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Old 05-14-2020, 04:00 PM   #1
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Chuckwalla crash hill lowside

A low side going around crash hill, a negative cambered turn, at Chuckwalla. This was during the amateur race session where all you had to do was complete three laps and not crash. I didn't finish two laps

I had initially thought it was a lowside from bad line and less-than-smooth throttle input, but wanted to get others' thoughts on this one. Crash is at 4:15

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Old 05-15-2020, 08:14 AM   #2
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Looks like the other front riders knew the track well, you didn't.
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Old 05-15-2020, 08:55 AM   #3
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Looks like the other front riders knew the track well, you didn't.
Yes you're absolutely right, I was definitely new to that track when I went down. I subsequently raced an R3 around the track and know the lines I took in the video are way off..


What I find interesting about this crash is that based on the audio it seems I may have lost traction in the rear when hard parts touched down rather than the other way around.. I had a new engine case cover on the right that looked the business but was very bulky and in retrospect may have limited my ground clearance (I think)
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:07 AM   #4
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Crash Corners/Garcias Hill is a slow corner. To me, looks like you tried to throttle hard in the camber section, that is always a recipe for disaster.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:20 AM   #5
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mistake #1: you missed the first left apex, taking it way too early. your flip was also slow-ish. this sent you wide and closed off the line for the right turn, forcing u to accomplish more turning way late. thats really bad for a corner that falls away.

mistake #2: it looks like you added some lean angle right at the top of the hill, the worst possible place.

mistake #3: the extra lean angle and the track camber caused hard parts to scrape.

3 mistakes in one corner almost guarantees a crash.

your throttle control sounds fine.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:38 AM   #6
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Crash Corners/Garcias Hill is a slow corner. To me, looks like you tried to throttle hard in the camber section, that is always a recipe for disaster.
you can hear that his rpms were constant once his right lean angle was set, and for at least 1 full second before he crashed. at a minimum, his throttle was constant.

given the lean angle addition, his rpms probably should have risen a bit more. this suggests he was using too little throttle and actually slowing unintentionally.
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Old 05-15-2020, 08:07 PM   #7
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Not enough throttle. That's my opinion. So you were at max lean and just fell over. Hitting the berm didn't help either, because doing so momentarily upset the weight balance.

Not a racer but I did watch your video twice to try to understand.
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Old 05-16-2020, 02:45 PM   #8
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mistake #1: you missed the first left apex, taking it way too early. your flip was also slow-ish. this sent you wide and closed off the line for the right turn, forcing u to accomplish more turning way late. thats really bad for a corner that falls away.

mistake #2: it looks like you added some lean angle right at the top of the hill, the worst possible place.

mistake #3: the extra lean angle and the track camber caused hard parts to scrape.

3 mistakes in one corner almost guarantees a crash.

your throttle control sounds fine.

Havenít had such a thorough analysis shared with me before. I think that was spot on. Thank you!
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:58 PM   #9
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Not enough throttle. That's my opinion. So you were at max lean and just fell over. Hitting the berm didn't help either, because doing so momentarily upset the weight balance.

Not a racer but I did watch your video twice to try to understand.
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Old 05-17-2020, 08:38 AM   #10
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As Stangmx pointed out, this crash started when you turned in too early for the previous corner which gave you poor track position entering the right hander.


You can see in the video that there are lots of cones in the corners, those cones are there to give you specific information about where you bike should be positioned on the track, and this is the key part: The cones also tell you what direction the bike should be pointed at that specific moment.

If you stop the video at 4:13 you can see two apex cones on the left side of the track. If you have your bike close to the cones with your knee over the curb you will apex the corner in the right place. If you also have your bike parallel to the two cones, then your bike will be pointed in the right direction while at that apex. (Parallel means that your front tire and back tire are the same distance from the two cones when you are beside them)

This proper bike placement would have resulted in the bike pointed the right direction for a safer entry into the right hander.

It sounds like you had hard parts hit the ground before you lost grip, but even with more ground clearance your current bike placement will still result in that same crash in that same corner, maybe not at your current speed, but as soon as you tried to go even a tiny bit faster, that bike placement will exceed the limits of the tire.

At 2:13 the rider in front of you does exactly the same thing. You can clearly see that he apexes the corner way before the two cones and he is nowhere near parallel to the cones as he goes by them. (Front wheel is further away from front cone that back wheel from back cone). This results in lots of risk and being way wide of the cones at 2:17 and again at 2:20. At 2:20 you can see that he is adding lean after the cones while trying to accelerate onto the straight, which has all the ingredients for a highside.
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Old 05-17-2020, 08:50 AM   #11
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As Stangmx pointed out, this crash started when you turned in too early for the previous corner which gave you poor track position entering the right hander.


You can see in the video that there are lots of cones in the corners, those cones are there to give you specific information about where you bike should be positioned on the track, and this is the key part: The cones also tell you what direction the bike should be pointed at that specific moment.

If you stop the video at 4:13 you can see two apex cones on the left side of the track. If you have your bike close to the cones with your knee over the curb you will apex the corner in the right place. If you also have your bike parallel to the two cones, then your bike will be pointed in the right direction at that particular place. (Parallel means that your front tire and back tire are the same distance from the two cones when you are beside them)

This proper bike placement would have resulted in the bike pointed the right direction for a safer entry into the right hander.

It sounds like you had hard parts hit the ground before you lost grip, but even with more ground clearance your poor bike placement will still result in that same crash in that same corner, not at that speed but as soon as you tried to go even a tiny bit faster you will exceed the limits of the tire.

Consistently using the cones and other markers has been a skill that I've been trying to improve on, especially when I started racing the R3. Thanks for the insight!

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Old 05-17-2020, 04:34 PM   #12
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Not enough throttle. That's my opinion. So you were at max lean and just fell over. Hitting the berm didn't help either, because doing so momentarily upset the weight balance.

Not a racer but I did watch your video twice to try to understand.
Motorcycles don’t rly work this way. Minor slowing with some set lean angle will generally decrease your turning radius. It won’t appreciably affect the lean angle, your required lean angle, or cause the moto to fall over. More throttle is almost never the solution to prevent a crash.
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Old 05-17-2020, 05:55 PM   #13
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But more throttle will keep a bike "standing up," so I was told and so I've found on my own in turning.
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Old 05-18-2020, 07:38 AM   #14
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But more throttle will keep a bike "standing up," so I was told and so I've found on my own in turning.
You have to physically start taking away lean angle if you're going to do that.
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But more throttle will keep a bike "standing up," so I was told and so I've found on my own in turning.
thats not what is meant by those terms. more throttle will cause a bike to stand up - to reduce its lean angle - if traction is available. it won't keep it standing up. the difference is important.

significantly more throttle will stand a bike up. but it will for sure increase your turning radius and it won't increase traction for the front tire. a little bit more throttle will not stand the bike up, but will still increase turning radius. inexperienced riders often counter this increase in turning radius by inadvertently adding more lean angle, trying to still make the corner. this requires more traction that you probably dont have.

all of the above means its a terrible idea to add more throttle while near the limits of traction. as FourSixThree said, you must first remove lean angle... then you can add throttle. doing so in the opposite order will put you on the ground 9 times out of 10.
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