I had the Dunlop tire guy put me a set of the new D211GP-A dot race tires on in the afternoon and I almost immediately ripped off a lap a full second faster than my previous best time. I should pick up more speed as I get used to the improved grip.
Riding with the RideSmart organization was ok but I still prefer Fastline. Ridesmart was more restrictive on the level 2 riders, mainly by only allowing passing on the outside in the corners. While the intention is good, I think it also bunches up the field more by removing some passing opportunities. A big issue I saw was riders not getting off the racing line to slow down. I saw several times where a rider would put a hand up to signal that they were slowing to pit, but then rolled off the throttle without moving out of the path of overtaking traffic. I saw several near misses because of those. And also, when a yellow or even a red flag comes out, that doesn't mean that you should immediately roll completely off the throttle. Instead, back off just a little to kill your acceleration, keep going, and be careful. Ridesmart should send out a feedback email in the next day or 2 and I'll mention those in my response. I know I've heard them mention it before at other events.
The next event is just 1 week away on March 16. We'll be back out at MSRH, but with Fastline this time, and we'll be running the track counter-clockwise, which is "backwards" to the direction it's normally run. 70-80% of the track will be the same, with just a few adjustments in a few key areas.