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Quinte TT 2007

This season is off to a good start - I arrived on Friday in time to set up the tent before dark! I also arrived in time to register; missed tech inspection, but I managed to walk the track with a few other racers, although that was more or less after dark. I woke up early Saturday, to get through tech - which found one spot I'd neglected to safety wire. Tim saved me the dreaded push up the ramped platform the tech inspectors use... my plea for a lower ramp for shorter racers has gone unheard. I was easily able to remedy the missing safety wire (I haven't yet gained mastery over this skill, but I'm getting better at it).

Practice on Saturday was instructive; I found a shift pattern I liked and the updates to the front end of the NS made hard braking easy. For the second practice session I worked on braking less, but I was still entering corners too soon. Afternoon heat-races were shortened to 6 laps. I started from the back of the second wave start grid, feeling my standing start skills might be rusty. I got clean start, but struggled with the shift to second, leaving me near the back. My right-side (high pipe) silencer fell off a few laps into the race, on the front straight right in front of the stands. Fortunately it rolled off the track, right at pit-out, and I recovered it easily after my race. I managed to finish with a few people behind me. The P4 Vintage Challenge was a huge grid, over 40 bikes. I got a slightly better start, my very loud exhaust preventing me from being distracted by the sounds of other riders bikes, but I had to weave around a rider trying to kick-start his bike. Trailing behind most of the second wave, I managed to avoid the carnage (nearly a 1/4 of the field DNF'd) but I finished near the end of the pack, with about the same lap-times as the P4-F3 heat race.

Sunday's practice session I was determined to enter corners later, try a new line through corners two and three, and figure out the 'S' corners coming onto the front straight. I managed to figure out the line through 2 and 3. My final race was scheduled for last thing at the end of the day, and I was gridded in the second row of the second wave start. The race was fun, I had a good chase towards the two riders ahead of me, but as soon as we started getting lapped by the front-runners, our little group spread out, and I didn't have time to catch them before the end of the race.

On the whole, an excellent start to the racing season for me. I know what I need to work on for the next race.

Practice Session Saturday morning
Saturday morning practice session at VRRA's Quinte TT

Honda NS 250 F Liquid cooled v-twin two-stroke
Looking left through the repaved corner 4 on the Nelson circuit

VRRA Quinte TT 2007
Looking right through the final part of the 'S' corners

Sunday race at the Quinte TT V.R.R.A. first round
12 Lap final race on Sunday

Andrea and Tim - in our pit area
Yes, I've got PINK Hair, that's not a reflection

Photos by FLAIR Photo - www.flairphoto.ca

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