Stories like is is where I have problems with some coaches. There are guys in Advanced that shouldn't be there. There are guys in Intermediate that shouldn't be there. Koth, you were there when I got bumped down at NCM (and since then I've been told Blake gets off on doing that, and that I shouldn't have been bumped), so obviously I'm not one of the elite. So if I'm blowing your doors off in A on a 15 year old 600, you probably shouldn't be there. That's why I really like STT. You can't go A with them without either a racing license, or being evaluated by them.I accidentally did something similar in intermediate last year. I had bought a spot off someone last minute, hence the bump down. Anyway, an instructor sand bagging & looking over their shoulder down the front straight and I was focused on them trying to see if they were following a slower rider or what. Didn't see anyone, made the clean pass, hit the braking marker, then realized I was coming in on another rider REAL fast. Like REAL fast. I think they were on a 1000, and took the picnic basket out on T1. It was a huge gap between instructor and this bike so I don't think it was their student.
To avoid ass packing them into the sand trap, I dove to the apex. There was a good 4 - 6 feet between us, inside passing is technically allowed, but I scared the fuck out of them. I gave them a foot up "I'm sorry!" once I was back on line. I got black flagged and lectured. I didn't get a good look at the bike, and neither did Walter (guy managing pit-out, giving me a lecture) so I couldn't go apologize. I felt bad.
Moral of the story: ALWAYS keep your eyes up and don't let your distracted glances linger too long.
To your story, when someone is out there in anything but beginner and is creating an unsafe speed differential, they need to be pulled. Even though I'm an A group rider, I'm just barely an A group rider. According to some, you need to turn 1:16s at Putnam to be in A group. I run a consistent 1:19-1:21. The thing is, I'm consistent, I don't get spooked, and I'm predictable. Now, watch this video from a MTD session from last year. This guy was causing an unsafe situation. It was the point I almost ran off the track one session. So bad, I went to Jeff and reported it. Not because I felt he didn't belong, but because I didn't feel safe. Start at the 5:00 mark. Third bike in front of me. Obviously he's got horsepower because on the straights he's gone. Watch him into T1. This is NOT what and ADV rider does on a sunny July day in session 5. I saw it coming, so I slowed down. What if the guy behind me didn't see it? Even if it was a new track to this guy, by session 5, you should at least be off the seat and hanging off. Speed wasn't the real problem, but the lack of skill created the speed problem.