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About a year ago I was bitten by the track day bug. I remember rolling through tech and telling the guy inspecting my bike that it was my first track day. His response “welcome to the addiction.”

Since then I’ve been going every 3-4 weeks. Luckily I live in southern California, so the weather is pretty decent year round. I have a 959 Panigale that is primarily used for the track. I can’t remember the last time I rode it on the street. It is an absolute weapon on the racetrack, and I LOVE that bike.

I took my 959 to Big Willow last weekend at Willow Springs International Raceway. Unfortunately the rain started to pick up, it was very windy, and barely 40 degrees. So many people were lowsiding at turns 1,3, and 5. I decided to call it quits after only two sessions.

I hate leaving the track on a bad note. I like to always finish my day with a solid lap, usually the last or second to last session of the day. I didn’t get that satisfaction last week, so I started looking for something over this past weekend. Lucky for me an organization was running at Buttonwillow in the clockwise configuration for Sunday and Monday. There was forecasted rain for Sunday, but not for Monday. I’m not a super fast rider (middle to quicker end of B group), and B group was sold out. I called to be placed on the wait group and to my surprise they ended up having room for me due to all the cancellations from anticipated rain. LUCKY ME!

I wanted to wait to take the 790 to the track until I wore the stock rubber out. I’m very particular about tires, especially on a cold potentially wet racetrack. My new Arrow pro race slip on had just arrived the day before, so I took it as a sign to just take it anyway. I figured the stock rubber would manage water better than the Q4’s on my 959.

Best. Decision. Ever. I had an absolute BLAST on the Duke! I had people coming up to me after nearly every session trying to either figure out what the **** they were just passed by, or to tell me how much they loved the bike. The first two sessions it was actually raining and the track was drenched. It was low 40 degree temps. I was running warmers with the stock tires at 32psi front / 30psi rear. I left it in race mode with anti wheelie off. I was still lifting the front under heavy throttle, and drifting out of turns under throttle. The crazy thing is it just felt so controlled. I felt extremely confident. Later in the day the sun came out and the track dried up. I was laying down some not too terrible lap times! The bike transitions with such ease and has more then adequate torque to power out of turns.

I cannot wait to get some stickier rubber (probably Q3+) and get this thing back on the track! If you haven’t tracked yours yet, you’re really missing out!

Hopefully my pics don’t end up posting upside down:
 

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About a year ago I was bitten by the track day bug. I remember rolling through tech and telling the guy inspecting my bike that it was my first track day. His response “welcome to the addiction.”

Since then I’ve been going every 3-4 weeks. Luckily I live in southern California, so the weather is pretty decent year round. I have a 959 Panigale that is primarily used for the track. I can’t remember the last time I rode it on the street. It is an absolute weapon on the racetrack, and I LOVE that bike.

I took my 959 to Big Willow last weekend at Willow Springs International Raceway. Unfortunately the rain started to pick up, it was very windy, and barely 40 degrees. So many people were lowsiding at turns 1,3, and 5. I decided to call it quits after only two sessions.

I hate leaving the track on a bad note. I like to always finish my day with a solid lap, usually the last or second to last session of the day. I didn’t get that satisfaction last week, so I started looking for something over this past weekend. Lucky for me an organization was running at Buttonwillow in the clockwise configuration for Sunday and Monday. There was forecasted rain for Sunday, but not for Monday. I’m not a super fast rider (middle to quicker end of B group), and B group was sold out. I called to be placed on the wait group and to my surprise they ended up having room for me due to all the cancellations from anticipated rain. LUCKY ME!

I wanted to wait to take the 790 to the track until I wore the stock rubber out. I’m very particular about tires, especially on a cold potentially wet racetrack. My new Arrow pro race slip on had just arrived the day before, so I took it as a sign to just take it anyway. I figured the stock rubber would manage water better than the Q4’s on my 959.

Best. Decision. Ever. I had an absolute BLAST on the Duke! I had people coming up to me after nearly every session trying to either figure out what the **** they were just passed by, or to tell me how much they loved the bike. The first two sessions it was actually raining and the track was drenched. It was low 40 degree temps. I was running warmers with the stock tires at 32psi front / 30psi rear. I left it in race mode with anti wheelie off. I was still lifting the front under heavy throttle, and drifting out of turns under throttle. The crazy thing is it just felt so controlled. I felt extremely confident. Later in the day the sun came out and the track dried up. I was laying down some not too terrible lap times! The bike transitions with such ease and has more then adequate torque to power out of turns.

I cannot wait to get some stickier rubber (probably Q3+) and get this thing back on the track! If you haven’t tracked yours yet, you’re really missing out!

Hopefully my pics don’t end up posting upside down:
@v4_jordan sorry I'm a bit late to the party here. Thanks for the write up. I've got my second track day booked this coming weekend. I too was wanting to switch to better rubber prior but it looks like rain all week so I'm staying with the OEM Maxis they still have secenct tread on them. I don't have tyre warmers and it's a short twisty track so I was interested in your thoughts re front and rear tyre pressures and rear pre-load. I'm about 195lbs with gear and run the rear shock one click up at 7 clicks for the track with the bike in Sport mode. I run in the novice/white group. Thanks
 

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@v4_jordan sorry I'm a bit late to the party here. Thanks for the write up. I've got my second track day booked this coming weekend. I too was wanting to switch to better rubber prior but it looks like rain all week so I'm staying with the OEM Maxis they still have secenct tread on them. I don't have tyre warmers and it's a short twisty track so I was interested in your thoughts re front and rear tyre pressures and rear pre-load. I'm about 195lbs with gear and run the rear shock one click up at 7 clicks for the track with the bike in Sport mode. I run in the novice/white group. Thanks
He hasn’t signed on in near 2 years.. Click on the users profile, it should give you this info.
 

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@J D thanks, I wondered why his handle didn't hyperlink when I typed @
It's no big deal. A percentage of people come and go.

Wayyy worse on my CBR forum. New people respond to posts last made 15 years ago, lolZ. I don't know if the orig poster is alive, let alone still riding that CBR. 😁
 

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It's no big deal. A percentage of people come and go.

Wayyy worse on my CBR forum. New people respond to posts last made 15 years ago, lolZ. I don't know if the orig poster is alive, let alone still riding that CBR. 😁
Which CBR forum is it? I might be one of the deceased... Probably ran the same handle... I was pretty active for a few years when the CBR1000RR came out. probably 2004-2010 or so.
 

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Probably me... LOL... That is hilarious.

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Haa! You were there before me.
Actually posted some good content there. It was a good forum. Probably still is. I just don't own a 1000RR now and have less to contribute. Recovered my password, though...

Returning the post to it's rightful owner.
 

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@v4_jordan sorry I'm a bit late to the party here. Thanks for the write up. I've got my second track day booked this coming weekend. I too was wanting to switch to better rubber prior but it looks like rain all week so I'm staying with the OEM Maxis they still have secenct tread on them. I don't have tyre warmers and it's a short twisty track so I was interested in your thoughts re front and rear tyre pressures and rear pre-load. I'm about 195lbs with gear and run the rear shock one click up at 7 clicks for the track with the bike in Sport mode. I run in the novice/white group. Thanks
🤪just saw how late we are to the PARTEE! Where are you located mate? Don’t reckon I’d have the balls, being that I’m high 50s and busted to do a track day but I’d love to see someone giving a 790 the berries on a track! Im just n/w of Brisvegas.👍
 

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🤪just saw how late we are to the PARTEE! Where are you located mate? Don’t reckon I’d have the balls, being that I’m high 50s and busted to do a track day but I’d love to see someone giving a 790 the berries on a track! Im just n/w of Brisvegas.👍
@Shendo I'm in Sydney mate. I've done one track day on the short circuit at SMSP. Spent lots of time watching people go past me but managed to eliminate the chicken strips and avoid doing anything silly. I'm approaching the latter part of that 5th decade as well and can recommend the experience!
As it happens the day was cancelled due to the current monsoon, which I was grateful for so the next one is a way's off.
 
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