Saturday, December 31, 2005

Episode #3 Show Notes

PODCAST EPISODE 3 Show Notes 12/31/2005

Welcome:
Welcome to the third episode of road racer podcast, I’m your host john bunce. The Dakar 2006 starts today, the web site is www.dakar.com
Emails:
I received a few emails from listeners Dave Cole and Jimmy McDowell. McDowell is also a first year racer and has a web page with a great year long story of his amateur racing adventure http://wera154.blogspot.com
So check out Jimmy's web page. I sent him a reply email and asked if he would be interested in a telephone interview, but I think he is shy. So goto the web page and send him an email. I think he has a great story that everyone would like to hear. I put a link to Jimmy's web page in the show notes which can be found on the www.roadracerpodcast.com web page.
Anyone who would like to be interviewed and tell there story about their roadracing adventure, contact me at roadracerpodcast@gmail.com
I received an email from the a few of the other motorcycle podcast listed on iTunes. We are kicking around an idea of starting a Motorcycle Podcast network. Its still in the early stages and we are going to put together a Skype call to figure some things out. Until then I put some links on the web page to MotoGPod, Motocast and V-Twin Journal.
Bob Hayes from MotoGPod, www.MotoGPod.com
Prupert from Motocast, http://motocast.libsyn.com/
Biker Gregg from V-twin Journal, http://www.vtwinjournal.com/
I also got an email from Dafan Zhang, who is a race school instructor for Team Promotion. He's a privateer in AMA Supersport and Formula Xtreme. He was happy to see a podcast about the privateer’s racing and wants to give me some behind the scene coverage at AMA events. So I'll try to set that up for the upcoming 2006 season. I asked him to come on the podcast and get interviewed. You can contact Zhang at www.teampromotion.com, and get him to come on the show for an interview.


Old News:
This story is old news but I wanted to touch on it since it effects my next season. This was reported by roadracing world on december 1, 2005. F-USA is no more, they were bought out and the series will now be run by ASRA, the american sportbike racing association. The previous F-USA races were run in conjunction with CCS and other race organizations and were at the Loudon series in in June 2005 and have been since 1999, where I race. It provided great racing entertainment and brought a larger crowd to the track. This was also held the same time as Laconia Bike week.
Roadracing World reported: Reliable industry sources say that the Championship Cup Series (CCS) will be restructured in 2006 and the F-USA Series as it currently exists will disappear, replaced with American SportBike Racing Assn. (ASBA) classes run in conjunction with CCS classes at selected events. The giant Supercross-promoting company now known as Clear Channel Entertainment Motor Sports, promised six years ago to become the premier promoter of National motorcycle races in the U.S. But the company now plans to license CCS to Director of Operations Kevin Elliott, who is forming his own company. Clear Channel Entertainment Motor Sports had been attempting to sell CCS for between $600,000 and $800,000 earlier this year.CCS was founded by Roger Edmondson in 1983 after he left the employ of WERA, and initially the group was known as AMA/CCS with events running under AMA sanction. Edmondson later brought the CCS 600cc Supersport, 750cc Supersport and 3-hour Endurance races to AMA Nationals to help promoters fill out their weekends. After initially running as a separate part of AMA weekends with independent registration, scoring and officiating, the CCS classes became an integrated part of the AMA program with Edmondson directing AMA National road racing. That arrangement ended in a dispute and subsequent court case, eventually settled when the AMA paid about $3 million to Edmondson in the summer of 2001. By that time, Edmondson had already sold CCS to what became Clear Channel, in 1999.
I went to the old F-USA and I was re-directed to the new www.ccsracing.com web site. In the news section I found the following press release:
Under an agreement with Clear Channel Entertainment Motorsports, the newly formed American Sportbike Racing Association will assume the day-to-day operations of the Championship Cup Series. This agreement will allow CCS and ASRA to react quicker to our racers' needs by placing all operations in one office dedicated soley to the business of running these series. This will eliminate the situation where riders would have to call numerous offices to get answers to a single question. All operations will take place in a single location, making it easier and quicker to get your questions answered.
Full time staff of ASRA will consist of Kevin Elliott as Director of Operations, Eric Kelcher as Director of Competition and Ryan Hoyler as Director of Communications. With the bulk of the duties falling to the full time staff, we are pleased to welcome Nancy Elliott who will run the Finance Department and man the Fort Worth office on race weekends to lend support to the event staff whenever necessary.
It is our goal to improve the service you receive from the Fort Worth office and to make certain you continue to have the best race day experience possible with CCS and ASRA.
I really have no experience with CCS, other than to get my license. The loudon series is really an independent organization. I hope the new CCS will be coming to Loudon for the Loudon classic races in June. Loudon has lost the AMA races and it would be bad to loose the ASRA also.
News:
  1. Press release from Mazda Laguna Raceway December 21, 2005: Construction is set to begin on nearly $7 million of improvements to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, part of an ongoing safety and facility upgrade for the world-renowned circuit. These improvements are scheduled for completion in time for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 21-23, 2006. The most dramatic improvements include an entire surface repaving, as well as creating additional run-off at Turn 1. Adding runoff at the fast first turn requires removing a portion of the hillside as well as the former media center building that sits atop it. A state-of-the-art hospitality center will replace the former media center building. Additional runoff will also be added at turns 3, 4, 6, and 7.The improvements are being made with input from the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) and the MotoGP Rider Safety Commission. These new changes follow a Yamaha Motor Corporation-funded $2 million upgrade that occurred one year ago making it possible for MotoGP World Championship to return to the United States for the first time since 1994 as the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the only racetrack in the United States to receive Grade A homologation from the FIM, as well as Grade 2 homologation from the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The FIM and the FIA are the world’s governing bodies for motorcycle and automobile racing, respectively.

  2. VP fuels have ended there relationship with with one of their distributors, CL Bryant, who owes VP Fuels over $200,00 in payments. VP Fuels states that any customers who are having problems obtaining fuels from CL Bryant can contact VP Fuels at (951) 674-9167 to arrange for alternate delivery.

  1. Yamaha announces 2006 race contingency payouts, check out the Yamaha web site. The link will be added to the show notes. From their press release:Yamaha Motor Corporation is pleased to announce a significantly expanded Road Racing contingency program for 2006 by more than doubling the posted payouts for amateur and professional roadracers throughout the U.S. In addition, Yamaha riders competing in sprint races around the country will now earn back to five places rather than just for 1 st place as in the previous program. Program details, list of eligible races and enrollment forms can be found here.

  2. Kawasaki News:
From the web site: The new 2006 Team Green Race Rewards program is the largest contingency posting in Kawasaki history. Our payouts are bigger, deeper and posted in more classes at more road racing events than ever before. And this year, we’ve added two new models to the arsenal that already includes last year’s championship bike, the Ninja® ZX™- 6R, and the Ninja® ZX™-10R, named “Sportbike of the Year ” by Cycle World magazine two years running.  Kawasaki is excited to add the all-new 2006 Ninja® 650R and Ninja® ZX-14 as eligible models to the Team Green Race Rewards program. The new program is effective January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2006. Register for the new Race Rewards program at your participating Kawasaki dealership or on-line.
They will issue a Contingency card which can be redeemed through Mastercard, you must have a 2005 or newer qualified motorcycle.
  1. Honda News, there is none, checked out the web site and nothing new.

  2. Suzuki News, Checked out the www.teamsuzuki.com web site, the news section really didn't give any new updates. I checked out the contingency and posted a link on my web site, http://teamsuzuki.com/RoadRacing/Contingency/ They pay out with qualified bikes from 2003 and up. They have some detailed requirements that must be followed and you must have an Expert License to qualify, which screws the amateur rated racers.

  3. More Suzuki News...Italian website www.racergp.com is reporting that Max Biaggi has signed to race a factory Suzuki in the 2006 World Superbike series. Biaggi was unable to line up a MotoGP ride for next season despite support from Camel, and rumors in Europe have had the Italian in talks with World SBK promoters FGSport, and with Ducati's and Suzuki's factory superbike teams. The site claims that an official announcement is expected from Suzuki.

  4. Ducati News, None, but I joined the press section of the web site and hope to get some good insider news from them.


Here's another edition of my race experience:
April 2005,
I stored my bike over the winter season at my friend’s house. I broke it out early march and began to get it ready for the first race of the season. I met some good people at the yahoo NEAR group. Which stands for Northeast Area Racers. I secured a garage space from a few guys and agreed to share some costs, about $40 for the weekend in the garage. Garages are hard to come by and they are generally reserved for the whole season. Usually a group of guys chip in and split the costs.
I had minimal preparation for the race weekend. I was still using my Bridgestone street tires, BT012’s. The forecast for the weekend was Rain. I arrived at Loudon and the rain was coming down. There were puddles on the track at various parts and it was difficult to ride. I signed up for 3 races that weekend. I set up my tent in the camping area and dropped off my bike at my Garage. I met a few of the guys that I would be with for the weekend. They were nice, but not too friendly at first.
On Saturday, there was morning practice. The street tires were awful in the rain and I was really not doing well at all. Guys were dropping left and right because of the rain. So I stopped practicing and just waited for the races to start that afternoon.
While I was waiting, I met another first year racer, mike McDermott. He arrived in a 40-foot trailer, 5th wheel style, and his used R6. Mike just bought the R6 from another racer, Jeff Greenwood, who was one of the fastest guys at the track. Mike had stuffed the bike in the rear of the trailer and needed help to get it out and getting his bike back together so, I stayed to help him. He had minimal tools and I had the few he needed.
This was my first introduction to the great atmosphere that surrounds the garage area at Loudon. We got a few other racers to help get Mikes bike together and he was ready for the Saturday afternoon races. We need to replace the chain on his bike. I just bought a chain breaker from eBay and I promptly broke it changing the chain. Note to self…..read the instructions before use.
By the start of the races, it was really coming down hard. I got suited up in my street rain gear, which was over my race suit. I lined up for the out lap. We started out and as I did my lap, I saw that the puddles had gone larger. My Bridgestone street tires were working ok in the rain but I was sliding and did not feel good. I pulled in and decided not to race. I parked my bike in the garage and got undressed. I was soaked. I ended up watching the race from the top of Mike’s trailer. I took some great photos from the trailer of the puddles at the bottom of turn 10.
So I was up again for another race, I got dressed again and headed out for the next race. Again, I lined up and headed out for the race. The rain was still really heavy and I pulled in after I decided not to race. I was really pissed, I did not have rain tires and I just lost $100 for my entry fees. I talked to one of the guys in my Garage, Ted Temple. He is a fast guy that has been racing for over 5 years at Loudon. He had an old set of rain tires that would fit my GSXR, and for me a deal at only $50. Well I jumped at them and had them on my bike for the Sunday practice. Meanwhile I slept in my tent for the overnight hours, it rained all night but I stayed very dry in my dads $600 Swedish tent.
Sunday morning came and I did my 3 practice sessions on the rain tires. They were Pirelli tires and they felt great. It makes such a difference with the rain tires compared to street tires. I lined up for the afternoon races and went out. There was one guy on street tires. We made our out lap and lined up for the race. It started and I did my 8 laps around, I wasn't trying to go too fast but just to finish the race and get some experience in the rain. The guy on street tires, I ended up lapping......The race ended and that was that,. Was it a waisted weekend? It sure felt like it.....
  1. Check out the web site, www.roadracerpodcast.com for links and other news

  2. Email is roadracerpodcast@gmail.com, look forward to hearing from you

Thursday, December 29, 2005


Turn 1-1a Loudon NH

Monday, December 19, 2005

PODCAST EPISODE 2 Show Notes 12/20/2005

PODCAST EPISODE 2 Show Notes 12/20/2005

Welcome:

Welcome to the second episode of road racer podcast, I’m your host john bunce, I am a first year amateur roadracer in the Loudon Roadracing series in Loudon NH.

New equipment:

I purchased a new microphone and mixer.
My first Podcast sounded like crap when compared to the new equipment
About $200 in gear compared to a best buy special

AMA News:

Dayton 200 tire test from the AMA web site:

Suzuki News:AMA web site reported that Ben Spies clocked the fastest lap of the test, at 1:39.701, and just in case anyone doubted him, he backed it up with a 1:39.992.  He was the only rider to drop below the 1:40 mark.
The accomplishment is even more remarkable when you recall that Spies suffered a horrific crash at Daytona in late 2003 when a tire blew apart on the front straight.
I remember watching spies on 2 wheel Tuesday with Gregg white and showing his scars
Spies says, "I still cringe every time I come around to that spot where I crashed”
Defending AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin emerged unscathed from a scary crash on Tuesday afternoon, but won't be riding at the final day of testing, his Yoshimura Suzuki Crew Chief Peter Doyle said Wednesday morning.
After crashing about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mladin was temporarily disoriented and was taken to Halifax Medical Center for observation. But by 8:30 p.m. he was out of the hospital and having dinner with his crew, Doyle said.
Mladin may have suffered a chipped bone in an ankle, but X-rays were inconclusive and he will have followup tests done later.
Mladin crashed when his bike whipped sideways on him in the infield section. Mladin avoided high-siding the bike but them found himself sprawled atop the bike and pointed across a grassy area with no chance of stopping before hitting a tire barrier. He laid down the bike and slid into the barrier feet-first.
A track official said the distance from the first tire marks, where Mladin lost traction, to the barrier he slid into was 566 feet.
Mladin was the fastest rider in each of the first two days, but he'll leave with one less day of testing than his rivals.
Yamaha News:  Jason DiSalvo was the fourth-fastest rider at Daytona, turning in a better fast lap than four-time Daytona 200 winner Miguel Duhamel, among other experienced and fast riders. And DiSalvo wasn't even on a Superbike.
DiSalvo's fast lap of 1:40.816 was set on his Yamaha YZF-R1 Superstock bike, a lightly modified streetbike. Which goes to show how good today's sportbikes are and, more importantly, how good DiSalvo is.
DiSalvo finished the three-day test with the fastest times in both classes he is contesting this year. He led all riders in the Supersport class, as well, lapping at 1:43.576 on his Yamaha YZF-R6.
Honda News:
The team is building its own Superbikes this year from kits bought from Honda, rather than leasing racebikes from HRC in Japan.
Plus, both Miguel Duhamel and Jake Zemke are racing the Superbike and Formula Xtreme classes. On Monday and Tuesday, the riders spent the morning session on the 600cc Formula Xtreme bikes, and the afternoons on Superbikes.
The extra work, plus some other delays and technical glitches, means the Honda Superbikes haven't been on track as much as Duhamel's crew chief, Al Ludington, would like. That will change today, he says.
"We're spending today concentrating on the Superbike, getting the times where they need to be on that machine," said Ludington. "It's hard to concentrate on both at the same time. We've got some good lap times on the FX bikes so we're going to concentrate on the Superbikes, run through the rest of the tires and get out of here with Miguel on a positive note."
After the first two days of testing, Duhamel was the sixth-fastest Superbike rider, but he
"We've encountered a little more delays than we want, but it's things like fitting Ohlins (suspension) onto the bikes that haven't been fitted before, looking for a steering damper bracket that you overlooked can take 15 minutes, and it just snowballs. Three days, at this time of year, is good for us."
Building their own bikes means more work for American Honda, but it also brings some advantages.
"In a normal year, we wouldn't have our 05 stuff until February, so in once sense we're a little bit ahead of the curve, and because of all the things we want to try to determine, what we're going to run as far as suspension, brakes and that, we're a little bit behind the curve," said Ludington.
"The bright side is we actually have the leeway to change stuff that we haven't had in the past. Typically, HRC gives us a pretty good bike, but there's been areas we've wanted to work on a modify and it's been hands-off policy."

Ducati News: Not much on the AMA web site, so I checked the Ducati site.
Ben Bostrom, a former Ducati racer in both AMA and World Superbike competition, made his debut with the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team at the test. He was the top man on the time sheets when he completed his work and second quickest when the day had ended. "I loved the bike from the first laps on Saturday. The Ducati 999 was just how I like a race bike, very firm and responsive. I could feel every little change we made to the settings. It was good at the test, but we really haven't pushed the limits with it yet. We made some small changes to the suspension and it just felt right to me. I'm excited about the new season ahead of us and I think the lap times showed that."
Ben went down late on Monday but was unhurt. "I had a crash at the end of the day. It was a small crash for the rider but a big crash for the bike, unfortunately. My foot slipped off the brake pedal at the slowest corner of the track and down I went. I locked up the front," he said.
Neil Hodgson was fourth quickest with a lap of 1:38.707. The former World Superbike champion from England was able to slice his lap times late in the day as he improved in the difficult turn one at Daytona. "The test was good for me, but obviously it is a bit threatening when your teammate is quicker than you," said Hodgson. "It's early days, though, and we managed to cut our times by the end of the test. Still some ways to go for us, but we're getting there. My comfort level at this track is definitely improved here. We were second last year in the race, but I feel more comfortable here already with what we accomplished."
Dayton Test Times: AMA reported final times for Dayton 200 tire test:
Superbike Lap Times - Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL 1. Ben Spies – Yoshimura Suzuki – 1:37.3092. Ben Bostrom – Ducati Austin – 1:37.8493. Aaron Yates – Yoshimura Suzuki – 1:38.3714. Neil Hodgson – Ducati Austin – 1:38.7075. Jake Zemke – American Honda – 1:39.2266. Roger Hayden – Team Kawasaki – 1:39.3347. Miguel DuHamel – American Honda – 1:39.3758. Tommy Hayden – Team Kawasaki – 1:40.0119. Jason Pridmore - Jordan Suzuki - 1:40.976Superstock Lap Times - Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL1. Jason DiSalvo – Graves Yamaha – 1:38.9612. Aaron Yates - Yoshimura Suzuki - 1:39.4553. Jamie Hacking – Graves Yamaha – 1:39.6444. Eric Bostrom – Graves Yamaha – 1:40.1725. Jason Pridmore - Jordan Suzuki - 1:41.0896. Ben Attard - Attack Kawasaki - 1:41.1437. Steve Rapp - Jordan Suzuki - 1:41.4408. Jake Holden - Jordan Suzuki - 1:41.4759. Josh Hayes - Erion Honda - 1:41.57810. Aaron Gobert - Erion Honda - 1:41.643
Roadracer X:
Found this great article in roadracer X titled “What it costs”:
They called 5 privateer’s for a sampling of what it costs to compete in the average AMA season:
Bike: $15,000, some purchase stock bikes and modify them and others purchase used race bikes.  Some have more then one bike.
My bike: $3500
Transportation: $750 per event, many have mid-sized motor homes.  Lots on gas but saving on hotels
My Transportation: $850 year
Parts: $3500, privateer’s stated it ranged from $250 to $10,000 because sometimes you crash and sometimes you don’t
My Parts: $2000, I only crashed with minimal damage, mostly for converting to race bike, from Ebay with a few new parts.
Tires: $2000 per event, Using 4 to 10 sets of tires per race weekend, depending on what you can afford and how many classes your in.
My Tires: $1000 for the year, 1 front tires for every 2 rears, Bridgestone BT002’s
Entry Fee’s: $300 per event, varying from class to class
My Entry fees, $250 per weekend, $2500 for the year.
Race Fuel: $350 per event, pump gas is $2.50, 93 octane.  But VP fuel can go to $20 per gallon.
My Race fuel: $50 per event, 10 gallons per weekend, sometimes VP fuel or Pump gas
Grand total was average $52,000
My Grand total: $11,000, not counting misc items, food

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My Roadracing Adventure:
So up to this point I was borrowing a friends truck and motorcycle ramp to bring my bike and equipment back and forth to the track.  It gets cold in October in New Hampshire, So I was staying at the local motel.  On Friday I completed the advanced racing school, http://www.penguinracing.com where Eric Wood, son of Jerry Wood the school founder gave a track walk.  I took notes on a big yellow legal pad and we walked the 1.6 mile course with about 30 other racers.
Eric is an AMA rider with team Hooters Suzuki.  He pointed out the correct line and other braking points of the track.  After the walk we did our sessions on the track and we were critiqued by Eric and the other instructors.  During the sessions, I was all over the place, braking point, lines, I was really stiff.  We pulled off and Eric walked the line speaking to each of us.  When he came up to me, he looked at me with a blank stare shook his head as he read from his notes……”you’ve got to relax” and “get your toes on the foot pegs not the balls of your feet, get off the seat, never sit”….
And out we go again for another session, I really tried this time to get in a rhythm, same shift points and brake points.  My suspension was stock and I am a 200 pound rider, so I firmed it up and turned some knobs.  One of the instructors bounced up and down on my forks and made some turns and out I went again.  I never really felt comfortable on the bike but it was much better than from the morning.
On Saturday, I arrived at the track at about 6:30 am and got in line with the other racers.  Note to self, pre-register for the future.  I got my spot by the near the fence and unloaded.  The PA system is hit and miss at the track so I really had to listen up for my practice session.  I am “Amateur” slow sticker, which is above 1:30 on the track, the Experts are in the mid to lower teens.
I did not purchase any race tires and am using Bridgestone BT012’s with no tire-warmers.  I’ve got my bike ready to go for tech inspection and I give it a once over.  Prior to going racing I race prepped my bike with safety wire, race fairings and removed the anti-freeze.  I wrote everything down and completed the list.  I must have gone through 8 drill bits drilling out the bolts for the safety wire.  I brought a drill and one bit to the track “just in case” and by god the just in case arrived.  I looked down and saw that my rear brake caliper was not safety wired……OH CRAP…..I had no vise to put the bolt in to drill it and only one drill bit……
I ended up drilling oh so carefully with the one bit and prayed that I didn’t brake the bit.  I used a little WD40 as I worked and made it to tech before my practice session started.  Whew……I did my three practice sessions and was ready for the Rookie Race at noon.
At 11 am there was a riders meeting.  I attended and they talked about the days events and various other things.  The announcement was made, rookie riders meet up for a pre race meeting.  Oh crap, we get a special talking to…..The jist of the meeting was complete the race and do not crash and don’t leave in the wrong wave, or you won’t get a race license.  Simple enough…..
We line up on the upper pit road and are waved out for our warm-up lap.  There are only about 10 of us.  We are split in three waves for the race.  Some guy on a R1 is all by himself for the first wave.  Then a bunch of us on 600, maybe 5 I remember, and a few smaller bikes.  We line up and I watch the first wave leave, one guy…gone like a shot….I click the bike in gear and rev the engine watching the starter…..green flag……go……down the straight and into turn one, we are two or three abreast and I think better of it and let the two guys go…..my goal is to finish and not to crash….we do our 4 laps and as I turn onto the front straight from turn 12, I give it full throttle and tuck behind the fairing……my head is down and I look through the windshield as a cross the finish line getting the checker flag…….whew…..
I check the stats and see I finished 4th overall, that’s me, Mr. middle of the pack….
Best fun I ever had….


Thursday, December 15, 2005

New recording equipment

I bought some new recording equipment.  A MXL 770 condenser microphone, www.MXLmics.com, about $70.  And a Behringer Eurorack UB802 for about $70 also.  Mr. Richard Caruso at Caruso Music, www.carusomusic.com was really helpful and explained how everything works and connects to the computer.  I have been testing the equipment out with some recording and it’s a thousand times better than my $20 microphone/headset combo from Best Buy.  I’d still like to get a compressor but for now this will have to do.

I found this web site, Jack Ludington’s Mediablab, http://tinyurl.com/84rpx which he gives great instructions on how to get a Podcast recording set up for under $200.  He has links to the microphone and mixer that I bought at a cheaper price than what I paid for retail.  But I wasn’t willing to wait, so I paid about $40 more.

Damn I can’t wait to record a new show…….

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Well its been a good

Well, it’s been a good response to my first Podcast, 26 downloads in 4 days.  I am in some shock over this.  iTunes has me listed and I have been registering with the major podcasting search engines and web sites.  People have been mostly using iTunes for downloading.

I bought an iBook off of EBay a few days ago and that should help with searching the web for news and other stuff for the show.  I work midnights and it gets slow after 3 am.  There are a few open and public internet access sites around, so the iBook should kill some of the boredom.

I have to work on the “umms, uhs, and uh” during the show.  They are so annoying and I think I sound like a bumbling idiot when I am talking.  It was weird to listen to myself after I published the Podcast.  I lasted about 30 seconds before I turned it off.

Show prep I think is the most important part.  I listen to MotoGPod and Formula Pod, and they just sound so smooth on the Podcast.  Formula Pod has a great format, they have two guys talking and it’s just like two friends having a conversation about racing.  It sounds great…..

I am looking to have a phone interviews with some amateur roadracers.  So if you have a story of just want to share some of your experiences, send me an email at roadracerpodcast@gmail.com, we can set up an interview.  It will be recorded and played during the Podcast.  I found this great and FREE telephone recording software, TRx Recorder, just press record and bam.  

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Show Notes Episode 1

Welcome:

Welcome to the first episode of road racer podcast, I’m your host john bunce, I am a first year amateur roadracer in the Loudon Roadracing series in Loudon NH.

What this podcast is about:

News and other items important in motorcycle roadracing, including the AMA series, and my experiences as an amateur roadracer, my bike, what I’ve been doing in terms of mods on the bike.

Suzuki news, which I am partial to, since that’s what I ride

AMA News:

1. American Honda will focus on superbike series with Duhamal and Zemke. They domoniated the 2005 season and it was the Zemke/Duhamel race every weekend. Only race in formula extreme will be the Dayton 200. Enron Honda will finish the formula extreme season with riders Josh Hayes and Arron Golbert

2. Kawasaki will return to Superbike with the Tommy and Roger Hayden fielding the new ZX10 for the 2006 season. They will continue to race in superstock, where Tommy is a two-time champion. Why not race in Dayton 200, premier race for the opening round in 2006

3. Yamaha will field Jason Disalvo in formula extreme and Superstock. Jamie Hacking, who was injuried in the 2005 season will be racing Supersport and Superstock. Eric Bostrom formily of Ducati Austin team, is switching to Yamaha, will compete in Formula extreme and Superstock

4. Ducati replaced Eric Bostrom with his brother Ben Bostrom, who is returning from a dismal season in world superbike racing Hondas. Returing for a second season is 2003 World superbike champion Neil Hodgson, who did well in his first AMA 2005 season.

Suzuki News:

• 6 time champion matt mladin will return to Yoshimura Suzuki for 2006 to race only in Superbike.
• 2006 Superstock champion Aaron Yates will compete in Superbike and Superstock
• Ben Spies, who was 2nd in the 2005 superbike series, will compete in Superbike and the 600 Supersport
• No changes in the Suzuki team with riders, obsously a winning team with great bikes.
• Yoshumra Suzuki will not be competing in Formula Extreme, will be handled by Team M4 EMGO, Matsushima Performance/MPTRacing.com, Safety First.
• Suzuki says then needed to focus there efforts because other factory teams have stepped up there efforts to win in the 2006 season.

My Roadracing Adventure:

How I Got started:

• Was looking to buy a street bike and found a MZ Skorpion on Ebay, which I promptly crashed when a car turned in front of me
• I was looking on the LRRS web site and came across a 1999 GSXR-600. Went to the guys house, race parts all over the place, asked a lot of questions.
• Penguin Roadracing School October 2004 for the basic school and got hooked. Was a completely stock bike, taped over lights, stock suspension, etc.

Future podcasts:

• Continue with AMA news and LRRS news.
• Would like to record and broadcast the Middleweight “Dash for Cash”, which is the Saturday main event for LRRS.
• My 2005 season, races, crashes, and experiences
• Future podcasts approximately every two weeks
• Interviews with racers, racers announcers, corner workers


Other things worth mentioning:

• Encourage you to attend a Motorcycle roadracing school. Even if you don’t race, the track experience will last a lifetime.
• Subscribe to Roadracing World and Roadracer X, great news and pictures
• Check out the web site, www.roadracingpodcast.com for links and other news, you can make comments to my posts on the site
• Email is roadracerpodcast@gmail.com, look forward to hearing from you

Monday, December 05, 2005


Cool down lap September 2005

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