Is monticello motor club ( ny) not doing any trackdays this year? I checked the sportbike track time schedule and they didn't have any dates listed. What's up?
Yeah I was there that last outing at monticello, it was ridiculous. I don't think I got a full session in all day, there were so many crashes. Im not sure what it was, but I left early cuz it was so frustrating. It was kinda cold that day so some of them must have been from people not warming up their tires. Most of them weren't bad but I think 2 people had to get taken off in the ambulance.Monti is F-ing OUT. Apparently they only want movie stars and stockbrokers with a 6 figure initiation fee riding on their beloved track. It's a shame too, the 66 layout is SICK. Sportbike track time had a shot, but got denied last minute. It might have something to do with their last outing there, I heard they couldn't finish a single lap without a crash, all day long, every session. Did not bode well for future motorcycle track days. TPM was going for it too, but in the end they wanted it "private and elite".
Limerock is no good for motorcycles, no run off and lots of walls. TPM is doing Pocono raceway this year, which isn't too far from NYC/Tri-state. NJMP is pretty sweet though, but you are right about traffic. I usually try to show up between 10pm and 1am the day before a track day, and go right to sleep. You still have Loudon, and Summit Point in WV, both about 5 hours drive from NYC.
It would be really nice though if we could get a Monti-esque track somewhere within an hour of NYC (without the snobs and crazy elitist memberships). Maybe somewhere on Long Island, or Rockland county even. Now that would something! One can only hope....
Yes STT allows anyone to sign up in any group they want, but they do ask your experience before actually signing you up but not a good idea IMO.Yeah, it's a real shame, I am sure it contributed to Monti's decision to nix us "paupers". I was told (could be complete bs), that STT lets the rider choose what group they belong in, i.e. novice, intermediate, expert. If that's true, that's just crazy. Every hero squid would call himself an expert and find a real expert having to deal with that guys very novice riding. Was that your experience?
I think STT was relying so heavily on Monti, that when it didn't happen, they didn't have a NE venue to pursue. If you notice, they have nothing up here for 2011.
That's the problem, people just aren't smart enough to self govern themselves. Having a novice in advanced group is just plain dangerous, and it's not fair to the expert guys either. Plus, part of the challenge of track days is getting the bump because you earned it. For that reason, I don't think I would ever ride with STT. Not knocking them, but this sport is dangerous enough, no need to add any more danger to it unnecessarily.Yeah I ride advanced with stt and there are always some guys riding scary slow. You blow by them like they're standing still. If I was in advanced and I was getting passed by every other rider id be like, hmmm, maybe I shouldn't be here...