I woke up nice and early Tuesday morning, had a cup of coffee and headed to the track. Wakefield Park has great spectator areas where the whole track is visible, the surface looks great and visibility through the corners looks like it will be great
I unloaded the bike and all of my gear and proceeded to sign on for the day. At this point my bike still hadn't travelled a single km
Unfortunately due to the shipping company I still did not have my front stand so I'ld need to run my front tire without a warmer. I was surprised at the lack of scrutineering involved at the track day, they only had a really quick look at the bike just before I left pit lane
I was keeping in mind that I had never been to this track and wasn't familiar with the layout of the circuit, I was also aware that my front tire was stone cold so I wasn't about to go out and push at 100% for the first session
The corner visibility was amazing, you could see how sharp the corners were and your apex and exit before you even arrived at the corner, this instilled a lot of confidence within the first few corners. I was just cruising at about 50% pace, not aggressive with the throttle or brakes and not leaning the bike very far at all. I got to the tightest left hander (turn 8), I had done 90% of my braking before arriving at the corner and was still at a very slow pace, I trail braked ever so slightly as I began to tip in... The front slid and before I had time to react the bike was sliding down the track
Scratched the front upper fairing and left fairing, cracked the left tail fairing, snapped mounting point for the swing arm spools and bent the gear shifter. The bike had less than 2km and looked like a mess! It was a really slow crash and I hoped up without even the slightest soreness or injury
A bit of duct tape and I was ready to head back out for the next session. This time I decided I would place the warmers over the top of the front tire, it wouldn't be perfect but it would get more heat into the carcass and surface of the tire than nothing. I went out for the second session, took it even easier for the first couple of laps before slowly upping the pace (still WAY off race pace). The front and rear tires were sliding everywhere! These tires are possibly the worst tires I have ever ridden on. I made it through the session and pulled in to the pits. I'ld need to change over to the supercorsa's I had brought with me, unfortunately there wasn't a tire changer at the track and I'ld need to head in to town.
There was one more session before lunch so I made the decision to stick with these and drive into town on the lunch break. I started pushing a bit more in some of the faster corners but remained careful on the tighter stuff, I started getting some great pace through these faster sections. About 16mins into the session I was flying down the front straight, full throttle through T1, I had just gotten off the throttle and began to load the front suspension. I was barely leaned over (maybe 10% lean angle) and the front end washed away. I hadn't wiped off any speed at all and this was the fastest part of the track, looking at the data from the previous laps it was a 160km/hr (100mph) corner. As I slid and tumbled along the Tarmac and grassed areas I watched the bike explode into thousands of pieces (a slight exaggeration). I jumped up and moved out of the way as quickly as possible to safety. I had smacked my head, slid for 50m and tumbled a few times, surprisingly I had no soreness or pain anywhere. The bike was destroyed though!
Completely smashed every fairing piece that was on the bike, the headlight was smashed, tail light smashed, right rearset shattered, right handlebar snapped, left handlebar bent, wiring in the right switch block cut, ignition snapped, both seats damaged, engine cases scratched, radiator hoses disconnected, slight damage to the radiator (not leaking), damaged rear line and reservoir, small dent in the swingarm, scratched and dented exhaust and a few other small bits and pieces
(Note this is what was left, I hadn't removed anything at this point)
10 days to have it ready for the race weekend