Optimum Performance Rider Training offers on-track instruction at both Pacific Raceways The Ridge Motorsports Park.
Riders are separated into groups based on experience, and each group is given one 20 minute session of track time per hour.
Level 3 – :00 – :20 of every hour
Riders and racers with several years of experience. In order to ride in this group, you should be able to hold consistent and safe lines. We expect that you can do sub-1:40 laptimes at Pacific Raceways. Safety is extremely important to us, therefor no bikes under 600cc are allowed in this group.
Level 2 – :20 – :40 of every hour
Riders will some track experience. Riders in this group must be able to follow proper lines, and maintain a margin of safety in their riding. Instruction is provided.
Level 1 – :40 – :00 of every hour
Riders with little to no track experience. If this is your first time on the track, regardless of how long you’ve been riding, this is the group for you. Extra instruction is given to riders in this group, with the goal of making everyone safer and more comfortable on the track.
Level 1 – Novice School – Classroom sessions each hour
Recommended for first-time track riders. The Novice School focuses on the fundamentals of riding your motorcycle at speed. We like to think of it as the next step to take after completing the MSF Standard and/or Advanced courses. It’s a great way to learn about the capabilities of your motorcycle at freeway speeds, not parking lot speeds. We match up students to dedicated instructors and combine a classroom setting with on-track instruction.
- Track overview, entrance & exit procedures
- Safety and etiquette, flag procedures
- Passing guidelines
- Subsequent sessions throughout the day will cover more advanced topics like reference points, braking, body position and more.
Level 2 – Intermediate School – Classroom sessions each hour
The OPRT Intermediate School is for riders registered for the Level 2 session, and who are more comfortable on the track and are interested in further improving their skills.
Intermediate School focuses on more advanced techniques that help the rider achieve greater speed, safer riding and can also help the rider lower their laptimes. Topics are more in-depth and include:
- Proper body positioning
- Suspension setup and adjustment
- Advanced braking techniques
- Reference points
Level 3 Advanced Racer School (coming soon!)
If you’re interested in one-on-one coaching, please let us know. We are planning to offer an Advanced Racer School in 2015!
When you arrive at the track, proceed to finding a pit area. OPRT Registration sets up at the far Southeast corner of the paddock near the building – please leave this space open for OPRT staff.
- Set up your pit area – unload your bike, setup tents, etc.
- Sign-in at Registration (Southeast corner of the paddock).
- Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended. If you do not pre-register, we cannot guarantee there will be space.
- Roll your motorcycle to the Tech Inspection area (Southeast corner of paddock, not far from Registration). OPRT Staff will inspect your bike.
- Attend the mandatory Rider’s Meeting at 8:20 near the Registration Area.
- 6:00-6:30a Gates open (dependent on specific track policy)
- 7:00-7:30a Arrive, unload, set up pit area
- 7:30-8:30a Registration Opens. Please sign-in at Registration
- 7:30-8:30a Tech Inspection open. Bring your bike to Tech Area for inspection
- 8:20a Riders Meeting. All riders are required to attend
- 9:00a Track Opens with the A Group, Riding School students attend first classroom session
- 4:00 – 5:00p Track closes (dependent on specific track policy)
Your bike must be in good mechanical condition with at least 50% tread on the tires, and at least 50% brake pad life. The only changes you need to make to your bike are unplugging (or taping up) the headlights, taillights, mirrors and turn signals. Most people use blue painters tape, which is easy to remove and doesn’t leave any residue.
For riding gear, we require armored gear from head to toe – a DOT/SNELL approved full-face helmet, armored jacket that zips together to armored pants, boots with full ankle coverage, and gloves. Textile gear is acceptable, but leathers are recommended.
We also recommend the following items to make your experience more enjoyable:
- Extra Fuel – most people will go through an entire tank and then some during the course of a typical track day. Extra fuel is not available for purchase at The Ridge.
- Chair – you’ll want a place to sit.
- Water – hydration is extremely important.
- Food/Snacks – some tracks have food vendors, but it’s always a good idea to bring your own just in case.
- Tools (ability to adjust chain, minor repairs, etc.)
- Pop-up Canopy (EZ-Up)
The Ridge Motorsports Park is a 2.47 mile road race course built on 170 acres. The track has over 300 feet of elevation change, a good portion of which occurs in the famous “Ridge Complex” – a corkscrew-like series of turns that drop down from the hillside that earned the track its name.
TRMP allows camping overnight before an event, however participants must arrive before 7pm. At 7pm, the front gates will be closed and no further entry will be allowed. The gates will reopen at 6am.
You may setup your pits in any open area, being mindful to leave the driving/fire lanes open. The far Southeast corner is reserved for OPRT Staff/Registration and food vendors.
Pacific Raceways is a 2.25 mile road race course and drag strip. The track has over 125 feet of elevation change and 10 turns.
Located in Kent WA, the track is easily and quickly accessible from the Seattle area.