All I can say is wow! I knew there was a rush to be had while racing, but nothing like what I felt watching 50 motorcycles all trying to fit into turn one at the same time.
After finishing the school and mock race on Saturday, I could hardly wait to return Sunday morning and get out there for my first official race day. I was so excited, in fact, that I arrived Sunday morning an hour earlier than anyone else. No worries though, it gave me plenty of time to get everything laid out and set up for the day.
I checked over the bike for safety wiring and anything tech might red flag. Everything looked good, so I headed down for registration. Made it through tech nearly scott free. All he had me correct was a little RTV on an oil galley plug.
The morning was considerably colder than Saturday, which meant colder track temp and babying the bikes for the first few laps. By the second practice session, I was feeling more comfortable on the bike and got the SV down to a 1:47.2. Thr first race of the day had Tarheelguy, me and another team member battling in the Heavyweight Twins class. We were also gridded with another class and being a provisional novice, I was in the last place on the starting grid. No worries though, it was my first race and I wanted to just finish in one piece.
The first wave is released, I click the bike into first gear and bring the revs up to 5.5K steady. Green flag and slip the clutch. Near perfect start. Wheel came up a bit, but I slipped the clutch a little and she settled down to a good drive. Through the kink and I see a big cloud of smoke already. Seems an engine blew and the rider is off the track into turn one. I see everyone else battling for the same line and I pick a spot to stick with. I pass a few guys going through turns one and two, then a few more on the brakes into turn four.
By the time I reach the start/finish, the track is realatively clear and I settle in for five more laps. I passed a few more guys before the finish and only got passed on the front straight by a couple of the experts on I-4 with a good drive. No worries though, they are competing in a different class. I see the checkered flag and finish the first race in one piece.
Three of our Broke Ass racing team completed the top ten. Matt grabbed first place on the Aprilia Mille, Tarheelguy was on his heels with a second place on the RC-51 and I finished a solid seventh place on the SV.