How to Prepare for Motorcycle Track Day (Part 1)
A person’s first time on the track is an exciting and memorable event. You might be too nervous or distracted, which will cause you to miss a few steps of preparation. Here is a guide on how to prepare for your first motorcycle track day.
Before the big day
There are two main things you need to do before the track day. The first is to eat a full meal. This will keep you replenished and energized for the next day. Drink whatever drink you prefer which will improve your performance. This could be an energy drink or just plain water. Remember to pack a snack and drinks for the next day. Stay hydrated, as most tracks can be open and warm from the sun.
The most important thing you must do is to get sufficient rest. This will allow your brain to rest so that you can think clearly on the following day. Getting enough sleep will give you a clear head and an energized body. We understand that it may be challenging to get some sleep due to nerves or excitement but try anyway. You need all the concentration you can get.
On the track day
Make sure that you arrive at the venue early. Most organizers open their on-site registration at around 7:30, so try to arrive half an hour earlier. This will give you a chance to check out the circuit and set up camp on a good spot. You can secure a nice spot that gives you a good view of the circuit.
Check your bike
You should check your bike before the competition but do a last-minute check-up just to be sure. If you have a road bike, make sure to prepare it for the track.
Another part of the check-up is the “noise testing.” This opens a short while after the registration. You will be instructed to participate in the noise testing. This is where you will be asked to rev your bike to a certain RPM. They will ask you to hold it as they measure the noise level. They will provide you with a sticker if you past the testing. The noise level varies according to the sizes of engines.
If you think that your bike is in danger of going above the noise level, consider bringing a motorcycle exhaust baffle to make it quieter. Another tip is to let the engine run for a while to warm it up. This will quiet it down.
Prepare the requirements
You need certain things for the registration. The first thing is your driving license. This certifies that you are cleared to drive a bike. the next things are the completed track day organizer indemnity form and the completed circuit indemnity form. These forms should have been sent to you after you register.
Once you present these requirements, you will be cleared to participate in the track day activities.