After the crash a week earlier, this was my first track day (well .. go kart track do not count). Bit nervous at first, but after couples of lap I got more and more confidence and I completed about 22 laps (89 km) today. No lap time was recorded, but I think I should bit faster today.
Several key points taken from today track day as follows.
1. Relax is key
How come you relax when you ride 220kph pass the grand stand? Well, when you are not relax, your whole body become stiff, especially the arm and hands. And that is not good sign. It become difficult to steer the bike and it also messing with your mind. When your hand and arms are relaxed, you can steer the bike better as you will use your shoulder and head to move the bike. It was a very-very enjoyable.
How to be more relax? Practice, practice and more practice.
2. Steer the bike with your head and shoulder
It felt awkward at first, but after tried it several time not only it enjoyable, but also improving your corner speed. And it felt soo good!! I enjoy very much the double right hand-er R10 – 11 and 12. When you set you corner speed and gear correct, you maintain throttle and you move your shoulder and your head facing the corner exit. Long and sweeping right hand-er, the bike will lean and follow the long arc hitting the apex…ahh.. awesome!!
3. Know your routine
This is very true entering the R1. You flat out, I only use 5th gear on the home straight, about 200 – 220 kph, passed the pertamina signed, close throttle, hitting the 200m sign brake, downshift to 4th while bliping, brake some more, downshift to three, blip again, and steer the bike right. My brake point still bit too long, but R1 is still intimidating for me, so need more practice.
The routine need to be perfected, and this shall come with more practice.
Pic above.. the intimidator.. R1!
On conclusion I was very satisfy with today track day, and I hope my lap time improve.
Last note: the crashed 1098s body was repaired for today track day, looks good. But unfortunately some technical glitch made bro Nugroho failed to hit the track today. Hopefully the bike will be ok soon.
Additional Pictures, courtesy of bro Francisco Aris of HTML: