It was a success. That was a LOT of track to remember. The first 3 sessions I couldn't really get to the pace I wanted to get to because I wasn't 100% sure what was coming up next... By lunch though I had it memorized enough that I could work on lines and reference points to know where to accelerate etc. It took me too long to get confident and I left a lot on the table with several corners, especially the looooong 16-18 right hander, it was the last couple sessions that I got the line right and I started incrementally building up speed but still not too fast. .
Turns out I probably would have been okay with my -1+2 gearing... I went back with factory front and +2 on the rear and I only got up to 155, that I have seen on video so far, I do remember the shift light on in 6th once but I don't think I had it on video to know how fast that was.
My Q3's did excellent but I was very careful to stand the bike up before I really got on the gas. The track was so long and fast with the lower temps that I never felt like the tires really got hot. I would feel them in the paddock after the sessions and they were much cooler than after a session at barber.
I liked turns 2-9, 19 was the scariest for me closely followed by 10, it's fast and blind. I almost ass packed someone on a Ducati in 10 I came into it i'm guessing 90 ish on the 2nd session and when I crested the hill he was going no more than 30 it seemed like, he had yellow electrical tape on his rear light, with cut edges... I came within a few inches of disaster. Of course I stood the bike up and rode right for his back wheel with a handfull of brakes, I don't know if I could have went around or not but that's SR's for you I guess...
I'm glad you had fun out there and fairly decent weather to boot!
T15 is the scariest for me, I'm on the brakes, downshifting, trying to slow down with the bike leaned over. I've had the rear slide out on me a couple times in that corner, not my favorite feeling in the world. T16-18 are a challenge because from the turn-in point I can't see the apex I want to hit so I always slow down heading in to 16 when I should stay on the beans. And T19, lol, it's so deceptive. I always think it's more of a hairpin and try to get hard on the brakes before I realize that it's not and you can actually go fast.
How was the wind out there? T10 can get real interesting in the wind. As you exit T10 with the bike leaned over and come out from behind the hill I've had the wind blow my bike back up and totally screw up my line. The first time it happened I wasn't ready for it and I ended up running wide and off track.
There were a few crashes none too bad that I heard about. The only red flags were between sessions. They run gators on service roads behind the Armco barriers and get the bikes and riders without having to red flag during the session, I'm guessing that the red flags between were just to pick up something that they couldn't get from behind the barriers?
Typically when they have a hold between sessions it's for kinda what you're thinking. If there's debris that's off the line far enough where it's not a hazard they'll let the session continue and grab it once the session ends and all the bikes have past. More likely someone had a mechanical or something and their bike was nowhere near a cutout in the fence so they waited until the session was over and the guys on the gators went and got it. From race control you have a pretty good view of the whole track and the cameras can actually zoom in close enough to identify debris on/off track. They'll check out what's going on and decide whether to flag the session or wait.
Here's a pic from inside race control. Oh, and if you look at the lower left monitor, you'll see they do keep track of any and all incidents throughout the day. If you're a repeat offender they'll know. This particular day was surprisingly nice and quiet.