Yesterday, I got the chance to help out, ride, and take photos at the first track day put on by the new Ducati Minneapolis dealership. Talk about a day that scratched all of my itches… This one pretty much nailed it.
What a hoot; Attendance was pretty light, but there was some beautiful machinery rolling around. Everybody looked to have a good time, and it was fun to watch the riders gain confidence on the very difficult surface. This is definitely a track that rewards smoothness and composure. With 18 or so turns in about a mile, you definitely get a chance to practice your transitions and work on your body positioning.
The track was a little bumpy and needed a lot of sweeping to get it serviceable. Weather was perfect- temperatures in the 80s and low 90s with low humidity.
Mark Z proves that farm implements can go around corners. Note the PTO close to scraping the ground. After this lap he hitched up the brush hog and mowed the infield.
Here’s a video of my second session. Went cautiously on this one, took a couple of laps to warm up the tires. I used the GoPro motorsports hero suction cup mount for this one. It was a bit wobbly, and loosened up during the session. I’d like to build a better version that gets the camera up and back. I’d also like to get the camera in front of the bike and really low.