The break and throttle control helped me avoid 2 accidents, and gain much confidence. I would watch the MotoGP guys adjusting lines mid-turn, and wonder how they did it, and now I know. Before I was stuck in my line, and if something happened, I was probably going to crash. Now, I have much more control of the bike through the throttle/break, and can control what I want to do mid turn and adjust causing me to be faster and safer.
I had 2 oops moments in mid turn, both going right at full lean. I felt the front go, adjusted and kept going on the first. On the second, the bars wiggled/jumped left on me, then right, then left, and finally I controlled them. Scared the crap out of me, but because I was in control, and was able to keep moving and exit the corner safely, and without losing much speed. While talking with Aaron after that session, I was showing him what happened, and he pointed out the Ron said to keep the elbow tucked. I had my chest on the tank, head pointed where I wanted to go, but my inside elbow was pointed out into the infield, instead of tucked in and down towards the pavement. So, I was actually pushing the front away from me, and I feel thatís what caused the front to get out of control like that. I adjusted this, and focused on it the rest of the day.
I also had 2 oops moments in the last turn onto the straight (which is the worst place to crash at Putnam). The first was a mental lapse. I watched the guy in front of me, thought about how awkward his line was, and the next thing you know I drifting out of the corner, wide, full lean on the rumble strips, and moving towards that quicksand over there. I stood it up, expected to sink in the sand and tumble in the wall, but thank God that didnít happen. I went offroading, kept my feet light on the pegs, ran parallel with the track, and as the wall closed in I merged back onto the track. Very scary considering thereís only wall right there and almost no run-off. So I slapped myself for that one, and realized I need to continually focus on the basics (like looking where you want to go, and keeping focus). Each turn is its own battle, and you need to focus 100% of the time out there. Any lapse in mental thoughts/processes and you could end up off the track. The second oops has to do with staying in your limits and pushing when youíre comfortable. I was not 100% comfortable with those last 3 sweeping corners coming onto the straight all day. I was chasing down a guy on a Repsol that was really fast, and kept with him the whole lap up until that portion. I said to myself, here just ride normal, donít push yourself, youíll catch him in other corners. But as we came to the last right before the straight, he slowed for whatever reason, and I thought if I get a solid drive out of that corner, Iíd be right even with him. I got excited and gassed it too quickly before I should have, causing the rear to slip, then catch, and buck me off the bike. I was able to gain control and continue my pace, however still scares the crap out of you when youíre looking down at your bike!! This is a lesson in riding to your ability, and pushing it when youíre comfortable. Go fast in the fast corners, and slow in the slow corners. Donít push it in areas where you are uncomfortable.