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  1. Birth of an R6 Superstock #4

    Shit, August since my last blog but trying to settle into a new place and racing the last couple of rounds of the VMCC winter series has left me a little preoccupied, but I’m relieved to say that I have completed the build of my 2010 R6 into a racing machine.
    The goal is to race the Yamaha at the 2011 nationals in the super stock class but I do have some club races coming up and have brought the bike up to a competitive specification by completing the following:
    Full Graves’s titanium ...
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  2. Birth of an R6 Super Stock #2

    The Bike Arrives...
    Picked up the bike rego'd and warranted from the boys at TSS Red Baron and wondered why i didnt get the white one HAHA, seriously the blue one looked cool so we got it in the van and i took it home.
    In the mean time i had checked out the MNZ rules in regards to Super Stock setup and made a list of the changes i could do, they included the following:
    Race fairing allowed,
    Aftermaket rear sets allowed,
    Braided brakelines allowed,
    Removal ...
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  3. Confessions of a 40 year old racer No# 8

    Well there you have it, my very first race series completed, heaps of thrills and a few spills but no broken bones thank God.
    This series has been a steep learning curve and an expensive one, all in all ive thoroughly enjoyed my time out there and cant wait for the next meeting on the race calender.
    Its so seriously addictive once you get out there and start carving it up, and it becomes more so once you start out performing your rivals and friends and getting some good placings. ...
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  4. Confessions of a 40 year old racer No#7

    Well another installment of my observations and experiences at club level racing hope you aint getting too bored with my ramblings.
    For those of you who don’t know VMCC Round 5 ended in a big “off” for me and although I walked away the same cannot be said for the Yamakazi which suffered quite substantial damage.
    I remember when I started racing I was battling to get down under 1:22’s at Manfeild and now im knocking on the door of 1:13’s which brings me to this months observation: If ...
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  5. Redline Track day with Fred Merkel Tuition Taupo September 17th

    I had heard about a new “Open Track Day” format being launched by Redline Trackdays some time ago and decided that I would make some enquiries so I might experience how this new format was different to the standard type of track days.

    At this point let me just say that I do race and have been competing for about one year at club level starting in Clubmans and now competing in F2 and F1 races on my R6.

    After Googling “Redline Trackday” I was pleasantly surprised to see ...
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  6. Confessions of a 40 year old racer No#6

    Well we now are looking back at round 4 of the 09 VMCC Winter Series, and the up and coming round 5 will mark 1 year of racing for Team Ginger Nuts, its gone extremely quick.
    I must give the big ups to Russell and Sue as they were instrumental in getting me on the starters grid at round 5 last year, what a fantastic day coming away with the Clubmans B ribbon for the days racing an the biggest grin you have ever seen only to crash out and brake my arm at Round 6!
    Almost a year on and ...
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  7. Confessions of a 40 year old racer No#4

    Pondering the scraps and leftovers of VMCC Winter Series Round 2 Manfield Long Track, I was left feeling somewhat empty and disappointed with my performance.
    I find race meets to be an emotional roller coaster for myself and most of my racing acquaintances for instance, do you remember the face of the guy that was faster than you the first time you bested him, do you remember how it felt when someone that was slower than you all of a sudden passes you and pulls away and there’s not a thing ...
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  8. Confessions of a 40 year old racer No#3

    Welcome to the third installment of my thoughts and experiences in the club level racing scene in New Zealand.

    I wanna touch on "helpfulness to the helpless" which sometimes makes the helpless much more helpless, but thanks for your helpfulness anyway even though it didnt benefit me, infact i am now more confused then ever.

    The first thing you wanna do when you get into this sport is “Learn” and it seems that every meeting i go to there is something new to “Learn”, ...
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