Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Island Lake Alberta Canada
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
JK's previous post has some very good sense in it, but I have to disagree somewhat on the license thing. A good race school with highly competent and successful racers as instructors (and their licensing program) is a very valuable tool in learning techniques that will often take a very long time to master on your own, if ever to do properly. As with anything, there are exceptions but unless you are prepared to take the leaps and make all the mistakes that others made and learned from that they can help you avoid, it can be a painful (and costly) journey. Not saying it eliminates crashes or anything else, but you will learn more in a better environment than just trying it on your own on recreational track days. Learning the correct way is still the best way. Lower lap times should be the benefit, not the immediate goal.
As to not giving newbies any instruction whatsoever is a sign that there is a (to me) serious lack of professionalism and safety protocols in their operation. Your pit neighbor is a classic example of that and he's lucky to have stayed upright and never binned it big time.
Many novice riders are just as fast (quick is a better word really) as lots of intermediate class riders, but the closing speeds and time factors are much higher/tighter overall. Should you want to move up, make sure you are ready for that.
Duct tape can't fix stupid...but it sure helps muffle the sound
'03 SP2, '09 GL1800