Willow Springs - Group C - 2000 Yamaha YZF-R6
Brit636, Kuro and I were there, along w/ Quick208 who was in the garage next to us. Kuro and I were in Group C, Brit in Group B, and Quick in A.
Session 1 was nuts. Everyone all over the track, no one following the line we were told to follow, or even thinking of a line period! It was was they thought they were racing. I admit, after the orientation I completely forgot the line myself, but also found myself trying to keep pace w/ some other people to keep from getting blown by too closely.. but things changed.
Session's 2-3 were my real "practices" we can say. I took the instructor's advice and did session 2 in one gear (3rd) and only upshifted when I had to. Once sessions 4, 5, and 6 came around, I was having real fun.
I was consistent in what gears I was in the last 3 sessions. One bad thing was that I was topping out 5th gear about 15 or so yards before the first set of braking cones for turn 1. I didn't want to shift into 6th, go WOT, then brake and have to downshift an extra gear so I just rolled off, braked late and DS instead. Here's a breakdown, T1 (3rd), T2 (4th), T3-T5 (3rd), T6 (4th), T7-T9 (5th). I never really went WOT down the straight to either let the liter bikes fly by faster or to go thru the hot pits and get away from either a group in front and/or behind me. I did, however, go WOT coming out of T9 so I could keep the faster bikes I passed in T8&9 behind me or they'd get in front by T1 and be in my way most of the time.
I did pass 4-7 other riders in the S4-S6 runs. I passed in all turns at one point throughout those sessions, I'm pretty sure.
Some close calls did happen. Came out of T9 too fast and went wider than I wanted to pretty close to the drive out cone. In S1 one dude came into my path in the straight after he was getting passed by faster bikes. I guess he tried to move out of their way but ended up almost cutting me off. I side swiped him at 120-130mph .. not cool.
Here's some pics of the fun tho..
How do I look?