Well, another Daytona is done. My 7th actually. We finished both bikes
in the top ten. Frank finished 8th and I 10th. I had him by at least
20mph but couldn't outbrake him and his bike was much linear than mine.
Mine didn't come on the pipe till 5500rpm. His pulled for idle to redline.
The start of the race was a big disaster. At the drop of the flag a
rider on the fourth row (Frank on third row and I on the fifth) wheelied
his bike and fell off holding the throttle open and falling into the
rider on the left who fell onto the next rider. That group somehow
tagged Frank nearly causing him to fall as well. I managed to go around
to the outside and off we were.
We made it the the International Horseshoe in a tight bunch when a rider
on an RD decided to pass me with nowhere to go. He tried to pull it in
but could not and nearly centerpunched Frank but hit the back of his
bike causing a major wobble he nearly didn't recover from. He was hit
again but I do not know where. I think just in the Dogleg as the pack
was still tight.
On the fifth lap I passed Frank by the finish line but he knew I would
not go deep into Turn one. He was right. So there we stayed till the
finish with him in front.
Les Trotter had lost a piston at Savannah and I lent him one out of my
Pitbike (68 Cobra). He finished third to Harry Barlow on his RD400 by
We blew up our 68 in the last practice. Garbage in the tank got into
the carb and plugged the main jet. Hole big enough to drive truck
through. We got a piston from Les Trotter and off we were as well.
All in all a very interesting weekend.