Sandia Motorcycle Roadracing, Inc.
SMRI Track Day Guidelines
Written by Kimberly Prichard, former New Rider Director, Race # 930
Why are you here?
Common sense and accident prevention
Suggested Items to Bring: **** The more comfortable you are, the better you will ride! ****If you ride your bike to the track:
If you trailer your bike to the track:
Technical and Safety Requirements
The requirements below are general guidelines and do not specifically call out all of the things that Tech will be looking at to determine if your bike is safe for riding on the track.
Safety Equipment - Get good gear
The Rider and Crew must comply with SMRI Rules and Regulations:
In the event of a crash:
Passing is the biggest area of contention for SMRI riders and officials:
The responsibility for passing safely rests with the overtaking rider. If a faster rider cannot pass another rider safely and cleanly, the faster rider must wait for a safer opportunity.
A note on passing other riders at a track day: Pass for the other rider’s comfort, not yours. It’s best to make the pass at the rider is moving away from you and not tipping in toward you.
There should NEVER be any drama.
If you have to apologize or wonder if you should:
Than it is time for you to revisit what made you think about attempting that pass in the first place.
Where do I pass?
Slower riders: Hold your line and turn predictably. The faster riders will find a way to pass.
Reasons why we crash
1-Lack or loss of concentration or Fatigue: If your mind isn’t engaged. If you have no plan. If you lose your focus. It’s going to end up hurting you at some point.
2-Abruptness: All of the following things are going to end up getting you hurt at some point: You’re gonna ‘grab a handful’, flick it in there, jump across the seat. You’re going to be able to do these things for long. They will get you hurt.
3-Repeating a mistake: It’s ridiculously simple equation: Mistakes + More Speed = Crash. No matter what your speed…bad riding never improves with more speed.
4-Cold tires: The majority of cold-tire crashes come from unloading the front tire with some throttle and then adding lean angle. Less cold rubber on the road and grip is gone.
5-Panic: Focus on your plan, stay relaxed, look where you want to go…. If not we get: Target fixation: avoid target fixation by looking through the turn.
Accept that you can fall, that injuries can occur, that the motorcycle will be damaged, and that is likely result in the end of your Day.
Things to do when falling: I know it’s a lot to ask but please try.
Green Flag: start of race or clear track conditions.
Checkered Flag: Indicates end of practice session. Proceed around course to the designated track exit.
RED Flag: Indicates Session has been stopped. A red flag displayed during a race or practice indicates extreme danger. Reduce speed and proceed safely to the pit road.
Black Flag with Orange Center (meatball flag): Indicates an issue, report to Pit Out within three laps.
Black Flag: Indicates a problem and immediate removal of your motorcycle from the racing line. Signal by raising your hand up or putting a foot out, then carefully reduce speed, get off of the racing line and stop at the first safe location off the course to the inside of the a turn.
Yellow Flag with Red Stripes: (Debris flag) Indicates oil, gas, dirt or other debris are on the track surface. Proceed with caution.
Yellow Flag: (Caution flag) Indicates motorcycles, riders, and/or Marshals are in the area but out of racing lines or likely run off areas. Proceed with caution!
Any waving warning flag indicates a hazardous condition on the racetrack and possibly in the racing line. Proceed with caution. Passing is not allowed under any waving flag from the point of the flag until past the incident area. Read your rulebook for more information.
Blue Flag: For SMRI Track Days ‐‐ Means NO PASSING ON THE INSIDE of a rider prior to the apex during that session. Riders with intermediate or advanced skills are reminded that the blue flag applies to them as well as to the beginning riders.