To make the day run as smoothly and safely as possible we have in place some important regulations. Following is a full SMSP Ride Days Safety Briefing. This is delivered on the morning of each event at 8.35am, where both rider and spectator attendence is compulsory.
Helmets are to be worn AT ALL TIMES whilst you are riding a motorcycle. Whether you are on track, in the car park or riding through pit lane, you must wear a helmet. If you are not wearing a helmet you must only push your bike.
Pit lane is ONE WAY (from Turn 12 pit entry right through to Course Control). Under no circumstances are you to ride reverse direction up pit lane. If you wish to return to the top of pit lane, please ride to the end of the garages, turn left, and continue through the back of the compound. There are to be no cars, children under the age of 16, and open-toed shoes in pit lane.
Entering the track
The only place you will be entering the circuit is at Turn 1 via Course Control. When you do so, please stay to the left of the track all the way into Turn 2. Bikes travelling down the straight could be moving 100km/hr faster than you. Once you are through Turn 2 you may move onto the normal riding line.
Exiting the track
When you are leaving the track please raise your left arm in the air to signal to other riders you are exiting. You can exit the track at the pit entrance just after Turn 12, down directly into pit lane. In an emergency situation (under a red flag) a marshal may indicate for you to enter via the paddock entrance at Turn 4. Do not use this entrance at any other time.
Riders may pass anywhere on the circuit, on the outside or inside of another rider, provided a minimum clearance of 6-8ft (approximately 2 metres) is given AT ALL TIMES. When entering a turn, only pass on the inside of another rider if you can be certain you will leave the minimum clearance at all points in the turn. If you cannot do this please wait to pass elsewhere.
Flags are our only way of communicating with you when you are out on track – please look out for them and obey them. At SMSP Ride Days we have 8 manned flag points and 12 corners which means, whilst the entire track can still be observed, not every corner has a flag marshal. Therefore it is important you take the time in your first session to become familiar with the points which are manned.
Following is a full description of the flags used at SMSP Ride Days.
Yellow flag- : Warns of changed track conditions
(a) Stationary: Lower level risk. Eg minor object or incident and well off line
Possibly warning of a waved yellow further ahead proceed with caution
(b) Waved: Extreme caution. Eg object or incident is on line or dangerously placed and in the corner or section you’re in carefully slow to a speed where you can easily avoid any danger. There is NO passing under any yellow flags. When reaching a manned flag point with no flag proceed as normal.
NO PASSING is allowed under either the stationary or waved yellow flags. Once you reach a manned flag point which is not displaying a flag you can continue your session as normal and begin overtaking again.
Chequered flag- End of session
The chequered flag is displayed at Turn 10 and indicates your session is over. Continue through to the Turn 12 pit entry. Raise your left arm in the air to let others know you are leaving the track and continue into the pits. A red flag may also be displayed at Turn 12.
Black Flag: Issue with bike and/or rider:
*Half rolled up - displayed - pointed* Rider must exit circuit at the first opportunity and go directly to course control.
Red flag- Session terminated
(a) Waved and all flag points: A serious incident has occurred on the circuit and it has been deemed unsafe for your session to continue. All riders must exit circuit at the first available exit (Turn 4 if indicated by a Marshal) or at the Turn 12 pit entry. NO PASSING is allowed under either the stationary or waved red flags. No running the red flag (continuing past an available exit).
Once you have exited the track you may re-form two lines at Course Control where you will be informed of the status of your session i.e. whether your session will be restarted or terminated.
The flags are our only way of communicating danger so please look out for them and obey them.
Incidents on track
If you come across a fallen rider please DO NOT STOP TO HELP. We have trained staff on site to handle these exact situations. Please look out for flags signals and obey them but do not stop.
Should you be the unfortunate rider who has fallen, if you feel you can do so please move yourself to a safe place. This would preferably over the nearest tyre wall, without crossing the circuit. Also if you feel capable you may move your bike to the tyre wall; if you cannot move your bike please leave it and get yourself to safety. We will send a recovery vehicle to retrieve your bike once the track has cleared. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR HELMET ON until you are safely out of harm’s way, such as over the tyre wall.
There are to be NO burnouts, stoppies or wheelies at SMSP Ride Days.
The maximum quantity of fuel permitted is 20L per rider. This is in addition to fuel already in the motorcycle. Bikes are NOT to be refuelled in pit lane or within 5 metres of an ignition source i.e. tyre warmers must be switched off and there is to be no smoking whilst refuelling.
These rules are put in place and enforced for obvious safety reasons. Breaching any of these rules may result in expulsion from the track, and depending on the severity of breach, expulsion from future events.