Track Day in France.
Dunno if it is the right place, but here we go.
There is a half decent track just north of my birthplace and last week a buddy of mine told me of a track event organized/sponsored by the racing team he is riding for.
The team name is ‘Team 18’.
18 is the phone number you need to dial when you need help from the firefighters in France. This team is running a couple of bikes in the World Endurance Championship. They managed to become Vice-Champion last year for the first time despite always running into some kind of trouble during the 24H of Le Mans. This year was no exception.
My buddy is wheelchair bound and prepares the bikes bodyworks.
So the security is provided by the Team 18 association, and that way they can reduce the cost of the track day.
It cost €90 for the day per bike. That is about $120 CAD.
There are three groups ( Beginners, Intermediate, Experts ) running in 25 minutes sessions and each group runs 5 times during the course of the day.
There is a mobile repair shop, where you can get tires or parts.
Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the facilities and some of the bikes running. There was well over 100 bikes that day, and they told me that it was a slow day.
Hopefully one day, good old Mission will have a successor like this.
It cost a little bit extra to get one of the pit lane garage open.
This was the weirdest looking contraption that day.
999S Frame with a Hypermotard liter engine, ohlins front and back.
The tail is homemade, and focus was on weight savings.