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Old 02-24-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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New to Houston, new to this forum.

I want to do two to four track days this year - and my wife gives me permission to do so.

I see there are three or so tracks real close, and another two or so a little further away.

SO - I'm looking for comments and comparisons between.....

TRACKS - condition, facilities, "feel". Long, short, fast, technical, whatever.

ORGANIZATIONS - depending on the people running it, I'm either near the front of the slowest group ("Novice" in NESBA speak) or towards the rear of the middle group ("Intermediate"). Looking for a group with control riders keeping the squids in check in these groups, offering advice and such. NOT interested in a free-for-all.

SO - please give me your counsel, advice, impresions, comments, etc.

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Old 02-24-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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tracks, Id do: MSRH, TWS (Texas World Speedway). GSS is also close...

MSR Cresson I hear is one of the best as well...

as far as orgs, they all do a pretty good job of keeping things in check.
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I would suggest going out to one of the upcoming trackdays for each org to get a feel for how everything is run and check out the track. Maybe even get signed to cornerwork to offset expense. Texas Trackdays will be at GSS in Hitchcock this Sunday. Ridesmart will be at MSRH in Angleton next Saturday(3-6), and LSTD will be at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in April.
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I would suggest going out to one of the upcoming trackdays for each org to get a feel for how everything is run and check out the track. Maybe even get signed to cornerwork to offset expense. Texas Trackdays will be at GSS in Hitchcock this Sunday. Ridesmart will be at MSRH in Angleton next Sunday(3-7), and LSTD will be at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in April.
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If you're not ready just yet you should stop in at msrh this Saturday. You could do the parade lap to see the track and get a feel for the organization. Looks like a large group’s going to be there, good people.
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TRACKS - condition, facilities, "feel". Long, short, fast, technical, whatever.
http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=49455
That link, posted by RC51 above, hits up most of the tracks. I left the Mercedes Benz track in Angleton off of it because most people on this forum have been there either to spectate or ride already.

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ORGANIZATIONS - depending on the people running it, I'm either near the front of the slowest group ("Novice" in NESBA speak) or towards the rear of the middle group ("Intermediate"). Looking for a group with control riders keeping the squids in check in these groups, offering advice and such. NOT interested in a free-for-all.
All of the TD's offer instruction and they all have control riders. Obviously, some people are partial to certain orgs, but I have lots of friends that ride with all 3.

While the drive is longer, Eagle's Canyon and MSR are two tracks that you should NEVER leave off your list of "to ride" tracks. Both of those tracks make the two local (Houston and Angleton) tracks look like kiddy rides. We'll be at MSR on the 22nd, and it's well worth the 3 hour (depending on where you're starting from) drive.

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MSR = MSRC

= Cressen?
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MSR = MSRC

= Cressen?
Cresson is the only "MSR"- "MSR"= Motor Sports Ranch, the name of the track.

The track in Angleton is Mercedes Benz Sugar Land Road Course, but the old "MSR" stuck with the place after they changed the name to the aforementioned MBSLRC. It used to be "Motor Sports Ranch- Houston" or "MSR-H" when they had an affiliation with the Cresson track.

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You should ride Cresson. Unbelieveable track.

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After riding half a dozen trackdays with Texas Trackdays and Ridesmart, here are the differences I have come up with. These are not pros and cons, but rather just the little differences to help you make your own decisions.

Texas Trackdays does a "round robin" as the first session with novice group. They let intermediate and advance groups HAVE AT IT from the get go...with passing/no passing rules.

Ridesmart does the "round robin" with the novice group and level 2 (intermediate). While it is helpful, it may seem to take away from the first session for a level 2 rider who already somewhat knows the track. Same passing/no passing rules as TTD.

Both orgs have a great class room session.
Texas Trackdays tends to have more instructors attend the classes with the sudents than ridesmart. Makes for a more one on one feel.

Ridesmart takes videos during the track sessions and they use the videos in class as a teaching aid. Very helpful, especially if the video is of you.

Both orgs also have a number of great instructors who are more than willing to follow u, lead u, and all around teach u to help fine tune your riding technique.


Both orgs are quite organized and they really keep things moving smoothly all day once the first bikes are on the grid in the morning. Both provide drinking water all day long and good food during lunch.

No matter what, if you stick with these guys, you will not leave the track without improving your skill level tremendously...and you're gonna wanna do it again!
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i instruct with Texas Trackdays....and have also been a patron previously, and currently with Ridesmart and Lonestar Trackdays. i'm not gonna give you a speech about why you should go to one or the other...because I like every one of them for one reason or another, so my opinion is not partial to any org even though I work with one of them.

The best advice I can give you about a trackday org is to try out all 3, and see what you like, dislike, about each one....then pick which one you will ride more frequently with.

Every one has it's perks, and instruction is always there and mostly when ASKED for it. it's hard to keep an eye out on everybody out there, so communicating with the instructors/control riders is the KEY to having a fun day at the track. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS!!! the only dumb question is the one that isn't asked!
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Every one has it's perks, and instruction is always there and mostly when ASKED for it. it's hard to keep an eye out on everybody out there, so communicating with the instructors/control riders is the KEY to having a fun day at the track. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS!!! the only dumb question is the one that isn't asked!
Excellent point Tony!

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