AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Wayne, New Jersey
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without even needing to read what anyone else has written, I have to say that from an instructors and riders standpoint you would sesrver your (and everyone elses) interests best by taking the school.
You need to look at the honest truth that you have NO trackday experience at all. And thats not a bad thing. Everyone needs to start somewhere.
But consider this; You get your own personal track guide. You get instruction on how to use reference points, cones and markers. You HAVE to know what all the flags mean and how to react to them at pace.
You also do not know anyone in the organization. This gives you an opportunity to meet some people and also get assistance with any of your setup.
Take the school, do a few track days then look at taking a focused class or an advanced class. This will yield you the best result. Waiting a few days to "maximize" your track school experience sounds like a good idea but it is more like a nail in a coffin. I could probably teach you more in a paragraph or 10 minutes with a dry erase board than you would pick up over 2 track days ridinng by yourself. It's not because I am some amazing instructor but because there is simply no replacment for experience in this sport. If you negate taking the class to "maximize" your actual instruction for all you know, you can total your bike by making a simple mistake that you would of learned how to deal with or not do on day 1.
One good sentence from an instructor can add years of value and benefit to your riding.
So do yourself, friends, family members and fellow track riders a favor by taking the class. If it turns out to be what you deem a joke then so be it. But if you walk away with one valuable piece of information you can use then its done its job. Be smart, be methodical, be constructed in your approach to getting aquainted with the track and getting up to pace. You will find it works much better that way.
And even though I am a coach and have expert-class race status, I still ask for advice regualarly and I still go to track schools.
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