If feels good to be fast Loudon Road Race Series Round 4 - Savvas Kosmidis 508 I needed this weekend more than words can describe. Last race weekend was very stressful for me and followed by a lot of challenges at the new job my stress level was above normal. On top of that I missed the HillClimb race, the Jersey Round 2, and the Flat Track event that my friends attended. But I had a new to me camper trailer provided my good old friend Bob P. I was expecting an awesome experience sleeping in an Air-Conditioed environment on a regular mattress. Loaded up the bikes Thursday night after work and headed to the track. Arrived a bit later than I wanted but I unloaded quick and went to bed around 11pm. Friday: I decided to sing up for the penguin Advanced School. I had done the track walk with Eric Wood and I knew how valuable it was to me. At the same time I had done major changes in the suspension and geometry of the Kawasaki EX650 since the previous set up was not working for me at all. Trying to change your riding technique on a bike that is behaving totally different than what you are used to is usually recipe for disaster. First session follow the leader must had an average speed of 20mph so I was not able to get a feel of what the bike is doing at all. However the classroom time was great. Eric really know his stuff and he has been doing this for a while now so he can deliver his message in a great way. Next sessions I was able to figure out that the bike is working amazing and i could work on the things that Eric was teaching. Overall I was very happy from what I was learning, mostly because I am now at a level of riding that I can understand and apply what I am told to do. The day went by quick yet I was exhausted and i wanted to do my best riding this weekend so I went to bed early. Saturday: I was up bright and early. I had two target corners to work on during practice and that was it for me. I had the whole GTL race to piece everything together after that. I went out for practice and my good friend and competitor Sam Greenwood #228 was right there. I hang with him for a while and pulled in with a few minutes left. I looked at the board and there was my name right behind Sam with 1:19.3! wow that is a bit fast considering I wasnt pushing at all and actually that was the fastest I have ever gone on the EX. Race #2 - GTL I was gridded in the 2nd row for this. I got an awesome start wheeling the first 3 gears, passing the entire first row on one wheel (Chain Wheel Moto guys took an amazing photo of this!!!) and went into T1 first, well that didn’t last long, Rick Doucette #6 and pete Gaboriault #81 went by me right away. I stayed with them for a while until Sam Greenwood #228 and David Dayon #22 passed me as well. I put my head down and tried to stick with them as much as I could. I never lost sight of them and kept them within a few corners. During last round I had noticed Sam had a hard time going through traffic and was getting really tired towards the last 3 laps of GTL. I tried to save my energy and make my move then! Sam however had a different plan and has grown to be an amazing racer (well with a father like his its the least I would expect, - Scott feel free to adopt me any day you want). Sammy and Dayon kept their pace all the way to end so I finished the race in 5th place. My best expert GTL finish to date Finished 5th with a best lap of 1:18.770 (Personal best ever… for now) Race #7 - LWGP I was gridded in the 3rd row for this. I got another amazing start and went in T1 behind Rick Doucette for a very quick red flag right of the gate, left arm up and pray someone doesn’t take me out as well. Made it all the way back to the grid for the restart. I got another great start but really messed my line up into T1 and Sam Withman #215 got very close trying to pass me, which caused me to run while and allowed another 4-5 bikes to go by as well. I was 15th I think. I once again put my head down and worked as safe and well as I could. I felt the rear of the bike sliding every time i was coming out of T2 and T12 but I figured i was just still adding bar input while finishing the turn. I made it to 10th place where I had Harlan Hidebrand and Sam Withal in sight but not enough time to catch them. Finished 10th with a best lap of 1:19.9 Saturday night I was at the awards supporting all the people who worked really hard to get some trophies this weekend. Cheering for all my friends and even people I don’t know made me realize how much I miss being on that podium every weekend. I will work hard and I will get back to that level as soon as I can. The rest of the night was some quiet time with a very closed circle family/team dinner and good laughs.