Nice looking B50! You wouldn't need a rider for that would you?
The big show is over for another year and it was a good one for me. But boy howdy it was hot. Wed- Sat was near if not 100 degrees F during the afternoons. Even trying to do as little as possible in the shade was enough to sap energy. Back to back practices? Fugitaboudit!
Brand new pavement on the track, smooth as a baby's butt and when it was hot, sticky as hell. My bikes loved it, and me too. The Triumph has a way of telling me when it has had enough and thats fine but I haven't found that in the B50 yet. On that new pavement, I kept carrying more and more corner speed and it ate it up. It's a really fun ride. Now for some more motor....
Saturday's races- Lightweight Production- Had my usual lousy start and immediately had to play catch up. Had the little 125 buzz bombs start in the wave in front of us so things get interesting a couple of laps into the race. Little 2 stroke roadblocks. This time it seemed to work to my advantage as I was able to make up some lost time on the race leaders who got into traffic. The BSA is down on power compared to the 350 Honders but it seems to corner way better and I got up with the leaders pretty quick and I got into a real race with the 2nd place guy. We traded places a couple times and at the finish I was #3. Still a podium finish though and a really fun race.
Classic 60's 650- Had my usual lousy start bla bla but didn't waste much time catching up. From about the second lap to the finish there were 4 650 Triumphs that didn't have much more than 50 feet separating them. I reeled in Greg Tomlinson first and motored him out of turn 5 (my favorite spot) and set up on Dave Spanger. Got him on the back stretch. Next lap, I think, I was in a wad of bikes heading into the museum corner, and here he came by me- in the dirt! He wound up ahead of the rest of us coming out of that corner. Gut move! Wasn't too long that I had him again. The target was on Stan Keys at this point. He's an excellent rider- rides BEARS too. Has a beautiful Triton. Anyway, chased him for a good long time, never looking back to see who might be stalking me, I could catch him but couldn't pass. After studying for a lap or 2 I decided where to make a move and holy [***] it actually worked. Temporarily. On the last big long sweeper on the last lap he dove under me just like Jake H did to me last year. The track tightens up after that until it opens up for the front straight and finish line. We powered out of the last left and drag raced to the finish, he had me by .2 seconds and I had my second podium of the day. BIG fun!
It rained Saturday night and sunday morning, it seemed to me a different track. The B50 was pretty squirrely until I got some good heat in the tires but by then I was a solid mid pack contender. And did not race the 650 in the afternoon. My work schedule for Monday demanded an early start and I'm too old to drive all night and function properly the next day.
But there's next year......