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Yup,just grab an instructor and they'll take you out and show you the lines then drop back and follow you to watch
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It's almost surreal the way those guys just cut through the pack with you in tow,like a shark through a shoal of mackerel LOL

I always find I can't apply the same ruthlessness when I'm in the lead
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Yeah it's impressive especially when some are riding a CB half thou  (cb500 for the uneducated 😄)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote badapple Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Feb 2019 at 10:45
does anyone know how many spaces are left in the inters? Was going to book this week but just been invited on a boys weekend to Amsterdam so flights have just wiped out that pot of cash for a couple of weeks but if i have to book the novice group at least I'll hear you all flying past Tongueplus I've never done a day at Donny so I might be better off im that group anyway . 
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Originally posted by DaBi5cu1t DaBi5cu1t wrote:

I've never done a track day on a bike, do these Donny Days come with any form of tuition?
Like IanG, says grab an instructor and they are free too. Made a big difference to me as i had never ridden Donnington and it was the forth session, i don't think i got passed after that session.  Does wonders for your confidence too.👍
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Originally posted by badapple badapple wrote:

does anyone know how many spaces are left in the inters? Was going to book this week but just been invited on a boys weekend to Amsterdam so flights have just wiped out that pot of cash for a couple of weeks but if i have to book the novice group at least I'll hear you all flying past Tongueplus I've never done a day at Donny so I might be better off im that group anyway . 
Adam you will be too fast for the Novice,  i hadn't ridden there before too. Honestly the slow is slow. 
The track beast build starts this Sunday,  the lad I am buying it from kindly offered to deliver it as he's going to Southampton to pick up his 300 kwak 2 stroke,  it's bored out from a 250. You will be fine in the inters mate,  it's an easy circuit to learn and if you go out with an instructor say the second session you will be fine.  There's a still a few places left in the inters,  as long as you get it booked before the end of the month you will be fine. After that it will be open to the general public .
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Originally posted by dog78 dog78 wrote:

Originally posted by badapple badapple wrote:

does anyone know how many spaces are left in the inters? Was going to book this week but just been invited on a boys weekend to Amsterdam so flights have just wiped out that pot of cash for a couple of weeks but if i have to book the novice group at least I'll hear you all flying past Tongueplus I've never done a day at Donny so I might be better off im that group anyway . 
Adam you will be too fast for the Novice,  i hadn't ridden there before too. Honestly the slow is slow. 
The track beast build starts this Sunday,  the lad I am buying it from kindly offered to deliver it as he's going to Southampton to pick up his 300 kwak 2 stroke,  it's bored out from a 250. You will be fine in the inters mate,  it's an easy circuit to learn and if you go out with an instructor say the second session you will be fine.  There's a still a few places left in the inters,  as long as you get it booked before the end of the month you will be fine. After that it will be open to the general public .

Don't know about that Richard you haven't seen me wobbling around......
On a serious note though I'm fairly quick around snetterton as I know it so well but I always thought novice was best on an unknown track. It's all going to come down to if I have a couple of decent weeks at work before the end of the month and I'll see what's available. 


Bet you can't wait to get that badass machine in the garage? Im looking forward to seeing it too mate.
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so instruction is free at Donny? Last one I did at snetterton I had some tuition for the first time ever. Very beneficial. In his words the limiting factor was " fear of crashing your pride and joy" hence finally deciding to retire the ape and get a ratty trackbike. 
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Spot on advice Clap


  NEVER track a bike you can't afford/don't want to damage/ to get thrown down the track. 

 Pain follows if you do Wink

And slow is relative,on a track like Donnington if you really are way undergrouped you can usually upgrade if you find someone in the group above who over estimated his talent.

Otherwise once past the pack you have an entire MotoGp track to yourself to impress on Wink

Inters is usually populated by at least a few who should be in novice and just want to hang with their faster mates,not all obviously but guaranteed there will be some.

I always book novice at any new track for the first visit and then move to inters when I feel happy.

Granted there are people scattered all over the track and clogging corners in novice ,but if you're honestly above that level you should be able to cut through and then have fun trying to catch the tailenders

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If you have done a track day before I'd go inters,I've been in the novices for 1 brands 2 cadwell 1 portimao  1 donnington & after some helpful advice on here I've booked inters,not because I think I'm fast but will be with similar experienced people who might/should carry me round at a decent pace & not hold them up,thus giving me more education than being in the novices wobbling around people.....
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Originally posted by badapple badapple wrote:

so instruction is free at Donny? Last one I did at snetterton I had some tuition for the first time ever. Very beneficial. In his words the limiting factor was " fear of crashing your pride and joy" hence finally deciding to retire the ape and get a ratty trackbike. 
Adam the instruction is free at that event at Donnington . You will be amazed how you benefit from it. 
You must be comfortable in your group for sure. I almost picked the Novice till Adam said i would be ok in the inters and if i  hadn't been i would have asked to be moved over to the Novice.  It was a bit different for i guess as i had raced for nearly 8 seasons but it was a long time ago,  33 years 😂.  The whole idea is to enjoy yourself and not to feel under pressure . As a first trackday i thought it was a relaxed affair tbh. I did get passed on craner but after the session with the instructor never again.  The other thing i think the other riders are more respectful when you are under instruction, that gives you a bit of breathing space to learn the circuit.  If you are pretty quick around Snetterton you will be fine , as circuits go overall i thought it was a nice circuit and found it easy to learn.  Hey just come and enjoy yourself. 
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Good advice and valid points from all of you. It's hard to know where to fit in if like me you're very comfortable with you're local track that I've done so many times but I only do one or two a year. I think the instructor at snetterton was bang on and if I wasn't on my ape and a bike I can afford to drop I'd be much quicker so maybe the inters would be right when I get the SRAD or similar. Really need to pull my finger out and get on it.
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