What to expect…
The day is totally flexible, with no rigorous plan or pattern – as the schedule can be subject to changes and alterations, which could be due to the weather, trackday organiser, circuit owners or unforeseen circumstances.
However, for me, a typical V121Pro day is about finding the best way to get the most out of my client and illustrating just what they are capable of.
I like to start the day off with a discussion to find out exactly what they want to achieve, then form a plan of events to help the client realise their goals. I try to make the desired plan and aims as achievable and realistic as possible with the available time and track sessions that we have to work with.
A basic machine check / set up often can help the client understand their machine better and can easily demonstrate what the settings do, and familiarise some of the dialogue that we will use throughout the day.
The average track day company tries to run about six to seven sessions – barring any stoppages or hold ups! I like to use the first session to settle in, getting up to a comfortable pace and for me to have a ‘first look’ at at rider, to assess what I’m working with. After all the sessions there’s debriefing and discussion as to how the session went and what we are looking to cover in the next session. It’s important during these debriefings to generate a two way conversation; any and all questions will be answered.
More importantly it gives me an insight in to what the client is thinking, helping me understand just what and how they interpret information, as everyone works in an individual way.
The next session often is taken up with working on the biggest issue raised in our debrief; here it varies as to what this can be. If necessary, I can lead the client round to demonstrate a particular technique. During sessions, I can ‘leap frog’ where I swap places with the client on track. This can allow me to slow up a rider if I feel there could be ‘an issue’ or bring a rider on if I feel they are capable, but not confident enough on their own to ‘give it a go’!
With the aid of front and rear video cameras, and barring any technical gremlins, I can record the on track action for play back during the debriefing – this combined with demonstration and explanation all go towards building the ideal environment to help ‘get the message’ across.
The following sessions are set aside to focus on particular issues and allow time for the client to ‘practice’ their newly acquired techniques at their own pace. This is important as it is often outside their normal comfort zone and understandably will take time for them be become familiar with.
The remaining time on track is mainly about allowing the client to lead while I observe – this allows me to assess if all the information has been retained; additionally, now that the client is riding differently, perhaps the pace has been ‘picked up’ and I can use this time to assess any further issues that may now become evident.
…and hopefully at the end of the day everyone has had some fun!