your race reports for all of us to enjoy and share!

We had something similar on another forum I was on, it was fun to have a thread dedicated to the active racers so figured I'd get one rolling here.
 

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I'll get things started :smile2:

I started racing with the AFM part way through 2014, only doing the girl's-only (AFemme) class my first few weekends because I was so slow. The last weekend of 2014 I did a couple Sunday races, and 2015 was my first full season. That year, I started out as the clear back marker in most of my classes, and by the end of the year was at the back end of the mid-pack novices.

2016 I started investing a lot more in myself, along with getting some great support from people along the way, especially Ken Hill who helped transform my riding. I started the year right where I had left off the year before, with no improvements at our first round (which was very disappointing to me at the time). That prompted making some changes to my mentality, and things changed rapidly through the year. I went from leading the back pack in my races to being consistent top 5 in one of the fastest novice groups the AFM has seen, and in my Legacy class I was regularly on the podium including my first win of my racing career. I finished up 3rd in that championship, and dropped an average of 5 seconds a lap off previous lap times at all 3 tracks we race.

That blew my goals for that bike (prod legal 07 675) out of the water, so in Dec 2016 I picked up the bike I've wanted to race all along, a 2017 ZX10R which I'm currently building.

For the 2017 season (once I'm over the broken leg) I'm moving up to Expert and on the bigger bike. Should be an interesting learning curve! Thankfully have some great people in my court, so hoping to do their support justice and continue growing as a rider. Faster and safer!

This year I plan to race in Open Production, Open GP, Open Superbike, AFemme, and assuming I qualify, Formula Pacific.

I'm really hoping I can gain some confidence in my bike with the new one - that Daytona taught me a lot about how to ride a motorcycle, and I got a lot more confident in my skills, but I never did get confident in the bike - there was just always something about trying to ride that bike hard that did not inspire confidence for me.

Eventually (once I qualify for the license) my goal is to be ready to wild card the local MotoAmerica rounds - and if that goes well, and finances allow, I may shoot for doing the full season down the road - but there's a LOT of work for me between now and then, so taking it one step at a time with my eyes on that eventual goal.

The link in my sig has my past race reports and updates if you're bored and want something to read LOL!
 

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My name is Scott, I raced a few races last year on my 2016 ZX10R..This year I'm going to race full time in CCS On my 2017 ZX10RR I have on order due to come in this month, all parts are already sitting in my basement waiting on my bike. I race the east coast in the United states, Thunderbolt in NJ is my favorite race track. We also run .Summit, VIR and CMP ..I will keep updated on my results are the season gets underway starting in April.
 

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Ken Hill is great !!...I took a full day 1 on 1 with him at Miller ( big track ! ) a few years back.

Can't go wrong with the ZX-10, best liter bike around for a couple of years now, from WSBK to club racing...

Best of luck for this new season !
 

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Scott, will be looking forward to hearing your reports and seeing some pics of that RR in action!

Ken Hill is great !!...I took a full day 1 on 1 with him at Miller ( big track ! ) a few years back.

Can't go wrong with the ZX-10, best liter bike around for a couple of years now, from WSBK to club racing...

Best of luck for this new season !
Yes, Ken's teaching is great, and the way he describes things is exactly how I need to hear it. Plus he breaks it down into little pieces that are easy to work on - you don't work on "braking" you work on something more specific like brake pressure at turn in.

He's returning to YCRS and expanding his dirt schools, in addition to his other coaching, so lots of opportunities for folks to work with him!

I loved my '05 I had as a street bike (and my first couple track days) - the new one feels like it has everything I loved about the 05 while fixing the things that made it the "widow maker."
 

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Nick here, last year was my first full season racing. I spent the first half of the year on a 2013 ZX10R that I bought used. Was fun! Set new PB's at every track I went to. (PBIR, HMS, JGP & RRR)

I raced in 2 series last year, FMRRA and CCS-FL. Won both FMRRA championships and finished 2nd in both CCS championships, came down to the last race. Finished the year competing in 32 races and got 28 podiums.
10 - 1st
10 - 2nd
8 - 3rd

Half way through the year I moved to a 2016. I've been about a second slower on this bike at each track so far. This year I hope to change that and set new PB's at each. My first race of the year will be this coming weekend at Homestead Speedway. It's gonna be crazy going from podiums every weekend (in AM) to fighting for top 10's (in EX)! lol We have some FAST club guys down here. It's gonna be fun!

Supposed to pick up my fairings today (repainted) and take them to get number plates put on.

Good luck everyone!

 

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Hi my name is Derrick and I'm a race-aholic. Lol which is how everyone's post sounds like so far.

Got my race liscence in 2012, was bumped to amature sbk as 1000's aren't allowed in novice and I wasn't selling my bike to start over. Podiumed my first two races and blew it up in the third/final round.

Raced my first full season in 2013 finishing second overall in am 600/sbk on a borrowed 600 but it was kind of by default as we didn't have many regulars to show up each weekend.

Bought my zx10 winter of 2013/14 and built it knowing I wanted to compete in nationals. Finished 4th in the two I competed in

2015 won the national am sbk title

2016 turned pro and finished 8th overall.

Looking to battle with the top 5 guys for 2017 on the new build.
 

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Hi, I'm David and I'm addicted to racing...

I started in 2014 as a Novice with AFM, racing my 2011 zx-10r. I podiumed and won enough races to get 2nd in Open Production and got bumped to Expert for 2015. 2015 I raced the zx-10, plus a 2005 GSXR600/450. Running 6/7 races on Sundays did wonders for my endurance, and switching between bikes was great for learning how to carry corner speed on a 65hp bike, and then how late I could brake coming from the zx-10.
2016 I bought a 2012 zx-10 that had more upgrades and only raced the 4 open classes. I was getting fast enough to where I needed to start having more dedicated suspension support and someone to help out in the pits, and then I moved to LA for a new job and racing took a back seat.

I've done 2 full Rickdiculous days, and 2 more ride only days. The coaching from Cam Gish and Ken Hill helped me drop from 1:56's at THill to 1:53's, and I stopped crashing. I'm looking forward to getting back into either WERA or CVMA down south, and running the Buttonwillow rounds with AFM.
 

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Much like AJ and David, I am also an AFM racer. I started out in 2010 on my 2006 GSX-R750 and got my expert status in 2012 on a 2008 GSX-R600. Took a break to get my university degree out of the way and re-joined AFM ranks in 2015 as a part time racer on my 2011 zx10r. Development of the bike has been documented in my build thread below. I have been very fortunate to have support of Ken Hill and Mike Canfield all along. I also instruct for Keigwins at the Track. Looking forward to this season :)
 

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Well there is a SLIGHT chance I may be at the first AFM round of the year - it'll be tight, and I'll probably be slow as fuck since my leg will still be "fresh" but there's a chance still at this point. I'll know more in 3 weeks, but my ortho seemed pretty confident there's a good chance I could be sent home walking (or attempting to LOL) after my next follow up on the 1st...
 

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Names Alex, race a 2011 ZX10R

First race weekend was back in October at the last round of the 2016 FMRRA series at PBIR, won both superbike and superstock 1000 amateur races and repeated the double last weekend at the second round of the 2017 season. The bug bit me back when I attended a few track days in Loudon, NH back in 2011 when I was still riding street on my 05 636. Ever since that first lap I knew I wanted to race, but knew I couldn't afford to until I grew up and stopped being a broke ass college student lol. Fast forward to 2015, living in FL and no longer broke, dying to start riding track again I bought a used 2011 and started race prepping it. Finally got the bike finished early 2016 and did a few Jennings GP and PBIR trackdays, waited until October to finally dip my toes into the racing scene (I refuse to ride June-September down here lol).

My goals are to drop a second or two in lap times so I can mix it up with some of the front running experts in my classes for atleast a lap or two. Along with that I need to work on my consistency, very rarely am I able to make a near perfect lap. Other things I want to accomplish are learning the art of setting up a bike, I've yet to touch a clicker or preload adjustment since I received the bike from my suspension tuner. He only attends CCS races so I don't get any trackside support at the FMRRA rounds.

 

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Hey, Some/Most might know me since Ive been a member since 2004.

Name is Maurice.
Started riding in Fall of 2000. did my first Track day March 2005, by 2006 I was in Intermediate or Advance in the 3 to 4 Track day orgs. My bike mentor started TDs in 2002, and racing in 2003 so he finally got about 3 of us to do our first race March 2006. VIR during the Meat Grinder days (600 super stock) grids were 45-65 4 plus wave on a regular lol. In 2007 my mentor/best friend got the wild idea about us doing a 6 hour endurance race with WERA. I was scared shitless, but in the end it was fun and I ended up switching to GP shift and have not look back. The last WERA endurance Race I did in my region was 2012 and we pulled off a few 3rd place in that time. Met some Pro AMA racers on the track practicing. At one point I was averaging 35 track days a year and 10 race weekends.
12 years, numerous crashes and 15 operations I'm still in the track days and racing game.

I've always been a Kawasaki Guy and on average buy 2 of the latest models.

My first track bike was the 2004 ZX10R, I ran it in 2005, but I did not like it much. Wheelie monster. I then picked up a 2005 636 later that fall. When I started Racing in 2006 I raced my 2005 636, then in early fall I got the 2006 ZX10R and did about 5 races on it.
Had bad crash in 2006 and in 2007 I was racing both bikes in 600 class and 1000 class races.
By 2008 - 2014 I only raced and tracked my ZX10s. I picked up the R6 in 2015 and only did track days with it so far. I am slow rolling prepping it for race life.

The bike list.

starting in 2000.

1995 EX500
1991 ZX6 D1
2001 ZX6R

Track Years.
2004 ZX10R street
2004 ZX10R Race

2005 ZX636 Race Bike

2006 ZX10R street
2006 ZX10R Race

2008 ZX10R street
2008 ZX10R Race

2011 ZX10R Street
2011 ZX10R Race

2016 ZX10R Street

Other bikes since then...

2005 R1 street
2008 CBR 1000RR street

2011 R6 Race Bike and Street Bike.

(About 5 Dirt bikes)

Currently I have:
2016 ZX10R for the street
2011 ZX10R for Racing and Track days
2011 R6 for Racing, track days and Street (have race endurance bodywork with head lights)
2009 WR250F

I am looking at some 2016 ZX10R i may get to make a Race Bike, but my 2011 is dialed in so perfect, but the way my 2016 feel.....sigh...its a tad bit smoother.
I might just treat the 2011 to a Refit/Refresh and get some 2016 bodywork and update my paint sceme.

Ive been painting my bikes and others since the beginging, but its harder to do now with my neighbors bitching. So ill prob send out.
I want to get a set for $350.


















2008










2006









636

 

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Hey, Some/Most might know me since Ive been a member since 2004.

Name is Maurice.
Started riding in Fall of 2000. did my first Track day March 2005, by 2006 I was in Intermediate or Advance in the 3 to 4 Track day orgs. My bike mentor started TDs in 2002, and racing in 2003 so he finally got about 3 of us to do our first race March 2006. VIR during the Meat Grinder days (600 super stock) grids were 45-65 4 plus wave on a regular lol. In 2007 my mentor/best friend got the wild idea about us doing a 6 hour endurance race with WERA. I was scared shitless, but in the end it was fun and I ended up switching to GP shift and have not look back. The last WERA endurance Race I did in my region was 2012 and we pulled off a few 3rd place in that time. Met some Pro AMA racers on the track practicing. At one point I was averaging 35 track days a year and 10 race weekends.
12 years, numerous crashes and 15 operations I'm still in the track days and racing game.

I've always been a Kawasaki Guy and on average buy 2 of the latest models.

The bike list.

starting in 2000.

1995 EX500
1991 ZX6 D1
2001 ZX6R

Track Years.
2004 ZX10R street
2004 ZX10R Race

2005 ZX636 Race Bike

2006 ZX10R street
2006 ZX10R Race

2008 ZX10R street
2008 ZX10R Race

2011 ZX10R Street
2011 ZX10R Race

2016 ZX10R Street

Other bikes since then...

2005 R1 street
2008 CBR 1000RR street

2011 R6 Race Bike and Street Bike.

(About 5 Dirt bikes)

Currently I have:
2016 ZX10R for the street
2011 ZX10R for Racing and Track days
2011 R6 for Racing, track days and Street (have race endurance bodywork with head lights)
2009 WR250F

I am looking at some 2016 ZX10R i may get to make a Race Bike, but my 2011 is dialed in so perfect, but the way my 2016 feel.....sigh...its a tad bit smoother.
I might just treat the 2011 to a Refit/Refresh and get some 2016 bodywork and update my paint sceme.

Ive been painting my bikes and others since the beginging, but its harder to do now with my neighbors bitching. So ill prob send out.
I want to get a set for $350.
Bad ass story Von/Maurice, lots of nice bikes you have there as well. :notworthy:

That sure look like a lot of fun- well, aside form the crashing/healing part.:wink:

Thanks for sharing bud! :ayyy:
 

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Hey Von, good to hear from you.

I got my old profile back, after the nuclear attack.

Not racing, or riding anymore, no budget.

Good luck this new season if you're planning to race.
 

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Bad ass story Von/Maurice, lots of nice bikes you have there as well. :notworthy:

That sure look like a lot of fun- well, aside form the crashing/healing part.:wink:

Thanks for sharing bud! :ayyy:

Hey Von, good to hear from you.

I got my old profile back, after the nuclear attack.

Not racing, or riding anymore, no budget.

Good luck this new season if you're planning to race.
(where are you now?)


Thanks gents.

The last 3 years I've been hosting/advertising trackdays to get some of my boys n girls on the track. One event I had about 20+ street guys n gals there. Out of that now about 8 are regular track riders. I still ride street and track.
My GF ride also, but I got the R6 for her to use at the track, and a legit reason for me to get back in the Meat Grinder (600 super stock) races. lol (after I drop some weight.)

Race Wise I think I might only do the 4 and 6 hour endurance race series WERA have and the sprint races the next day. I have too much going on that is killing my pocket$$$$ to try and do a full or half race season. Plus im walking on fractured foot from dirt bike accident and my injuries are killing me lol. (old man is OLD)
 

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So anyone from here who will be at the first AFM round this weekend? I'll be there, but as a spectator only since I just got released for weight bearing on my leg as of yesterday, and after nearly 4 months of non-use, I have ZERO strength in that leg. Silver lining is I'll have a month of rehab plus several trackdays to get some seat time on the new beast before I try to race it at Round 2. Still bummed I can't at least do AFemme, but at least I'll only miss the one round.
 

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So anyone from here who will be at the first AFM round this weekend? I'll be there, but as a spectator only since I just got released for weight bearing on my leg as of yesterday, and after nearly 4 months of non-use, I have ZERO strength in that leg. Silver lining is I'll have a month of rehab plus several trackdays to get some seat time on the new beast before I try to race it at Round 2. Still bummed I can't at least do AFemme, but at least I'll only miss the one round.
I'll be riding Friday at BW just to get some track time and hang out with people from up North that I don't get to see enough now that I moved to LA. don't get to race though, too much other BS going on with the job...:crying:
 

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I'll be riding Friday at BW just to get some track time and hang out with people from up North that I don't get to see enough now that I moved to LA. don't get to race though, too much other BS going on with the job...:crying:
I'll mostly be hanging out with my teammates and friends in Garage 2 - swing by and say Hi!
 
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