So...I spent 10 hours yesterday in 30 degree heat wearing full leathers, doing my best to stave off dehydration and trying in vain to swat away a gazillion-and-one blowflies. Oh yes, and I actually paid handsomely for the privilege. But I have to say there were a few compensations. Yesterday was the last ever Australian Superbike School cornering course at Phillip Island (from now on it's being renamed the California Superbike School, to bring it into line with Keith Code's other ventures). I didn't really know what to expect as I rode the mighty Across down the gravel road to the circuit gate. Although I took careful note of the cars towing bike trailers laden with expensive sportsbikes (including a few racebikes), and the guys on Gixxers and similar machinery. My main thought at this point was - have I just bitten off more than I can chew? In fact, they were running 3 levels of the course on the one day. There was an interesting range of bikes (and riders!), and I wasn't the only 250. There were a couple of VTRs and 2 Aprilia 250s to keep me company. Cutting to the chase - it was a fantastic day. I learned a hell of a lot, and it was great to be able to put it into practice on the PI circuit. I think I took full advantage of this opportunity - see Exhibit A: http://gallery137160.fotopic.net/p23901194.html There are a few more photos here (no action shots, I was too busy): http://gallery137160.fotopic.net/c796095.html Top marks to the instructors, too - friendly, helpful and boy can they ride. Highly recommended.