Track events are held at:
Track experience is not a requirement. However, riders new to the track must be proficient with operating a motorcycle and must have street riding experience and a mature attitude.
Two Groups (A advanced, B intermediate):
Sessions are run every 30 minutes (alternating groups)
Three Groups (A advanced, B+ fast intermediate, B- slower intermediate):
Sessions are run every 20 minutes (alternating groups)
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:
We ride rain or shine.
7:00AM - 7:30AM - Arrive at the track.
Gates open at 7:00AM.
7:30AM - 8:15AM - Registration.
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!
8:15AM - 8:45AM - Riders Meeting.
This starts promptly. All riders must attend.
9:00AM - 9:20AM - Sighting Laps.
Riders assemble on pit lane in groups for slow, follow-the-leader "sighting laps". This is your chance to get familiar with the track.
9:20AM - 1:00PM - Hot track!
1:00PM - 2:00PM - Lunch. (12:00 to 12:20 at Laguna)
Track is closed.
2:00PM - 5:00PM (4:30 at Laguna) - Hot track!
Foods: Liquids (something with electrolytes, like Gatorade, is better than water) and snack foods.
Clothing: Hat, sweatshirt, comfortable garb during lunch (shorts, T-shirt, sandals).
Miscellaneous: Sunscreen, chap stick, sunglasses, canopy and chairs, gas, aspirin/ibuprofen, driver's license, cash, credit card, pen.
Tools: Duct tape, compressed air, bike stands, wrenches and other tools, tire gauge, tape measure.
Don't forget your riding gear. Also, you wouldn't be the first guy to arrive at the track with a bike in tow but no ignition key!
Laguna Seca, Thunderhill and Sonoma have noise restrictions.
Laguna (90dB): Click here to read complete details regarding bike sound.
Sonoma and Thunderhill (103dB): Tolerance for noise should not be a problem unless your exhaust system is defective. Bikes don't need numbers.
Lap time guidelines
(CW, config #13)
Sonoma Laguna-Seca A group under 2:15 under 2:11 under 2:02 under 1:50 B+ group 2:10 - 2:25 2:08 - 2:20 2:00 - 2:13 1:48 - 2:00 B- group 2:25 - 2:45 2:20 - 2:45 2:13 - 2:35 2:00 - 2:30
Novice schools are for experienced street riders and moderately experienced track riders (B- and B+) looking for significant personal instruction in a school format. They are focused on fundamental skills -- cornering, lines, body position, use of reference points, etc. No track experience is required. Read more about our schools here.
Intermediate schools are for non-novice, A and B+ group riders. Students will be placed in one of two groups (faster intermediate or slower intermediate). The curriculum is advanced and the focus is on becoming a faster, safer, more capable rider.
New Racers School (NRS) are conducted by Carters for the AFM racing club. These NRS schools are optional features offered at several track day events throughout the year. They will prepare and certify riders for racing in the AFM club. Attendees will get a complete track day and must attend classroom lessons during non-riding periods. Read more about the NRS program.