I put up a thread on a national road racing forum covering progress for getting my bike ready for the 2012 season.
The thread is located here: http://www.motorcycleroadracingforums.com/yaf_postst1730_getting-ready-for-2012.aspx
Loudon Road Racing Series (LRRS) round 1 – 4/28 – 4/29
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Saturday practice #1:
Temps were 31 degrees out and there were light snow flakes falling with 15-18 MPH wind. I went out cautiously until my fingers became numb. On my last lap, the gasket on my oil filter got loose and lost all the oil onto my tires, boots, and motor. I saved the bike from a low side in T1 and quickly rolled off track.
Saturday practice #2:
I finished cleaning up the bike and refilling the oil pan when my 2nd practice was on track. The officials let me out with 0:50 left in my session to get 1 lap, so I could scrub some oil off my tires.
Sat race #4. AM HW SB – 10th place. Best lap: 1:32.107
Sat race #7. AM Unl GP – 6th place. Best lap: 1:31.182
Sunday practice #1:
Temps were 33 degrees out, and they officials called our group (group 1) late when no one was suited up. I ended up getting about 2 laps before our session was over.
Sunday practice #2:
Went out there for the entire session still trying to scrub off the oil on my tires. Temps were in the low 40′s and still riding cautiously.
Sun race #5. AM Unl SB – 9th place. Best lap: 1:29.425
Sun race #11. AM Unl SS – 10th place. Best lap: 1:30.750
I had the same issues as the opening round in 2011 with low temps and wasn’t feeling confident. My best lap times were about 7-8 seconds slower than what I ended last season with. The practices temps were 31-33, the race temps where 51-54 with wind 15-18 MPH. Conditions were ugly, but I still had a great time out there.
Upcoming events for May:
May 4: Friday practice – NJMP
May 5 – 6: CCS Atlantic round 1 – NJMP
May 14: track day – NHMS
May 19 – 20: LRRS round 2 – NHMS
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