Originally Posted by grippgoat
And if a pad is capable of not biting at high temps for a reason other than because it's melting away so fast it doesn't provide any friction, I'd love to hear it.
Take a look at friction coefficient graphs for any brake pads, they have an ideal operating temperature, under or over which friction falls off.
The pad doesn't have to be "melting away so fast", it can just be operating out of its ideal friction range. Like yellows, their coefficient falls off soon after 1000 degrees, but will still last plenty long when run that hot.
So yes, quite certainly you can be above a pads ideal operating temp, but not so much that you're melting the the material off.