Featured Club Racing Is Back On For Bbr

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  1. Bad Billy

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    Finally had confirmation from our club FPR & the event organisers NG Racing that our season is back on. Unfortunately the round in August at Angelsey has been cancelled because of the uncertainty over the Welsh Government's lifting of the lockdown measures in time, there has to be certainty 8-10 weeks in advance that things will be able to run. :confused:
    So that round is to be replaced instead by Cadwell on the Sat & Sun of the Bank Holiday weekend in August. :grinning:
    Not sure as yet whether spectators will be allowed but will keep you posted, if they are, as ever any forum members are always welcome to come & share a chat & a cuppa in the paddock. ;)

    Genuinely exited at the prospect of finally getting to race the RSV-R, spent a lot of time, effort & money on making the bike right for me, just need to race it now. :cool::cool::cool:

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  2. Foxy1

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    great news mate. I'll try to get to Cadwell, if we can spectate.
     
  3. Bad Billy

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    Will keep you posted Foxy, you would think that if social distancing is possible at a pub or restaurant then a race track the size of Cadwell should be a piece of cake! It's not like we get 1000's of spectators for clubman racing anyway.
     
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    Exactly my thoughts mate.
     
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    Great news mate.....
     
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    I did wonder at one point whether there would be any racing at all this year, so yes good news indeed Wessa. Decided to just do Sat 18th for the test weekend, then have a beer or two as it’s my birthday Sunday :party::party::party:
     
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  7. Sandi T.

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    Great news, Billy! I'm really happy for you. You must be super excited to race your new bike with all the work and waiting you've put it. Awesome. :blush::blush::blush:
     
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    Thanks Sandi, yes really looking forward to actually racing again, big challenge for me is to improve my lap times.
    I am racing with some very quick guys, just to give you an idea of the mountain I must climb, at Castle Combe where I did the track day a couple of weeks ago I need to improve by 10 secs a lap in order to be in among the points (according to last years race times for my new class), with the podium guys being a further 6 to 8 seconds a lap faster than that! o_O:eek:

    My Bandit race times there last year were 1.32/1.33, at the track day on the RSV I was doing consistent 1.30 without ever getting out of my comfort zone. Now race times tend to be quicker anyway, and whilst I am pretty confident I will get my lap times down, 10 secs is a lot :worried:, I think 5 secs is a realistic target & if I get down to 1.25 laps then I will feel that that is progress even if that means I am well out of the points. Another older guy that raced with me last year said that his philosophy was to race himself & always last years times were the ones to be beaten & if you beat some other racers doing it then great! :p

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  9. Sandi T.

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    Billy, I think it is very cool that you race motorcycles which gives you some very specific and objective goals that you can set and work towards. I ran track for years and always liked the objectivity of the stop watch. It's great to race not only your competitors but your own personal bests. And you get both of those things with racing your bike on the track. Your 5 second lap improvement does seem like a realistic target. Best to set intermediate goals to work towards rather than one that's so far off it gets discouraging. I really like the guy's philosophy about racing himself and last years' times and if you beat others in the process so much the better.

    When reading your post I thought back to when I did the Keith Code Superbike School a year and a half ago. I had so darned much fun and, again, I liked how you could aim for a lap time improvement or to improve a very specific skill. I can definitely see how track riding and racing could get in your blood and become rather addictive! Well, and expensive.
     
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    Judging by the images, you have good form. 10 seconds is a lot, but I am very auto-cross sensitive, where 1 second makes the difference. Think about getting a coach that can give you specific information about your laps and where you can make up time. Twist of the Wrist is a good racers book. Study, plan and execute. Set incremental goals on such things as braking distances, exit speeds, and throttle applications. Get the data and work it out. Good racing. Stay sharp, and get out of the comfort zone. The best times I booked is when I executed and didn't have time to think about it. Work toward the perfect lap.
     
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    Thanks Sandi ;), I will do my best, try to use Keith Codes methods, I have the book & will be revisiting it again. Improvement is judged by quicker lap times, there is no hiding from it, at times I feel that posting about my racing on the forum adds pressure, but I like the idea of sharing my experiences with others, if anyone is thinking about racing I hope my ramblings help! :)
     
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    @Hobnail thanks for your input, I have read Keith Codes books, & will revisit. I need to push my limits in order to improve, something that is not so easy at 59 compared to 29!
    As some of my mates that have raced with me say, I always look fast, tidy & in control, however they also seem to have no problem catching & passing me!
    Will keep trying & see how we go. :cool:
     
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    Hi Billy have you raced at Caldwell before. Other than the IOM it was my favourite circuit when I was racing. Good luck.
     
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    Hi Mate, yes I raced there for the first time in the Bandit Challenge last year whilst still a novice, trouble was it was off the back of crashes at the previous 2 rounds & confidence was not high, so I was shockingly slow :worried:, as you know Cadwell isn't the easiest circuit to learn or the most forgiving if you get it wrong! :eek:
    That said it is a great circuit & I look forward to going back, but I think Oulton Park just about shades it for me as my favorite. :)
     
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    Cadwell was my favourite, and I loved Croft. I liked Snetterton anorl, when it was t'owd layout. I raced at Oulton once, and was really lookin forward to it, as it was described to me as "Cadwell on steroids". The practice session afore we went out for t'first time, a sidecar dropped its oil for over half a lap ont racing line. After a lengthy delay, we were told we could go out, but keep off t'cement dust! It was hard trying to learn t'circuit, wi one eye watchin weer I was going, and t'other watchin t'cement dust line. I just couldn't get to grips with it, and t'harder I tried, t'slower I went. One thing that stuck in mi memory was how fast you can get round t'hairpin, wit banking! Every time I went round it, I felt I could go even quicker.
     
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    Never been to Croft, hated Snetterton (but a blown engine & a crash didn't help!), shame there was oil on the track when you were at Oulton, it's a great track, again quite difficult to learn & I know what you mean about the hairpin (Shell Oils corner or something like that?), always feels like you should've done it better.
    I liked Anglesey as well .... how come all the good tracks are in the North? :rolleyes:
    That said I like Brands & Castle Combe, never ridden Thruxton even though it's on my doorstep, just never seem to get bike track days there and NG dropped it from the race calender a couple of years back.
     
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    Hahaha! Billy, we had a saying in the peloton back in my days as a bicycle racer. "If you can't be fast, look fast!" ;)
     
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    I certainly enjoy reading about your experiences, Billy! And seeing the great photos and videos you post as well. And I appreciate the effort that goes into sharing those experiences with us forum members.

    I like what you said about improvement being judged by quicker lap times and that there's no hiding from it. A concrete consistent measure like lap time provides such a great "testing" foundation for experiementing with different variables and finding things that actually make you go fast, not things we think might or should make us go faster. "The proof is in the pudding". (NOT black pudding...)
     
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    I see we are similar in years on God's earth. I initially considered your 29/59 as MPH. We get hit harder and take longer to recover. Drive how you want, and enjoy. Personally, I race to scare myself and place in the standings. However, a off track experience in my car is just expensive (in most cases), but on bike it is another dimension.
     
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    As far as the videos go, I am struggling to find somewhere to mount the camera, I had it on the near side crash bung mount, but that bolts to engine & the vibration made for a very shakey picture which is not pleasant to watch, the to make things worst the mount broke (possibly was hit by my knee). :weary_face:
    For racing they are very strict about where the camera can be, so back to the drawing board, might have to make a bracket up for inside the screen. :)
     
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