Oct 2010 Update
As the season starts to wind down, some great racing is over, while there are still a ton of trackdays going on. BIG congratulations to Martin Cardenas on winning the 2010 AMA DSB Championship. I’ve been working with Martin for a few years now and it is so rewarding to see him get his #1 plate. Martin has worked incredibly hard for his championship and he is the epitome of making every move of his life geared towards winning and riding better. I also can’t forget to mention our own local Mike Canfield. Mike has been working with Martin since he first started riding for M4 Suzuki and has been an instrumental part of Martin’s crew and championship. Great job Mike! Lastly, congratulations to all the riders I have been working with this year who achieved personal bests, got on the podium, won races and won overall championships.
YCRS: The Yamaha Riding School has posted its Fall/Winter schedule with the school going back to Las Vegas starting in November. The Vegas tracks are great for teaching and we plan to have some great special guests riding with us. We are also planning another East Coast swing in April-May. Check out the dates at: www.yamahachampionsridingschool.com
Pirelli: I still can’t believe how well the Pirelli Trackday Pro tire works. They are just releasing a 180 sized rear, along with the 190 that is already out. Contact Chris or Cory at CT Racing for pricing and availability.
Product Reviews: I am working on a few product reviews that will be posted on my site soon. Look for a review on Shift Leathers and a rear suspension link for the BMW S1000RR, coming up in the next month or so.
Riding Tip: Can you adjust? If the rider in front of you enters a turn low, do you know where they will go on the exit? If you catch the rider in front of you, do you start to ride with them, on their lines? If you miss an apex, do you miss the next one too? Be adjustable! Understand that if the rider in front of you enters low, chances are, he will run wide on the exit. Caught the rider in front of you-stick with your plan, as your plan got you up to that rider in the first place. Missed an apex-slow down and get the next one. What about if you knock your bike over in the pits….Did you bring spare levers? Can you adjust?
If you can’t be adjustable in this sport, you aren’t going to enjoy it for long. We don’t get to ride at Laguna Seca in 75 degree weather, with only 4 people on the track, on new tires, with a perfectly set-up bike very often, or really, never at all. Conditions, whether it’s the track, your bike or your mindset, are always changing. Having your thought process slowed down and on, “what’s next” will allow you to intake situations and be able to adjust to them. All a part of making you faster and safer.