So, you think you might want to ride on a racetrack? The idea of it seems appealing, to be able to drive as fast as you want without the worry of cars trying to run you off the road or the police trying to cramp your style. But it can also be daunting. You may hear remarks about how expensive it is to start, and unless you’re a professional, why would you want to waste your money on tires and risk crashing your bike. Once I decided to go for it, I learned it’s not any of those things. I hope I can convince you to do the same. Here’s some of what I’ve picked up along the way:
First you need to separate a Race Day and a Track Day. A day of actual competitive racing requires proper training and conditioning and a full-fledged race bike. In an environment where milliseconds are everything and money is nothing. It is a career. But what about the rider who is trying to find an escape from their career? That’s where the Track Day is the solution, a very safe and educational environment that will not break the bank.
When you sign up for a track day expect to arrive at the track ready to learn. That is the most important rule of a track day. You are fortunate enough to have an organization that provides professional riders who are there voluntarily and care more about your safety and proper body position, than what your last lap time was. It is said that one day on the track, is equivalent to one year on the street. If you are humble enough to be honest about your skill level and open to adopting proper techniques, you will become a much safer, faster, and smoother rider.
Lastly do not feel intimidated that your bike isn’t a super sport or if your super sport isn’t heavily modified. A track day is segmented into different classes. Generally it is Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Race. Novice is where you will start out in and it is everything that I mentioned above, general rule is no passing in the corners. Intermediate is the same, but passing is allowed and you are looking at lap times and setting a consistent pace. Advanced riders, now have more purposed bikes, with race inspired modifications and have mastered their body position and are extremely comfortable on their bike, and are now pushing the bike to its limits. And finally Race riders are typically, amateur and semi-pro riders who are practicing for an upcoming race, with non-street legal race bikes.
I cannot stress enough how much fun you are going to have. I have done three track days now, and I have grown much more confidant as a rider, especially since I have only been riding for a year this has been a great experience to be a part of. Bottom line is, if you have a motorcycle and are looking to enjoy discovering more about it and yourself, a Track Day is a great place to start.
Convinced? Awesome. We’re hosting an event on June 18th for anyone interested in track riding. Follow the link to find out more.