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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Coming to you from a single handed typist. It was the cooldown lap @ level two Fasttrack Riders, California Speedway, Fontana. I was blindsided just before exiting the track. My left arm was extended. I was unable to hold on. Looking forward to much physical therapy.


Modified by socal at 6:15 PM 6/12/2005
 
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Re: Hit During Cool Down Lap (socal)

That blows. What the phuck was the moron thinking.......let's see checkered flag waved, at the exit, arm raised, yet he plows you. Unreal. Get better soon.
 
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Man that is amazing...cool down lap...arm out, holy shit what the f#%k are people thinking sometimes!

Hope you get better quickly man.
 
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Re: (stlwalnut)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by stlwalnut »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">target fixation...he was probably staring at your arm....
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So I am told by Fasttrack Riders.

Not sure about the whole track day thing any more. Looking up at the hospital ceiling for a long time and thinking...it would be one thing if it was something I did, but.....

Triple tree is sheared... I slid/tumbled hundreds of feet....thumb mangled...just don't know.


Modified by socal at 9:38 PM 6/12/2005
 
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Re: (socal)

Best to you on your recovery. It's always in the back of my mind, that exiting manuever to the pits, for sure. As a rule, I never go in intermediate or beginner sessions, partly for that reason, among others.

Stay strong, eat oatmeal, drink German beer, and be aggressively sexual to the nurses (think Austin Powers), even if they're homely looking. Keep it interesting. Again, my best during your physical therapy.
 
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Re: Hit During Cool Down Lap (socal)

dang, heard your story from fasttrack riders during riders meeting today, i thought they were bullshitin'.. that sucks, hope you heal well.
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Re: Hit During Cool Down Lap (Latebraker)

Petty hard to accept, but in other forms of m/c compitition I have been hit as well when pulling in for a stop hand signalled & all. Sometimes it is plain stupidity upon the rider in the wrong. At least I got an apologies & hope you got or get the same.

Heal up man so you can get rolling again.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Re: Hit During Cool Down Lap (socal)

man that sucks. what kind of bike do you have?? See if there something I can do. Let me know. Tai
 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Re: Hit During Cool Down Lap (socal)

Ouch, sorry to read the bad news...but atleast you are still able to function.

Get well soon


-Tifosi
 
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Re: (996miami)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by 996miami »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">As a rule, I never go in intermediate or beginner sessions, partly for that reason, among others.</TD></TR></TABLE>

I started out in level three. Like you, I believe it is safer to ride with the more experienced riders. Additionally, level three has fewer riders. But, I was black flagged turning mid 1:50's- too slow. So, I moved to level two. I was hit two sessions later.

A few observations about the accident:

As much as it is a pain in the ass to put on all of that safety equipment- it truly works. I can only imagine how much worse it would have been without all that stuff. A back protector was key in protecting the spine, according to the doctors.
In fact, they labored to extract me from all of the equipment- its that tough. Still not sure if the Alpinestar ski boot style would have been better than the more traditional Sidi that I was wearing. My ankle was torqued and fractured. Kushitani suit mostly scuffed. A few small holes. The hospital was not sure we would be able to remove the suit without destablizing my back. They felt worse about cutting it than I did- believe it or not.

You just don't realize how fast you are going. This is going to sound funny: I slid so long that I was actually aware and thinking about Code's chapter on falling, where he suggests relaxing and waiting til after the slide before attempting to get up. But, I simply did not know how quickly I was travelling and how long it takes to stop. I was fine until I reached out to get up. That is when my thumb caught the ground and I began to tumble.

Thanks for the support.





Modified by socal at 8:58 AM 6/13/2005
 
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Damn dude, hope you get better soon. Fontucky is known for stuff like this.

Were you wearing the Sidi verts?
 
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Re: (Milhouse)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Milhouse »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Fontucky is known for stuff like this.</TD></TR></TABLE>

On Saturday there were four crashes @ Fontana in level one. One of those riders crashed a 999s during the sighting lap. Its my understanding he was taken away via ambulance. By contrast, I felt very comfortable in the advance group @ MTC Willow Springs.

Yes. I was wearing the new Spidi Vertigos. I wore them because they are not as stiff as my Alpinestars SMX-Plus. Additionally, the Alpinestars armor has, on occassion, got caught on the rearset when gripping the tank in a turn. But I can't help but think they would have provided more lateral support than the Spidi Vertigo.
 
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