I went back to Texas World Speedway (TWS) on June 19th and 20th, for my 5th and 6th track days. This was my 4th and 5th visit to this particular track.
I'm still working on basics: BP, clip-points, RPs for braking, entry, exit, and trail-braking. Things fell together well for me overall. I noticed that following the race-line is taking little effort now with high speed. My main focus was BP right out of the pit. I am trying to exaggerate my head down towards the clip-on, and trying to bring my knee in more to get more lean and speed (per Niner in my last TD post.) I may need to scoot back even more to get my head down better. It seems I may still be too far forward on the tank and that may be keeping my head from getting lower. I also even took my finger off the brake lever a few times
(per Nes in my last TD post)
My BP did improve, although some of the pics are not a good representation. Since it was close to 100 degrees out (track temp was around 140-150) fatigue set in quickly and my focus strayed sometimes. Bringing in my knee worked well, and I was able to get more lean angle than before and was actually riding on/past the edge of my new Power Pure rear tire, and close to the same for the front.
I was voted "Smoothest Rider" for Level 2 (intermediate) on Saturday. I wasn't focusing as much on speed as I was on everything else. Sunday was a different story. Since everything was falling together I upped the pace with each session. By the last session Sunday I was running a 2:05, that's 10-13 seconds faster than my fastest times last month!
The next thing I am going to focus on is shifting points. This seemed to be the thing that slowed me down the most when I was riding a fast pace. I lost count of my gears a couple times and didn't realize it until hitting first coming into a couple turns, and neutral once
. Typically this is in conjunction with my entry braking, but I guess since I am going deeper with more speed I need to focus better. Like I said earlier, the heat was an effer.
There were quite a few crashes both days, which limited our track time. As a result I didn't get too many pictures, and few of them were as good as I would like.
Here you go guys. Please give feedback.