Report Round 2
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June 1, 2006
Round 2 - Canadian Thunder
Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant
The trip over...
Different flight, same movie, same "frustrated with their
work" flight attendant and I'm quite positive this is
the very same $7.99 Air Canada sandwich I had two weeks ago.
Almost like my own personal "groundhog day". Despite
this airline nutrition/roughage program I'm on Dan & I
have arrived at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant for round two of
To be honest, I am quite excited about this
weekend and look forward to riding this track as I've heard
so many good things about it. It's touted as the best track
in Canada and I have even heard it being compared to tracks
like Laguna Seca, which happens to be one of my favorites.
Bodes well. Since the last round the team has been working
many long hours and late nights in preparation for the weekend.
I'm really impressed with the efforts from Norm, Bill, Dan
and the whole team and I think things are starting to "gel".
Anyway, it's late so I'm going to get some much needed sleep
for tomorrow's activities. Here's hoping the three hour time
change won't affect me too much come tomorrow morning.
June 2, 2006
This track certainly lives up to its reputation
and then some. My first session left me feeling somewhat displaced.
Was I actually in Canada, or was I testing somewhere in Europe?
The layout is fast and flowing and very much like the European
tracks I've been lucky enough to experience. Obviously I LOVE
My first session was again a feeble attempt
to figure out which way the corners went and to also get some
mental reference for braking and shift points. Essentially,
you could have measured my first session lap times with a
sun dial. :o) My second session went much better as with a
more clear mental picture of the track I was able to get in
and out of the corners more effectively. Dan has been "slavin
away" working on the front end of the bike and how it
provides feedback. Ultimately, we're looking to make the bike
handle in a way that I'm more accustomed to and today we made
huge progress. That's racing, ride till the bike does something
to slow down your progress and then systematically look to
improve the whole platform from there. Tomorrow brings us
to qualifying so here's hoping it stays dry.
June 3, 2006
Day 3 - Qualifying
Sure enough it was raining as we entered the
track this morning. It appears that rain is a mandatory aspect
of racing in Canada. Not that I'm complaining, because I love
riding in the rain, but I honestly have not had a dry race
weekend since Daytona earlier this year. I'm certainly not
tanned and might be starting to rust. :o)
Anyway, with some time to think things thru
last night I went out with a clearer picture of where I could
make up some time around the track. Unfortunately, with the
wet conditions I wasn't able to explore the limits as I had
hoped to. Qualifying came up and the conditions weren't improved.
It was just raining hard enough to keep the surface damp and
wet, although not enough to really be wet. This caused some
concern with tire selection as it was too wet for DOTs and
almost too dry for full rain tires. AHH racing.
I went out in qualifying and immediately felt
comfortable although it all ended in tears when I exited the
final turn on lap two as the rear end just went out from under
me. Yep, I suddenly found myself sliding down the road and
into the grass runoff. Thankfully my Joe Rocket leathers and
Arai helmet made it possible for me to walk away unhurt. Despite
the team's best efforts the spare bike wasn't immediately
available and I had to unfortunately miss the remainder of
qualifying. I'll find out later today where we ended up. At
this moment we might be on the fourth or fifth row which leaves
us with a lot of work to do tomorrow. We take it as it goes.
June 4, 2006
Day 4 - Pre-race Report
At last sunshine! Well for this morning anyway.
With yesterdays crash behind us I need to thank the whole
team for all their efforts in getting the bike back together
and running for practice this morning. Unfortunately, when
I set out for practice it became immediately apparent that
all was not good. The bike had developed a "miss"
in the higher rpms forcing me to pull in after a few laps.
Frustrating to say the least as I desperately
wanted some seat time around the track to get settled and
comfortable. As I type this the team is preparing the spare
bike for today's race. It's going to be interesting as I haven't
ridden the spare bike and we're back on the grid so I'm going
to have to get a great start and adapt quickly. Like always,
it's going to be interesting.
Well I certainly didnt help my situation
with the start. I managed to completely mess it up and went
into turn two in about tenth place. I pushed as hard as I
could in the next two laps and managed to work my way past
several riders, although three things were hindering that
progress. One was that the bike seemed to be fighting me on
down shifts causing me to get into some corners a gear too
high effectively destroying my drive on the exit. Second was
that the spare bikes geometry was somehow different
(despite our measurements) and the bike was having difficulty
finishing the turns. As a result, my third issue was that
I had developed extreme arm pump in my right arm by the third
lap. Regardless, I pushed as hard as I could and managed to
come across the line in fifth place. Certainly not where I
wanted us to be, but no excuses - we were behind the curve
all weekend and our competition had things in control. We
keep getting better each weekend but we need to pull things
out in the next round or two if we are to have any chance
against Darren and his very well prepared Buells. So, its
of to work we go. With all this weekends activity Im
absolutely exhausted and so is the team. They put in a very
long weekends work and my crashing the bike only made
things more difficult. Thanks to everyone for all they did.
From here Im off to the US for some other racing with
Dans personal race team, Zlock Racing, and then I actually
think I have a day or two off before the next Canadian round
Stay tuned. Ill keep you posted.