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yakaru last won the day on December 1 2019

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About yakaru

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    Yes, many many times

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  1. I can't find the source but I remember reading something that seemed quite reasonable to help explain at least some of it: 1. The spanish 'program' for young racers is much more competitive than the others. This gives the drive early to develop the skills et al at a level most other locales don't. I remember mentioning the way Marquez tends to 'run away' with races and never backing off even with a comfortable lead in first as a sign of this because in that program you could never give an inch. 2. his ability to 'read' his tires is apparently beyond that of most other GP riders. I remember hearing that other riders would report in kind of vague 'better' 'worse' feedback while he would be able to describe the behavior and limits in very nuanced ways. I actually find this part fascinating, as I have the opposite problem (I hear many track riders/racers with concerns about their tire grip, and while I've had incidents with a few slides (and thanks to relax and other drills, always let the bike sort them out and came out fine), I've never really had a read on how much I'm pushing the tire/what it's doing.
  2. For sure. I'm trying to get back to the gym more -- get back to my 'normal' weight that my suspension is prepped for plus the endurance factor!
  3. I do know that I've seen a shop (name slips my mind) show at Streets of Willow schools that will help sort out these sort of issues but it may have only been a one time thing; otherwise I agree with Hotfoot's assessment, especially for 2 day classes (since everyone will be on a school BMW and sharing)
  4. Thanks Hotfoot, that makes sense -- maybe I'll run my 300 for a some of the pre-CodeRACE school days and then bump up. If I'm trailering down one bike from the PNW I might as well bring 2.
  5. Debating which bike to bring to CodeRACE this year -- as a tight technical track one of my super lights (Ninja 250/300) has some advantages and would force the best technique but I'm not sure it would be 'competitive' against the superbikes which might make it less applicable for club race preparation. Anyone done this before? Any thoughts?
  6. What would you say is the skill/thought process/etc. you get the biggest benefit from focusing on -- either for training/practice or in/around a race?
  7. The Ridge: Shelton Inn is minimal but comfortable and close. The Little Creek casino is a bit farther but not much, I don't know their room rates but their trailer rate was very fair (it's also where the staff usually stays). If you're willing to drive a bit more Olympia isn't unreasonably far and gives you a lot more options and thus better odds of a good price. Laguna Seca: I try to stay at Hiltons where I can, since that's what I use for business travel. I usually pick the Hampton Inn over by Monterey. Barber: the Hampton Inn Birmingham/Leeds is basically in WALKING DISTANCE of Barber. (Hampton Inn is one of the more affordable options in the Hilton portfolio, so their prices are generally reasonable without a gross room)
  8. BTW: I see you're flagged as in BC -- The Ridge is nearby and one of my top 3 tracks (the others are Barber and VIR); Laguna Seca is probably in the top 5 though, and of course is super historic. (haha, just realized you're over in the track suggestions thread already. I'll bounce over there :P)
  9. I wonder if getting one of the largest curved monitors would enhance this effect, as it would let you actively keep your wideview a bit better than something that your macular vision can't cover the majority of the space.
  10. I want to move to using two fingers but honestly it's been a challenge, and it's hard to hit the point where focusing on that is the best drill to focus on!
  11. I don't think you'll have much luck -- I asked for a "school pack" since I've done a ton of schools the last two years and was told no dice. Good luck though. (You'll probably get a faster response pinging Ginny or Whitney directly than asking here, btw)
  12. I mean, at some point I think you 'have to' take some weight in the arms, but this should be at the onset of the brakes when you're still straight up and down -- as little as possible & they should relax before the turn in starts. (Reference "on fast, off slow" part of the brake lecture). Or am I wrong?
  13. When I am at the track discussing technique one of the things I hear from a lot of people when I discuss holding your position by squeezing the tank while on the brakes is that the 'Rossi Leg Dangle' is somehow demonstrative that this is in error. I've not really found this convincing myself, but it is certainly at least getting popular in a lot of circles if for no reason except imitation. I've read up on a few theories (extra drag, for example) but nothing that sounded really grounded in data. Has anyone done some real analysis on the technique to see what value there is to doing it or if it might just be some psychological benefit?
  14. oh interesting. I watched this a bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5Q7Fsawf7o and he just runs through grass et al to seemingly no ill effect.
  15. I've considered picking these up (I'm actually a game designer/engineer) but have a sort of feeling that they're, at best, just specialized driving sims -- I'm not sure they'll encourage proper technique or skills in any notable way (can anyone check if you go down by adding throttle and lean?)
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