Mid-Ohio: 2010 Performance Track Riding

Motorcycle Track Days

The Mid-Ohio School, based at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, begins its fifth season of Performance Track Riding for motorcycle enthusiasts with a pair of dates this weekend, April 24-25.

The Mid-Ohio School has enhanced the Performance Track Riding (PTR) program in a number of ways heading into the 2010 riding season. Paramount to those changes is the school taking operation of the program entirely in house. In January, Brett Roubinek was added as general manager of the program after serving in the role on an interim basis the last part of 2009. Roubinek comes to The Mid-Ohio School after over 20 years of experience in management in the racing school and motorsports industry.

"After coming back home to Ohio and working with The Mid-Ohio School as an instructor last year, I’m excited to get the Performance Track Riding season started. We made a few changes to improve the rider experience since last year and we are excited to see the results," Roubinek said.

The Mid-Ohio School will exclusively sell Dunlop motorcycle tires for Performance Track Riding events. In addition to sales, this will also include tire service at nearly all PTR dates. Sunoco 98 Octane fuel is offered at the garage paddock for riders so they can fuel up as needed without having to haul it to the track. Additionally, Tucker Rocky Distributing is providing a limited number of Twist of Fate leathers from the Speed & Strength line for riders to rent. Overnight camping is also offered at no cost for riders on the first night of a Standard Two-Day program.

There are 22 dates on the Performance Track Riding calendar currently stretching from this weekend through late September with potentially more dates to be added. The Mid-Ohio School offers three formats: Standard Day, Max Time and Max Time Twilight. Discounts are available on Standard Two-Day enrollments.

KTM, the official motorcycle of The Mid-Ohio School, will be providing sportbike riders with several unique opportunities throughout the year. During the first two PTR dates this weekend, the KTM Ride_Orange Street Demo Rig will roll into the paddock providing PTR participants and their families and friends the chance to ride one of several models including the 690 SMC, 690 Duke, 690 Enduro, 950 Enduro, 990 ADV, 990 SMT 990 SMR 990 Super Duke. KTM will have demo times available from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Spots will be filled first-come, first-serve, and riders must be 25 years old and present a valid motorcycle license.

The following Monday and Tuesday, April 26 and 27, mark the first two dates of the KTM Race_Orange Track Day Experience. This program features the motorcycle manufacturer bringing the KTM RC8 to the track for an ‘arrive and ride’ format. This event is also scheduled for July 7 and 19. All dates are sold out except Tuesday, April 27. Additionally, KTM will provide a fleet of three RC8s and RC8Rs for the PTR track coaches to ride.

The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school’s 16 automobile courses include Defensive Driving, High Performance and Racing programs. The motorcycle side features three Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world’s top racers. In 17 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School has 35,600 graduates, including 11,400 teenagers. For more information or to enroll, visit www.midohioschool.com.