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2003 Race Season
RACE 1
Infineon Raceway 03-23-03

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The weekend started out with a DP Safety School on Friday for some needed track time.

To update all you folks on "Infineon Raceway" it IS "Sears Point". 30 million dollars would make you change YOUR name wouldn't it?

Friday

My cousin had never been to a track day before. He has been riding Baggers (A Harley Term) all this life and just purchased a Buell. After hanging out with Kathy and I for a while we talked him into a trackday. BOY did he have fun!
So the weekend started out with a big happy bang!

Saturday

On to the racing weekend, my goal this year is to finish in the top 15 after finidhing 18th overall last year. The problem is there are fewer riders to get points from if you beat them and the ones that are repeating this year are damn tuff!! So I will really have to put my head down and become a better lighter rider to make my goal!
My race engine went south after the last race of 2002, with no money to have it rebuilt I have converted my commute Ninjette into the new racer with a totally stock motor. but added all the other stuff from the race bike that I could.

Saturdays practice was ok, with the promised rain staying away. My lap times sucked and we only had a half a day due to the new riders school. With the track reconfigured it was hard to tell how I was doing except for watch riders I used to keep up with ride away from me.

Sunday

Then things got a little hairy, and Sunday it just got worse. Athough I was riding well and happy with my performance. During practice on the white flag lap I ran over an underground spring seeping up water and fell at about 75 mph at the apex of turn eight. The video here does not do it justice! It was SPECTACULAR! The bike and I slide forever on the wet grass!! Luckily the bike did not flip and stayed on the low side sliding all the way to the enterance to 8A on the west side of the track.! I slid on my back totally flipping once, on the east side of the track just has far, never touching an inmovable object!!.
I destoryed a pencil cam in the process of making this video so enjoy.
Click on the photo or "HERE"

(NOTE: a few years ago I would have got hurt and the bike would have been destroyed at this spot. They have cut away a hill on the west side and increased run off on the east side. THANK YOU INFINEON!)

Thanks to a great bunch of friends we got the bike back on the track in time for me to complete my two races although not running at 100% I did get the job done :-)

Results of the Northbay bikers

250P
Name
Finish
Best time
Points
Terry
7th
200.486
37
Raghu
16th
209.419
18
Richard
17th
209.560
17
Rob
26th
212.468
8
Rick W
27th
212.462
7
Sue
31st
232.556
3
France
34th
210.554
DNF 0
250SB
Chip
12th
157.739
31
Raghu
23rd
204.929
17
France
25th
204.616
15
Richard
27th
206.118
13
Rick W
31st
209.338
9
Rob
33rd
209.035
7
Race
Big Dawgs!
David
Still in recovery :-(
Kelly
Sat out this weekend :-(
FS
Steve
8th
209.392
8
450SB
Steve
37
210.333
3
F1
Dale
37th
154.518
3
750SB
Dale
31st
155.377
9
FT Open
Jon
1st
144.319
60
750 SB
Jon
8th
144.382
40
Super D
Jon
1st
151.100
39
F Pacific
Jon
23rd
144.064
15
450SB
Terry
15th
157.657
25
FII
Chip
49th
158.937
0
F40
Chip
22nd
200.632
3
F1
Andy
51st
155.343
0
750SB
Andy
32nd
155.483
8

To be continued ...... 4-1-03

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