I finally got my first track day of the year in!!! The first 2 sessions felt awkward at first as I have not put many miles on my bike this year. After that I fell into the groove so to speak. I only remember getting passed by about 4 people throughout the entire day aside from warm up laps and instructors, so I must have been doing decent
I focused on being smooth and maintaining corner speed vs adding a shit ton of power out of the hole, so my rear tire thanked me and I didn't have to worry much about the rear stepping out like last year.
One of the turns I wanted to work on was the chicane. It was suggested to me that I try a higher gear to lower engine RPM's to make the high speed tip easier, that did wonders. I was able to maintain 15 to 20 mph higher mid corner speed because of it and was able to drive across the whole track instead of being done with the turn and still having lots of track left.
I had 2 issues. Firstly my legs were screaming on fire the whole time causing me to duck out of the sessions early... I cant seem to keep the weight off my inside leg.
Secondly was brakes. I'm apparently using more brakes, I drove further into the turns and had higher entry speed. Throughout the day toward the ends of the sessions they almost got spongy. Instead of just increasing pressure on the lever like always, it would actually travel farther towards the grip while I increased pressure. Especially on hard braking dumping 50 mph or so. I also developed a high speed vibration during braking only on the end of the front straight. The onsite suspension guy said it was because Indy cars had just run there and they rippled the track in the spot I was feeling the problem. But it was after the last sessions when I talked to him so I didn't get to try a different line.
Getting ready to head out
Heading to the first session
I can turn left
and I can exaggerate for pictures...
And I can turn right... a little
Before and after track day tire.