So I go out for my first race of the year in Calgary, nice day,weather is good,bike is running strong as ever,the track.....well that's another story,they seemed to have added a few JUMP'S to the track , as if it wasn't exciting enough ! The jump's are just some new paving they did this summer ," Brutal finishing job guy's"
Anyway's back to racing, they changed the format of the "superbike " program now, it used to be 2 ten lap races with a 30-45 min break, now it's a 15 lap total,with the pro's racing with the amature's......sound like fun EH?
We start with the Pro's getting the first wave start, and 10 sec later they let the AM's go, I got a great start,and was up to 3rd or 4th by the time we got to the first turn traffic jam,a few of the front runner's got away,and with the traffic jam,and 1 dumper infront of me I was forced to concentrate on not getting hit.
Everything was going as to plan till lap 9 when the first of the pro's started lapping the field, Brian Nielson came by me on T 5 and as we were comming int the chicane's, I was thinking in the back of my mind that my buddy Pete Holzinger #1 plate holder would be by any second now, so with a quick glance over my shoulder,sure as shit ,there he was,so I dropped my throtle hand off the grip and waved him by.........fuck......that guy has AM plate's, I just waved buy the #4 position guy into my #3 position,and right infront of the grand stand to boot !
I get on the gas out of the last turn,and re take my #3 position down the front straight,cool I'm thinkin ! The next lap come buy in a hurry and I'm looking for a checkerd flag, no way,buddy is showing 3 finger's(3 left to go) I'm wondering if I'm gunna make 1 let alone 3, 2 lap's go buy, and we get the white flag,and I'm thinkin ,no on nippin at my heal's,no near fuck-up's(on my part)
it's been a pretty good race,and I got 3rd all sewed up WRONG !
We come through the bus stop (right infront of the grand stand's) and I up shift lookin for 3rd gear, and I get a box full of neutral's, another stab at it ,and nuthin.......BIG N again 13.500 rpm banging off the rev limiter, and the guy that I waved buy earlier passes me again, I finally find 3rd gear and put a run on him to the finish line,but not enough time and space ,he took MY 3rd off me in mere inches.
Had a great weekend,and looking firward to the racing again,but I think Calgary is going to fall out of the racing picture if they don't do something about the surface of the track.