I'd really like to get back out there soon and work on my body position, entry speeds, and reference point spotting. Any advice and criticism on my technique would be great. I was trying to keep my arms relaxed,use mainly my legs throughout the day, lay my outside arm on the tank, get one cheek off, and try and drop my inside elbow and shoulder.
That's a long laundry list to work on. This is the same advice you'll probably receive from any track rider:
Slow down and work on one thing at a time.
Work on reference points first. If your track org puts out entry/apex/exit markers then work using those, they never lead off the track. If not, work with your instructor (feel free to take them over...you paid the $$) by following them lap after lap using the correct line and try to spot any RPs you can. Use your peripheral vision to look for stuff. RPs is something that will improve with seat time on the track. Just SLOW DOWN! Because if you're going too fast and trying to work on BP, what will happen (worst case scenario but since you're a track newbie it's likely if you're going too fast):
- Ok, turn approaching.
- Need to downshift. Ok, clutch in, downshift, clutch out
- Ok, need to start braking, brake brake brake
- Ok, moving butt over, positioning legs right
- OH crap, was I supposed to turn back there?!?!
Next is body position. Don't worry about hanging off like Rossi. The keys are:
- Being able to lock your outside leg into the tank securely by locking the rearset into the heel or the ball of the foot.
- Shift the butt over a bit.
- Make sure you got about a fist distance between your balls and the tank
- Make sure that this is actually comfortable and when you shift the upper body out and lower body is the only thing supporting you, that your inner thigh is hugging the tank.
- Inside hand regrips the grip in a screwdriver fashion
- Which allows you to drop the inside elbow down without bending the wrist
- Kiss the mirror. Don't lead with your shoulders/torso. Lead with your inside elbow down, the rest will follow
Slow down. Work on one/two things at a time. You should not be in a hurry to move up into intermediate/advanced, leave your ego at the door and focus on learning instead, and have fun.
Look online at the Superbike School UK videos.
There are a lot of BP exercises there you can do at home on the stands.