LET‘s be blunt. There’s only one place to explore the limits of your bike and your own riding abilities these days and that’s on the the track.
If you’ve never ridden your bike on a race track there’s a hole in your life – and there are no more excuses.
It may have only once been intimidating to go head-to-head with experienced club racers when you had just passed your test, but there are now so many track days that cater for every level of experience it’s not scary anymore.
Whether you want to take part in a novice day, get tuition from a top racer or zap round with a group of mates, there’s a track day out there with your name on it.
HOW THEY WORK?
Most track days or race schools run three session: novice, intermediate and advanced. Make sure you’re not out of your depth to begin with – if you’re faster than you think, you can easily move up a group. The more riders out in each group, the less one-to-one tuition you will get, so if you want lots of advice, book onto a day with small numbers or book an exclusive deal that will guarantee you personal tuition.
You are expected to use your own bike on most track days but some schools include the use of a bike – these cost more. Just remember you are probably not insured to use your bike on a track day so check with your insurer first.
Most instructors are former or current racers with experience ranging from club to international level so don’t be surprised to see famous faces helping out on the day.
Your day will be broken down into sessions of 15 or 20 minutes. Don’t be disappointed as you will be amazed at how physical it can be and you will be glad of the breaks to catch your breath and chat to instructors.
You’ll start off with a briefing about track safety, what the coloured flags mean and specific rules such as when you’re allowed to overtake and when you are not. You will usually be required to sign an indemnity form and don’t forget to bring both parts of your license – most organisers will ask to see it.