Tuesday, May 31, 2016

AFM Round 3, 2016 -- Thunderhill Raceway

Experience vs. Bad Habits

A have a love/hate relationship with this track.  Thunderhill is the first track that I learned how to go fast on.  Thunderhill is the track that I have the most experience with, literally thousands of laps around this circuit.

Thunderhill is also the track that I have the most bad-habits.  I know I can go faster here.  I know how to go faster here, I have gone faster here.

Not this weekend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WERA West 2016 Round 3 — Buttonwillow

Buttonwillow is a racetrack that is in central California and has some history with being bumpy. Often referred to as “Bumpy-willow”. It has since been repaved, and the track conditions are much improved.

I enjoy Buttonwillow. It has a great flow to it; From T2 all the way to Sunset you are never slamming down on the brakes while frantically backing gears like some tracks. On the bikes that I race, you are at most backing two gears with relatively gentle braking zones.

That flow is what makes the track so enjoyable to me.

Monday, May 2, 2016

AFM Round 2, 2016 — Sonoma Raceway

I love racing at Sonoma Raceway (formerly known as Infineon Raceway; formerly known as Sears Point). Sonoma is by far the most technical track on either circuit that I currently run. There are very few flat spots on the track, and the front straight is incredibly short. A great track for small bikes.

The challenge for Round 2 is that there is no Friday practice before this round. Due to the scheduling of another motorcycle event, Friday is booked. Fortunately, there was a charity event held on Wednesday before the weekend that allowed me a chance to practice on the track before racing.