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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.

Current COVID distancing measures

Click HERE to download a summary document that details all our safety measures currently in place for trackdays. In addition, here are some frequently asked questions:

  • Can we camp?

    Overnight camping is now permitted at all MSV circuits (except Donington Park and Bedford Autodrome) the night before or nights in-between consecutive events. Toilet facilities (only) will be available overnight – no showers.

  • How does the online check-in briefing work?

    We send a 'final instructions' email twice prior to the track day. The first one is around a week before and the second a working day before. This email will contain comprehensive information on your track day and will feature a link for online check-in and briefing.

    Each participant must check in using this link prior to attending. This involves completing an online indemnity and briefing for all riders. You should complete the indemnity/check-in straight away. You will then need to click the same link again 24 hours prior to your track day to access the compulsory safety briefing. If you have booked other riders you will need to forward the final joining instructions email to them so they can click the same link to register - using their own email and details. 

    Our office is open from Monday to Friday 8:30-18:00 should you need us in advance of your track day: trackdays@msv.com

  • Are spectators or helper allowed to attend?

    All circuits are currently working behind closed doors with no spectators allowed for track days. This is necessary to limit numbers in the pit and paddock areas.

    One essential helper (over the age of 16) is allowed per main driver booked, free of charge.

  • Can I turn up and pay on the day?

    No - in order to comply with the circuits' COVID-secure guidelines we must be aware of all circuit participants in advance and all must register online.

  • Can I hire a helmet?

    Helmet hire is currently not available. You can purchase helmets from stores such as SportsBikeShop or Alex Reade.

  • Can we still purchase food and drink on site?

    Yes - our restaurants will be offering a takeaway service with a limited hot food menu and a number of additional safety measures in place. Outdoor (only) seating will be available.

    All customers are welcome to bring their own food and drink to the circuit. 

  • Is there any change in the use of garages?

    Access will be restricted to a maximum three bikes and three people per single garage. Garages must remain fully open at all times (to the front and rear). Additional space in the paddock will be made available to assist with venue-wide social distancing measures. 

  • What if I have to isolate?

    You must not attend an activity if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, are required to self-isolate under Government guidelines, or are subject to travel restrictions under local lockdown conditions. Please notify us via email as soon as possible to discuss re-booking arrangements.

  • Is the Reward Card scheme still running?

    Yes - but the process has changed. After completing every second track day you will need to email your booking order details to trackdays@msv.com We will then cross reference the details and reply, as soon as we can, with your unique 10% discount code. Then you can make the booking online with the discount. We are unable to apply the discount after booking.

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 the calendar page to book.

    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.

    A small percentage of pit garages can be reserved in advance for a small fee. Please see the booking page of your track day for further details. The majority of garages will not be reserved and are available free on a first come first served basis.

  • What do I need?

    All riders must hold either a fully unrestricted road licence or ACU licence. Road licences 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 their parent or guardian, who must be present, on the day of the event.

    Equipment Requirements

    • ACU approved full face helmet (not off road MX style motorcycle helmets)
    • Leather motorcycle gloves reaching beyond the wrist
    • Full one piece leathers or two piece leathers that zip 'all' the way round (less than a 5" gap remaining).
    • 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 track days.

  • 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 and trikes are not permitted.

    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':

    Signing On (7:30-8:30)
    The registration team will check you have already completed the online check-in process and briefing before you can sign on. Then they will check your licence is valid and issue you with a wrist band and vehicle sticker. Arrive early.

    Noise Testing (8:00-8:30)
    At all circuits, except Donington Park, your vehicle will be subject to a static noise test. Please see the noise testing regulations to see how this is measured.

    Safety Briefing (8:30-8:45)
    There may be a supplementary briefing for novices (in addition to the online briefing) which will cover extra information to help you with your day. This will be mentioned on the final joining instructions email if relevant.

    Familiarisation/Sighting Laps (9:00)
    Familiarisation laps are carried out in a line behind instructors at the beginning of your first session on track. 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 riders track experience. Sessions are typically 20 minutes on rotation. 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)
    Supplementary briefing (17:00)
    Sighting laps and sessions (17:30-20:00)

  • When can I cancel my booking?

    See our terms and conditions for further information. If you are eligible to cancel please email your booking details and request to trackdays@msv.com.

  • I have a credit for a cancelled event, how can I redeem this?

    Log in to the same MSVT account you used to make the original booking and start your booking as normal. At the 'checkout page' you can scroll to see your credit(s) - press redeem next to the credit(s) and they will deduct from the booking price. Check the final amount is correct before completing the card entry stage. If you need to check your credit status please log into your MSVT account and view 'credit vouchers' under the 'my account' section. There is a £20 reduction in the credit balance for each three month extension period requested. It is worth noting the new date you are booking does not need to take place prior to expiry; you must simply have used your credit to book a date.

Other FAQs

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. If the circuit is deemed unsafe to run without any circuit activity taking place then we will transfer your booking to a suitable alternative date or issue a credit note.

    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?

    Don't 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 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 don't have your licence you will need to use the online DVLA licence checking service to prove you hold one and it is still valid. You will need to go to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence , follow the process and 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 on select dates. We use a professional third party provider with new shape Yamaha R6 hire bikes. These are available to add as an additional option on most dates when your booking your track day online. The bike option is £349. This includes the use of the bike for the event, fuel and support to look after the bike for you. The price of the track day will also need to be paid. Most riders do start their circuit riding using their own bike.

    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 ultimately still reserve the right to refuse use if they deem the camera equipment insufficient/unsafe.

  • Can people come and watch?

    All circuits are currently working behind closed doors with no spectators allowed. One essential helper (over the age of 16) is allowed per rider booked, free of charge. 

  • Do you have a waiting list if a track day is full?

    Yes. Go onto the booking page of your chosen track day and click the reserve button. A box will expand to reveal a reserves 'text link'. This will email reserves@msv.com with your request. If a space becomes available we will email all those that have registered to let them know a space is now available to book online. This system will run up until one working day prior to the track day.

  • Will it fit in a Caddy?

    Probably. Most modern sports bikes will fit. Get the maxi version anyway.

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

    All circuits have noise restrictions. It is extremely important that we operate in compliance with our limits to ensure the future of track days. Anyone wishing to have their bike tested before booking is welcome to come during our track days and have a noise test free of charge. Please check with the circuit before coming.

    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) 5,500rpm 8,500rpm    
    300cc (4 stroke) 5,500rpm 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 5,500rpm 6,500rpm 7,000rpm
    +750cc (4 stroke) 4,500rpm 5,000rpm 5,000rpm 5,500rpm
    125cc (2 stroke) 7,000rpm      
    250cc (2 stroke) 5,500rpm 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

    01474 872 331
    Indy Circuit (Daytime) - 102dB(A) Indy Circuit (Evening) - 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.
     

    Oulton Park

    01829 760 301
    All circuits - 102dB(A) Please note that we run some events at 98dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.
     

    Cadwell Park

    01507 343 248
    All circuits - 105dB(A) Please note that we also run some evenings at 102dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.
     

    Snetterton

    01507 343 248
    Daytime - 102dB(A) Evenings - 102dB(A)
     

    Bedford Autodrome

    01234 332 400
    All circuits - 101dB(A) Bedford Autodrome also has a 87.5dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

    Donington Park

    01332 810 048
    All circuits - 98dB(drive by only)  Please note that we run some unsilenced events. Please see the booking page of your event for details.

    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, circuits have a continuous automated 'drive-by' meter operating to ensure vehicles continue to adhere to the noise restriction in place. If the drive-by monitoring level show that your bike exceeds the limit then you will be called into the pit-lane to address the noise level before going back on circuit.

    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. Donington Park 98db (for quiet days only. Some events are unsilenced).

    There are many variables that will result in different readings at different circuits for the same bike.

    More information

  • Noise limits for each circuit

    Brands Hatch

    01474 872 331
    Indy Circuit (Daytime) - 102dB(A) Indy Circuit (Evening) - 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.
     

    Oulton Park

    01829 760 301
    All circuits - 102dB(A) Please note that we run some events at 98dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.
     

    Cadwell Park

    01507 343 248
    All circuits - 105dB(A) Please note that we also run some evenings at 102dB(A). Please see the booking page of your event for details.
     

    Snetterton

    01507 343 248
    Daytime - 102dB(A) Evenings - 102dB(A)
     

    Bedford Autodrome

    01234 332 400
    All circuits - 101dB(A) Bedford Autodrome also has a 87.5dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

    Donington Park

    01332 810 048
    All circuits - 98dB(drive by only)  Please note that we run some unsilenced events. Please see the booking page of your event for details.

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 some differences. Please click the circuits page for the specific circuit details.

    There are catering facilities available at most 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 £5

    Circuit access is typically from 6:30/7:00 in the morning for day events and 15:00 for evenings.

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