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So I'll be doing my first track day soon and was wondering if anyone has any tips for a novice? Any techniques and info is greatly appreciated! Waiting on a race suit to come in and I'm headed to Jennings!


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Start with this, these videos gives a lot of info.



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So I'll be doing my first track day soon and was wondering if anyone has any tips for a novice? Any techniques and info is greatly appreciated! Waiting on a race suit to come in and I'm headed to Jennings!


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Go out there knowing 100%---you're not going to be the fastest one there. As silly as it sounds, folks get in over there head trying to keep up instead of getting comfortable. If you're not using warmers, kick back for 2 laps before you get on it. Take spare everything. Drink before you're thirsty, eat before you're hungry. Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lay down.

Take shade. Take cash. If anyone is offering suspension services--buy that before you buy anything. If Steph says "Just the tip, just to see how it feels, he's lying." Take pics.


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Go out there knowing 100%---you're not going to be the fastest one there. As silly as it sounds, folks get in over there head trying to keep up instead of getting comfortable. If you're not using warmers, kick back for 2 laps before you get on it. Take spare everything. Drink before you're thirsty, eat before you're hungry. Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lay down.

Take shade. Take cash. If anyone is offering suspension services--buy that before you buy anything. If Steph says "Just the tip, just to see how it feels, he's lying." Take pics.
Haha...thanks man. I'll keep all that in mind!


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Go out there knowing 100%---you're not going to be the fastest one there. As silly as it sounds, folks get in over there head trying to keep up instead of getting comfortable. If you're not using warmers, kick back for 2 laps before you get on it. Take spare everything. Drink before you're thirsty, eat before you're hungry. Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lay down.

Take shade. Take cash. If anyone is offering suspension services--buy that before you buy anything. If Steph says "Just the tip, just to see how it feels, he's lying." Take pics.
I am always amazed at how many people do NOT warm up their tires for a lap or two.

My suggestions...if the organization you are running with has free instructors riding around, use them!
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Go out there knowing 100%---you're not going to be the fastest one there. As silly as it sounds, folks get in over there head trying to keep up instead of getting comfortable.
Totally agree. You are not there to impress anybody. The other riders dont care about your speed or lack of it. Trackday people are not like bar posers or gas station "badasses" who say things like "I never EVER get below 12,000 rpms when I'm riding the street" (actual quote).
Anybody who loves sportbike riding enough to hit the racetrack is deserving of respect.

One thing you can do to make life easier on anyone behind or passing you is to be predictable and smooth. Suddenly changing your line is the road equivalent of rapidly jerking into the next lane on the interstate without signaling or taking a right hand turn from the left lane at the last second. Not only does smooth = safe, but usually smooth = fast = fun too!
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Make sure you have good tires, that track is brutal on them. When are you going? I'm going back soon too.


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