Got to go ice race, mixed results, need ideas
Shockingly, the races were "on" on Sunday, so I got to take her out for the virgin race.
Ice condition not great since the lake had thawed and refrozen a couple times over the last weeks.
Oval Practice- Ran the front swaybar with no preload, mid-stiffness. Bike worked GREAT, could run high or low, passed people inside / outside. Felt really good.
TT practice- bike was AWFUL on the TT- pushed straight thru each corner was downright scary- even got passed by a guy on a 3wheeler. Decided not to run the TT since I didn't want to be a hazard to others / mess up their raceday.
Oval Open Quad class heat race: 5 of us, standing start. I didn't hit the start hard, but again bike was great, finished 2nd in the heat.
Pro quad- only three in this heat, again eased into it on the start, ran ok 2nd of 3. started to notice a push in the corners as the ice conditions worstened.
Went back in the pits- took some of the negative camber out of the RR, (was -5 changed to -2 to try to loosen up the bike- less bite on the rear), also preloaded RF tire with swaybar- didn't have scales, so loaded it 9 full turns and went one setting stiffer.
Open quad Feature- Wanted to get a better start so decided to go in 2nd, but killed it. Once it got it going seemed push was worse than ever. Instead of crossed up in the corners, I was still turning left, but bike wanted to go straight.
Pro Quad feature- didn't kill it, but missed the 2-3 shift AARRGGHH! Bike was terrible anyways with the push so likely couldn't have contended.
1- bike was GREAT on clean ice.
2- awful on TT and on the chips/powder (tt track was not as fresh as the oval track).
I don't think that the push I'm having is necessarily unique to the ice conditions as the bike has always pushed- grass/gravel/dirt doesn't matter- even with the big layton swaybar. Any ideas? I was thinking of going wider on the front- will that cure it?