I really don't care what kind of gear he wears, it's his ass on the line.
The thing that bugs me is that he's on the track on a 1000cc rocket bike with "traction control working hard".
If your traction control is working hard, your throttle control needs to work a lot harder. Squid Crutch? Maybe a few seasons on a 250 Ninja would be a smarter use of track days than riding an S1000rr.