Staying out of
you have all day, so take your time to learn your
way around. Ease into the day and into each session
gradually. Take care on cold tyres. The number of
laps required to get your tyres up to temperature
depends on many factors. In good conditions it will
take at least two laps. If it is cold and/or wet,
it could take many more.
You don't have to
stay out for the full session. If you are getting
tired or stiff, then come in. Fatigue reduces your
ability to concentrate and you need to be fully switched
on at all times. If you are tired you are more likely
to make mistakes. Beware track-evenings - if you have
been at work all day you won't be at your best. Also
the limited amount of track time available on evening
events often leads to people going too fast too soon
and falling off. This is not only bad for your safety
but eats into the already limited track time. You
don't have to do every session so miss one if you
want a break.
Beware the first session
after lunch. If you've had a big lunch you may well
be feeling lethargic and your reactions will be slower
than normal. Its a good idea to eat small and often.
Concentrate only on
what is in front of you. Trust other riders to pass
you safely. If you are aware of a rider behind you
do not alter your line to let them past. You may move
into their path just as they attempt to pass. Aim
for consistency, not speed. Use your familiar road
riding style until you are comfortable with where
you are going.
Trying to hang off
the bike or get your knee down when you are not used
to it will distract your attention from where you
are going. Be patient, it will happen. You will make
mistakes, so maintain a good safety margin.
Its a good practice
to turn into corners later than you might at first
think. This reduces the risk of you running out of
track on the exit. Ride such that you are always relaxed
and in control.
If you have a problem
raise your left hand, slow down and keep to the outside
of the track on your way back to the pits. If you
need to cross the 'racing line' to do so you could
just pull off the track and wait until the end of
the session. Get behind the fence so that you are
safe and so you will not distract other riders.