The motorcycle Sportsmen of Qld’s women’s only Trackday Ladies Day at the Raceway returned to Morgan Park Raceway for the second running of this very popular day. 54 women from a diverse selection of ages, riding experience and machines attended the 2017 event, many of whom were first-timers on track.
Women make up a significant percentage of road riders but only a very small percentage of road-race competitors, Ladies Day at the Raceway is aimed at getting women who ride motorcycles on road to come and give track riding a go in a controlled, friendly and supportive environment.
Ladies Day at the Raceway has all the aspects of a normal Sporties track day, transponder timing ensures each participant is in the correct group for their skill level, a low track density means there are fewer bikes on track and plenty of room to have fun, club coaches ride as travelling marshals, and are on hand in the pits and on track to provide advice and guidance. In addition to this, Ladies Day at the Raceway has rider mentors made up from the ranks of female club racers, these rapid ladies are easily distinguished on track and in the pits with their custom purple Ladies Day vests worn over their leathers, rider mentors are picked to ensure a diverse selection of ages and bike capacities and are there to provide advice and answer any questions.
A new feature for this year’s event was a mixed track day on the day before to encourage those couples who may only have one bike to come out and both have a ride; a significant number of partners took up the offer which may have helped to boost attendance.
Ladies Day dawned with ominous cloud which thankfully didn’t eventuate to anything, action on track started at 9 am, 4 groups of riders took to the track in 15 minute sessions ranging from seriously rapid racers on their racebikes and dedicated track-day bikes in group 1, through occasional track day riders in group 2 to the track newcomers in groups 3 & 4. The scene in the pits was much like the previous day’s track day with excited chatter, kids running around, bikes on stands with tyre warmers fitted in-between stints on track, except this time it was the ladies in leathers and the partners looking after the kids and taking off tyre warmers.
Each Ladies Day at the Raceway participant received a custom compression top from event Sponsor Ricondi Motorcycle Apparel www.ricondi.com.au. Event sponsors, Pirelli Motorcycle Tyres and Stitchsmith (www.stitchsmith.com.au) both provided raffle prizes and Sporties t-shirts were greatly received by all assembled at rider’s briefing.
Ladies Day at the Raceway will return to Morgan Park Raceway in 2018, check out www.LadiesDayAtTheRaceway.com or www.facebook.com/LadiesDayAtTheRaceway/ for information and dates when they are released.
Photo credit: William Course Photography