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Old 09-19-2018, 11:24 AM   #1
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Chuckwalla Nov 10&11. Socal track days

Been a few months since I was last able to do a track day.
I'm going both days. Anyone else going?


I've never done an open format track day. Any tips, suggestions, pros-cons?
Also, what is the weather generally like out there in early mid November?

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I love the open track-day format. It's nice to not have to listen intently to PA systems, or watch the time super close.

You go out when you like, come in when you like.

You'll find your own rhythm rather quickly.

Mid November weather will be lovely.
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I love the open track-day format. It's nice to not have to listen intently to PA systems, or watch the time super close.

You go out when you like, come in when you like.

You'll find your own rhythm rather quickly.

Mid November weather will be lovely.
Never done an open session. Is there added risk with the larger speed disparity?
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Never done an open session. Is there added risk with the larger speed disparity?
Open sessions days are not for C-group riders
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Yeah. as per Socal track days website http://www.socaltrackdays.com/

This format is much more efficient for you and provides nearly twice the track time of a session event. It is also ultimately safer because we keep the size of the group small and remove the time pressure inherent in session events. It must be emphasized that we are restricting this opportunity to riders with previous track experience (for example Jason Pridmore’s STAR School, California Superbike School, WERA, WSMC, or other race/track day organizations). This is not a race day; courteous passing will be expected and enforced.

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We are providing the opportunity for approximately 45 experienced riders to ride session-free for $210 per day. This is not a race day or riders school. It is a day for improving your riding skills as well as to test and tune your motorcycle in a safe and controlled track environment. Courteous passing will be expected and enforced. It must be emphasized that we are restricting this opportunity to riders with previous track experience (for example; Jason Pridmore’s STAR School, California Superbike School, Trackdaz, Track Xperience, etc.) who are comfortable riding in INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED groups.

It sounds like it's a pretty cool thing, you know only experienced riders will be out there and with only 45 bikes, there should be plenty of open track. Not limited to groups/times. This is going to be awesome!
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Gotcha, that makes sense. Thanks
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Im definitely a maybe for this one, I'll be there a week from saturday though.

In terms of the open sessions:
Pros
-In and out as you please, so if you go out and an ear plug falls out in turn 1 (or other minor problem), you don't have to ruin your whole session, pull in, fix it, pull out.
-You can do longer runs if you're into endurance racing

Cons
-They never start right at 9 (at least in the three or four days Ive done with Socal trackdays
- There can be slower riders, this isn't really a track day to practice full blown race pace, I treat them more as technique days
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Next weekend! Can't wait. Who else is going?
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Weather forecast. Mid 70's both days. Gonna be beautiful!! Is it generally windy out there this time of year?
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I've never had it be too windy at Chuckwalla. Not like Willow Springs, anyway.
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When I went in May, there was a 150 foot tall canopy sucking tornado going around the paddock and knocking bikes over! Quite a sight to see!
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Thankfully I haven't experienced that!
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So how fast are most of the guys going? Would they be B group or A group riders at a session'ed track day? I usually get bumped to B group on back to back track days but I dont like starting in B group. So wondering how I would compare to other riders.
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When I went in May, there was a 150 foot tall canopy sucking tornado going around the paddock and knocking bikes over! Quite a sight to see!
When I was there last month, they spoke about the winds being so bad it picked up a cabin and moved it....I hope you have calm winds and smooth riding. Have fun!
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So how fast are most of the guys going? Would they be B group or A group riders at a session'ed track day? I usually get bumped to B group on back to back track days but I dont like starting in B group. So wondering how I would compare to other riders.

The big issue isn't whether you can keep the speed up, it's a question of how solid are your lines. If you can hold a nice clean line when somebody buzzes by you at twice your speed, you're good to go.
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The big issue isn't whether you can keep the speed up, it's a question of how solid are your lines. If you can hold a nice clean line when somebody buzzes by you at twice your speed, you're good to go.
Ah that makes sense, lines not speed.
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Well, it was pretty awesome! I don't know if I ever want to do session track days ever again! I think I did 140 some odd laps and around 400 miles over the 2 days. Ran CCW both days so the left side of my rear tire was done by the end of the day and it was brand new in the A.M. Threw a set of Q4's on there and by the end of Sunday it was done again

Saturday there were 3 wrecks, only 1 guy messed up his shoulder and Sunday there were zero wrecks! No red flags! Although I did have 1 run off going into turn 1 a little too hot, went into the dirt and got right back on. Lovely weekend overall.

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