Getting into Motorcycle Racing
No motorcycle racer is born, they have had to work at learning to become a racer and bit by bit they have climbed the ladder. Some riders have natural abilities than help them become top GP riders, but even so there is no really quick fix to take you to the top. In this blog we explore some helpful hints that professional GP riders have imparted to get you started.
Get an Instructor and Do Track Work
This may sound like obvious advice but it is something you cannot ignore; a great deal of good instructors are former professional racers and they have a wealth of knowledge to impart. When it comes to actually racing, then they will also have intimate track knowledge and will help guide you around certain tracks. One of the key elements to motorcycle racing is being able to predict what is ahead, and then you can build speed into the equation later.
Not every rider likes to start on smaller bikes, but entering racing on smaller cc bikes can be an excellent beginning to your racing career. Then as you learn the basics of GP racing you can gradually progress on to bigger engines. The principles will remain the same, but the weight and power will be completely different. Another point to this is riding 125cc and 250cc bikes can be enormous fun.
Take Individual Coaching
It is valuable that you have one-to-one time with an instructor, this is very different to Track Work and is essential if you are considering an actual race. To race professionally you need to obtain an actual motorcycle racing license, and although this can be obtained by yourself it is far easier if you have the proper coaching.
Drive a Car
This may sound a little crazy when you are learning to ride a motorcycle, but driving a fast car on a race track will definitely help your two-wheel studies. You can find affordable race day packages that will let you spend time in premier cars and take them onto a racetrack. The advantage of this is that you start to learn all about lines, when to brake and how to accelerate out of bends. All this can be done safely, with the only real risk being to spin off. When you finally get back onto two wheels you will be more confident and experienced.
Look for Sponsorship
When you have done all of the above and your instructor feels like you are ready to try to race, then it is time you should look for sponsors. Motorcycle racing even at amateur level can be expensive, racing bikes are not cheap and racing takes the most out of them. You will need to access spare parts on a regular basis, and pay for a mechanic to repair your machine. Also getting to events and race days the bike will need some sort of transport, whether this is in the form of a pickup truck or a trailer, it still needs paying for. Luckily there are now sponsorship sites on the internet, also look at local businesses that may be persuaded to support you. The tips and advice dispensed can be taken as general good practice, you can try implementing one or all into your racing career. Most of all enjoy your racing and take things step by step.