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Bike Track Days Questions Answered

Using your vehicle on circuit has its rules and requirements. Although there are no speed restrictions and many of the laws of the road do not apply, it is a controlled environment and there are many elements you need to know. These FAQ's cover the questions that we come across the most often.

Booking Your Track Day

Its best not to roll-up on the day without checking you tick all the required boxes.

  • What is it all about?

    What is it all about?

    The essence of a track day is simple. A non-competitive event allowing riders of road and track bikes to come to a race circuit and explore their bike's performance in a safe, controlled and professional environment. Rider etiquette is of ultimate importance and so there is no close or aggressive overtaking. Riding is monitored with poor or dangerous riding dealt with swiftly.

    Please read question 2 and 3 to make sure you conform and then to guarantee your place on an event you do need to book in advance.

    Spectators are also welcome at all of our events, except those held at Bedford Autodrome due to its unusual site layout. Please not under 16's are not permitted in the pit lane on on the pit wall at any circuits.

    Instruction is available at all our events and highly recommended. This is the best investment you could ever make for going faster and safer. There are a range of instruction options to suit your budget.

    Garages can be reserved in advance for a small fee. Please see the booking page of your track day for further details. Any garages not reserved on the day are available free on a first come first served basis.

     

  • What do I need?

    All riders must hold one of the following licences and comply with the relevant regulations in order to take part in a track day: Road licence must be a full unrestricted, valid driving licence issued by the DVLA (or the equivalent foreign licensing authority in the driver's country of residence and be 18 years or above) with the appropriate category clearly indicated. ACU race licence aged 18 and above.

    Riders aged 16 and above with a race licence may still be permitted with special dispensation agreed prior to every event on a case by case basis and must book by phone every time.

    Rider Requirements For Dedicated ACU Licence Holder Test Days Only

    All riders must hold a valid competition licence issued by the ACU, AMCA or FIM. We can accept riders below the age of 16 years of age as part of a dedicated junior session or on a session where they will be participating with bikes and riders of a similar pace. Riders under 16 must book by phone. Unless the rider is taking part in a dedicated 'junior testing session'; all riders aged 16 and under must have specific permission from MotorSport Vision in writing prior to booking. Any rider under the age of 18 years of age will need a dedicated U18 indemnity form counter signed by there parent or guardian, who must be present, on the day of the event.

    Equipment Requirements

    • ACU approved full face helmet (not off road style motorcycle helmets)
    • Leather motorcycle gloves reaching beyond the wrist
    • Full one piece leathers or two piece leathers that zip 'all' the way round (not hip to hip).
    • Motorcycle boots that reach high enough to cover the bottom of the calf muscle (no metal toe sliders).
    • A motorcycle that is fit for the purpose and passes the noise requirement for that event.

    We strongly recommend the use of a back protector. Riders must have a good command of the English language and all clothing must fit well and be in good condition with no rips or holes. Metal knee and/or toe sliders are not allowed. For the avoidance of doubt, textile equipment is not permitted on trackday events.

     

  • What about my bike?

    The Bike. All bikes must be fit for purpose. If it has a rear brake light then it must be working. The bike including tyres must be in a good serviceable condition both mechanically and bodily and suitable for its intended use on the track. It is 'your' duty to ensure that the vehicle remains in this condition for the duration of the activity, in the interests of your safety and the safety of others at the circuit. Touring bikes must remove any luggage boxes.

    Noise Restrictions. The vehicle you intend to use must conform to our noise regulations. Full details of these can be found in the FAQ Noise Regulations section. If MSV is of the opinion that any vehicle does not comply with the applicable noise restrictions, the relevant vehicle will be prevented from participating in the remainder of the event unless and until the noise emissions are addressed to bring them within the applicable limit.

    Accident Damage and Insurance. MSV do not require you to have insurance cover in place on its track days. However, whilst track day accidents are rare, by using your bike on circuit you do so at your own risk. It is highly unlikely that your normal bike insurance policy will cover you for a track day but there are specialist insurance companies who provide track day insurance.

     

  • What happens on the day?

    A Typical 'day event' will run like this:

    Signing On (7:30-8:30)

    Complete and sign the riders indemnity form, driving licence check and allocation of instruction session if requested.

    Noise Testing (8:00-8:30)

    Before taking part in any track day, your vehicle is subject to a noise test. Please see the noise testing regulations to see how this is measured.

    Safety Briefing (8:30 - 8:45)

    This will cover everything you need to know about the day from rules of the event, through to bike preparation, riding techniques, ettiquette and circuit information.

    Familiarisation/Sighting Laps (9:00)

    Familiarisation laps are carried out behind a pace bike at the beginning of your first session. These give you a chance to experience each bend at a reduced speed and note the live marshal post and circuit conditions before continuing with the session.

    Sessions continue (9:00 - 17:00)

    Events will typically follow one of two formats with an hour break for lunch. Open Pitlane - you can go on and off circuit as you choose. Or sessions - vehicles are grouped according to the users track experience. Sessions are typically 20 minutes on rotation. It's time to put your vehicle through its paces. Warm your tyres, start off slow and build up your pace up throughout the day. There is no rush.

    Evening Sessions

    The format is the same as a 'day event'.

    Sign-on and noise testing (16:00 - 17:00)

    Briefing (17:00)

    Sighting laps and sessions (17:30 - 20:00)

     

Noise Regulations

All racing circuits have noise restrictions and at MSVT we are unfortunately no exception. It is extremely important that we operate in compliance with our limits to ensure the future of track days. On MSVT events the noise testing area will be indicated by a tall orange flag labelled 'Noise Test'.

  • Static Noise Testing

    These days, all racing circuits have noise restrictions. It is extremely important that we operate in compliance with our limits to ensure the future of racing for everyone that abides by the rules.
    Anyone wishing to have their bike tested before a test day is more than welcome to come to one of our circuits during our events and have a noise test free of charge.

    The initial test is a static test which is carried out using a handheld meter. YOU MUST HAVE A WORKING REV COUNTER. As per ACU guidelines, each bike is measured 0.5 meters away from the exhaust at a 45 degree angle when the engine is being held at the following RPM:

    Engine Size

    1 cylinder

    2 cylinder

    3 cylinder

    4 cylinder

    250cc (4 stroke)

    300cc (4 stroke)

    5,500rpm

    8,500rpm

    7,000rpm

       

    400cc (4 stroke)

    5,000rpm

    6,500rpm

    7,000rpm

    8,000rpm

    600cc (4 stroke)

    5,000rpm

    5,500rpm

    6,500rpm

    7,000rpm

    750cc (4 stroke)

    5,000rpm

    5,500 rpm

    6,500rpm

    7,000rpm

    +750cc (4 stroke)

    4,500rpm

    5,000rpm

    5,000rpm

    5,500rpm

    125cc (2 stroke)

    7,000rpm

         

    250cc (2 stroke)

     

    7,000rpm

       

    500cc (2 stroke)

     

    5,500rpm

    7,000rpm

    7,000rpm

    In cases where the motorcycle has two separated exhausts the measurement will be taken as above from the median point between the two.
    For bike testing, the noise regulations for each of the circuits are as follows:

    Brands Hatch

    Oulton Park

    Cadwell Park

    Snetterton

    Bedford Autodrome

    Indy Circuit (Daytime) - 102dB(A)

    All circuits - 102dB(A)

    All circuits - 105dB(A)

    Daytime - 102dB(A)

    All circuits - 101dB(A)

    Indy Circuit (Evening) - 102dB(A)

       

    Evenings - 102dB(A)

     

     

    GP Circuit 101dB(A)

           

    Please note: we also run some events at 98dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.

    Please note that we run some events at 98dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.

     

    Please note that we also run some evenings at 102dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.

    Bedford Autodrome also has a 87.5dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

     

     

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    For Supermono class, Vintage and Classic prior to 1973, the test RPM will continue to depend upon the mean piston speed corresponding to the stroke of the engine, according to the table produced in the ACU Sound Control Regulations.

    Additional Information
    Factors such as air temperature and humidity can affect the level of noise that your bike is producing. If you are ever within 1dB(A) of  a particular limit then we suggest that you strongly consider having your exhaust looked at before making another booking.

    Ducati Panigale fitted with the 'plain standard exhaust only' will be permitted leniency on the static test. Drive-by limits are still strictly enforced.

     

  • Drive-by Noise monitoring

    In addition to the initial static test our circuits have a continuous automated 'drive-by' meter operating to ensure vehicles continue to adhere to the noise restriction in place.

    If the results of the drive-by monitoring show that your vehicle is generating drive-by sound levels appreciably higher than vehicles with comparable static test results, then you will be called into the pit-lane to address the noise level being generated.

    The circuits drive by limits are:

    Brands Hatch 92db. Evenings with a 98db static have a 88db drive by

    Oulton Park 89db

    Snetterton 92db

    Bedford Autodrome 87.5db

    Exhausts do get louder with age as the packing deteriorates and it may be that you need to purchase a baffle (db killer) or have the exhaust repacked before attending another event.

    More information

     

  • Noise limits for each circuit

    Brands Hatch

    Oulton Park

    Cadwell Park

    Snetterton

    Bedford Autodrome

    Indy Circuit (Daytime) - 102dB(A)

    All circuits - 102dB(A)

    All circuits - 105dB(A)

    Daytime - 102dB(A)

    All circuits - 101dB(A)

    Indy Circuit (Evening) - 102dB(A)

       

    Evenings - 102dB(A)

     

     

    GP Circuit 101dB(A)

           

    Please note: we also run some events at 98dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.

    Please note that we run some events at 98dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.

     

    Please note that we also run some evenings at 102dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.

    Bedford Autodrome also has a 87.5dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

     

Circuit Facilities

Circuit facilities do vary, please check the details before you travel.

  • Are all the circuits exactly the same?

    In general the services and facilities are broadly the same but there are differences. Please click the circuits page for the specific circuit details.

    There are catering facilities available at all of our events where breakfast, lunch and teas and coffees etc. are available.

    At some venues there are fuel pumps on site for track day use. However, at other circuits there are petrol stations within a close proximity of the circuit so please ask any member of staff for directions.

    Camping is available at most circuits the night before free of charge between April-Sept. Outside of these months £10-£15

    Circuit access is typically from 6:30 in the morning.

     

Random

Generic questions that are good to get answered

  • What happens if the weather is poor?

    It is very rare that we will have to cancel an event due to adverse weather conditions. Usually if the weather results in the circuit being unsafe we will delay circuit activity until it is safe. Our events do take place if it is raining and it's a great opportunity to advance your wet weather skills. If the circuit is deemed unsafe to run without any circuit activity taking place then we will transfer your booking to a suitable alternative.

    Unfortunately we cannot rely on the weather forecast in most cases and the decision not to run is most frequently made on the day of the event.

     

  • What if I am late or forget my licence?

    Dont worry. Your place is safe. Should you arrive late, please report to any member of the MSVT event team, where arrangements will be made for you to be individually registered, briefed and sighted. Please note that you will miss out track time if you do arrive late and you may need to wait for a member of the team. If you are going to be really late please call the bookings team to retain your place.

    If you have lost your licence you can use the online DVLA service to prove it is still valid. You will need to go to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence and create a "licence check code". Choose the option to share/print your licence entitlements and bring this with you along with official photo id such as a passport.

     

  • Is there an alternative to using my own bike?

    Is there an alternative to using my own bike?

    Yes. If you would rather not use your current bike or fancy something different then hire bikes can be arranged. CBR600 hire bikes can be added directly to your booking using a third party provider for £249. This includes the use of the bike for the event and support to look after the bike. The price of the track day will also need to be paid.

    We also have a few contacts we can suggest for track bike rental. Most riders do start their circuit riding using their own bike. There is no pressure to go fast and the Novice group contains riders of little or no experience on track. Everyone is looking after each other and the groups are closely monitored. But if you have technical issues with your own bike, fancy trying something different or would rather not use your own bike then a hire bike is the way forward for you.

    More information

     

  • What are your booking terms and conditions?

    Our booking terms and condtions have a dedicated page and we have tried to look after you and use reader friendly language. Should there be sections you are unclear of, please call us before booking and we will help: 0843 453 3000

     

  • Can I use my own onboard cameras?

    Yes. The camera must be secured using a professional 'designed specifically for the purpose' mount. Camera's cannot be mounted anywhere on the rider (including on the crash helmet) or on the top of the tank. The event team/pit lane marshal's do still reserve the right to refuse use if they deem the camera equipment insufficient/unsafe.

     

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