So..the pics came in.
Couple things going on in the first one. This was taken in the first session out. Intermediate/Advanced group was the first one out at 0900.
Track had been absolutely blitzed with rain the day before, the weather was overcast and about 65 degrees.
Bike was absolutely clean, shiny and purty with brand freekin new Dunlop Q2s.
I hadn't sat on a sportbike in at least a month and like a complete idiot, got a little sideways spinning up the rear exiting pit lane attempting to get some heat in the tires. I had forgotten how quick you get the power on a twin, especially a 1K.
I'm riding around, basically scrubbing tires in in non optimum conditions (riding with what feels like marbles underneath my tires) worried about crashing the bike and being "that guy" who not only crashes first, but does so in the first session. I think the look in my eyes says it all.
This next one, shows the limit of my aggressive riding for the day. My previous session had been on the #11 bike, which had HORRIBLE front end shudder under hard braking coming down the back straight. (Turns out there were absolutely no brake pads left) Cut my session extremely short, so the KTM jacket wearing coordinator dude let me go out two sessions in a row, one with the Novice group, then another with the Intermediate/Advanced guys I had been riding with.
Great thing about riding the Novice group, is the number of control riders they had, who were willing to tow people around. Intermediate/Advanced group, they were just blitzing past people. So, I got 2 laps with a guy who towed me around for two laps. It was great, and allowed me to finally get a handle (albiet, a very loose grip on that handle) on the Esses (Turns 6-9).
Couple of things happened during that very last session. I think I finally started enjoying myself, a huge wall of exhaustion hit me (I'm assuming that was travel fatigue since I wasn't riding hard at all) and I almost lost it going into Turn 13. Fully leaned over, knee out, at the apex and I feel the front end slide forward a smidge. Funk it! I'm done. It was 4 o'clock anyways, and I had a 3 hour drive to my hotel ahead of me.
Still fun though. Throughout, and at the end of the day, I was fantasizing about riding my RR on the track. Now that...would have been a friggin blast.
"Any man who may be asked in this century, what he did to make his life worthwhile, can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served in the United States Navy." -JFK
"You live more for five minutes going fast on a bike like that than other people do in all of their life." - Marco Simoncelli
SuperMoto ------------------- SuperSport
Does it get any better? Probably not.