Rules & Safety

Overtaking
Passing in all groups must be safe and courteous. In all groups, passing is permitted both inside and outside as long as you maintain a courteous 6-foot buffer between you and the motorcycle you are passing, which of course precludes any drafting. The 6-foot buffer around every rider extends to the sides, the rear, and the front of the bike. Simply imagine that each bike has a 6-foot (a bike length) bubble around it that you have to avoid.

In the Advanced group, some minor leeway is granted to allow passes on closely matched riders as long as the passing is still very safe and courteous (no diving down the inside; remember this is not a race). However, in the B and C  groups, we never want to see anybody starting to crowd the 6 foot buffer, and all passes must be extremely courteous (i.e., get the passing done on the straights before corner entry or only after a rider has smoothly settled into a longer corner. If you are uncertain whether you can pull off a pass with the necessary margin, for safety and courtesy, Don't try it.

 

overtaking bikes

If you are frustrated with a slower rider or group of riders in front of you that you cannot safely pass, pull into the pit lane for 30 seconds and go right back out so you don't have to deal with them anymore; don't get frustrated and make a stupid mistake.
 

No Stopping On Track
Do not stop on the track unless threre is a red flag , even if another rider crashes and you know the rider. Instead, come into the paddock.

Signal When Doing Anything Unusual
If you (i) see a yellow or red flag, (ii) need to roll off the throttle in an unusual place for any other reason, or (iii) need to do anything else unpredictable, get your left hand up in the air to signal that you are about to slow or do something else unusual before you do it. Do not assume that the person right behind you saw the flag or problem; if you slow before signaling, you may get rear-ended.
 

Entering the Track and Exiting Properly .
Check carefully to make sure nobody is coming down the straight before entering the track. You cannot afford to pull out in front of somebody barreling down the straight. Again, before entering the track, check (1) the group sign (A, B or C) to make sure you are in the right group, (2) the green flag to make sure no problems exist on the track, and (3) the track marshal to make sure it is safe to enter. 
When exiting the track, be sure to get your left hand up in the air on the straight well before the Pit Lane entrance to signal before exiting. You must decide that you are exiting well before the exit so you can signal in time to avoid problems. However, do not make any sudden moves. Raise your hand first pause and then move smoothly to the right.
 

Do Not Crash (Doh!)
However, if you do crash, (1) wait to make sure you are okay before trying to get up (even pros sometimes injure themselves by trying to stand up before they have stopped sliding), (2) if you can do it safely, get yourself and your bike clear of the track, and (3) wait until the end of the session for bike retrieval. One of the circuit staff will come and check on you as soon a possible. If you require medical attention, do not move and we will bring Medics to you.
 

Warm Up Your Tyres
Trying to go fast on cold tyres is the number one cause of trackday crashes. Take a full lap, leaning your bike over just a little more and going a little faster in each turn before you really get on the power. On a cold day, it may take even more than a lap to be safe. With 100 laps or more available, it is silly to crash on the first lap out because you were too impatient to warm up your tyres.


Keep Your Lines Tight
All but the fastest of riders need to keep middle to tight lines. A slower rider never really needs to use all of the track setting up for a corner or exiting the corner (unless they have made a mistake). If you don't want someone to pass you on the inside, leave plenty of room on the outside as you set up for, and turn into a corner. If you really want to annoy the faster riders (and eventually get yourself stuffed on the inside), drifting clear out to the outside edge of the track to set up for every turn is one sure way to accomplish that. We say this in every Rider's Briefing, but we always get at least one person who is well off the pace yet still uses up all of the track like they were going faster than Rossi. Don't be that guy. Take a middle line (down the center of the track), make a normal turn that cuts to the apex, and exit the turn to the middle of the track.
 

Bring Plenty Of Water
Even on cold days, you need to drink water to avoid dehydration that could impair your judgment by the end of the day. Good hydration starts the day before, so remember to drink plenty of water on the way to the trackday.
 

Pick Up After Yourselves
Make sure all of your empty water bottles and other rubbish end up in a bin or leave the track with you. If we leave a mess, motorcycles won't be welcome at the track again. Leave the paddock nice and clean.
 

5 MPH Paddock Speed Limit
This is slow! Be very careful and keep your speeds way down within the paddock. It is foolish to risk an accident in the paddock. No wheelies or stoppies.
 

Children and Pets
Circuits are not the ideal place for either children or pets. If you must bring children ensure they are kept under very close supervision. Pets are NOT ALLOWED even on a leash.Due to the amount of activity and traffic in different directions in the paddock, it can be a dangerous place.
 

Guests and Spectators
Guests and spectators are welcome at most of our venues however they must stay in the paddock and approved viewing areas. A guest who wanders out of bounds may be asked to leave the venue. All tracks have stringent rules requiring spectators to stay only in the designated spectator areas.


Enforcing The Rules & Playing Well With Others
BikeDays.co pride themselves on running a very friendly and fun day. We have been able to have this kind of friendly, casual atmosphere because our riders have been responsible enough to understand and follow the rules that keep the day fun for everybody. Paying attention to the information above and exercising a little common sense helps everyone have a good time. If you make a mistake (for example, make a close pass that scares someone), fix the problem yourself and apologise to the affected party. Just saying to someone, "Sorry, that was a crappy pass/move on my part", will usually solve most problems between riders. If someone comes to us to have us referee a dispute, we will try to enforce the rules, but remember that we often won't see the incident in question and realise that riders can have very different perspectives of the same event. Our experience is that everyone really is trying to live by the rules and that we don't have to do much policing. We will try to fix problems if they occur, but realise that there is no way we can be everywhere to make sure everyone is obeying the rules. You really have to depend on each other following the rules.
 

Follow Me Signal
There may be times during the day where a BikeDays.co Instructor notices a minor problem in your lines or technique, and they will pull in front of you and tap the tail of their bike, which is a signal for you to follow them. They may be showing you a better line through a specific turn or a series of turns, or they might want you to follow them all the way back into the paddock to tell you something. Please do not be offended by this or take it as an insult; they are just trying to help. Only a fool thinks they don't have anything left to learn in this game. BikeDays.co Instructors are selected for their wealth of experience and they just want to pass some of the tips they received on to you. Sometimes these tips will help you be safer on the track, and sometimes they may even help you be faster. You are obligated to listen to the safety tips, but if you don't want to be bothered otherwise, just tell us and we won't bother you again unless we see a safety concern. Again, we are just trying to help everyone have the best day possible, so please follow a staff member when you see him tap his tail section in front of you.