Jaybird180 Posted October 5, 2017 Report Share Posted October 5, 2017 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. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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