I really didn't get the opportunity to say thanks to a lot of people at the school on Monday. I know I was able to thank Scotty.
I was sitting in the pits after my first session, and examining my tyres. Now that was a big adrenaline rush, as I looked at how gummed up the tyres were. The tyres aren't the OEM ones, but the second set that I had put on (Bridgestone Battlax BT010). Amazing how much faster I was pushing the bike in that first session.
Unfortunately, I low-sided on the session just before lunch I was more concerned about passing the group of riders (which we were supposed to do at that time) than thinking about setting up for the corner (#3).
That hard learning lesson really showed me about mental focus. I can't believe I forgot one of the tips that had been given to me by a former road racer, as well as Scotty at Next Level. 'Pass them like they aren't there'......
Anyway, a big thanks to Hank (for lending a part and his expertise) and Grant for finishing up the safety wiring while I got ready to get back out there
This also showed how giving the racing community is (I also experienced this when I was in Seattle for the races about a month ago). I definitely want to be a part of this. This is all about me, giving...
I really can't say enough about Scotty and Next Level Superbike School. Even after I crashed, there were tips as to why this happened.
I thought I had a hoot while I was at Boundary Bay. At Mission, this definitely brought things (excuse the pun) to the next level.
I really wanted to race this year, but learning what I have through Next Level, talking to a great friend of mine (he's my guidance when it comes to riding/racing), and assessing my abilities, I may have to put that dream on hold.
But I know, I belong on the track. I just need to put in lots of practice time and get the 'feel' of things, before I progress to racing possibly.
I'm very proud of what I have accomplished, and the beauty of it is that I have tons more to learn
I can't thank Next Level Superbike School enough for this opportunity that I have been able to take advantage of. The follow up is incredible. I really cramped up, and I mean really cramped up out at Boundary Bay, and Scotty took note of this, and followed up later to make sure that I completely hydrated myself on the Sunday before. This made a huge difference on Monday. Only one small leg cramp, which went away.
I've been introduced to road racing in the best possible way. To all the instructors at Next Level, thanks for giving back. I already know what I want to work on, the next time I get the opportunity to get on the track (other than not crashing.....).
Of course thanks to all the corner workers and all involved at Mission, they're the greatest. Thanks to the guys in corner #3 where I crashed and for the crash truck, because that would have been a long, hot walk back, pushing the bike to the pits
I have full intention of finding out how I can get more track time in. I WILL race, it's just a matter of time/practice.
This was the greatest experience I've ever had, yet the most humbling experience I've ever had. It just shows, that a millisecond of lapse in mental concentration and the apple cart will spill
A big thumbs up to Grand Prix Developments. I passed tech without a hitch. In the words of the guy that teched my bike in the morning, 'You're mint'.
This experience has got me so much closer to my dreams
I hope to someday give back tons more that I have received while at Next Level Superbike School.
Ken (SV crasher )
Oh, and thanks to the guy for helping me take down my tent at the end of the day.