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Well, just came back from 2 day track ride at Phillip Island, using the Bridgestone RS10 R-Type front and rear, so I guess a bit softer than the stock RS10 that come with the H2.

First up, I am NOT a fast rider - after several years doing an annual 2 day track ride I have a good idea of where I sit in the pecking order on track - middle of the intermediate group.

The track days consist of 20 minute sessions per group, which amounts to about 4-5 sessions on the first day, after initial pep talk by the organisers, then second day about 5-6 sessions.

My rear tyre was close to shot after first 2 sessions! Left hand side basically shredded - I know a lot has to do with tyre pressures etc. I persisted though, and sat out one or two sessions just so I could extend the tyre life. I have never had a bike slide and squirm so much out of corners AND when simply changing gears - for example coming out of turn 2 (Southern Loop) from 4th to 5th the bike would kick out, turn 5 (Siberia) from 3rd to 4th would elicit a big slide/kick and then the short shift through 5th and 6th would do the same. Other riders were amazed at the tyre wear and noticed the bike squirming through the track. I had the TC on level 1 (start up default), and I guess I could have played with stronger TC to help the bike pull out of the corners a little tamer, but boy was I having fun!!! And getting the crap scared out of me!!! This thing was hurtling me down the straight and up to turn 1 (Doohan Corner) faster than I have ever gone - and also into turn 4 (Honda Corner) I am grateful for the Brembo brakes! no fade whatsoever!, and although very heavily braking, the ABS never once came on or the bike get out of line.

Again, I am obviously not a frequent track rider, but it is still one of the best things I can do on a bike. As far as the BS tyres go, I'm not sure if they were too soft a compound or a combination of that and the power of the H2! By the last session on day 2, the bike was very loose out of all corners and hard acceleration.

Don.

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