|By Mr_Venjer on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 05:10 am:|
I did the Premier course at Donnington yesterday. . My trainer was none other than BSB racer Dean Ellison. Its a 2 people to 1 trainer job. We used CBR600s, stripped down with race fairings.
Our first 15 minute session was a follow him session, learning lines etc. During the interval he pointed out our mistakes. I thought I was hanging off but the man from Del Monte - he say No!! My boots touched the ground and made me kack my pants. I had my toes pointing out a bit but that was the only way I felt comfortable. He showed me his feet positioning, outside of boot on peg. It felt much better whilst cornering.
I didn't tuck in on straights, again I thought I did but not according to Dean. Also hanging off. He said we were to upright. I thought bollox was I. The next session I watched him and, with risk of sounding like a fag, I watched his bum. He had both cheeks off the bike. I had one cheek off. I made a big effort in that session to lean off and I manged the unthinkable !!! KNEE DOWN !!!!!!!!
When it happened I jumped. I got upright immediately and looked around to see what the fook just happened. A couple of corners more and it happened again. I clocked. GO ON MY SON !
Hanging off at speed nearly properly felt soooo good. corner speed was up and I felt more comfortable following Dean.
After an advanced briefing on cutting lap times along came the 3rd session. The 3rd and final session was a "put everything that I've learned today" session. Speed through corners, hanging off, braking and gear selection plus body positioning and bike positioning in the moments before tipping into corners. There is a shedload to do - especially when you think about it but lap after lap things became more simple. We were able to keep up much better with Dean to the point where he said he was giving his 900 Hornet some wellie !!!!
I hit a few kerbs and ran wide a few times in my quest to be quicker but I learned a lot and, although the half day goes quickly it is well worth the money. All I need now is a couple of track days to cement what I have learned immediately. My new Supercorsas are gonna get it !
Peaceout to all my peeps.
|By Daz on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 06:22 am:|
HEY HEY!!!! Congrats Mr V!! It sounds like you had a right good crack geezer!!
What did you think of Donny? Fave bits?
|By Befbever on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 07:39 am:|
|By Taffrsv on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 11:34 am:|
well done my son, I've resigned myself to virgin knee sliders, I blame my age and to tight leathers for not been able to get my knee out far enough.
|By Cecilthecat on Friday, June 14, 2002 - 12:53 am:|
I did the RH race school a three times (Corp Hospitality) and learnt loads in a short period of time.
When you think about it not many of us have ever had much in the form of formal training to ride a bike.
In my case I learnt to ride a bike over the fields and then took my part one test which was similar to the CBT, then the Part 2 which was riding around the Block with an examiner on foot. Since then it's been a case of teach yourself by trial and error, so I found that the guys at the RH race school taught me some obvious but useful things which then took me to the next level.
I can now go to Trackdays and practise these things, and am now thinking of doing some of the California Superbike schools.
|By Mr_Venjer on Friday, June 14, 2002 - 03:07 am:|
Thanks all. I was buzzing until yesterday evening. This morning I took it all a bit too far though and nearly ran someone over !. I thought I would take the racing line doing a left hander and cranked the bike over only for a fool to start crossing the road without looking. Some light front braking and heavy rear braking saw me snake about a bit but I stopped inches from his leg. I ended up doing a Fred Flinstone stop
The guys I went with want to go again so that means I will too. 2 of us will do the Fireblades this time and the 3rd will stick to the 600s. I found myself running out of revs too often.
Highly recommended. When's the next trackday boys ?
PS, Thank goodness for Supercorsas. I was egged on at the lights by these workmen in a van and stupidly accelerated hard while turning a bit. Result, front wheel lifting quickly while turning. I let off the gas, the bike landed at an angle BUT luckily didn't slip/skid, the grip with the SCs is phenomenal.
|By Aprilliag on Friday, June 14, 2002 - 09:20 am:|
Kevin when are you thinking about going back If it's ok I'd like to join you (dates permiting)Also I'm booked up for Rockingham again 0n 29th July same circuit as last time do you fancy coming along and trying out your new found skills and teaching me some. Gary
|By Mental_Trev on Monday, June 17, 2002 - 01:44 am:|
Thankfully, you survived to ride another day, Kev, and hopefully learnt to save this for the track only? Racing lines on the road are BAD!
thought I would take the racing line
|By Wilko on Monday, July 01, 2002 - 01:44 pm:|
Im doing the Elite on a Blade too this Wednesday (3rd July) weather is looking shite, does anyone know if they will cancel the day if its likely to piss down? £250 is only worth it when the sun shines! not that am worried or anything......uhum
|By Mr_Venjer on Wednesday, July 03, 2002 - 02:15 am:|
Gary, I think I am in Amsterdam on the 29th July. I will let you know when we are doing the Race school again. I can't wait to do it again.
|By Wilko on Thursday, July 04, 2002 - 11:31 am:|
Well Wednesday went ok, we were lucky with the weather and found the Blade to be a superb machine (bit twitchy on the front) but a good laugh, managed to get a 2.01 fastest lap, not bad considering it was slightly damp.
Recommend anyone who has already done the Premier to have a go at Elite, you wont be dissapointed.
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