As I said in the other thread, I rode like total crap yesterday 'til about mid morning when things started to come together. Did fine in the afternoon, but then quit shortly after lunch because my tires were shot.
Got out to the track about 7 am. I think I broke some sort of a record, 'cuz by 20 after I had my canopy set up, bike out in the pit and the wheels off to get new rubber mounted. I had to wait quite a bit for the tire guy to set his stuff up, but I was first in line so I was all pumped to get it over with and get out for practice. I think the poor guy was having a bad day 'cuz it took him nearly an hour to finish. I was aggravated enough, but I think the couple guys behind me were ready to choke the dude. For some reason I had a horrible time getting my rear tire on. It's nothing short of a PITA because of the rear caliper bracket. Then comes the safety wiring which went ok considering it was my first time doing it.
By this time expert and novice riders were called in so I tried following the rules and not going out with the racers that just finished the school that day. They kept letting different groups out, and it was looking like I wasn't gonna get my practice in so I went out with one of the smaller classes to at least scrub the tires in. Bike felt good, a little wobbly at times when I got on the gas real hard, but no complaints outside of that. Ran about 7-8 laps, then came in so I could eat. Missed about half the rider's meeting because of the long line at the concession stand, but from what asking around I did I didn't miss much...Except for rule #1.
First race went fine, no events to speak of. Middleweight class grids and off we go. I asked to be gridded at the back since it was my first race, but judging by the way everyone else took off compared to my start I would've been fine in the #4 spot I had originally (gridding is based on order of registration). I held back for about the first half of the lap until everyone spaced out, then picked off the 2 guys in front of me. Guy in front of them was riding about the same speed as I. After about 2-3 laps I got in my groove and started gaining on him. I caught him about lap #12 right before the carousel but I cut back a bit 'cuz I felt like I was getting in slightly over my head, so I let him go. Caught up to him again at T12, pitched it into 13 and then lost the rear end.
From what everyone else says I highsided. I remember it as a lowslide, but that wouldn't make sense because the bike bounced off of both sides. I came to a stop right by the entrance to the hot pit in the middle of the track. Thank God there was nobody behind me or things would have turned out FAR worse. Bike stopped dead smack in the middle, sideways. I stopped a few feet ahead of the bike, not sure exactly where. I layed there for a few seconds and made sure I was stopped and that everything still moved before I crawled off into the grass. I got the wind knocked out of me a little so I sat in the grass for a few more seconds before I tried getting up. By the time I got up there were about 8 people running towards me to get the bike out of the way. Got a short ride in the bambulance, which I wasn't the least bit impressed with. They basically asked me if I was ok, told me to get in the back, drove me over by the tower, had me fill out some paperwork, gave me an ice pack for my shoulder and sent me on my way.
Both rear sets are gone(ground down and bent - sorry davef), left frame slider shattered (no more Sato's for me), left clipon broke, both bar ends broke off, master cylinder ripped open, windscreen broke and the bodywork is officially worthy of duct tape...and lots of it. It's still in tact, but lots of rash and even a few holes here and there. The left upper part of the upper broke off(by the windscreen), but that's the only piece that's missing really. That's all the damage I could see. It's gonna take me a little while to tear into it and find out if there is any damage underneath. Crank case is fine, the case covers didn't even touch down, radiator is not leaking nor is the plastic damaged on the outside of it so I'm assuming it's ok. I'm a little worried about my forks, I have a feeling they might be a little tweaked.
As far as my injuries...When the bike flipped on the left side my foot got caught under it and got smashed. Everything moves as it should (albeit a little painful and a little slower, but it works). I am having a hard time standing on it because it's getting pretty sore. Ankle is fine, no pain. Right shoulder is pretty sore (not surprising since I landed right on it), I have a hard time lifting anything, but I have full range of motion. Right wrist is a little sore because the handlebar got yanked out of my hand and "PETE" will be upset about this, but my right butt-cheek hurts like mad.
That's all I can think of as I'm sitting here doing a "self-test" on myself. My gear did it's job. I didn't inspect it very close, but my suit is rashed pretty bad, but no tears from a quick glance. Gloves are pretty much the same, as are my boots. The right side of my Quantum did touch down, so the helmet is toast. I wasn't the least bit dizzy nor does my head hurt at all so a big thank you to Arai for making a quality helmet. There will be no cringing next time I shell out $600 for a new lid.
I'm thankful that it's all that's wrong, could've been much worse. The part I feel worst about is that it happened right in front of both my parents, my cousin and his wife, and two really good friends.
On the bright side of things I got a thank you from the guy that was pitted next to me because he won the race because of the crash. It was red flagged and they didn't end up restarting it because it took too long to clean up the brake fluid and whatever other parts I left on the asphalt.
Heavy-Dee will be jealous to find out that his crush came up to me and handed me some parts that broke off. I got an in with her buddy, you just fell back a few steps in that game
EDIT: Pics of damage - https://www.fireblades.org/gallery/br...ages.php?c=754