Sunday we pack everything up, check out, ate breakfast and head to the track. I checked the psi cold, it was 24/22 I was like ok. Tech inspection, flew thru that, put the warmers on. BS'ed some, kept an eye on the ambient temp. 59 overcast-ish meh, we'll see, weather punks said highs in the 70s today, better than saturdays upper 60s.
1st session, chilled out, then on lap 3 or 2 I got a 2 wheel drigt going into the T3 chicanes left hand sweep. Oh snap. Guess who's skerd 1st thing in the AM. Anyway I chill, got some heat in the tire carcass. Came in checked pressure. 26/25. Hmm I guess I'm too slow to heat em up.
2nd session was after a loooong lunch because of the no noise sunday rule, I go out and I'm getting passed like I don't belong in the I group. Wtf, oh well, I'm not repairing anything, they can have it.
Temp was going up, skies cleared, nice
26/25 psi still. Hmm, took it to get some air, then set them at 28/28 went back out, and man, I almost felt like I did saturday afternoon. Nice. Running 50s to 52s ugh, wth? Any we got all day.
Went back out and had a much better run, as the sessions went on the track got hotter and I kept monitoring the tire pressure, had to adjust it almost every session, it kept going up, as the carcas heated up, with each session and the warmers. The strange feeling front end actually get a bit predictable and I started to ride around it, I was back in the upper 40s hitting consistent 48s and 49s. I felt good, started passing guys, and not getting passed as much.
The rest of the day I kept working on my consistency in the corners I was comfortable in, and tried to improve and find confidence in the others. Ira was having a blast, he's truely a big fish in B group. I mean I'd see him go by and have like 2 CRs on his tail. They're just having a good ole time. Charlie Brown was doing his thing, running off the track and stuff. I tried to explain to him, the process where u don't puss out and just commit to the turn and hold on, but he doesn't listen too well, kept trying to tell me he was doing that, then I asked, so why are you running off then? Couldn't answer me. Anyway. He was having fun, that's all I cared to see. That and him not ruining that beautiful bike.
All in all, road atlanta is a challenging track. The whole track just flows and flows, but I found it difficult to get that flow going and keep It throughout an entire lap. I think the track is lumpy. It has a lot of bumps that you can't see, but def feel. I was feeling every damn thing. I'd ask, hey, did you feel that bump at T12, the dip at the apex, they'd be like what dip. A session later, yeah that dip, I found it. As Ira always says, I go out and feel every bump and dip, and as soon as I tell him about it, he finds it a session or 2 later. Otherwise, I learned a lot. Especially about just how much confidence affects speed/lap times. If you aint got it, you can try to ride around it, but you really need to feel that trust in the package to really chip away those seconds.
Also, I'm amazed at how much tire pressure as little as 2psi can affect the bike.
I don't know if it was 4+ yo fork oil or the weight loss on the bike, or both. But the tires are seemingly so affected by the smallest change. Last year with the pirelli supercorsa's I would set it once, check it after lunch and it would feel the same. With these metzler racetecs and the new lighter hardware. The thing just feels so sensitive.
So from now on, I'm running warmers all day and paying special attention to the pressure.
A wonderful weekend, and my forn still feels good. I'm gonna fiddle with the suspension this weekend, try to get that old feeling back. We tuned that on the street and I never touched it back then, so we'll see if we can repeat that.
Pics when I get home. Also links to videos of my slow azz.
Trackdays are like nothing else. If you've never done one, you're wasting your life. True story.