4 things you need to do to get into motorcycle racing
When it comes to motorcycle racing, you either feel a burning passion inside, asking you to do it, or you just don’t even think about it at all. There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle ground. Much road racers seem to just get started at one point in their lives, after wanting to do it for a while.
That is to say, there really isn’t much you can do in terms of psyching yourself up. This is something you either feel passionately about or not. You will, however, need to prepare yourself physically and acquire quite a bit of practical knowledge before you go on your first race.
Consider joining a club
If you live in a big city, chances are you’ll find lots of riding clubs. It really isn’t essential to find one to get started in racing, but it will be invariably helpful. Clubs expose you to lots of different riders, some of whom might offer you tips to get into competitive riding, get you in contact with possible sponsors (which you will definitely need later on), or even offer to train you in the beginning.
Get an instructor
Preferably, get an instructor that has raced before. They will be able to coach you on all the different aspects that a good racer needs to be aware of, not just speed, but your ability to handle different tracks, and how much of a predictable rider you can become. Keep in mind that you should be striving for safety at all times, and an instructor will provide you with an extra set of -more experienced- eyes to help you make sure you stay safe at all times.
Don’t overwhelm yourself
You don’t need to get started on a huge racing bike if you’re not comfortable with it. Stay on a cc size that you feel safe in, for as long as you need to. You don’t need to start racing at a professional level right away.
Know your limits
One of the most important things you need to keep in mind is your limits. Do you need help being a safe rider? Could you use some work on your predictability? Are you unsure about the gear you’re using? Be aware of what you can and can’t do so that you can work on becoming the best rider that you can be. Be open to getting a personal trainer if you feel you’d benefit from one on one sessions.
Do the track on a car
Most people don’t think that learning a track on a car can accurately translate to the motorcycle experience, but it definitely does. Driving a car can help you muster the confidence you need to become a better motorcycle rider.
Get the sponsors!
Amateurs tend to view finding a sponsor as an impossible task that they’ll never complete. But it really doesn’t have to be that hard. There are lots of brands that are more than willing to offer sponsorship to beginner racers. All you need to do is knock on a few doors and take advantage of the internet. Be assertive and practice on your networking, it is true that many will say no to amateur riders, but you will find those that are right for you.