Before we ventured out onto the circuit, we were warned that the track was very "green" as it hadn't been used yet in 2020. This turned out to be more true than usual, as we discovered that there was actually vegetation growing on the track! Fortunately we were blessed with a bright and dry day, so after the first sessions, the track was back to its former glory. Perhaps more shocking was the revelation that 'on demand' hot water is now available in the toilets... :-)
At the previous test day, we performed some testing with tyre pressures - and we decided to continue that testing during the track day and to monitor the effects on tyre wear. We started the day with 29psi (hot) in the front tyre and 28psi (hot) in the rear tyre. Throughout the day we took part in 6 sessions and rode a minimum of 10 flying laps in each session - so we got some decent mileage in.
In the first session we were behind the 'pace bike' for three laps before being let loose. We used this time to assess the track conditions and slowly build our pace. We were not particularly committing to corner entry or exit at this point, but it was nice to be back on track.
During the session we caught up with James Ford and followed him into the back esses. Unfortunately, just in front of him a Honda CB500 had hit a bollard and it bounced onto the track. We saw the debris late and didn't realise what it was (or what else lay ahead), so when James Ford picked it up and ran across the grass - on his brand spanking new and extremely pretty 2020 Yamaha R6 - we did the same. Unfortunately for us, we clipped a bollard ourselves which caused some minor damage to both bike and rider. You can see the onboard footage in the video below.