21 December 2023
Trackdays offer the rider a place where they can ride at speed in relative safety.
With no opposing traffic, no street furniture and no pedestrians, taking part in one can prove to be more than useful in perfecting our riding.
While circuits are used by racers to practice, set up their bikes and test, on trackdays events are structured to meet the needs of the road rider first.
That means those of us who ride road bikes are given the opportunity to ride in a different group and without ever being on the track at the same time as any of the racers
The biggest thing that trackdays allow us to do is become better, safer riders.
There are, after all very few environments where we can learn so much about our bikes.
Motocraft are the first Irish company to offer a full specialist international trackday service.
They’ve got years of experience providing safe and fun events to riders of all levels, so you can choose which group you join.
Indeed, more than a few Motocraft clients ride the same machines that they use on the road.
Numbers are strictly held back to ensure that every rider has plenty of space to find what they need to enjoy themselves.
Then, off track, a full pitlane service is part of the package. This includes garages with power and space for you to work on your bike. There’s even quality catering available on site.
Using their own custom made stillages – a type of specialised motorcycle pallet – the company transports your pride and joy from Dublin to the circuit and back again.
All the drivers, forklift drivers and people helping tie down bikes are all motorcyclists as well.
Aragon, a track bestowed several times with the International Road Teams Association’s (IRTA) Best Grand Prix award, is the first circuit chosen by the tour organisers for 2024.
An epic three day package has been organised from March 14th to the 16th.
The bad news is that it’s currently sold-out, but, if you’re keen, a fully refundable €169 deposit will earn you a place on the waiting list.
The Aragon trip will be followed by another three days at Circuito de Navarra, a relatively new track which has recently been resurfaced following its purchase by MotorSports Vision, the UK outfit that counts Brands Hatch and Donington among its track portfolio.
Motocraft will be dropping by the circuit from April 27th to the 29th .
Next up is Circuit de Barcelona, Catalunya’s renowned all-rounder, a perfect place to twist it back on long straights before testing your cornering skills. Motocraft has the track from August 26th to the 28th.
The final trip is a four-dayer, this time heading to southern Spain and the Andalucia circuit.
Designed with two rather than four wheels in mind, the track is a favoured pre-season testing ground for World SuperBike teams.
With lower rainfall and more sunshine sun than that bestowed on Spain’s northern tracks. This also makes for rider-friendliness, especially in October when the Motocraft tour machine hits town.
Given that the weather here in Ireland at that time of year can be unforgiving, a trip can be great way of squeezing the last out of summer!
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