Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
I'm not familiar with that track, and you don't say what tires you were using.
4 seconds a lap is an eternity in roadracing. (Don't take that the wrong way, there's plenty of riders more than 4 seconds a lap faster than I am, too. It just is what it is.)
But, slicks in the sizes meant for this bike are meant to last one race. The fact that you are 4 seconds off the pace means you won't burn them off AS fast, but that second day was probably all that tire was going to do anyway.
The stock suspension has compromises in it that might not be best for track day use; for example the rear suspension is stiff enough to carry a passenger and the front has a hydraulic anti-bottoming gizmo in it that makes the compression damping really stiff in the last portion of its travel (every stock bike is like this). At a certain point you just have to bite the bullet and pay for the good stuff.
I know there is a local track around here (Calabogie) that chewed the heck out of the Pirelli tires that are the spec tires for our superbike series, even though the track is smooth. The solution, but one which was against the rules in that series, was to use a different brand of tire.
Helibars, MRA screen, Ohlins damper, reversed shift pattern, sorted suspension, braided lines, Michelin Pilot Power, all else stock 'coz it's fast enough!