Tires are a very subjective topic. What works for me may not work for the next guy, the only way to know which tire is going to work for your application is to try out a few different options. If you find one that works better than the rest, stick with it but don't be afraid to try new things.
I've used Q3s and Pirelli Rosso Corsas on the track at the intermediate level, both worked pretty well. I've tried the Pirelli "trackday" slicks and was not impressed. The rear wouldn't grip on or off the throttle, and that was on my rather underpowered 600. I'd be afraid to try it on a healthy 1000. The Pirelli SPs worked pretty well, but they're expensive.
For performance versus cost, it's hard to overlook the Q3s. As an admitted Pirelli fan boy, that's not easy to acknowledge. For DOT race tires (which really do need warmers) I'm not a fan of Dunlops, but the Q3s really aren't bad at the track.
I run tire warmers now, on my ZX10 and my 600. I'm using Pirelli Supercorsa SCs and Metzeler Racetec RRs (basically the same tire) and life is good.