So I did a trackday at MSRH on Mar 18th. Here is my experience from the day...
I took it really easy the first 3 sessions just practicing the line. When I felt good with that I noticed that I had naturally moved on to looking through the curve without thinking about it. That made traveling along the track really comfortable compared to my first track day. Easy to transition and setup to hit the next turn and stay on my line. Up until this point I was doing 2nd or 3rd gear drills, so I would pick a gear and stay in it the whole session.
Here's where I ended up getting away from my plan, but I think it worked out ok. I planned on going into corner entry as my 3rd focus point but instead I ended up doing body position, then corner speed. Now that I was comfortable on the bike, staying on my line, and keeping my eyes up as I transitioned reference points I started getting my butt over, dropping my upper body down, inside knee out and outside knee locking me in, keeping weight off my arms and continuing everything else I was doing before. Still taking it easy but starting to open it up more. And still doing single gear sessions. I'll post a couple of pics soon. Still not Rossi positioning, but better than it was before, and pretty good when looking at all the level 1 riders.
Lots of folks are passing me but I'm trying to stick to my plans and work on my pre-set goals, and many are just plain faster than me. I notice that I'm catching a rider or two in the curves so I back off and let them pull away so I can keep working on my skills. I also let them pass me on the straights since I'm not full throttle and and still doing single gear sessions.
At this point in feeling really good so I start shifting gears, 2-4th as I work around the track and start working on setting my entry speed and rev-matching while setting up for tip-in. All is going well and I'm feeling good.
All day up to this point point there has big one big problem I've noticed, I'm often slowing down way too much before tip-in and realizing that I'm moving to slow while cornering. So I ended up speeding up while cornering a lot of times after thinking "why am I going so slow?". So I start to follow some folks through the corners and notice that I'm more confident carrying more speed when someone else is in front of me. And I still felt comfortable on the bike. Why is that? I'm assuming it's because I figure if they can tip in at "x" speed then I can too at "x" speed. Keep in mind these are other novice riders too. This was level 1 with RideSmart.
A buddy of mine is level 2 but bumped down to level 1 to get comfortable on a new bike and I went quickest while following him through a couple of turns before he pulled away from me.
So my very last session I decide to really open it up to see how well I'd progressed over the day. Another buddy who is level 1 was riding with me and let me lead the warmup lap. We took off for lap 2 and 3 and he said he couldn't catch me. That was the hardest I pushed all day and I still felt comfortable and within my limits. I did blow one turn that I had been doing very well in all day but I think it was a combination of pushing harder, braking later and fatigue. So after that I just cruised it in and called it a day.
A long, good, productive day. Wish I could have done a trackday the next day to keep building which is what led me to look at the 2day event in May.
I was at MSRH on the 18th also. Im about a second off level 3 there. Of course there were a couple guys running level 2 that should move up. Often they like to stay in level 2 so they can feel like the fast guys, because they know level 3 will bring them back to earth
Dont at all worry about guys passing you. Do your own thing. Often in level 1 they are simply pushing harder than they should.
That track needs some work, but it's ok, like concrete and asphalt in a right hand apex, ridiculous. I just stay tight on the asphalt.
The lines are everything on that track, it's pretty tricky.
It also takes a while to get tires warm there.
Im pushing my stock suspension to the limit of ride-ability.
As we speak my bike is apart in the garage getting Ohlins compression and rebound valves and new racetech springs. Stock was too stiff for me, couldnt get enough sag when measuring.
My Penske rear shock should be here tomorrow.
I guarantee this work will take my riding to the next level. You can only go so fast when your bike is trying to buck you off.
Cresson is the only track in April. May 12th MSRH and May 26-27 COTA. Im definitely going to COTA on the 26th.
I barely got into MSRH on the 18th, they were sold out and I kept checking back, 4 days later a spot opened up and I jumped in.