On the weekend of 20th and 21st June I did a short trip to Malaysia and did two full days on the Sepang circuit on a Kawasaki ZX6RR. The event was promoted by SBR Track Days from Singapore. ~Welcome to www.sbrtrackdays.com~
The circuit hosts both F1 and Motogp.
This group are very professional and have a number of hire bikes available. The ZX6RR's were in top condition, well maintained and low km. They were 2008 models but were low KM's (about 2,500 to 3,000km) as most people are throttle jockeys and go for the ZX10's. The 600 is a far better bike to learn to ride a new track and teaches you more about flow, trail braking and corner entry speeds.
What an absolutely amazing experience as a motorcycle sports person albeit a veteran. I was proud of my fitness and endurance and that of the other old fellas I went with. We did 16 x 20 minute sessions over the two days in 32C and 85% humidity.
Some of the younger fellows were missing sessions towards the end of the day due to exhaustion. My 57 year old mate and I (60) were dusting up many of the locals on their expensive litre bikes. The ZX6RR's were absolutely stock road bikes with standard suspension, gearing, foot pegs, bodywork and exhaust. They even had the passengers foot pegs and headlights. The only things removed were the indicator lights and mirrors. They had Pirelli Super Sport race tyres.
We prepared well before the trip with extra hydration and made sure our fitness was right up there.
In our group there were only several riders on litre bikes who were faster than me and my 57 year old mate. Both Civil Engineers and both fit. I think a couple of the younger riders were about to give themselves the hari kari treatment with the sword when we kept passing them into corners. It was a great cosmopolitan experience with riders from Australia, UK, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and India.
If you're a motorcycle track rider/racer this is one heck of a circuit and well worth the experience.
Another rider tried to nip up the inside of me and struck me hard in the third session in turn 12. I went down at about 120m/hr and badly bruised and sprained my right ankle. I also had a deep cut in the left elbow. I spent the rest of the weekend hobbling to and from the bike and elevating and icing my right foot in between sessions. The medical centre patched up the elbow enough to get me through the weekend. By the time I limped back to our pit bay SBR had repaired the bike and fitted a new back tyre for me. I've got the whole accident on video. My mate was behind me with the GoPro and the circuit CCTV picked it up as well. SBR have the CCTV footage and are sending it to me. I'll post the videos when I get them.
A 60 year old senior citizen participating in an activity appropriate for most seniors. Nice photo of the very sore right foot:
The circuit looking at turn 1:
Aerial view of the whole circuit ... 5.5km and 15 turns: