JAY MAR­TINEZ – THE OVER­SEAS TRACK­DAY AD­DICT

As ad­dic­tions go, Jay Mar­tinez’s pen­chant is a pretty healthy one.

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“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”.

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