Is there anyone in here from Florida hasn't ever done a trackday?
I've posted this before, but it was a while ago. I thought I would post it again.
There is a program with the Florida Department of Transportation that works with the Florida State University Police Department (who put together a "Motorsports Team") to put together ideas that could have a positive impact on motorcycle related fatalities here in Florida.
One of those is this program, geared toward introducing street riders to the world of trackdays. Aimed at taking the typical sportbike rider (we all were at one time) that is flying down the highways and getting them to the track. Showing them what it's about and how much fun it is. While teaching them how to be better riders both on the street and on the track. As with most of us, we notice how different the safety aspects are when comparing the 2.
We've been doing the program for a couple years now. We do about 6-7 events per year. And so far it's been a HUGE success. The groups are kept very small in order to maximize the instructor to rider ratio. Which allows the riders to excel VERY quickly.
We typically have between 4-8 riders per day. And we'll usually have between 4-5 instructors. Obviously this varies depending on the track, event, etc...
MANY riders advance to intermediate on the same day. We have quite a few that are now running advanced times, with in just a couple trackdays of doing their first one. We have a couple that are taking the leap into racing. And we wish them a lot of luck and hope to be there with them every step of the way!
As part of the program DOT/FSUPD pays for about half of the entry fees. We do all of your bike prep, walk you through the registration and tech inspection process. We then ride with you on the track and work with you between sessions off the track. We provide you with water, chairs, tents, video, etc... for the day of the event. You have to provide your bike, obtain gear (buy, borrow or rent), pay half your entry fee and get yourself to and from the track.
The next event we have is May 27th and 28th at JenningsGP, the event is hosted by Southern Trackdays. If you or you know someone interested in participating, please have them send a message to the FSUPD Motorsports Team Page
and that will get them on the list.
If you/they have any questions, they can send at questions to that page, or read a little more about it here: www.tracklife308.com/newrider
So if you all would, share with any friends that you think might be interested in participating in this.