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Old 09-28-2012, 03:43 PM   #81
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I got 2 OPRT stickers now, so that's at least 5hp = 2:00 laps

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:44 PM   #82
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Guys in orange vests never wreck
Agreed.

They simply assess runout traction integrity.

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Old 09-28-2012, 06:02 PM   #83
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They simply assess runout traction integrity.
I thought you were testing the BBQ sauce.

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:38 PM   #84
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Was that you I was helping yesterday towards the end of the day in 300?
You helped me out as well! I was on a 600 and couldn't for the life of me keep up with you!

Really appreciate you showing me those lines!

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #85
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I thought you were testing the BBQ sauce.
nope, he was looking for illegal gravel hiding in the corners. As a matter of fact, I believe I saw some in the carousel for a while.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #86
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nope, he was looking for illegal gravel hiding in the corners. As a matter of fact, I believe I saw some in the carousel for a while.
There was indeed.

Not really in the way, but we swept it up nonetheless.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:51 PM   #87
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this was my second track day and first time at the Ridge. it did not disappoint.

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:28 AM   #88
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nope, he was looking for illegal gravel hiding in the corners. As a matter of fact, I believe I saw some in the carousel for a while.
lol hard


rep'd


edit* must spread the love

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:51 AM   #89
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nope, he was looking for illegal gravel hiding in the corners. As a matter of fact, I believe I saw some in the carousel for a while.

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Old 09-29-2012, 12:36 PM   #90
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Great Track Day. It's nice to see how much smoother everything ran then on the first Ridge date, earlier this year. Good job OPRT.

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Old 09-29-2012, 12:48 PM   #91
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I believe so, he had a maple leaf on the middle of his tail section. I had to black flag him once (mirrors weren't taped) and by the time I'd figure out it was him coming, I'd miss the flag and he'd be gone down the ridge at Mach 5.
lol.....you "had" to black flag Pat for no tape on his mirrors?


good call

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Old 09-29-2012, 02:08 PM   #92
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I had a blast out there. Next time though I think I'll try to get around and try to meet more of you instead of being the socially awkward penguin I was. Since it was my first time out I was a little overwhelmed and was focusing more on the tasks at hand. I did find that I learned a LOT though. I took a lot of notes and hope to have a more clear plan for the next time. As for the actual track time, it was simply amazing. I may not have been fast, my lines looked like an old family circle cartoon, and my braking points were in the next county, but I never once felt uncomfortable or out of place. Next track day I feel that I'll be able to make huge improvements since I'll be able to focus on specifics vs trying to take it all in at once (being overwhelmed...). All in all an A+ experience. And thanks again to Norm (shelbyguy) for helping get my bikes to the track. It was greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-29-2012, 02:43 PM   #93
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lol.....you "had" to black flag Pat for no tape on his mirrors?


good call
That was Controls call. All I knew at that point was a missile kept flying by. You're easy to spot though, I could recognize you coming out of 12 from all the way down at 13

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Old 09-29-2012, 03:01 PM   #94
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First time out with OPRT. Was a great day, a fun time, good crew, little drama. Will definitely come out again next year.

A clip from level 2. Think it was the 4pm session:


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Old 09-29-2012, 03:13 PM   #95
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That was Controls call. All I knew at that point was a missile kept flying by. You're easy to spot though, I could recognize you coming out of 12 from all the way down at 13
Was it the orange vest I was wearing?

I have a hard time beleiving I'm easy to spot out on the track. I've always been told that I blend right in with everyone else.

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Old 09-29-2012, 05:51 PM   #96
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Thursday was my first time ever on a track; it was supposed to have been my first track day with mikefsu; and it also happened to fall on the date of the Celebration of Life his family held for him in Florida. This combo made for an intense day.

I didn’t decide to ride until noon the day before. Redliter, Willow and Buz were amazing and helped me with all the logistics: rearranging the bikes in the trailer to fit mine, prepping it, and even taking it to the tech inspection. Thursday morning, I took one of the instructors aside to explain my situation. I told him to please let me know if I was riding unsafely, that I’d be happy to leave the track if they felt I was putting other riders in danger.

Getting on my bike and riding out to the first session probably counts among the hardest things I’ve ever done. I was petrified, among a jumble of other emotions. But each time I came around to the front straight, my friends were there cheering, which was both embarrassing and heartening.

The control riders led us around the track at a sedate pace, but on the second lap, I still managed to get caught off-guard by a right hander that was tighter than expected. It wasn’t a big deal – just had to lean a bit more, but that’s when I told myself, “Your job today is to get yourself around this track safely.” And that was my mantra for the rest of the day.

Back at the pits after the first session, one of the instructors stopped by. “I noticed that you were pretty stiff out there,” he said. No arguments here! Don’t think I could have felt stiffer. Throughout the day, each session became a little easier, and I started to relax a bit, though I never entirely got over feeling bad for holding up the other riders. At the speeds I was going, I joked that I would have bumped myself down to a “level 0” if it was available!

My last session was amazing. It felt like I had the track to myself for several laps, and I finally felt warm and started to have some fun. Coming around the carousel, there was this gorgeous golden afternoon light reflecting off the track. As I glided around the curve, I felt Mike with me. It was beautiful.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to OPRT. Without exception, the staff and control riders were sensitive, supportive and encouraging. Thank you to the control riders who took me around (and around and around!) the track and stopped by off the track to give me tips. Thank you, Jim, for the instruction and the 2-up ride. Thank you to my friends and to everyone who stopped by to say hi. You all contributed to making it a fantastic day.

And…for those track junkies out there, I must admit that I spent Friday wishing that I was back at the track. Caught myself thinking, “Now, if only I could start a track day from the point I ended the last one…it was just starting to get good!” As you can tell, I’ll be back.

Sorry for the long post!

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:32 PM   #97
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Definately a great day. Got to hang out with Brad, Mark, Mike, and Candiya. Enjoyed some Birthday cake and had a sugar crash which much preferred over real ones! Was thinking about Mikefsu through out the day wishing he was here to enjoy the fun. I know he was there in spirit and it meant alot to me to ride with Brad, Mark, and Mike during the last two sessions. I often reflect how lucky am I am to throw a leg over a bike and enjoy a hobby I really love, surrounded by like individuals that enjoy the same hobby and know what it's like to navigate a machine and exercise the skills that I'm always learning and refinning.

Slideshow of some shots! http://www.flickr.com/photos/freezep...47180647/show/


Willow


Redliter


Sicc


Buz, Candiya, Sicc


Candiya


Willow (birthday Boy)


Willow, Buz


willow, Candiya


Redliter


Sicc


Buz


Buz


Gixenjett


Candiya

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #98
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Another awesome track day with OPRT! Thanks again for the help Lionel and the gang from Victoria! The feedback you gave me about my riding was very helpful! and thanks for letting me pit with you guys.

And thanks Anthony for all of the help in the pits as well!
My pleasure Seth, it was great to see you out there on the R6 and we all enjoyed your company in the pits. You have an open invitation anytime we're there to share our slab of pavement!

Karma is a wonderful thing so after all the help I've been given over the years by Control Riders and fellow racers it's only good ju-ju to pass some of that info along. As usual, it's worth what you paid for it but you were looking good out there, hopefully you don't get shipped off to the dessert and can get in some more days next summer.

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:37 AM   #99
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this was my second track day and first time at the Ridge. it did not disappoint.
JD.....was nice meeting you at the Ridge. Lets get together next season for PR.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:10 PM   #100
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Thanks for moving me up to 200 Pete, was much more fun. Had a great time, met a bunch of new people and got to see some I haven't seen since the last track day. Always good to put faces with names from on here. See you guys at the next one.

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