How to do a track­day

RiDE (UK) - - Contents - Words Si­mon Har­g­reaves

EN­JOY­ING AN EARLY morn­ing ride up through the leafy Lin­colnshire Wolds to a track­day at Cad­well Park is a com­fort­ably fa­mil­iar feel­ing; I had my first track ex­pe­ri­ence there on a Honda VFR400 in 1991 and I’ve rid­den hun­dreds of track­day laps since (I even won a race at Cad­well in 2006). I know it well. But Cad­well, one of the UK’S most dis­tinc­tive, pic­turesque and chal­leng­ing race tracks, is a tar­mac rid­dle wrapped up in a scenic enigma. It’s easy to re­mem­ber which way the twist­ing track goes — with the fa­mous Moun­tain sec­tion, it’s up and down as much as round and round — but you can ride it a thou­sand times and never com­pletely know it. Cad­well is fas­ci­nat­ing; there’s no such thing as a per­fect lap.

We’re here for a Ben­netts track­day, run in con­junc­tion with the Cal­i­for­nian Su­per­bike

School and tak­ing ad­van­tage of its or­gan­i­sa­tional skills to man­age the event — and CSS also brings a fleet of Du­catis for hire. Garry Ad­shead is CSS’S chief rid­ing coach: “We’ve got Du­cati’s Su­per­sport S, 959 Pani­gale and V4S,” he says. “We also hire leathers, boots, gloves and hel­mets ev­ery­thing rid­ers need. It gives peo­ple a chance to have an ex­tended test ride on the bikes, and it pro­motes the Cal­i­for­nia

Pic­tures Tim Kee­ton

The stun­ning Cad­well Park and Hall Bends

Sign­ing on is where you do the nec­es­sary pa­per­work

The rid­ers’ brief­ing ex­plains all the pro­to­cols and pro­ce­dures

Scru­ti­neer­ing makes sure the bikes are all safe

Once signed-on, you’ll be given a wrist­band to prove it

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