Back from CalSpeed – It was a GREAT weekend

We’re back from a two-day track day at CalSpeed. The weather in SoCal was absolutely gorgeous. By 9am, it was already warmer than any of the trackdays we’ve attended in the past 5 months.

One of the things we had been not been doing is making changes to Anthony’s bike. We came to SoCal ready for a bunch of testing. We tested a bunch of things, from a head to reeds to suspension changes. Somethings Anthony’s felt, other he didn’t.

If all days at the track were like these, life would be good.

Anthony is now an AFM novice racer

Last night we attended the AFM board meeting in which we re-petitioned the board to allow Anthony to race with them this season.

To our delight the board said yes. This means we’ll be able to take part in the USGPRU race at Thunderhill in June.

Anthony is very excited and we can’t wait to take part in our first race with the AFM.

What is chatter?

Interesting definition of chatter on a motorcycle from the “Number 1 at Yamaha”

“Chatter is not a linear problem. It is self-excited vibrations. Once it starts, more and more vibrations happen and finally you have a big problem. One of the solutions is to keep continuous stiffness changes from the head to the rear. Even then you can still get some chatter, but not so much.”

3 times Infineon… it’s good

On Saturday we visited the Infineon Kart track for the third time and it was awesome.

The weather was absolutely perfect. We go there a little late, late 10am and it was already in the mid 60s. The past two times we visited, there was water running across the track on the exit of T5, which didn’t dry out until 2pm. Oh yeah, and by 2pm, it was a balmy 55 degrees.

Anyway, by the first session the track was the warmest and driest it has ever been and the lap times proved it.

Infineon is a good track because it has a a nice long-radius corner T4. The problem we have faced with kart tracks, is that by their nature, they are very point and shoot. Big tracks by comparison (at least on a 125cc bike) are the opposite. While Anthony is a good kart-track rider, that point-and-shoot style does not work so well on the 125 at big-tracks.

We focused much of our time in getting T4 to work well. By the end of the day Anthony claimed that he was able to push the front-end into, through and out of T4.

The day went really well and we had a lot of fun. If we could go this well on the big-tracks, life would be good.

Round 2 of the WERA West series is complete and Anthony visited the 125GP podium again

This past weekend, the second round of the WERA West series took place in Las Vegas. We had planned to take part in the track day on Friday to give Anthony some track time, but we were denied because of his age.

We arrived at the track on Friday evening and setup camp. Saturday started off nice. There were no clouds and we could actually feel the warmth of the sun (something I’m sure we’ll curse in the summer months).

Saturday he only got two morning practices, which started at 8:30am. Each practice was of ten minutes and yielded 6 laps each. In the afternoon we entered Anthony into the lightweight solo20 race to give him some extra tack time. Sadly, there was a red-flag with 5 laps to go and even that ended prematurely.

Anyway, I tore down the bike as usual and made sure it was ready for Sunday. Sunday started like Saturday, but much cooler and 30 minutes earlier.

Practices went well and with no issues. The first race was the formula 2 class and

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Anthony started from the front row. He got a good start and ended third into T1; a huge improvement from his previous starts. Due to the limited track time we had, Anthony could not find a good rhythm and was not able to keep the pace of the leaders. One of the fast SV650s of the class caught up to Anthony and took 3rd from him. He tried to fight back, but there was not enough time and he had to settle for 4th.

The 125GP race was next, the most important of the weekend. He also started 3rd and was third into T1. This time he stayed closer to the leading pair, though not close enough to fight with them, but closer nevertheless.

The leading two began to open a gap on Anthony, while Anthony was pulling a gap on 4th place. The race ended as it started with Anthony taking 3rd and climbing onto the podium for the second time in as many races.

There is no more racing with WERA until April. In the meantime we are going to try and get as much track time as possible. Stay tuned.