JAY MARTINEZ – THE OVERSEAS TRACKDAY ADDICT
As addictions go, Jay Martinez’s penchant is a pretty healthy one.
“I do a lot of trackdays in the UK, but they’re so different to the experience you get on a European event. For a start, the atmosphere is so much more relaxed and that reflects in the paddock and garages, as well as out on the race track. People aren’t in such a mental rush to cram every single minute of riding into their day. Riders tend to be far less aggressive and chilled. That’s how it should be. Of course, the biggest appeal is the weather. When the winter sets in back at home, you can be out here riding bikes without the rain or cold to contend with. I normally do two overseas events a year; one just before the UK trackday season starts and the other at the end. It breaks up the tedium of winter and means I get to keep playing on my Ducati. Where’s the downside in that. Plus, I normally meet some great people on these gigs and have a top laugh. People think they’re expensive, but I think they offer great value. It’s no more expensive than doing three back-to-back events in the UK, and stopping in a local B&B. It works for me. I’ve already got a trip to Portimao booked for March. Bring it on. If you’ve never done one of these trips, I couldn’t recommend it enough”.