Then, bam, back down two gears for Turns 8 and 9, where I cheated a bit by popping my head up to find the exit line, then a smooth right around Turn 10 for the longest straight on the track, 1,330 feet long. This straight leads to a right/left kink that you can take very, very fast, so I became more comfortable through the day topping out fourth gear here and braking very hard on the tip-in to the right. Then you’re in the bowl, banked 10 degrees, where the BMW felt marvelous. One advantage of wide handlebars is that you can feel the front end, and I had a very good sense of just how hard I could push the bike here. In fact, every time the bike would begin to slide or nibble, I felt it coming, and could eventually predict what the TC was about to do in most corners.