hahah, ok, well it was shot, i mean hot. like im lik ea lizard, i really dont sweat except when doing the limbo with a girl, but i was sweating balls yesterday. i mean the heat index was well over 100. but fortunately sunday wasnt muggy and humid like saturday was when we came in.
NESBA is very well organized, contrary to what ive been told, classroom session was brief, mostly about safety than about too much riding, that was left for you to approach an instructor i think, even tho they did pull people over to correct dangerous deficiencies and stuff like that.
1st session i was actually nervous, the groups wasnt very big, i had a little butterfly stomach while lined up waiting, as soon as i approached turn one that sh1t was gone.
as much as they spaced us out by the 2nd real corner it was a traffic cam, i mean people were just chilling, but i was like ok the CR isnt booking it, and theyre n00bs here and all, and yellow flag the 1st 2 laps of the 1st 2 sessions.
so after they lifted the yellow flag the ones with no wrist twister inhibitors quickly spread things out, 2 corners later im going into corner braking hard, like waiting for the parking lot pimps to move, traffic was horrible, but 1000s can pass effortlessly on straights so i handled that easy but as i went around i was still braking more than i felt i needed to wait for slower riders, then the frustration went away and fun came as i began to set them up going into corners and out-braking them, and just having me a grand ole time.
as the sessions went on and my rented lap timer kept dropping a second a session i ran into a problem, on turn 1, i was leaned over but i would drag knee way early and i knew the bike had more clearance and i felt it was restricting my corner speed, so at the end of the session i approached a CR and asked him, he had me mount the bike and show him my position, and what do u know, im all fugged up. what i was doing was i basically wasnt using my tank to pull the bike over, so i was hangin goff the bike more than i needed to and my feet werent positioned correctly on the pegs and thats why i was running out of ground clearance early. anyway he told me that i needed to move my butt back on the seat and put my foot on the outer tip of the peg and use my outer leg to place my thigh in the flat side of the tank and crank it over, he showed me, and i was ok. but once i tried it i realized me riding a 1000RR and him riding a gixxer and being about 6" taller, for me to get to this position i couldnt do it the way he told me, i was very frustrated, the entire rest of the afternoon i spent working on this, i felt myself doing it, but i still felt myself being too close to the tank still and not using it, i kept at it, traffic i didnt even see anymore, all i saw was race lines and my thoughts were on pushing back and maintaining control while trailbraking into a corner from triple digit speeds, i was did some sweet passes but all the time i was fighting myself and the bike to position myself.
what i realized today after watching some vids and flipping thru some magazines, before i cornered like toni elias, hangin gway off the bike, shin almost totally horizontal, but then id run out of ground clearance as my knee would be on the deck too soon, when i am working on doing is basically cornering like hayden, or edwards, with my butt far back and thigh against the tank, inner foot on the tip of the pg with the bike cranked waaay over.
from what little improvements i made, i started with a 1.06 on the 1st session, and got stuck on a 1.03... after going back out and trying hard as hell to position right, i got in the zone and i dont know where i shaved it, but i ended the day with a best time of 1.01.94, im not sure where i shaved it, but i did mentally feel faster through every turn when i got my position a little better.
i had a blast and i cant wait to go back, and anyone having doubts about the Jefferson's course being too short, yeah i barely used fourth gear but, it is non stop fun, as you blink your in another corner and its one helluva workout, nice track a few corners that make u wonder whats the best line, nesba rocks, and my bike is the shiznit....
im already ready for #2
Buy my Pirelli supercorsa takeoffs. sizes 120/180
...I'm slowly prepping the FZ...Goin to VIR with NESBA most likely next year since they are reasonably priced
^ Mark his words.
Im on another