It was one of these weekends where you work your a## off and in the end you made it and you are to tired to celebrate. (-:
It started with that we had tracktime only on Saturday and Sunday with a weathereport that said sun/rain/sun/rain/sun.... we still had no rainsetup for the EBR Superbike, so point one on the list was to ride a rainsetup out that weekend. Point 2. was to get the Sound of Thunder pole, 3. to win that race and 4. to set the fastest lap of the event allover as close as possible to the IDM times.
Schleizer Dreieck is a real “Man” course with blind “over the hill” corners under full throttle, you need practice and practice to find the right line and there are some very slow corners, out of them holding the front of the bike down without tractioncontrol is a real challenge and you need competitors out on the track you can match with. We signed adittional in for the IRRC races for more tracktime and hoped to find there some real fast guys.
Early in the morning we setted for the Sound of Thunder the pole and looking a bit more comfortable on the dark clouds. Later the rain was with us and very quick we had on Haralds B Bike (that with the 1125RR radiators) a good wetsetup found. Now after a half day with a Sound of Thunderbike on dry and another on wet standing the raceweekend in front of us looks cool and all under control.... Nothing in racing is so stabile than the change...
The Saturday IRRC race Harald finished 3rd after some problems with slow riders where he was acting softly as a guest and regarding that we work for the Sound of Thundervictory on Sunday. With 1.29 he took the fastest lap of the race and the complete weekend all over, but still not as fast as Harald like to go: “Out of the slow corners I sit on the tank to hold that bike down, but still can not open the throttle full, it can go faster” he reported.
All good, and now start the nasty part of the event. Harald is out on the 2nd timepractice of the SoT and after 3 laps the stewards showing black flag for the #1. Quick visit at racecontrol tells us there are this weekend official measurements by the enviromentalministry about noiseregulations and we got 5 dB too much.
What we need now is our Assenspecial lownoise exhaustsystem, but that lies 450 Km away from us at M-TeK Engineering. To be save to collect the points on the Sundayrace maybe somebody need to go there. Meanwhile we fixed an Akrapowitsch dB eater in the EBR racecan. Next practice out and after 2 laps black flag again, racecontrol reports still 2dB too much. Maybe the winddirection changed but now also Robin with the Buell XBR got black flagged because of to much noise.
It´s a desaster, you have some of the quickest bikes on the track but there are too loud, your riders need any meter of track experience but they can´t ride. First of all we need to find the location of that microphone, than we need to get an smaller dB eater into the 1190 RR, the XB with the Micronexhaust we can only close the throttle if we know where they measure and somebody need to start now to get the other exhaust for the 1190RR.
We got a tip and found that civilcar with a tripod on the roof at the end of the start/finish straight in the middle of a field, now we knowed that. We fixed that smaller dBEater we found in the paddock (thanks Frank from Sport Evolution) and with the knowledge of the location another turn was possible for Harald. But surely all that hassle is not what a rider let find the perfect rhythm for very fast laps. At 11.00 o´clock in the night the exhaust arrived, 900 km for an adittional option, in case if needed.
The Sundaymorning showed again that we need to deal with changing weatherconditions, we decided to hold the noiselevel low and go out for a quick shakedown of the “A” drybike (1190 RR-B), Harald came back after 5 Laps, a quick check of the temperatures -all good. The Start/Finish area in Schleiz is located a couple of hundred meters away from the paddock, Harald drove the bike up over the taxway and when he arrived the enginesound of the bike was harder than usually. Further investigations than showing some very small metallflakes in the oil. The engine had running the full season, not a surprise that this moment came, but bad timing on a weekend where you need both bikes to have one on dry and one on wet setup standing.
We had the two last races of the weekend after 6.00 in the evening, firts Harald than Robin. Very dark clouds over the track and when Harald start to the Sound of Thunder Race 7 of the season slightly first raindrops came down. After the startlight showes green Harald lost some places but four corners later he took the lead again. Knowing that some riders had their bikes on intermediates he pulled on the slicks from the first second full to get maximum distance between him and the grid. Now all these years of experience paying out, meanwhile the other riders are perhaps because of the raindrops on their helmetvisiers are unsure about the trackcondition, Harald fly around the track next to his best laptimes of the weekend. Than it starts really to rain and with half of the racedistance, after Harald passed the finishline, racecontrol stopped the race. Victory again!