I was expecting to do a half day practice Fri. largely to get familiar with this new ride, but Sam didn't show up, and having raced Mike's Aermacchi many times at Willow, it didn't seem worth it to pay for extra practice.
|the windscreen got broken loading the bike and we had to make a repair|
Sam showed up with the DT-1 early Sat. morning and said the bike had a 'street' pattern shift at the moment, but he could change it over to a 'race' pattern (up fo 1st) if I'd like and I told him to do that. But on the 2nd lap of the first practice, the clevis pin fell out of the linkage and I pulled off. The Aermacchi seemed good except for some front end chatter which might have been caused by the tire having a bit of a bump in it which we tried to tone down with an angle grinder. Sam fixed the shift linkage on the Yamaha and I did 5 or 6 laps. I started to have some shifting problems with it and it seemed to want to pump out of 5th gear. I did a plug chop and coasted to a stop and then found it wouldn't shift at all in either direction. Sam dove into the motor and found there was almost no oil in the transmission. He took the motor out of the frame and totally disassembled it and saw the gearbox was fried. He thought we were done for the day but that he would go back to his home in L.A. and fix it. I suggested we first talk to my old buddy Jason Lindquist, who was also racing a DT-1. Sure enough, Jason had a complete spare lower end he was willing to loan us. But, Sam had to split those cases and put Jason's transmission in his case which were modified fir his frame. It was doubtful Sam could do all this before the 250gp race(race 5), but he'd try.
I went out again on the Aermacchi and there seemed to be less chatter, but it was still there.
|Sam modified the cases to eliminate the kickstart to get the gearbox sprocket as close as possible to the swingarm pivot|
The 350gp race was the last off the day and was guided behind Battle of the Twins F-3 (SV 650s and the like), Formula Vintage (the biggest,fastest vintage bikes, and Motards (modern singles of any displacement), but all in a one wave start. I got a great start and the bike was working great and I was leading my class and well up into the bigger bikes. I started to have shifting issues and at about the half way point the gearbox got stuck in 3rd gear. I had such a big lead that it was only just before the last lap that the next 350gp bike came by and I ended up second despite having done about help the race stuck in 3rd (of 5) gear.
The tach had also stopped working during the race and we found the battery that powers it had fallen off. Mike took the clutch and primary/timing cover off and found a screw had come out of the selector mechanism, causing it to stop selecting, but causing no further damage. He was able to get it back together and relocate a spare battery for the tach, and we were in business for Sun. I just did a short practice on the Yamaha Sun. morning. The tach stopped working on the Aermacchi again, but it shifted fine. We found the spare battery was dead, so charged it up for the 2nd practice. But again, it stopped working and Mike decided it was shot and found a newer and bigger one for the race.
Again, I got in the lead of the 250gp race, it on the 2nd lap, Jason Lindquist in his DT-1 stuck a wheel in on me . A lap later, Steven Gillen, on a 200 Honda came by. I got Steve back, but both he an Jason drafted by me on the straight. The three of us swapped back and forth going through a couple of corners three abreast. The bikes were quite evenly matched and Jason and Steven both riding excellently. I managed to gap them a little bit a couple of laps from the end but Jason made a big effort on the last lap, turning the fastest lap of the race, and close to within a bike length (0.149 sec.), but a little too late and I won again.
|the DT-1 has a Japanese aftermarket 4LS brake|
|but only used one backing plate for this very light bike|
|Paul Montgomery's Moto Guzzi Dingo Corsa in the show|
|a Royal Enfield V-Twin also in the show|
|A Lilac? that a spectator rode to the event|