Track events are held at:
These events provide a safe and fun environment for riders to enjoy the performance of their modern sport motorcycles at a modest cost. Track experience is no longer a requirement. However, riders new to the track must be proficient with operating a motorcycle and must have street riding experience and a mature attitude.
At the track we ride as fast as we want with the fewest sensible rules, but safety always comes first. Hooligan, aggressive riding is not toleratedFlexible riding during group days:
We are more than happy to allow riders to spend a little time in groups other than their own.It's fun to ride with friends or help a buddy!There are a few rules:
Keep in mind that car clubs run regardless of the weather. And we certainly don't want tracks giving preference to cars over bikes, which would affect the number and quality of our reserved dates. But try to see the bright side: a wet track encourages much better riding and forces us to think about being smooth and act accordingly. An interesting statistic is that we get fewer spills on a wet day than in the dry. Really!
7:00AM - 7:30AM - Arrive at the track.
Gates open at 7:00AM. Sign the racetrack waiver at the front office. Find a spot in the paddock, park, unload and set up.
7:30AM - 8:15AM - Registration.
This is where the important waivers must be signed. Signing these liability releases is required if you want to ride on the track.
7:30AM - 8:15AM - Tech Inspection.
After registering you must bring your bike to the Tech Inspection area. Registration & Tech Inspection ends at 8:15! If you miss it you will not ride on time. At a minimum, you will miss the sighting laps (see below).
8:15AM - 8:45AM - Riders Meeting.
This starts promptly. All riders must attend. During the riders meeting we will review the day's agenda, track rules (such as passing, entering and exiting, etc.), behavior in the pits (slow speeds, no "squidly" stuff), corner worker flags, special services offered, and so forth. Pay attention please.
9:00AM - 9:20AM - Sighting Laps.
Riders assemble on pit lane in groups for slow, follow-the-leader "sighting laps". Sighting laps are not required for experienced riders familiar with the track, but are required for riders new to the track. This is your chance to get familiar with the track, understand how to get onto and off it properly, scrub in tires, search for reference points, and shake off the jitters. This is also a good time to watch the lines ridden by the leader. Usually three laps are done.
9:20AM - 1:00PM - Hot track!
1:00PM - 2:00PM - Lunch.
Track is closed. We make sure food service is available so you can purchase meals on-site .
2:00PM - 5:00PM (4:30 at Laguna) - Hot track!
Foods: Liquids (something with electrolytes, like Gatorade, is better than water), snack foods (candy bars, hard boiled eggs, etc.).
Clothing: Hat, sweatshirt, comfortable garb during lunch (shorts, T-shirt, sandals), bathing suit (pool/hot tub at lodging?).
Miscellaneous: Sunscreen, chap stick, sunglasses, camera, canopy and chairs, gas, travel maps, aspirin/ibuprofen, driver's license, cash, credit card, pen.
Tools: Duct tape, compressed air, bike stands, wrenches and other tools, tire gauge, tape measure.
Laguna Seca, Thunderhill and Sonoma have noise restrictions.
Laguna (90 & 92dB): Click here to read complete details regarding bike sound.
Sonoma and Thunderhill (103dB): Tolerance for noise should not be a problem unless your exhaust system is defective. Bikes don't need numbers.
(CW, config #13)
|A group||under 2:15||under 2:11||under 2:02||under 1:50|
|B+ group||2:10 - 2:25||2:08 - 2:20||2:00 - 2:13||1:48 - 2:00|
|B- group||2:25 - 2:45||2:20 - 2:45||2:13 - 2:35||2:00 - 2:30|
Novice schools are for experienced street riders and moderately experienced track riders (B- and B+) looking for significant personal instruction in a school format. They are focused on fundamental skills -- cornering, lines, body position, use of reference points, etc. No track experience is required. Read more about our schools here.
Intermediate schools are for non-novice, A and B+ group riders. Students will be placed in one of two groups (faster intermediate or slower intermediate). The curriculum is advanced and the focus is on becoming a faster, safer, more capable rider.
New Racers School (NRS) are conducted by Keigwins for the American Federation of Motorcyclists, the nation's oldest motorcycle racing club. These NRS schools are optional features offered at several track day events throughout the year. They will prepare and certify riders for racing in the AFM club. Attendees will get a complete track day and must attend classroom lessons during non-riding periods. Read more about the NRS program.