Tracks & Lodging

Trackdays

Trackday events are held at:

  • Buttonwillow Raceway (Buttonwillow, 3 hour drive from San Jose)
  • Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca (Monterey, 1 hour drive from San Jose)
  • Infineon Raceway (aka, Sears Pt) (Sonoma, 1 hour drive from San Jose)
  • Thunderhill Park (Willows, 3 hour drive from San Jose)
  • Reno Fernley Raceway (Fernley, NV, 30 miles east of Reno)
  • Miller Motorsports Park (Tooele, UT, just outside Salt Lake City)

These events provide a safe and fun environment for riders to enjoy the performance of their modern sport motorcycles at a modest cost. They are no substitute for racing or safety schools which provide invaluable instruction. Here, no lessons are formally provided though some are surely learned! For this reason very good riding skills are necessary, and track experience is required1 (exceptions to this requirement are often made; if you require an exception you must discuss this with us in advance of signing up).

1Keigwin schools do not require track experience. Lessons are provided, 20+ full-time, permanent, professional instructors are on hand, and a great deal of individual instruction is available. The schedule page shows which dates are Keigwin schools.

Group Format

We run a two- or three-group format for our trackdays:

Two Groups (A advanced, B intermediate)

  • Divided by skills/speed
  • Everyone selects which group he/she rides in
  • Sessions are run every 30 minutes (alternating groups)
  • Pros: lots of riding time; long sessions don't compel riders to start immediately and allow for breaks
  • Cons: less delineation of skills (e.g., B- riders are mixed in with B+ riders)

Three Groups (A advanced, B+ fast intermediate, B- slower intermediate)

  • Divided by skills/speed
  • Everyone selects which group he/she rides in
  • Sessions are run every 20 minutes (alternating groups)
  • "C" riders are not allowed (novice riders should attend one of our novice schools first)
  • Pros: less expensive fee; a bigger pool for B riders, a B- group for slow but steady intermediate riders, and better delineation of skills in each group.
  • Cons: 20 minutes is plenty but riders need to be ready! Grid managers stagger the release of riders so there's no wagon-train (sessions are shorter so most riders feel compelled to start together and ride the whole time).

Flexible riding during group days

We are more than happy to allow riders to spend a little time in groups other than their own. It's fun to ride with friends or help a buddy! There are a few rules:

  • "A" group riders who ride with "B" groups must respect that the "B" group owns the track. Speeds must be tempered and passing must be extra friendly.
  • "B" group riders who ride with "A" groups must be able to keep pace.
  • "A" group riders are not allowed to ride in the B- group (out of respect for the newer, B- riders).
  • We may forbid crossing-over if the session is deemed full. This is more likely during the popular sessions first thing in the morning and first thing after lunch. Permission to cross-over is granted by Lance or Linda Keigwin and it is never guaranteed.

Rain

We ride rain or shine. Rental contracts always say weather is not an acceptable reason for cancellation (i.e., no refunds or rescheduling).

Keep in mind that car clubs run regardless of the weather. And we certainly don't want to tracks giving preference to cars over bikes, which would affect the number and quality of our reserved dates. But try to see the bright side: a wet track encourages much better riding and forces us to think about being smooth and act accordingly. An interesting statistic is that we get fewer spills on a wet day than in the dry. Really!

When to Arrive & What the Day Looks Like

  • 7:00AM - 7:30AM - Arrive at the track.
    Gates open at 7:00AM. Sign the racetrack waiver at the front office. Find a spot in the paddock, park, unload and set up.
  • 7:30AM - 8:15AM - Registration.
    This is where the important waivers must be signed. Signing these liability releases is required if you want to ride on the track.
  • 7:30AM - 8:15AM - Tech Inspection.
    After registering you must bring your bike to the Tech Inspection area. Registration & Tech Inspection ends at 8:15! If you miss it you will not ride on time. At a minimum, you will miss the sighting laps (see below). Your registration and inspection, and therefore your riding, will be delayed until we can deal with you.
  • 8:15AM - 8:45AM - Riders Meeting.
    This starts promptly. All riders must attend. During the riders meeting we will review the day's agenda, track rules (such as passing, entering and exiting, etc.), behavior in the pits (slow speeds, no "squidly" stuff), corner worker flags, special services offered, and so forth. It is at the riders' meeting where you'll find out what you can do to get thrown out of the place and to make it difficult for us to return for future track days. Pay attention please. If you miss the riders meeting you will not be allowed to ride until you pass a written test (really).
  • 9:00AM - 9:20AM - Sighting Laps.
    Riders assemble on pit lane in groups for slow, follow-the-leader "sighting laps". Sighting laps are not required for experienced riders familiar with the track, but are required for riders new to the track. This is your chance to get familiar with the track, understand how to get onto and off it properly, scrub in tires, search for reference points, and shake off the jitters. This is also a good time to watch the lines ridden by the leader. Usually three laps are done.
  • 9:20AM - 1:00PM - Hot track!
  • 1:00PM - 2:00PM - Lunch.
    Track is closed. A catered, hot lunch is served to all paying riders for those events listed as including a lunch. If no lunch is included (see the schedule page to determine this) you may bring or buy lunch at the track. We make sure food service is available at the track so you don't need to travel.
  • 2:00PM - 5:00PM (4:30 at Laguna) - Hot track!