Bike Track Days are back in session at Dubai Autodrome

Alex Broun 25/09/2018
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Bike Track Days at Dubai Autodrome.

October will be a good month for motorcycle riders in the region with Bike Track Days at Dubai Autodrome set to resume on Saturday October 13.

Following a break for the summer holiday season, the popular track days and evenings for motorcycles are once again open for bookings.

Dates have been announced for October through to December.

Bike Track Days at Dubai Autodrome allow motorcycle owners to access and enjoy a variety of race circuit configurations in a safe and controlled environment.

Safety cover on the track is run to strict international standards, with marshal posts, safety trucks, ambulance and paramedic services on site for each event.

Any standard roadworthy or track motorcycle bike may participate and all levels of riders are welcome, although novice riders are required to first participate in a special Novice Bike Track Evening session to get familiar with track protocol.

One piece or two piece zipped together leathers, helmet, boots and gloves are mandatory. A back protector is recommended.

Prices start at AED420 per rider (including VAT), depending on circuit configuration.

For new riders the Dubai Autodrome provides some helpful driving tips for better track day riding – things that will help you enjoy the day:

Tip 1: It’s easy to be drawn into ‘turning in’ too early. You’ll apex sooner than ideal and worst case run out of circuit on the exit. Try and turn in and apex later.

Tip 2: Try and pick out breaking and apex points on circuit. By looking at the point you want to apex at you’ll magically get closer to it.

Tip 3: Take your time and don’t be in too much of a hurry. You may find it will initially take a few laps before you are confident and know your way around the circuit.

Tip 4: Don’t get drawn into racing someone faster than you.

Tip 5: Remember to smile.

Test your metal at Dubai Autodrome

Test your metal at Dubai Autodrome

Bike Track Day 2018 dates:

13 October      National Circuit: Intermediate and Advanced riders (no novice riders).

27 October      International Circuit: Intermediate and Advanced riders (no novice riders).

2 November     Club Circuit: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced riders all welcome.

2 December   Grand Prix Circuit: Intermediate and Advanced riders (no novice riders).

15 December   Grand Prix Circuit: Intermediate and Advanced riders (no novice riders).

22 December   Club Circuit: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced riders all welcome.

Important information

What: Bike Track Days at Dubai Autodrome

Where:  MotorCity

When: Selected dates through October-December.

Contact:  www.dubaiautodrome.com/track-days/track-days-for-motorcycles/

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Dubai Autodrome Race Paddock at Emirates Motorsport Expo

Petrol heads and aspiring racers can celebrate the return of the motorsport season by attending the third edition of the Emirates Motorsport Expo (EME) on Friday September 14 at Dubai Autodrome.

The event is held in collaboration with the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), and key speakers from the organisation will announce the new motorsports calendar for 2018-2019.

EME is a ground-breaking event for the UAE and represents the only motorsport expo for the region. The expo space is now fully booked, with over 60 exhibitors from the local motorsport industry attending.

This is the perfect opportunity for people to meet teams, competitors, championship managers and key stakeholders from the world of motorsport.

Dubai Autodrome General Manager, Faisal Al Sahlawi said, “From karting to circuit racing to off-road, we will have all levels and disciplines of regional motorsport represented at one show. For anyone interested in getting involved in racing, the Emirates Motorsport Expo will be the perfect place to start.”

Dubai Autodrome Race-Paddock at EME

Dubai Autodrome Race-Paddock at EME

Gates open at 14:00 and entry is free to the public. Stands, displays and food trucks will fill the race paddock and hospitality areas at Dubai Autodrome, and the expo will continue throughout the afternoon and evening until 22:00.

Key speakers from the ATCUAE, Dubai Autodrome and various motorsport championships will headline the EME with a Season Launch Press Conference, held in hospitality suites 4 and 5, from 15:00 until 16:00.

The 2018-2019 motorsport calendar will be unveiled, as well as important announcements on new race series.

In addition to the motorsport representatives on hand there will also be activities for the public to enjoy, including track experiences on the main circuit, Easy Drift passenger rides, and a Super Cars Majlis Parade Lap of up to 100 super cars.

Also debuting this season will be the new Power Hour Challenge, which will allow spectators to get to up-close to a unique selection of race cars in action on track. A variety of rally legends, historic F1cars, drift cars, classics, drag cars and super cars will each get a lap of glory.

For more EME information, please visit: www.emiratesmotorsportexpo.com

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Italian rider Romano Fenati has been sacked by his team after pulling a rival’s brake lever while racing at 140mph on Sunday.

Fenati was black flagged after reaching across to Stefano Manzi’s bike and pulling the brake lever in the Moto2 race at San Marino. Manzi managed to stay upright on his bike.

Fenati was given a suspension of two Grands Prix, but now his penalty appears to be greater, with his team tearing up his contract and his future employer doing likewise.

Marinelli Snipers Team said in a statement on Monday: “The Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati, from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all.

“With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised (for) in no way.”

And Giovanni Castiglioni, boss of the MV Agusta team which was due to sign Fenati for 2019, said the 22-year-old should be banned from racing and his scheduled deal “won’t happen”.

The Italian entrepreneur wrote on Instagram: “This has been the worse and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race.

“True sportsmen would never act this way. If I would be Dorna (MotoGP’s parent company) I would ban him from world racing.

“Regarding his contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto 2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it.

“It won’t happen, he doesn’t represent our company true value.”

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