So, you’ve decided to attend a track day, and you’re excited to see what your bike (and you) can do on the circuit. There’s a lot to learn—it can be a bit bewildering—and you may have some questions. What should you expect at a track day? What is expected of you? Where can you find the best track day tips?
This trackday guide is for you riders who have limited or no experience and want to learn how to organise and plan a track day, as well as the rules and regulations of the event, how to prepare your bike, and some track riding techniques.
This guide may also be used by intermediate track day riders who want to learn something new, or heading in the right direction with their circuit riding.
Myself have attended hundreds and hundreds of riding events and with all of our combined experience, I just want to pass on my knowledge to you.
PART 1: ORGANISING YOUR TRACK DAY
1. Booking your Track Day
2. Choosing a Circuit
3. A Typical Track Day Timetable
4. Track Day Noise Louder The Better
5. Open and Sessioned Track Days
6. The Cost
7. What to Expect
8. Use your bike or Hire?
BOOKING YOUR TRACK DAY
Once you’ve decided to go ahead and get out on circuit, the first thing to do is find a track day organiser with whom to book the day. SBR Trackdays are one of the most organise trackday operator with 15-16 years of experience running trackdays at Sepang International Circuit
There are many track day also many organisers who will fit your needs and budget and they all vary slightly in how they put their events together. The main differences are:
• How many bikes they allow on circuit at any one time
• The types of bikes they allow: road and/or race bikes
• The type of sessions: open pitlane (lap at any time) or by session
I have been a customer, and also have guided trackdays around the Sepang Circuit, and I highly recommend SBR Trackdays and Monsta8 Trackdays as fantastic operators. Both organisers run excellent days with a strong focus on safety, on this fantastic Sepang circuit.
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CHOOSING A CIRCUIT
We are extremely lucky in Malaysia to have a world famous circuit, that some of the best riders in the world come to ride for MotoGP and MotoGP Winter Test.
If you’re a beginner, it’s important to choose a circuit that has a lot of “run-off”—if you’re unfamiliar with the term “run-off,” it is the amount of safety area (asphalt or gravel) surrounding a corner.
If you make a mistake, you can spin into these zones in relative safety, which can save you and your bike from damage.
A TYPICAL TRACK DAY TIMETABLE
Although different track day companies may vary how they organise their days, timetables typically run to a similar format, as follows:
• 07:30 – Arrival at the circuit
• 08:00 – Sign in—signing a waiver and presenting your riding license
• 08:30 – Safety Briefing—usually lasts around 20 minutes
• 09:00 – Group A (Fast Riders, Racers) begins with 20 minutes session followed by B & C
• 09:20 – Group B (Intermediate Riders)
• 09:20 – Group C (New & Fresh Riders)
• 1:00 – Chequered flag: lunch break
• 2:00 – Circuit is open for afternoon session
• 02:00 – Group A (Fast Riders, Racers) begins with 20 minutes session followed by B & C
• 02:20 – Group B (Intermediate Riders)
• 02:20 – Group C (New & Fresh Riders
• 06:00 – Chequered flag: end of day
TRACK DAY NOISE LOUDER THE BETTER
Race and track day bikes are noisy—that’s one of the reasons we love them so much.
OPEN PITLANE AND SESSIONED TRACK DAYS
There are two typical formats to track days depending on the organiser and the event.
Open pitlane track days leave the pitlane open to all bikes for the entire day apart from lunchtime.
On the plus side, you can go out on the circuit whenever you please. On the downside, you may be mixed with riders and bikes that aren’t lapping at a speed similar to yours and so overtaking/being overtaken may occur frequently.
Sessioned track days do exactly what they say: bikes and riders are categorised into groups by speed or experience, and they lap around the circuit in separate sessions. Note that the groups are formed by riders’ opinion of their speed, so please be honest when explaining your riding level.
Bikes and riders are usually split into three groups with sessions that typically last 20 minutes, so you’ll get one session per hour. This means you’ll be surrounded by bikes riding at similar speeds and shouldn’t be overtaking/overtaken constantly.
Both formats have their pros and cons, but most organiser prefer sessioned grouping.
THE COST OF TRACK DAYS
The cost of track days varies between organisers, but as with most things, you get what you pay for.
You can expect to pay between RM280 to RM450, with the main difference in price coming from 3 or 4 hour trackdays and how many bikes are booked for that track day: the fewer bikes, the more expensive your spot will be.
Personally, I’d prefer to have fewer bikes on the track and am happy to pay the extra money. When there are too many bikes on track, there’s heavy traffic and you never get a free lap which becomes frustrating. Even more if there are crashes and the session get red flagged.
As I’ve mentioned, I personally recommend SBR Trackdays and Monsta8 as track day organisers who seem to have found a good organiser at a reasonable price.
BIKES TYPES TO EXPECT
Track days are not just for road bikes. Race bikes are allowed as well. Many times, I’ve seen riders in their road-bike on track at the same time as a pro-riders on his race bike.
As you can imagine, speed differences can be huge, but these are track days, not racing test days. Any riders who are misbehaving and should know better are usually dealt with quickly and firmly, so there’s no reason to be concerned if you see racebikes on your track day.
You can expect an interesting and varied array of bikes on a track day.
USE YOUR BIKE OR HIRE?
Taking your own bike on track on track has its own merits, but perhaps you don’t want to wear out your own tyres, brakes, and engine, and take the risk of damage.
SBR Trackdays offers quality track bikes for hire.