My current racing story. Bored? So was I. Grab the old lady, head out to watch a few hours of racing. Someone called me from the past. Says he's got a racer that needs some help in the pits.
The 4 of us walk over to where the dad and his just turned 15 racer son IS [hot]. Everyone is introduced. The story in the pit unfolds into a typical nightmare scenario. In the pits, I almost trip over the now blown engine used as a 10x10, keep the corner down, or there goes the tarp in the wind.
On Sat, the bike blows? The tuner/dad pit, work all night; waiting for a borrowed street engine to be plugged in before morning practice on Sunday. Dad is a non-stop electric motor in that pit. He's gotta collect all that data, give the kid pointers, I mean, a lot of work in that pit.
There is tire swapping around, because they are struggling [as they should] for money. Just like we used to do with the dependable K81's; for those gray beards that know them in Dunlop terminology. Anyway, the tuner is nowhere to be seen, but my buddy wants me to talk to the dad, see if I can help?
As dad and I are standing in the bleachers, he with stopwatch, me with camera, the announcer calls out the kid's name. He is an excited guy in that booth when this rider shows up. So much so, I have him again in a second video, screaming [he loves the kid], 'what did I tell you,' and 'did I call it?"
You know, I don't think the announcer knew about the stock engine replacement. I'm here to see the kid do his thing. There is so much raw talent and in need of a pro, the kid IMO has potential. Broke the track record for that class. The announcer did not mention this.
We walk back to the pits. We are familiar with each other. The dad is a great guy. The kid is something else. I mean, my scout keeps looking and I found one for him a long time ago. Back then, they were not as young as today. Dad didn't need to run so many settings on the shocks, preserving tire.
As the day wore on, I 'walked the 360' as it were. This is to find what is street vs. race setup. Knowing I can't communicate and not insult the guy, [once I see a weak advantage], meaning, it was too first thing out of the box. Without saying anything I let my buddy inform him. Later, my buddy told me the guy was somewhat upset? All this time the kid busting out those lines. Would you be upset the kid can ride any setting? That is a racer! As setup is setup, she is not in the big pit kind of novice settings.
I then walk back with dad, tell him, 'I have a friend of a friend and that is all I can do for the kid.' So as the weeks roll on, I go over to my current sponsor (any dyno time I want and more) kind of racing guy you want to know. We just happen to have that pit work/enduro/racing working together "IF ONLY."
If only I could get some help for this talented kid. I said, you're the tuner, I'm just a get it back up running tuneup guy. You do this race stuff for a living, groom the kid with the walk 360. Give dad that black magic to the shock setting. You have any parts for this bike? A a spare head? Okay, I'll let dad know he's got a spare head.
Say what? Go get your truck, he can ride this. This was after lunch; we go back to the shop. He begins to roll out his personal bike. Grabs the bars of a beauty of a front row runner, almost starts to prep it. Now, I stop him. Wait, wait, I said. He's got a ride and I have no clue of contracts or what have you, lets go out, look at the kid, do your thing.
Next race, who cares what is under that kid's rear end, he did well again on that 3 year old pile. The announcer calls his favorite kid out and does not disappoint.
To see 4-time in the pits working on that bike, grooming that kid, I learned so much that day about suspension settings and tire push. Racing today is a hard game. Looks like a lot of fun.
Thank, 4-Time! Just like the oldays.