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Cadwell Park's Mountain, September 2003

Trackdays - why? Well why the hell not? I've learnt more about my bikes high speed handling and general performance that riding on the road. In fact, until July this year, I didnt have the FZR so my tracktime was spent using my road bike, a Kawasaki ZX6R.

I decided that I didnt want to risk crashing my PAJ & so decided to look for a suitable track bike. The 400 was decided upon as I could learn more about actually riding it & general corner speed than I could with a bigger bike with more power etc.

Riden properly, a 400cc can outperform a lot of faster machines on the track. Thats been proven to me when i've been on track with various bigger bikes. Below is a summary on the days i've done & how things went:

Anglesea - Sat 20th September 2003 - track map

Was looking forward to this one after I did it last month. I went down with my mate woody (on his Aprillia Mille) & arrived early Sat am. Wet isnt the word, it absolutely pissed it down non-stop all day. We got signed on when we were asked if we'd like to join the fast group instead of the intermediates (me) & novice (woody) that was originally planned due to low numbers. Why not we said.

Our group was 1st out on track @ 10am - all five of us & two of them were the instructors from the trackday organisers! There was standing water absolutely everywhere & it was really slippery. My biggest problem was i'd had a brand new Dunlop GPR70 front tyre fitted & this was it's 1st time out - not even scrubbed in!!!

Took it relatively easy for the 1st session, well 1st 5 or so laps anyway then started to open it out more. Back end was sliding all over but always fully controllable so didnt sap confidence at all.

During the morning, another guy joined us on a Ducati with full wets. He absolutely anialated us all, lapped me once but he was just so smooth and consistent. Anyways I didnt feel so bad when even one of the instructors could not keep up with him on his blade with full wets, in fact he binned it in front of me trying to catch him!

Weather got worse, threatened to dry up at one point but then changed it's mind again :(. Another two riders joined us after lunch, both on race bikes and both on full wets. One on what looked like a hodna was doing well & managed to lap me towards the end of the session, the other just couldnt get near me for the 1st 5 laps, then took me on the hairpin then didnt lose me after that. I was ready to line up to take him on the next lap round when he pulled into the pits - bah humbug!

Overall it was an ok day, not fully enjoyable cause of the weather but I lapped everyone bar the racers on full wets. Gotta get me a 17" rear & some wet rubber for next time.

Pictures here

 !   Calendar

2004 season is here:

August 10th - Cadwell with a load of other 400's

August 2nd - Silverstone with california superbike school

July 2nd - Cadwell park


Rockingham with california superbike school


Done in 2003:

Anglesea 23rd August - FZR400

Cadwell September - FZR400

Anglesea 23rd August - FZR400

Cadwell July - FZR400

Cadwell April - ZX6R

 !   Trackday Pictures

Thankfully there is normally a photographer at these events so here goes

Anglesea 23rd August

Cadwell 26th August

Cadwell 24th July


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Anglesea Trackday - 20th September
Well another chance to get the bike on track. The track is in Ty Croes on the isle of Anglesea in the UK.
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Sprocket change
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