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post #1 of 18 Old 08-27-2006, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Going to Big Willow Springs 9/4/2006

all the spots are taken, but you're all welcome to watch!

look for me I'll be riding the off white (new unpainted Sharkskins fiberglass) 2001 GSXR 600 wearing the Alpinestars MX1 Blue/white/black leathers just like in this picture but different color fiberglass.

it will be my first time to big Willow Springs with the GSXR, going to go back to Diablo Corsas as I didn't like the feel of the Quailifers... finally got a lap timer, and I'm shooting for 1:34's

see you at the track!
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I forgot to mention that Big Willow is high speed fun!

130mph on the front straight on the 919
expecting over 150mph on the GSXR...

over 120mph in turn 8 - 9

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I forgot to mention that Big Willow is high speed fun!

130mph on the front straight on the 919
expecting over 150mph on the GSXR...

over 120mph in turn 8 - 9
Have fun and enjoy!!!

I love the Big Track... you are pretty much flat out through 8 & 9 as you come into the straight. Just be wary of the winds.

How do you take 4 to 5? I learnt a nice straight line through there from an experienced rider. Most of us would turn sharp left into five in first or second. Well, if you can...... you hug the corner from 3 - 4 t avoid the ripples, and then instead of leaning left into 5, you hug the corner coming out of 4 and then almost straight shoot the apex of 5 into 6. Don't know if that makes sense or not.

Either way... enjoy yourself out there. I can't wait to get back one of these days.

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Thanks WIM,

yes that's the line I ride through 3-4-5, but a lot of times there is a lot of slow traffic in the omega and I have a tendency to go on the outside of them... I've got to think like a racer, protect my line and squeeze my way through to make inside passes...

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Thanks WIM,

yes that's the line I ride through 3-4-5, but a lot of times there is a lot of slow traffic in the omega and I have a tendency to go on the outside of them... I've got to think like a racer, protect my line and squeeze my way through to make inside passes...
Okay Racer X - Just be careful, especially if they WSMC guys are out there. Racers at Willow tend to be a little aggressive. Obviously, you know the track well if you are running your line from 3 - 5. Even some racers still get caught out through those turns.

True and funny story. Turn 4 was the first place I touch my pucks down. I came in a little hot into 3 - all excited by the big sweeper of 2... I was deathly afraid of the ripples on the outside of 3 - 4, so I leaned that pig for all it was worth to hug the inside, just as I was coming out of 4, I hear this scrapping noise and almost lost my breakfast in my shorts. I thought I was crashing. I went straight into the pits and was told (Through laughter of my mates there) that I had finanlly graduated to a true rider...

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LOL

my 3rd track day ever was at Willow Springs turn 4 was the 1st place I dragged knee at that track...

1st time dragging knee was at my 2nd track day at Spring mountain/Pahrump, NV.

comparing tracks to canyons/mountains in So.Cal. also things I've heard or noticed...

if you ride ACH alot will make you naturally faster at Willow Springs = both places you have to go fast to have fun...

Mount Palomar and Spring Mountain/pahrump, NV. = you don't have to go nearly as fast as ACH or Willow Springs to drag knee...

Ride safe,
hope to catch up with you some time for a ride...

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I remember the first time I dragged my knee, I know what track and what corner. I nearly crapped my pants cause I didn't know what the hell was making the scraping noise!

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It is the funniest thing isn't it? You wait all that time to be able to drag your knee and the first time you, it like OH SHYTE !!!!!

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a couple pics ...





this is the 2nd time riding the GSXR , corrected a couple issues from the 1st trackday (bike cutting out, and feeling a lack of confidence in the tires) I was running consistant 1:40evens all day, it wasn't what I set out to run, but hey for the 2nd time out on a sportbike ain't bad!

I wanted to hang off the bike more, but the bike felt slippery, like I was going to fall off the bike... other then that the bike and tires were sticking great, bike ran well...


things to work on for the next track day:
(1)I got to get some stomp pads for the tank...
(2)got to get rid of them bent clutch lever and the brake lever, they seem sooo long.

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Lookin' good Jay...

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Gettin' R done! They in need of some curbing?

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Thanks Mike!

Ahhh, curbing just to make it look nice?

World famous Willow Springs International Raceway, is probably one of the oldest and fastest road course tracks in America, built in 1953, top speed on my buddy's ZX10R - 189mph down the front straight... this track has pleanty of history, including AMA races used to be held here, Michael Andretti
holds the track record for the fastest lap time of 01:06.050 while driving a indy car back in 1987

it's a pretty safe track, so I don't think they'll we be adding curbing...

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Looking good man!! I would like to ride my slow arse around there.

Toyota 200 coming up. Too bad Hayes won't be there to win it again but that Championship bonus will be much better.

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Looking good man!! I would like to ride my slow arse around there.

Toyota 200 coming up. Too bad Hayes won't be there to win it again but that Championship bonus will be much better.

Thanks !

Are you from the So. Cal. area?
I might go to the 200, got lots of friends going...

good luck to Josh Hayes in FX and to Jason Curtis in Superbike!
great guys the both of them, never meet Josh, but have met and ridden with His Fiance Mel aka: ickysticky a few times... and Jason met and ridden with several times ...

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Not from So Cal but know Josh. I also know Dave K. the normal annoncer for Willow.

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Looking good there Jay. Those pics bring back memories of the big track! I can't wait to do that again - MAN!

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Not from So Cal but know Josh. I also know Dave K. the normal annoncer for Willow.
Dave K.'s web site... http://www.david-k.net/T2002006.html
with pic's of guest he interviewed, including Josh Hayes, Eddie Lawson & Keith Code...

Josh & Melissa were there visiting and such, but not racing as you said...
the Toyota 200 & the 250/50 were awesome, RIP to the fallen racer at the last corner of the last lap during the RoadRacing world 250/50

Great races, even the WSMC novice races were awesome to watch, I stayed the whole day, I was Cheering on Jeff Tigert, until he crash in turn 9 as he was preparing to go for his 2nd pit stop and lost concentration.

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Yep. Dave is a great guy. He was good friends with Jesus who had the tragic accident.

Melissa is fast herself and Josh and a championship to lock up. So happy he did it. I would love to make it out for the race sometime.

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