Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
It's easy to speculate, but he just asked too much of the front. To me, seeing it happen, he was on the front brake pretty hard for that much lean. You run uphill hard out of 8 and into 9. The hill crests just as you enter 9. He just came in too hot and then tried to turn and brake hard going slightly downhill. The track is pretty wide here because it's where the pit entrance is. He could have backed off a bit and let it run wide and probably been fine. Why I think it was a real knucklehead move was because it's a 10 turn track. 9 and 10 are essentially just a single double apex turn. He could have just hung onto my rear and then smoked me down the straight (like everyone does, LOL). What we couldn't see is what was going on leading up to it. I hold my own in the A group on a 14 year old 600. It was also only my 2nd day back out since my crash and I know for a fact I'm not back to 100%. Was it the case that the speed difference was enough that it forced him to change his entry? Still makes it his fault, but I've been in situations where closing in on someone fast makes for a hairy situation.
For example, at my previous trackday, there was a guy in A group on a newer GSX-R1000. He would absolutely waste me going down the front straight. Then he'd straight up park it in T1. I'm knee on the ground in T1 at 78-85mph. And I know for a fact there's guys going through it in the 90's. This guy passed me, then got on the brakes WAY early. He pulled us down to 40mph. No fucking joke. After the second time it happened, I went to the organizer and asked them to watch for this guy. A group isn't about how fast you are. You need to have a certain skill level to be able to ride with others at similar skill level. If you're going HALF the speed of everyone else is through a turn, you don't belong. Lap times aren't everything. I'm barely lapping at the minimum laptime for A, but I'm pretty consistent. This is one of the reasons I really like STT. You have to go through an evaluation to ride A group with them. This guy would be still be in intermediate with them. I wish more TD organizers did this.
Granted, someone could say I don't belong because I'm topping out at 135mph and there's guys out there in the 170s.
Last edited by Chuckster; 08-19-2019 at 06:35 AM.