Which level is right for me?
Level 100, 200, and 300 Sessions: Which One Should You Sign Up For?
Of your three different riding levels (Relaxed, Intermediate, and Expert) which should I sign up for?
Level 100 Session (Relaxed Riding Session) Description: 2Fast wants to provide first-time track riders on sportbikes, beginner level riders, and riders not on sportbikes with a more comfortable track day environment and session to ride in. We don’t want anyone feeling overly intimidated or afraid of what they may experience on the track, and thus we’ve created a session catering specifically to the beginner/intermediate level street rider… the Relaxed Session, also known as Level 100. This particular session will be dedicated to street riders only (no racers are supposed to be allowed on the track in Level 100) who consider themselves beginners or easy-paced riders. Speeds in this group are materially slower than in our other two sessions, though riders are free to go their own pace – and some ride faster than others.
Riders who have never been to a track day, are still quite new to trackdays, or who are on motorcycles other than sportbikes (cruisers, Harleys, Goldwings, etc) should sign up for this level. No racers or truly fast street riders are to ride within this group, and participation in this group is monitored by marshals and corner workers as best as 2Fast can throughout the day. Anyone riding materially faster than others in this group will be asked by course marshals to move up into our Intermediate Group sessions (Level 200), assuming their skills warrant advancement into the Intermediate group.
Strict passing rules do apply to this session, and we do everything within our power to control passing: PASSING IN LEVEL 100 IS TO OCCUR ONLY ON THE OUTSIDE IN CORNERS, AND ON STRAIGHT AWAYS. Additionally, marshals will be on the course to help monitor passing.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON OUR RELAXED LEVEL 100 SESSION – PLEASE READ (Especially if you’ve never been to a track day before):
- While this group caters to slower-paced riders and track day newbies, that doesn’t mean that riders in this group go slow: they just go slower than the riders in our other two sessions. Speeds down the quarter-mile front straightaway in this group can and sometimes do exceed 100 mph for the faster riders in this session, so please know this upfront.
- 2Fast staff members do their best to keep faster riders out of this session. Yet fast is a relative term, and what we deem “fast” may be different from your interpretation.
- To the extent that we can control fast or dangerous passes in this group, we do our best. There are typically up to 35 different riders in this session, all on the track riding at the same time, and passing (being passed, or passing someone else) is simply a given on track days… including in this session. For the comfort and safety of guests in this session, we ask that riders pass only on straight aways and on the outside of corners. We have tried tighter passing rules and restrictions in this session in years past, and have found this to be the best balance of rules which promote safety – while still allowing freedom.
- For those with track day experience, performance school experience (Pridmore, Spencer, Schwantz, Sullivan, etc) or tires that show wear all the way out to the edges, the Relaxed Group is the wrong level to sign up for: instead, look to the Intermediate Group, possibly even our Expert Level group (for riders with lap times of 1:44 or better at Pacific Raceways).
Level 200 (Intermediate) Session: This group is limited to riders who have attended track days, have a stronger level of confidence on the track, and ride at a faster pace than the Relaxed, Level 100 group.
Note: Slower riders in Level 200 will likely be asked by on-course marshals to participate in the Relaxed Group session, and faster riders in this session will likely be asked to participate in the Expert group (Level 300), ensuring that our Intermediate Group (Level 200) session is limited to similarly paced riders who don’t yet qualify or desire to ride in our Expert Group session.
The passing rules for this session are as follows: passing is allowed on the inside of corners within these sessions, but only if it can be done with plenty of room between you and the other rider. No stuffing allowed! We ask that riders choose carefully where they pass so as not to endanger someone else. Leave plenty of room for your fellow riders, and use common courtesy in all of your actions: remember track days are not races, and there will be no trophies handed out at the end of the day.
Riders making aggressive or unsafe passes, as witnessed by course marshals or corner workers or participants themselves, will usually be given one warning. If that same rider again is seen making an aggressive or unsafe pass, 2Fast will simply ask them to go home. 2Fast track days are only track days, not race days, and we will not knowingly allow unsafe riding on or off of the track. Period.
COMMENT: For riders who would describe themselves as fast street riders, riders with track day and/or performance school experience, and riders with tires that show wear all the way out to the edges, this is probably the appropriate level to choose. If your lap times are faster than 1:44 at Pacific Raceways, please sign up for our Expert (Level 300) session instead.
Expert Group (Level 300): This session is dedicated to the fastest, most experienced group of riders on the track, and speeds down the front straightaway can reach 160-170 mph for the session’s fastest participants. Few street riders will be allowed to participate in this session unless the street rider can demonstrate or confirm lap times of 1:44 or better. Permission for a street rider to participate in this group will not be given out easily.
As one would expect of a session that has mostly racers in it, there are no passing rules or restrictions in this group – other than using common courtesy and sense while making a pass. Just like the other sessions, riders making unsafe passing decisions will usually be given one warning and then asked to PTSAGH (pack their stuff and go home) if they are a repeat offender.
NOTE: If you haven’t raced or have never timed your laps at Pacific Raceways, we would suggest you NOT sign up for this group. Sign up for the Intermediate group instead, and if we think you’re too fast for the Intermediate group, we’ll advance you to the Expert group.
I’m unsure as to whether I should sign up for Level 100 or 200? What would you suggest?
If you are a first timer or you’re not sure between 100 and 200, sign up for Level 100. Play it safe. We’ll advance you if we think you’re ready for Level 200.
Additionally, consider taking our performance riding school if you haven’t already: you’ll be glad you did.