As the day approached, all I could think about was what it would be like when I opened the throttle, what it would feel like to hang off and drag my knee on a piece of Superbike history. In the end, the experience did not disappoint. Yamaha was endlessly hospitable, providing us with food/water/shade for the day and best of all, access to the daily grind of developing a Superbike. I was able to spend time with Josh Hayes on track (image above) and in the pits, talking to him about riding: What he thinks about on track, how he perceives setting a bike up, and of course what it was like to ride Yamaha's ultimate weapon, the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike. I also spent time talking to Hayes' crew chief, Rick Hobbs, about the development of the bike and how the team approaches making changes and documenting progress. It's fascinating stuff, and the ease with which Hayes won the latest championship obscures the constant development and hard work of the team.