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This past weekend, my bride and I took our new enclosed trailer on its maiden voyage to Virginia International Raceway to participate in a trackday with Aaron Stevenson's Cornerspeed riding school. I've wanted to do his school for about as long as I've wanted to do CSS- just that I committed to CSS first. To add to my sense of urgency, Dave Moss was scheduled to be there and since I had already been watching his videos, etc and corresponding with him about a problem with the forks I'd upgraded I decided HECK YEAH!

Little did I know that an additional bonus would be that Tom Kipp would be there. I didn't know much about him, so after I got home I looked into his racing career to discover that he has 4 AMA Supersport crowns on his resume; he's now retired from racing and according to what I read is now a preacher.

During one of the classroom sessions, Tom offered to tow me around the circuit. Unfortunately we got separated by Tom getting around a slower rider and it took me a bit longer to catch up...and then he turned up the pace a little...a little too soon for me as I didn't have enough attention for my RPs and watching Tom's lines.

I also had an opportunity to ride 2-up on the back of Aaron's prepped GSXR with a passenger hold on the tank. THAT was a HOOT! I haven't been on the back of a motorcycle since I was 5 and I'm a long ways from 5 years old. We took off and Aaron immediately pulls a power wheelie from pit road getting onto the front straight to join T1. What's notable for me was that I could really feel each time when the front wheel wasn't in contact with the pavement and also when he set it back down and it wasn't in-line with our direction of travel.

Aaron was braking in places where I could only dream of doing the same. He knows ViR very intimately. One of the hallmarks of his teaching is NO COASTING. He believes in either being on the gas (hard) or on the brakes (hard) and it shows in the time it took us to get around the circuit 3 times. On the 2nd lap I thought my arms were give out from braking into T1. I got through the agreed 3 laps then tapped out from the flood of emotion and kinesthetic overload. I've got the video I took on my Sena 10C, but I'll have to review it first and see if I can remove the swear words before I post it.

Did I mention that I got Dave to tweak my knobs!!!? I generally don't like people tweaking my knobs, it's rude and uncivilized but in Dave's case not only did I LET him, I PAID HIM to do it and couldn't give up the money fast enough. He gave me a few things to feel for NEXT WEEKEND when I head to NJMP Lightning (smile).

Lastly, I'd like to say that I hope I don't take as much time between CSS and my next trackday EVER AGAIN. I was last at CSS in May @ ViR and I found it a steep hill to climb. I think my visual skills are much better and I like that. I still need to work on my ability to get the bike steered, into and out of the corners faster.

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Oh! and the biggest thing (I almost forgot)....

I might have the back pain problem solved. Focusing on screwdriver on my inside hand forced me to keep my elbows up and I think that helped a lot!

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JB, sounds like you had a BLAST of a weekend. Here the track season has come to an end with me getting exactly zero minutes of tracktime in this year, mainly due to bad weather (raining).

I was out on track coaching four days, but that doesn't count as tracktime for me.

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I just bought a dirt bike and I didn’t believe it before but it’s same same! I’ll be riding that A LOT over the winter, etc.

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How did MY weekend go? I bought a track bike in January, did CSS Lvl 3 on it in May. I could have done Lvl4 in May or Aug without having to travel but I had decided to spend more time at the track to work on getting faster. You posted this on Oct 6th, which would have been the 7th where I am and that day I went to the track again. 5th time at this track, a ~3km circuit called Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland, Australia. I ride in the fast group at the local track days. Previous outing I had taken 3 seconds off my PB on a rear tyre that was well past it's useful life and sliding around a lot. It had been 2 months since then on the 7th and I went out first session with a fresh rear tyre and set a PB on the 3rd lap. By the 3rd session I had taken over a second off my PB from the previous outing and was looking like I would get to my target lap time in the 4th session. Bike had other ideas though, the fuel pump died and I didn't get another session in that day. While that was disappointing, it was a very successful outing and I left pretty happy. My target was 1:23 and I had done a 1:24.3. The fastest guys at track days and local club racing are doing 1:20 and sometimes 1:18/1:19. A few people were asking me which class I race in. I don't. :) Australian Superbike record there is 1:13. I'm now aiming for 1:20 but I need some suspension work as the springs are too soft for my weight and a fork seal was leaking.

 

Pro photographer was there and got some great photos. Here's one at one my favorite corners, an uphill blind left hander under a bridge with a cement wall on the inside.

I have video too, I always run a front and rear camera - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFI0X_M5Zh4&list=PL2qr50jc8pAUK5w0NZafcl5tFNOXGZC3e

 

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