Wonderful day. Great weather and a great turnout. Had some quality time following some instructors and getting more comfortable turning in, the wear pattern on the front tire showing me the change I was making. Also getting more willing to brake more aggressively. The most noticeable "upgrade" (if that's really the right descriptive) I made was around the fourth session when I decided to make passing moves a bit sooner than I had been. I've tried to be a "polite" as possible, sometimes at the expense of allowing riders I know full well are holding me up, but not wanting to seem too "aggressive" out there. I'm getting a real feel for my abilities out there, seeing people I know full well I'll never have a hope of sticking close to, but knowing that I definitely belong in this next level.
The only "downside" to the day, and I say this jokingly, was that being on Nichol's tail was a bad luck place for me. It was the "red flag" kiss of death. The first time (session 4, I think) I got in there and was very happy that I was going to have the opportunity to chase her around and during that (approximately) lap and a half, I was clicking off the best cornering I had been up to that point and then, the red flag comes out and ends the session. The next time, session 6, she passes me just before 10-11 leading onto the back strait and I say "All Right!", thinking I'm going to get a more extended "lesson" and wouldn't you know it, RED FLAG for a bike in the gravel on the exit of turn 2. The crash truck gets it and the rider (unhurt, good to see) and they send us back out and maybe two laps later, bike in the gravel trap out of 16 and the second red flag of the session.
The temperature was up pretty good by then anyways and I had already been giving serious consideration to not doing the seventh (final) session and seeing that second rider out (happily, unhurt as well) had me saying "That's not going to be you" so I got out of my gear the moment I rolled back into the pits, loaded everything up, and rolled on out yet again a TRACKDAY WINNER with my unscathed motorcycle.
On a side note, I had a really good time riding the GROM out and about during the end of my third session/12-1 lunch break time. It was a good way to keep cool and allowed me to do a little neighborhood exploration in the area surrounding the race facility.
The countdown clock is now ticking towards Saturday, May 13 and the next track day adventure.