Okay day 1 complete. Back at the hotel (who's internet I just fixed...easy $20, just needed a router firmware reset and the modem powercycled, lol) Started the day at 7am, checkin till 7:30. They had some breakfast, LOTS of food actually, quite good. Anyways, they started by dividing us into our various groups. Level 1 riders (anyone who hasn't been to their course before) were divided up into a white group and a yellow group, each around 15 riders. We alternated class time and track time. Everyone was assigned a bike so you shared it with one person in the opposite group, kept the tires nice and warm all day. During every track session there was an instructor for every 2 students. He would follow us, then pass and have us follow him (individually, we spread out nicely on the track. ) Surprisingly, passing was allowed pretty much the entire time except the first 2 times out. No rules on passing other than don't violate a 6 foot bubble of whoever you're passing. Started with a wet track but it had almost completely dried by the first session. Moved to sunny weather all day! To begin the day our first exercise was throttle control, after the class room session our on track practice was incredible, very interesting. We were instructed to ride the ENTIRE track in 4th gear and never once touch the brakes. For myself, this was absolutely perfect to get to know the unique and unfamiliar track. Bike left in rain mode. 2nd exercise was line, class time then out on the track, same thing 4th gear no brakes, rain mode. 3rd exercise was turn in point, after class time track was 3rd and 4th gear and some brakes used. Rain mode. 4th exercise was 2 step, 2 steps being spot your turn in point, 2nd look through the curve. After class track time was now picking up the pace, pretty much do what ever you want. I upped to sport mode in this one. However I still took the entire track minus the front straight in 3rd gear. 5th exercise was relax, working on arm relaxation, etc. Track time was all gears, go for it. I got much faster here but still did the entire track in 3rd gear after that we had 2 more track sessions to just work on what ever we wanted. I'm getting faster and faster on the track, but today I stayed entirely in 3rd gear except on the front straight. I just didn't see any need to shift as every single turn on the whole track had ample power in 3rd. I would only really have needed to shift had I been pinning it for a much higher speed in some of the back straights, but I was working on my cornering, not going fast on the straights. Hopefully tomorrow I'll use the gears a bit more. pics! The bikes! These were the level 4 bikes and instructor bikes, race slicks. These were the bikes the rest of us used. Started the day on BRAND NEW Q2 tires. and this was my trusty steed for the day. And a fine lady she was!