How to Prepare for Motorcycle Track Day (Part 2)
It’s finally the big day – your first motorcycle track day. You’ve finished with the registration, but you still have a full track day ahead of you. If you’re wondering if there are still more ways for you to prepare yourself, then the answer is yes. It is better to be overprepared than to be underprepared. Here is a guide on how to prepare for your first motorcycle track day. This is the second part of the article to make sure that you have read the first part.
Before the first session
The first session of tracks starts around nine. Before that, the organizers provide a briefing about the whole event. Make sure to attend the briefing so that you won’t miss out on pertinent details about the event. Additionally, do not be nervous. Your nerves can only compromise your upcoming performance.
Do some sighting laps
The first three laps are sighting laps. The instructor sent by the organizers will lead the group for this. Sighting laps aim to familiarize the group with the circuit. The instructor will lead the group to perform two or three slow laps around the circuit.
Take this chance to get familiarized with the track. Memorize the directions of the turns. Learn where each turn leads to. Know every bump or crevice on the track. As you’re doing the laps, make sure that your bike is performing well under the conditions.
Begin the session
After the sighting laps, the first session will commence. Listen to the organizer for the flow of events. Some sessions begin right after the sighting laps. Others allow the riders to regroup in the pit first.
The flow of the events will be discussed during the briefing. Be attentive so you’d know what to do.
Eat your lunch
Most events finish the first session during the morning. This allows everyone to lunch, after about three to four sessions. Take your lunch. Do not eat too much that you might be distractingly full. Conversely, do not eat too little.
Take the time to relax and reorganize your thoughts. Do not let your nerves get the best of you. Pump up yourself to perform better in the next sessions.
Take this break to recheck your bike. There’s no harm in being cautious. Make sure that your bike is fully functional and ready to roll. Check the tire pressures. Make sure that the tire pressures are still at the optimum PSI recommended for the track.
Session and end
The next session will be after the hour-long lunch. Keep a clear head and maintain your focus as you go through the event.
There’s a chance that you may be too exhausted and you might want to back out. That is possible and allowable. It is entirely up to you. Listen to your body’s needs and if you think you can’t go through with the rest of the session, you can make your call.
After the session, pack up all your materials and get some rest. You deserve it.