Last week I went up to Willows, California to Thunderhill Raceway Park for two days of track riding on my Kawasaki ZX-10R. Though I spend most weekends riding my bicycle in the Santa Cruz Mountains, learning how to ride a 1000cc motorcycle on a fast track like Thunderhill raceway has been a real challenge outside from work for me. For this trip I upgraded my street tires for DOT race slicks, Bridgestone R10’s, had Dave Moss tighten up my suspension settings and lastly applied a new track riding style that I have been studying called MotoVudo.
Not sure which one of these adjustments had the most impact, likely all three together but I can say my lap times did improve significantly and I did not have any scary moments which is always nice. Below is a video of the new five mile track. I think I hit 128mph on the straight but my ZX-10R is incredibly stable and it is hard to tell how fast I’m going. It’s nice after four years of riding to finally be one of the fast guys, even in the slow group. A super fun and exciting two days and I felt very refreshed and renewed heading back to the office.
Thanks to GotBlueMilk for the photos.