Motorcycle Racing School - June 26, 2007

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Introduction note (by Joe): I have been motorcycling for over twenty years. I was turned onto taking track schools very early on and attended three of them many years ago to improve my riding skills. I boasted about the effectiveness of these classes to my riding friends for years. Finally I got some of my riding friends out here to sign up for a track school, as long as I went with them. Six of us made the commitment last fall when the schedule came out. We signed up for Keith Code's California Superbike School to be taken at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, just west of Salt Lake City.

I was the only one of the six of us to use my own bike (2003 Yamaha FJR1300) for the school. I just didn't think I could fold myself onto the little Kawasaki ZX-6R track bikes that they provide. The other five guys all used these race-tuned bikes. The group included: Brad Munroe of Park City; Kirk Moushegian of Salt Lake City; Randy Walker and Brian Ellerbeck of Green River, Wyoming; and Gary Poteet of Laramie, Wyoming.

I was nervous about using my own bike for the track school, because I didn't want anything to happen to it, especially since we had a five day ride planned to directly follow the track day. I put brand new tires on the bike, removed the windshield and taped up all glass and plastic in preparation for the track. All six of us were put in the same group so that we would be together for our five track sessions, classroom sessions and breaks. It was a beautiful day and a great track. Following are some photos from the day.

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Joe leaning into a corner...
Joe being followed through the chicane...
School bikes being prepped...
Brad, Brian, Randy & Joe.
Randy and his coach.
Kirk & Gary with coach.
Brad & Brian.
Brian & Brad being coached.
Gary Poteet.
Joe cooling his legs.
Brian Ellerbeck & Keith Code.


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