So if you’re anything like me, you like to experiment with it all, tires included! I’m a track enthusiast, but by no means a racer. Unfortunately, I crashed last season on my first day out for the season, so needless to say, my season ended. Since the season is returning, I figure this may be a decent thread for everyone to share their experiences with all and I think it’ll be extremely helpful for first or future first-timers especially. My first time out, I went by myself and was using pilot road 3’s because somebody told me “for your first time, these tires should be fine and still keep you riding on the street for a while.” I didn’t crash and they held up nicely, and I ran those for 10k miles! Don’t want to toot my own horn, but I dragged knee my first time out lol and then after a few more times out and bad tire decisions, I dragged my whole body. Also, I’ve heard different opinions from multiple A group riders about slicks. Some say they use their slicks all season until the dot is gone, some say they change them after every track day or two if it’s hot out, which would get expensive AF. This is a question for the seasoned track riders!
What is your level? The following assumes you aren't advanced/expert/lvl3 whatever your track organization calls the fastest level.
If you have the budget I suggest pirelli diablo supercorsa sp v2 or sp v3 (v3 was just released). They will provide more than enough grip until you get to expert level (or whatever your track calls the most advanced level).
And since they are street tires they will handle much more heat cycles than slicks and cost less than pirelli slicks as well. They are the closest you can get to a race tire that is street legal that I know of.
You can run warmers on the sp but be sure the warmers are dual temp and run them on low temp because the sp are technically street tires and can't handle the heat that slicks are comfortable running at.
If your budget is tight then Q3 is another tire people like. I've never used them.
Remember though, no tire will make you magically a better rider or stop you from sliding down asphalt. Better tires for the conditions can help but usually grippier tires just make inexperienced riders crash while going faster because the tires can help to mask mistakes up to a faster pace than lesser tires.
Different tires and your pace and ambient temp will affect tire pressure. It's not set and forget. Tire pressures vary as the day progresses. You want to be sure your bike suspension is setup properly for your weight (arguably much more important than any specific tire) and as the day progresses talk to your tire or suspension guy at the track. They will give you advice and can look at the tires and tell you if you need to change the air pressure and by how much. They are the most important resource except for good instructors.