Slo or PG or TDH or whoever else who have been doing this ALOT longer than me, I would love if you have any advice or tips for me.
Here's a little video from VIR NORTH course this past Saturday. I have only been in intermediate group for 2 track days but definitely seeing the benefits of riding with faster riders and pretty much getting a tow all day long. I have shaved 11 seconds off my personal best time (which is still slow) since being in I group. on this particular day I found an additional 2.5 seconds
This is 5 laps. the last 4 laps or so was fun. Chasing a guy that I couldn't seem to get around. I was on my SV so I lost a lot in the straights but was fun trying to play catch up. I showed him a wheel twice, thinking he would let me get around since its just a track day and not a race but he was making me work for it haha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUJjP_hKPDM
this is just a compilation I made. I am horrible at editing but I started the video with one clean lap. I thought this was my personal best lap but I grabbed the wrong one. oh well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpiwWjuDG-w
as always any critique is welcome. I know there are lots and lots of things I need to work on. One thing you will see on these videos is that I wasn't using all of the track. I did a lot of that on purpose. I have been working on being off line. I learned that I had no idea what to do to if someone was on my line and I wanted to get around. I also know that I need to stop using the clutch to shift on straight but its a hard habit to break but I am working on it.
There are a few things that immediately become apparent, some of which you mentioned but since I have not seen a 'good' lap, I am going to bring it up anyway so forgive me if this seems overly critical. It is solely in the interest of your improvement.
1) Shifting. Since you are listing your lap times I am assuming that it is your goal to be faster. Every time you pull that clutch lever in, it costs you at least
.1 second. Add that up for a single lap and you just shaved 1.5 seconds off of your lap time, at a minimum at no cost to yourself. More importantly, there are a few turns where you are upshifting while leaned over which drastically upsets your chassis as you unload and reload your suspension. It may not be a problem now but as your pace quickens (and your lean angles become more extreme) it will cause crashes. Learn to do clutchless upshifts and you will not only be faster, but safer.
2) line selection. As you said you were specifically not using all of the race track, which is all well and good however you were at best several feet off of the apexes. The north VIR course is 2.25 miles but I would bet that you are actually riding 2.35+ miles. Learn to become comfortable with putting your tire right at the apex. In most cases this means putting your knee on or over the rumble strips. Start slowly and gradually progress as this can cause a fair amount of panic in the beginning. Logically, you know that if your knee is on the curb your tire must be at least 2' further outside so you are safe. Keep that in mind as you practice this.
2A) line selection, continued. Know your plan. What is the goal of each turn you are entering? Most of VIR is what we call "roll speed focused" meaning that you want to simply go through it as fast as possible which generally requires the classic "outside-inside-outside" line. Some turns are drive focused, and others are entry focused. Learn the differences and make sure that your line is designed to get you through that turn the fastest way possible. Oh, and make sure you use all the racetrack :-p I know you mentioned this however it has been my experience that people which are a little apprehensive about hitting a tight apex are also apprehensive about putting a tire near the outside edge of the track. Again, work slowly at this so that you do not cause panic.
3) Braking. If you really want to make time, you need to learn to trust and use your brakes to greater effect. Again, this is something that can cause some panic so go at it slowly. Basically, you are braking too soon and not as hard as you could be. There is a TON of time in this.
4) On throttle transitions. You are a bit late getting back on the gas after each apex, and it seems that you are doing a gradual roll-on. Follow the #1 rule of drives - Gas on, Bike up. Meaning that you stand the bike up as you feed throttle. On the SV, that throttle is basically an on-off switch and does not require much modulation, especially on a flowing track like VIR.
All of this assumes that you are on quality rubber that is up to temp and that you are not doing anything horribly wrong with your body position to create any artificial ceilings for your traction.