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The key to a great experience is great preparation.

Prepare your bike for the track.

Track rules take precedence and if the track rules do not conflict, here are the guidelines:

- Kickstands: Kickstand removal is not required for the novice and intermediate group. Kickstand removal is STRONGLY encouraged for advanced group riders.
- Centerstands: It is highly recommended that centerstands be removed due to clearance issues for all groups but not required in novice or intermediate. Centerstands are required to be removed in the advanced group.
- Your bike in top mechanical condition (no leaking fluids)with new or near new tires,
- All glass, headlight(s), turn signals, and plastic lenses must be taped over or removed.
- Both mirrors must be removed or taped over.
- Proper safety gear for the racetrack (i.e. gloves, helmet, boots, one or two-piece leathers)
- Textile riding suit w/full zipper in student class only
- Check the chain for lubrication, tight spots and overall tension
- All motorcycles must have an operational handlebar mounted kill switch/button and self-closing throttle in good working condition.
- All bodywork must be mounted securely
- All bikes with no antifreeze!
NOTE: During winter months and low night time temperatures, if you use an open trailer or open bed pickup to bring your bike, we suggest putting cardboard in front of the radiator to prevent freezing and possible damage!!!
- Valve stems must have caps to prevent foreign objects from causing leaks
- Secured wheel weights (taped)
- No fur or decorative, non functional accessories (They may inhibit movement or distract other riders.)
- Video recording devices are allowed if secured properly (no exclusively duct tape mounts)

- Intermediate and Expert riders are required to have back protectors.

Items to bring

Everyone has different wants and needs at the racetrack.

We list a few items here, but below this list is a definitive look from Sport Rider magazine to help you get everything prepared for your day at the track.

tire gauge
extra fuel
spare key
drinking water
easy up (cover)
ear plugs
bike cleaner
hand cleaner
masking tape or duct tape
spare brake lever - front and rear
spare clutch lever and shift lever
(The last one-nothing worse than having your bike fall off the trailer and snap a clutch lever and not being able to ride.)

Sport Rider Magazine article

FLAGS and what they mean.

YELLOW - Waving or standing. There is a hazard coming up, slow your pace and watch for it. After passing the hazard you may resume riding, but make note where that hazard is and watch for the flag again.

BLACK - If pointed at you, exit the track and talk to track personnel. There may be something wrong with your bike, or something that you did wasn't safe. One way or another, exit and talk with the Elite Sportbike Track Marshall.

RED - Waving (usually) There is an emergency situation, SLOW your pace and expect to exit the track when you reach pit lane. DO NOT STOP. DO NOT HELP. Watch for objects on the track, and proceed to the pit lane.

CHECKERED - The session is over, exit the track.

It is customary to signal the corner worker that you see their flag - either a hand up, or foot out - the same as you would signal to exit the track to pit lane.

Note: At the start of the first session for each group, there will be a yellow flag for two laps to help riders locate the corner workers.

Elite Sportbike, PO Box 957525, Duluth, GA 30095