Posting in hoping that someone will learn from my mistake yesterday..
Showed up bright and early this morning for tech inspection for [email protected]
Thunderhill today, right go thru inspection flying colors. Riding back to my pit, thinking hmm I'll weave a bit just to scrub off that release skin from the new BT-001's.
Made about 5 or 6 very shallow weaves and LOST the backend just 200 ft from tech inspection. I guess the bike decided it wanted to toss me right on my ass without warning, better yet I've sprained the hell outta my left knee, my ass hurts...look over at the bike and that precious fluid is pouring out of the stator cover which now has a large crack / hole in it.
Thanks to the guys and who picked up my "bleeding" 929, and helping me up, and Doc Wong for helping me back to my pit. Needless to say, I didn't get one lap in..no spare parts for the 929, and my knee was in no shape to straddle the bike. I should have known better than to weave, but seriously..they were very shallow, speed maybe..maybe 20mph. I've done this b4 with rennesports with no problems, so I wonder if the BT-001's are more twitchy during the breakin period or what?! I surveyed the scene briefly, no sign of oil or contamination in the pit area - back end just slid right out from under, and I was on my back before I could say "oh ****". Honestly, I think I would have dumped it during those warmup laps if I'd made it out to the track..pretty cold up there today (45-50F), and started to rain after the first session..some people lost it at the Cyclone, and the Ambulance was sent out for another rider at T6 or so. We packed up and left at that point, no use in sticking around, can't ride and my knee is killing me, most of all my pride and embarrasment of dumping in the pits
Anyway, comes down to an expensive lesson in cold / wet weather new tire "break-in". After 20 years of riding I can now join the ranks of "those who have"
Feel free to chime in as I've beat myself up pondering "what if's" more than any of you can...so constructive critisism is welcome.