What could go wrong? Riding from the pits to tech was the furthest Rich had ridden the R6, it had been torn down and built back up over the winter, the Mille was standard shift, this is GP shift, and he hadn't ridden a motorcycle in what felt like an eternity (5+ months, thank you winter)!! However, we had a hot pair of new Pirelli slicks heated by the new Gen3 Woodcraft warmers, a top-notch suspension setup by Metric Devil Moto, and a half tank of VP racing fuel. With that, we set up our pits and got ready!
Unfortunately, while putting the new teachings into practice in some traffic, Rich got pushed into a bad line before the last corner at speed, and ended up making a few mistakes, leading to me just tapping the rear tire of another rider, sending him off the bike. Fortunately, the other rider didn't go down, and the Hit-Air air vest did a great job of minimizing Rich's impact with the ground. Also, despite feeling his head hit, the Scorpion EXO-R2000 helmet prevented any concussion. The end result? A sprain of the left AC (shoulder joint for the laymen like Rich), a bruised hip, and bruised ego.
However, we're still cleared to race at Carolina Motorsports Park for the Atlantic series opener in less than 2 weeks!! The folks from Woodcraft and Scorpion have been great in getting the needed replacement parts, the leathers are up with Todd from HEROIC Racing Apparel for some touch-ups and a new pair of their excellent SP-R gloves, and the bodywork is in the capable hands of ATech Customs getting paint & graphics, which we can hardly wait to see & share!!
Thanks to everyone for their messages of support, and a special thanks to those who helped get everything loaded back in the trailer, especially John England, who got suckered into the heavy lifting!