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  • 02-07-2009 | 12:34 PM
  • the chi
  • Im curious, ya'll have mentioned the "evaluation" to decide which group someone should be in a few times. Is this something not done typically?

    Every track day Ive ever been at, and Im honest with myself, and put myself in the group I belong in. I know others dont, BUT, the CR's always make sure to watch and move people as needed, basically evaluating them and moving tem for safety's sake. So its something I just accepted as always being there. Is it not?
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  • 02-08-2009 | 12:09 PM
  • TrackRider54
  • That's the way it should work. I typically do the same thing. 90% of the time I ride in intermediate, but I've done a few track days in the advanced group. Honestly, I like it better there, even though I'm one of the slower guys on the track.

    I hold my line, do my thing, don't ride over my head, and I'm not bothered at all by someone going around me.
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  • 02-08-2009 | 09:31 PM
  • azoomm
  • Quote The Chi
    Im curious, ya'll have mentioned the "evaluation" to decide which group someone should be in a few times. Is this something not done typically?

    Every track day Ive ever been at, and Im honest with myself, and put myself in the group I belong in. I know others dont, BUT, the CR's always make sure to watch and move people as needed, basically evaluating them and moving tem for safety's sake. So its something I just accepted as always being there. Is it not?
    I've been to quite a few events with other orgs that people just drop themselves into whatever group their friends are in. Or, one group is sold out - so they put people into another group.

    I am VERY protective of my upper group. There have been plenty of people that have told me they should be there that didn't make the cut... for various reasons.
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  • 02-09-2009 | 11:54 AM
  • the chi
  • Quote azoomm
    I've been to quite a few events with other orgs that people just drop themselves into whatever group their friends are in. Or, one group is sold out - so they put people into another group.

    I am VERY protective of my upper group. There have been plenty of people that have told me they should be there that didn't make the cut... for various reasons.

    Thats scary!

    I've been to TD's where people were in the wrong group, like intermediates in novice, so they can pass people and not get passed, but they get moved pretty quickly, usually for being asshats.

    Ive finally started making intermediate times and I think I'll still be doing a few more days in novice, I want to be a SOLID intermediate, so the rest of the crazies dont kill me.
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  • 02-09-2009 | 04:45 PM
  • deals gap dragon slayer
  • I agree on feeling safer and more secure in the advanced groups. The riders aren't unpredictable like some of the newbs can be (whether they realize it or not.. but hey at least they're there looking to learn)... However, make sure your bike is up to it...

    My last track day of '08 was my first time really gettin on it with the zx10...

    It was also the day I discovered the design flaw on the front brakes.
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  • 02-10-2009 | 06:39 PM
  • TrackRider54
  • I've always believed that the group you ride in has far less to do with what lap times you run, but more a factor of your experience and ability to control the bike.

    I've seen kids on 125cc two strokers running in advanced group, and I know they weren't able to turn the same lap times as an expert riding a literbike.

    I think advanced groups should be just that....for advanced riders. Not just those who can turn a fast lap. I've seen a LOT of fast guys that I don't want anywhere near me on a track, and I've seen some guys who I KNOW are excellent riders turn several seconds a lap slower than I do. Doesn't mean they aren't good riders, just means they are working on a specific part of their riding, or they are learning the track.

    I just received confirmation that I'll be waving flags at Tally on the 28th. I've never ridden with Elite, so I'm looking forward to getting to know the guys and eventually doing a day with them.

    It will be REALLY hard to wave flags while I see all the bikes going around. If any of you guys are down there, I hope I don't get to meet you. LOL! Don't run over the flag waving Sasquatch!

    Last edited by TrackRider54; 02-10-2009 at 06:41 PM.
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  • 02-16-2009 | 11:57 AM
  • Bradlee_t
  • Quote deals gap dragon slayer

    My last track day of '08 was my first time really gettin on it with the zx10...

    It was also the day I discovered the design flaw on the front brakes.
    The brakes are crap. I can't believe how bad mine were until I upgraded.
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