Jasonzilla Posted August 9, 2011 Report Share Posted August 9, 2011 I remember reading someone say that you can't watch a video and learn a track. I've looked through the archives here, and can't find it because I would have swore it was on CSS forum. I have one thing to say about it: hogwash. I'm new track retarded. I need a number of trackdays to learn a track and am embarrassingly slow for some time. I ran Auto Club Speedway this weekend and, being that it's 5 hours away and $250 for a trackday, started watching video because it's a once or twice in a lifetime thing, and I didn't want to spend the day getting lost on a racetrack and not be able to enjoy it. The newest videos and as much as I could find on YouTube. I watched tank, helmet views, trailing video, the last 6 laps where Tommy Hayden won his first Superbike race. Every angle I could find. I wanted to see if I could do it. It seemed like I could do it, but there was that person, I couldn't remember who said it, saying it couldn't be done. It was odd at the beginning because I couldn't figure out what corner came next, the type of corner it was. Or anything. It was status quo for me. I watched it over and over, though. As I started getting used to the circuit, I started looking at the map seeing where I could early apex, late apex, looking for hard points that are going to be there when I go, different lines. I watched the video in full screen (which, by the way, makes a HUGE difference) once I got used to lay of the track itself, and on TV. By the time I got there, the day before I did my trackday, I was watching the riders going around and felt like I knew the track inside and out. I even knew about a huge bump that my friend, who hadn't ridden the track either, was worried about all day. He's good at learning tracks, so he caught on almost as fast as I did. My first session was just over 2 minutes. The pace is 1:40. The fastest guys out there, Lex Hartl and Chris Ulrich, are going to get around in the mid-1:30's. You'll get a couple who can hit 1:38-1:39 through the day. My first session was 2:05's. I was comfortable though, and had to make sure my turn points and most of my visual points were good. Most of them were, amazingly. It was honestly almost like I'd been on the track before. Almost. Brake points still needed a lot of work. That took a couple more sessions to get right, but I still had a start point from the video. I worked on braking through the rest of the day. The second and third sessions got me to the mid-1:50's and after that I was low 1:50's with a clear track. By the end of the day I was passing some of the other bikes on the outside, pushing for 1:40's. It never happened. If there is a next time and with proper track tires, I will get it. I will firmly argue the point that you can't learn a track by watching video from now on. It takes a few times of watching it, but can get very familiar. If you know what you're looking for a rider can go straight to working out the finer points of a particular track. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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