RoSBK 2008 Round 1, Serres, March 23rd

This is how racing started for me (actually not racing, but getting to the racetrack...). I saw this anouncement and, because I didn't know anything about trackdays, I said to myself "Why not give it a try?!" Because the cheapest bike to rent was similar to the one I was owning, I decided to rent the Honda CBR900RR (954).

Before leaving for the racetrack, I had a meeting with the renter - Adrian Wacykiewcz a.k.a "Balamuc" (one of the most interesting characters of the RoSBK championship). - for "psychological evaluation" and "establishing the insurance terms".

Finally the day arrived and after I met the rest of the team - Liviu Gheorghe, Alex Burac and Cristina Udrescu - at 5 am, three hours later we were able to leave Bucharest heading Serres, Greece. After a day on the road, we fianlly arrived at the track and unloaded the equipment.

The next morning, after a briefing where we were explained the basic rules of riding on the track, the significance of the flags a.s.o., I got on the bike ready to enter the track (by the way, due to a technical problem with the bike I have rented, it was switched for a Honda CBR 600RR). I was so excited and nervous that I tried to switch into gear with my right foot, pressing hard on the brake pedal and wondering why it is not working!

Everything went ok for that day and the following one, giving me the chance to see the spirit on the track and around, to see even a few crashes without bad consequences and definitely inoculating me the virus...

Posted by: Dan Eugen Albu, at 2012-02-07
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