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With a lighter weight bike (600RR vs. 1000), you should be able to carry more speed into the corner and many times you should be able to out-brake him into the corner also. Spinning up the rear tire will depend on a lot of factors such as amount of tire grip (based on the actual tire compound, how warm the tire is, the available grip of the track, and what gear you are running in), and how smooth you are or are not on the throttle. Learning to trail brake effectively into a corner will allow more corner speed also. Make sure that you've got good body position on the bike and your weight as far to the inside as possible and your upper body as low as you can manage. This of course will allow you to not have to lean the bike quite as much to get through the corner, thus more available tire footprint for corner grip. Until you get to a very high level of riding skills, the liter bikes are most likely going to pull away from you, even with a rider of less skill. It doesn't take a lot of talent to twist the throttle in a straight line and walk away from a smaller bike. Use what you have available, to you advantage and learn to maximize the H.P. and lower weight to your advantage. As your skills improve, you will finally reach the limit of a tire like the Q2's and a more track oriented tire like the Michelin Power One Competition will allow more corner grip and confidence and of course, corner speed.
One other thing..........learn to be smooth.......both on and off the throttle and on and off of the brakes. The only way that you will find your limits and the bike/tires limits is to push them until hopefully, you are skilled/experienced enough to sense the feedback that the bike is giving you........tire slip, pushing the front, bike running wide into a corner, ect.
Vern....STT Southern Region Instructor
If it ain't fast........It ain't fun!!
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Last edited by xrated; 09-13-2011 at 09:16 PM.