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New experience in track racing in Thailand

Hello,
So, here am I back with another thread as here suits better than before.
The next post (2) are paste from the other thread (yes, lazy to write it over again even if it was bad...) Then it will continue with the experience of racing here in Thailand, for now only at Mealao raceway in Chiang Rai.

I'm not taking it seriously, I'm doing it for fun as the atmosphere at the track is so much more fun than in Europe (where I didn't race, only track days, but some riders there thought our sessions were live broadcasted on tv seeing how serious they were ... and not necessarily fast).

If ever you smile once reading this I'll be very happy !
 

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Posted originally on the 25th of April 17

Hi R3 addicts,

Will try to keep it not too long...

So, I will not see her for a few weeks (travel) and wanted to enjoy a good 2-3 days fun. Saw that at the track "near" home they were holding a race. Called the guy, said no worries you can come and participate. Yeah, let's go see what that little wonder does on a track.
Got there one day before, some pilots were already practicing. Whooooo, what a level. Thought would be very amateurish, bad on me... Well, we will see tomorrow.

Saturday, first time on that track for me. All 300cc together, I get passed and hopefully can pass some too. But, and this is a warning to all that are stubborn as I am, the tires Michelin street pilot are not for track use. I slide like **** but at least it's fun... The other guys have good tires (IRC as in Thailand) and some even slicks. One thing make me angry, I cannot break properly at the end of the straight line because the ABS turn on... Got the sensor out, I'm happy, can finally break like I like it... The afternoon session is kind of qualifying. Well, Thai qualifying : you pick a number in a box, that's your starting position. Then go out for 5 laps. Fun again, I do it with the open category, they are all nuts . I get to pass one and my style is still holiday on ice.

Sunday, go see the organiser and ask him to lower to street legal category. Again, Thai style, you just need to have your lights. Exhaust, tires or whatever is allowed . He lowers me, I'm happy as the level is slightly lower than in open. Warm up in the morning, 300cc for about 15 min. I ride correctly, don't abuse on the breaking while leaning and everything seams perfect. 3 pilots stay behind and I even go at large... Until... Last lap, want to try to keep open in a never ending right turn, get to the next tight right faster than thought, grab the break and keep leaning.... when it felt like the front wheel blocked, the handlebar went left right and she and I were eating dirt...

So now she look good

Fairing scratched and other small things, nothing too bad hopefully. Had a stupid crash guard that look like this and it broke. Useless ! Better put some engine crankcase covers, forget about the fairing and not fall

After some break problems (disk purple dark, no more breaks), changed the break liquid at the noon break. Was better and could take my position as last on the grid in street category (17th). Finished around 10th, happy to have completed the race after the morning emotions . It was my first fall.

Now I wonder if the front (lights) could be a little twisted due to the shock. What do you think ?

Thanks to those that weren't scared to read all this

Cheers
 

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Posted originally on the 8th of June 17 :

So, after some funny experience with the Thai post and customs, some parts arrived and I did some mods...

Stripped it a bit



Then she got some new shoes, IRC Z003, race tires. They are much much softer than the Michelin Street original tires.


A nice block off plate from Spears Racing.

Home made air filter entrance, high-flow filter inside

Home made GP shifter with original parts

And the power commander for which I have difficulties in finding the good mapping. I tried all the maps on the Dynojet forum (4), some seam better then the others, but none are perfect. I always have a kind of delay when I put full gaz. This happens mostly between 3000-6000 rpm. Top end seams ok, though very hard to say if any power was gained. Riding on the track this week-end might help. I'm taking the computer with me as Friday will be a test day.
Found a sweet app for timing (trackaddict) and it looks it can communicate with the Gopro. If results are nice, might show some vids on the forum.
Looking forward for those 3 track days with those much better tires. Braking seams ok for now (hard to feel it on the road), bought some other pads in case and have some dot4 with me too.

Hope you'll all have a sweet week-end as I will, ride safe, cheers
 

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Back from the weekend, great 3 days of track. One practice day for $7, 2 "race" days in 2 categories for $40. Competed in 300cc street legal and superbike VIP witch means over 40 years old.

Went 2 times down during the weekend. First time lost the front, probably because too much pressure in front tire, 2nd time just because wanted to go faster than the guy in front and opened in the curve a little early (lost the back).

Getting late here, will put some pictures and video link later on. But to keep you interested, here's my shortest session, 300cc street legal race :

At least this time I finally fall on the left side :)

Cheers :)
 

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10-11 June 2017 Race weekend

Just some pictures of the weekend... Unfortunately photographers didn't shoot me when in best position.
 

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Time to give her some gifts

Back home one of the pleasures of racing is to take care of the bird... So stripped her.

Changed the front sprocket for a 13 (If like me you live where aftermarket parts are not easy to find, this sprocket is from a Kawasaki KLX 250).

Installed a SS line and took front ABS away.

Waiting for other goodies to come (suspension), weld the spoon thread that broke and rebuild... Will post pictures when doing it.

Safe ride to all :)
 

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Wow, that is a TINY track! lol...narrow and short. You know it's small when you're only in 2nd and 3rd gear the whole lap. Around here, the tracks I go to, I rarely get into 3rd gear on the R3....it's all 4th-6th with stock gearing.
 

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Wow, that is a TINY track! lol...narrow and short. You know it's small when you're only in 2nd and 3rd gear the whole lap. Around here, the tracks I go to, I rarely get into 3rd gear on the R3....it's all 4th-6th with stock gearing.
Wow seems you were there. Would love it to be as you say... but it's thailand. Best track here is burriram where they have sbk races and next year to. But it's 600km away.

For sure miss the only big track I rode witch is castelet in France. Curve called les signes, 200km/h knee down. But the bike was a 750....

Thanks for your input, ride hard
 
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