Pit Set Up
Each track has a designated area (paddock) where you can set up for the day. At most tracks the paddock is like a large paved parking lot, but some tracks have minimal paving and you might have to park your bike in the grass. If you are unsure what to expect contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration begins at 7:00 am and closes at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will be handled as our staff has time. The way to ensure you get the most out of your day and dont miss any track time is to arrive early so you can register on time.
The registration area will be clearly marked. Beginning at 7:00 am PRE staff will begin registering riders at the registration table. Ride your bike to the registration area. Bring your photo I.D. and all of your riding gear including helmet, gloves, leathers, boots, and back protector. At registration we will have you sign the liability waiver, check you in, and give you a color coded event wristband. All of this will be accomplished without you needing to get off of your motorcycle. You can then proceed immediately to technical inspection.
Technical Inspection Requirements
Technical inspection opens at 7:00 am and closes at 8:00 am. Late arrivals will be handled as our staff has time. The way to ensure you get the most out of your day and dont miss any track time is to arrive early so you can have your equipment inspected before 8:00 am.
After receiving your event wristband at registration, you will take your motorcycle and riding gear to tech. Your bike should be in good mechanical condition with no fluid leaks. The following is a list of items that will be checked:
- Motorcycles must be suitable for use on a race track and have wheels at least 16″ in diameter. All motorcycles must provide suitable ground clearance for extreme lean angles. All motorcycles must display a two (or more) digit number 5″ to 6″ in height, in a contrasting color, so they are visible to track corner marshals. Numbers can be displayed on the front, and/or rear of the motorcycle. Dual sport, dirt bikes, and very small displacement motorcycles will not be allowed, with the exception of VIR Patriot Course where we have a special class designated for small displacement motorcycles. Dirt bikes set up as motards with street wheels and tires will be allowed at some tracks. Twin cylinder motards are allowed at all tracks. Please contact P.R.E. if you are unsure if your motorcycle qualifies.
- Tires must have a minimum of 50% tread life remaining
- Front and rear brakes must be in good working condition. Brake pads will be visually inspected for wear. Any brake pads deemed too thin will not pass inspection.
- All lenses, reflectors, lights, and glass must be taped over securely. Lights should be disconnected or taped in such a way that no light shows through. For Intermediate and Advanced group riders the mirrors must be removed. For Novice group riders the mirrors can stay on your bike provided they are securely taped over and folded in.
- All handle bars must have bar ends. No sharp or pointy bar ends, foot pegs, or bolts will be allowed. Bars and foot pegs should be tight, shift linkage should be tight, as well as all other bolts and fasteners.
- No broken brake or clutch levers will be allowed. Levers should be in good working condition with ball ends intact.
- Fork seals must be in good condition with no leaks.
- Chain tension should allow for easy compression and extension of your motorcycles suspension. This is looser than what you would normally use for street riding. If you are unsure about this requirement please ask one of our staff and well be happy to help you.
- Wheel weights should be taped over, and valve stems must have caps.
- License plates must be removed, or have the licenses plate mounting bolts securely taped.
- Advanced group riders are required to have their oil filter, oil drain bolt, and oil fill cap safety wired. Safety wiring is a good practice for all groups, but it is only required for Advanced riders.
- Intermediate and Advanced group riders must use a non-glycol based coolant, water, or water/water wetter.
- Any cameras must be securely mounted to the motorcycle with a sturdy mount so that the camera cannot come loose or fall off. A tether like safety wire or a zip tie is required to ensure the camera cannot fall off. Camera mounts will be inspected at tech. For safety reasons helmet mounted cameras are not allowed under any circumstance.
- Your helmet must be a good condition, DOT, Snell, or BSI certified full face helmet. Helmets that have crash damage or scratching that goes through the paint will not be allowed. Flip face type helmets will not be allowed. Helmet mohawks are not allowed on any helmets on the track.
- Motorcycle specific riding boots that extend above the ankle are mandatory.
- Gloves must be motorcycle-specific gauntlet style gloves that extend above the wrist and can be cinched tight by means of a Velcro or snap style strap.
- One or two piece motorcycle specific leather suit are mandatory. If your suit is of two piece design it must have a full circumference zipper, and be worn with the two parts zipped together at all times while on the track.
- Back protectors are required for Advanced and Intermediate group riders.
- Chest Protectors are not required but strongly recommended.
- Mesh and textile riding gear will not be allowed.
- Sparky knee pucks are not allowed.
- Please inspect your motorcycle and gear carefully prior to bringing it to tech. If you are prepared you will move quickly through tech and be ready for your day. Refunds are not given for anyone who fails technical inspection.
At 8:10 a.m. each morning there will be a mandatory riders meeting for all registered participants. The riders meeting usually lasts about twenty-five minutes and covers information that is important for the safety of all riders. Procedures, flags, rules, and track information will all be covered. Any riders not in attendance will not be allowed on the track and refunds will not be given.
All participants must understand and follow all flagging procedures.
- Green Flag- Track is hot, riders are on the course
- White Flag- One lap remaining in the session
- Checkered Flag -The session is over. Exit the track at Pit In on this lap.
- Yellow Flag- Something is happening ahead that requires attention. Pay attention and be alert for a potential hazard. There is no passing allowed under a yellow flag
- Red Flag -The session has to be stopped immediately. Signal with your hand or foot, ease off the throttle, continue around the track at a safe pace and exit the track. No passing is allowed. Follow the instructions of the grid marshal once you exit the track.
- Black Flag -If the black flag is displayed to you, there is an issue with your motorcycle that is serious enough to warrant having you pull off the track. The black flag is displayed by the corner worker pointing at you, and then snapping it over his shoulder. If you are black-flagged, you should first signal to the riders around you either with your hand or with your foot, ease off the throttle, move off the race line, and move off the track and into the grass as soon as it is safe for you to do so. Once in the grass, get as far away from the track as you can. Do not stop on the track. Lean your bike against the wall if possible and then climb to the other side.
- Meatball Flag (Black Flag with Orange Dot)- The grid marshal needs to speak with you. Exit the track on this lap and report to the grid marshal.
Riders are placed into one of three groups based on skill level. Each group is allotted twenty minutes of track time per hour. The groups are as follows:
- Novice-For new or less-experienced riders. If you are not sure what group to start in, always select Novice.
- Intermediate- This group is for riders who are experienced and have become very proficient at riding on the track.
- Advanced- The Advanced group is for very experienced riders and racers. You can only be placed into the Advanced group by one of our Control Riders.
* A valid expert race license from an accredited racing organization will pre-qualify a rider for Advanced Group placement
** Our online account registration system defaults all riders to the Novice group upon the initial creation of your account. If you are an Intermediate or Advanced Group rider please contact P.R.E. customer service to have your group placement changed.
***VIR Patriot Course events include a fourth mini motorcycle group that is open to all riders, and runs using Intermediate group rules.
On Track Rules
By signing the liability release form all riders acknowledge that they agree to the following rules:
- Riders may only enter the track with the permission of the grid marshal.
- Riders must operate their motorcycles at all times in a manner that is safe, predictable, and courteous to other riders.
- If you run off the track, you may not immediately re-enter. Look ahead to the corner worker and wait for his okay before re-entering.
- Any rider that crashes may not continue riding until this or her motorcycle and gear have been inspected by P.R.E. staff.
- Any any rider who crashes twice in one day will not be allowed to continue riding.
- Failure to follow flagging instructions and/or procedures will result in that riders removal from the event.
- Only riders who have registered for the event and received the official event wristband will be allowed on the track. Any non-registered rider or spectator who attempts to gain access to the track will be immediately ejected from the premises.
- Passing rules must be followed at all times. Passing rules are as follows:
- Novice Group: Passing is only allowed when the motorcycles are straight up and down. No passing in the turns is allowed.
- Intermediate Group: Passing is allowed anywhere that it is safe to do so, but if passing in a turn, it must be on the outside. No inside passing is allowed.
- Advanced Group: Passing is allowed anywhere that it is safe to do so. Outside and inside passing are allowed provided the pass is made cleanly and safely.
- All Groups. Under no circumstance should an overtaking rider cause another rider to have to alter their line.
- Pit speed is limited to 5 mph.
- Children under 16 are not allowed to ride motorized vehicles.
- Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
- No open alcoholic beverages are allowed in the pits until after the event has officially ended.
- Any registered rider caught consuming alcohol or using drugs will be immediately ejected from the premises.
- All motorcycles and pit equipment must be kept inside the designated areas.
- All other facility rules must be followed at all times.