I decided to concentrate on only racing at Tsukuba this year, so I signed up for all 4 championship races and the Tsukuba TT in March. Lately I've been crashing too much so it was a little rough getting back into the flow of things and I couldn't put out a good time during practice on Friday. Was still 3 seconds away from my best time and struggling with the stiffness from resting my collarbone for so long.
Every time my pit neighbor Chihiro passed me on the track I tried to keep up to pick up pointers from her line and turn in point but it's always hard to keep up. These kids are really amazing out here...
I came here today to practice mainly one thing, body positioning. I have trouble turning properly because of poor line of sight and poor upper body movement, leaving too much pressure on my hands. Made some notes and stuck them to the bike to remember what I need to do.
Come Saturday, time for qualifiers. I got a lot of comments about my new bike design and it seems like everyone thinks its cool.
Glad it wasn't just me... かっこいいデザインだねと言われた、僕だけがそれ思うじゃなくてよかった (汗
My first hairpin speed is painstakingly slow and the timing where I open the acceleration is a good 5m too late. I tried to keep that in mind during the race and was able to shave a little bit of time here. Still a long way to go. Video is from qualifiers. ビデオは予選から〜
Just before the race! いつもドキドキしてるね
As always I got a good start, passing several people fairly easily moving up from 21st to around 14th. I was able to hold onto 17th place until the final lap, but finished 18th total and 16th in my class. I've come a long way from my riding last year, no longer at the tail end of the race, moving up to the front!
This race was a good experience and I think really helped me get back into the groove of things after my recent crashes. I came very close to my best time during the race, and I know I can push harder next practice!