guy_ak Posted June 27, 2012 Report Share Posted June 27, 2012 I was told enough time about the two types of racers: the ones that have crashed and the ones that will. I'm just a brand new member of the first group. On my first race of the day I got a good start and ended up first exiting turn one. I was pretty excited, but knew that it was going to be of short duration. At every subsequent corners, I was expecting someone to pass me, but it didn't happen for a whole lap. That's when the excitement of the race got me to ride sloppy. I was no longer paying attention to my lines and body position, but I was just fixated on the engine noise behind me. Then I got a brilliant idea (at least I thought at the time) to try a late braking at the end of the straightaway so I could possibly gain or keep my lead. Well, that plan didn't materialize the way I imagined. When I (finally) started braking, it became pretty clear to me that I was a little TOO late. I tried to save it by going wide and pushing the lean angle, but the outer edge of the track in that corner had a little bit of sand from a previous wind storm, so the front wheel didn't hold and I went flying. Man that pavement is hard! The bike survived pretty well, with just mostly cosmetic damage, and I ended up with a very sore right ankle, bruised hip, and aches and pains everywhere but my head and torso, which is good. My helmet didn't get a single scratch, but my leathers took a beating. Thank goodness for those things! Anyway, lessons learned: Don't get fixated on the other racers, but pay attention to the riding, and DON'T try expert move when you're not one of them! Bonehead move Guy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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