Salzburgring, Austria, September 23, 2012

Super organized by Moto Center Obersee, two days of Fun Racing by Honda Switzerland took place on the fast Salzburgring. The Saturday was rained off, but Sunday was the hammer. It was impressive to go to the max with my 1000cc Honda Fireblade Repsol on the uphill back straight until 6 Transition (almost) full speed up (it takes courage, but it’s really …), my top speed was there over 250km/h!

The Salzburg Ring is a high speed track with 6 left and right-handers and a left / right chicane after the 750m long start-finish straight. A beautiful track, 4.5 km long and perfect string imbedded in the hilly, forested landscape.

Almeria Race Cirquit 25.8.12. – 2.9.12

Well organized by Moto Center Obersee, I did my “coming out” at a racetrack with 20 other “crazy racers”. It was a great experience, including the final race on Friday (12). My fastest time was a low 1:58, the best of us achieved 1:50. For comparison, this is the house and Training Course of the Spanish Moto2 rider Tito Rabat, and his time is around 1:38! The Almeria Racing cirquit is a typical driver’s track where you almost never comes to rest, the track is very twisty, hilly, with blind journeys and 4.5km long.

Rear-drive camerarun Bonneville Speed ​​Trials

For this run we attached an HD camera on the back of the naked bullet racing bike. The first 3 courses accelerated perfectly, in the fourth and fifth input I had ignition problems (by a defective alternator). Nevertheless resulted in a 255km/h average speed measured in the mile run (at the beginning and end was marked with two additional green flags next to the red flags).

Cristina’s Bonneville-Blog 1.9.2011

Thursday september 1st 2011

Last day of racing. What will be today? And as usual, we went off at 06.15 h early morning. With Markus we went directly to the starting line and he was one among the first to be reported to the races.

The weather and salt conditions were still good.

O-Ton Bernd Kramer
Looking at the positive view, we could now perform four runs in the morning. On the first three gears, the motor went smoothly and without problems, from the 4th gear on the number of rotation he had misfires. The problem was, that the alternator was faulty. This broke the battery voltage after about 30 – 40 seconds of time and so that this misfires happened. Without new alternator the problem could not be fixed since this was not  in our replacement part

From my perspective, we have made valuable experience at Bonneville. During these days we have found the optimum seat position for Markus (support cushions and foot rests transfer). The race bike and the chassis are optimized to the extent that straight lines are really easy to drive. The engine has reached the appropriate performance and power to the speed in the range of 290 km/h. We ended up frustrated by little things, because we were running out of time. Only the replacement of the two racing pistons costs us one day each, so that we not even could think about going on the race track. The whole package fits and we are confident for the upcoming Bonneville Speed Trials. At the end our targets, due to technical corrections, were not achieve. But the potential is certainly there for future races. The experience gained in the last few days we can use for the future. Many components have to agree on the Salt and we hade to overcome many challenges (weather conditions, altitude, other gasoline, etc.)

And so we end the adventure Bonneville with good feelings and a strong motivation to come again next year.

At the end I would like to express my thanks  to everyone in the team. Started by Uschi, our good soul, for Food & Beverage responsible and was always there were help was needed, to the technical team with Coni, Bernd and Michi, which bolted for hours, and studied how to improve certain things with the few available things Stefan for your calm and soothing manner as a coach. Dani and Carsten, with your good dose of humor.

And in the end I thank you Markus, that you always involve myself into your crazy adventures. I admire your courage and ambition!

We have grown together as a team and have seen a lot on the Salt – thank you for that – hopefully see you in 2012!

Now I end here my blog from the Bonneville Salt Flats – I would like to thank also all the readers of it that have supported us with many encouraging words and stayed with us during those days.

Cristina Saegesser