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...
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?
leaving my buddy's house.
Finally made it with about 20 min to spare before they lock us out.
All checked in!!
couple shots from the tower
this tower is tall! and has a glass floor
Watching the level 3 guys
I'm actually here!!
My favorite turn(s) turns 8 and 9