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A Day at the Road Race Track

This is a guest article by Jeff Whitmer regarding his experience attending a track session for street riders at Southern California’s Willow Springs International Raceway. Though you may live in another part of the world, your local track may provide a similar opportunity/experience for you.

Recently I attended an event at Willow Springs International Raceway called Fastrack Riders. The event is designed to give street riders a chance to hone their skills in a controlled environment.

A day at Fastrack will start off by waiting in the registration line to get signed in and received a tech slip. From the registration area you take your prepped machine through the tech-line where your steed in inspected. Upon passing tech inspection, your bike is labeled for the appropriate class.

Once sign-in and tech inspection are out of the way, it is time to attend a brief but stern safety meeting conducted by Tom Sera. Tom makes it very clear that this is a serious situation you are about to put yourself into, and your highest level of concentration and compliance with the rules are the minimum he expects out of every rider.

Once finished at the safety meeting the fun begins. If this is your first time in attendance, you will be required to attend a new rider orientation school. Once your group is called onto the track, you have twenty minutes of high- speed bliss around a mind-boggling 2.5 mile, nine-turn asphalt delight. On an average day you can expect to get 5 or 6 sessions on the track. If you are within driving range of Willow Springs, I recommend contacting Tom at www.fastrackriders.com and enrolling in an upcoming event. If you do not live in Southern California, I recommend contacting your local track and find an event like Fastrack where you can start making yourself a better rider and the streets a safer place to ride.