Good for you for getting your knee down! When I got back and saw you loading up your bike my heart sank. Still glad you're ok. The entire day was a blast, doubt my Suzuki will ever touch the surface of a public road again
Sorry we were never able to ride together, but I was definitely taking advantage of the instruction!
TWS is a very fast track. Even as a beginner I was hitting T1 and T7 around 100mph. The first few sessions I focused on line work and body positioning and the instructors were a Huge help. I had an instructor evaluating me for 8 out of 9 sessions, not many others seemed interested in taking advantage of their service. Had the lead instructor follow me once which was great because he recorded each session and would show it in the class room so I was able to see myself. I witness 3 riders go down and I wish I decided to take my GoPro, I will next time. Thankfully they were all slower speeds and an ambulance didn't have to respond once.
The Q3s performed flawlessly. I'll definitely be returning to a 180 from 190. The 190 stole so much power from my stock 600. Never been that far over in my life and not once was I ever concerned about the grip at lean.
I spent session two practicing body positioning by myself since the instructors were loaded. Went back to the same instructor for session 3 and told me that I was in a different world and to keep doing what I'm doing. The only thing I need to work on is getting in the throttle sooner and harder. By session 8, aside from being fatigued, it just clicked. It was by far my best lap. Dave, the instructor I spent most of my time with pulled ahead of my in the pit and threw up his arms in excitement telling me how awesome and fun that was chasing me. I couldn't tell who was happier, me or him!
I cut my day short though. I headed out for the 9th session with one more to go. This was right after bueshy had gone down. After lunch my body functions got sloppier as I fatigued more. This shit is hard work! Saw someone go down in the back straight before T7 and the I clipped the inside candy stripe, which wouldn't be a big deal, but they are so huge it tossed me up in the air and threw me off line. Dave pulled up next to me and I signaled to head to the pit. I had PLENTY of track time for my first day and wanted to end it on a good note. Had a long talk with Dave before I left. He congratulated me and said it is all about seat time from here on out and hopes to see me again.
This was a really cool experience. I've officially caught the bug
I'm sore in places I've never been sore before, yet it is so rewarding. We were also the last group to ever ride at TWS. They are shutting it down. Pretty cool to be able to say we were there.