Had my 1st ever track day yesterday. It was awesome. I can see why you guys call them 'crack days'
Alarm goes off at 5 am. Shower, pack a few things and on the road by 5:50. In the fog.... Got to Autobahn at 7:10. Picked up my rented leathers (1st set was too short), and got the bike prepped. Rode the 10 there by the way... Wife drove the car with everything that I might need plus a few extra things.
Had a riders meeting. And then being in the Novice group it was off to the class room for some instruction.
1st couple on track sessions were very slow and kind of boring. Hard to concentrate when we are only going 40-45 mph around the track. But it was a chance to learn the track and pick out some reference points for later on.
By the 3rd session, the pace was getting pretty good. Still a little slow, but fast enough that I had to focus. The 3rd and 4th sessions were '1 gear no brakes' sessions. First time I tried 3rd gear, but a couple of the corners were too slow for 3rd. 4th session, I was running the whole lap in 2nd. That was the ticket.
And then the last 4 sessions were taking turns leading the group, and the instructor would pass and use body language to tell you what you were doing wrong. By the end of the day, I was bumped up to a faster group with in the Novice group.
Here are some pics. The guy on the green ZX-10R had several off track excursions. Didn't lay it down, but really didn't seem to grasp what was going on. He was turning in way too early most of the time that I was behind him. And then would run wide on the exit... One of his off track experiences, he didn't even try to make turn 1. We were passing some slower riders down the front straight at 120 mph or so, he put the brakes on (mostly rear brake?
) and just went straight. For about .2 seconds, I was target fixated on him and was following him to the gravel. I thought WTF, spun my head to the left and banked it into turn 1 at 75 mph or so. Look where you want to go...
Shot some video also. But haven't had a chance to look at it.
Made it home by 8:30. Long day. Tons of fun.
Lastly, the Dunlop Qualifiers held up great at my pace for 80-90 laps. Ran both the front and rears right to the edge.
Maybe next year I'll try and go to Road America so I can get the bike out of 3rd gear.