Above is a picture of me the last time I took to a track on 2 wheels. That was 40 years ago to the month IIRC. I did subsequently get to go on the sidecar platform with Roger Body at Brands, but that was 25 years ago on a corporate event. My last track foray on four wheels was 20 years back. I have been telling myself that I really should do a track day for a few years now, and @Advikaz thread on his new GSXR stung me into action a bit sooner than I had intended (already had the the forthcoming Ducati day at Donnington booked). I PM’d Adam and arranged 1 2 1 instruction for the day on 28th at Donnington through Focussed Events. With the event in August coming up I thought it would be a good idea to get some track time in beforehand with the added bonus of professional instruction from a Forum member. Last week I had the suspension set up, stripped the indicators, number plate and radiator coverings on my Street Triple RS. I also swapped the tyres from my 748R (Bridgestone S22’s) as the Supercorsa’s on the Striple were looking a bit worn and, more importantly, the forecast said it was likely to rain. Saturday night was not a good nights sleep! I was really nervous, my head kept on going on over things as it does. Sunday and up and out at 05:00. Stopped off at Watford Gap on the way up – almost totally deserted. Covid On arrival and after registration, I met with Adam and we discussed what to expect from the day, what I wanted to achieve (we had previously swapped messages on goals for the day). Basically, just to be safe and try to enjoy myself - I told him I was myself . Plus, work on lines, braking and build confidence. See what my bike can do without losing my licence. The first sighting laps came round real fast, and my heart rate was going just as fast. Sighting laps were (to me) reasonably quick, a fast road pace – I remember saying to Adam that was quick enough for me thank you, and this was the Novice group obviously! Then out for the first session. I followed Adam and if I wanted to go faster I simply pushed him on a bit. Following him was really great – added bonus was his Gixer had its mirrors and brake light on so I could see braking points and he could see my ineptitude. Adam and his fellow instructors allowed me to use their garage which was kind as there was the odd shower on the day, luckily not when we were on track though. I felt that I improved through the day and actually I was pretty good on the brakes (especially on a couple of occasions where we came across groups of slower riders and it was all anchors out – The Street Triple brakes really are very, very good, super impressed and the suspension was excellent - very balanced (@Bondy7070 - you are going to love yours). My confidence levels improved and I felt safe (only a couple of moments – one when I crossed a white line and the back end had a shimmy and another exiting Melbourne when the wind hit the front wheel as it was off the ground - no steering damper on the Striple). When Adam was following me my lines were not as good as I did not always use the full track. I was also not looking far enough around the corners, focussing instead on the apex. As the day wore on I was getting more tired, so we did a slower session and concentrated on lines and vision. Brilliant!! Claims to fame? I passed Neil Hodgeson who was instructing. He gave me a thumbs up in the pits at the start of the next session and I nearly burst with pride. I did get my knee down but that was a consequence, not an aim. I am sadly proud of my tyre (apologies for the photo, put it down to my age) – those Bridgestone S22’s are brilliant, so much grip that the traction control only came on a couple of times, mainly when controlling wheelies and the ABS never came on once. A MASSIVE thank you to Adam. A great guy, gives really clear instructions, is humble but clearly very gifted, he has helped me on enormously. Most importantly for me, the day was what it was meant to be – fun. No way I would have enjoyed it as much without his help. So, if any of you are thinking about having a go before you get too old (@West Cork Paul ), you could do a lot worse than hooking up session with the man. Obligatory pits pic - I'm the good looking one : I skipped the final session as I was knackered. I got cramp in my left leg at one point after lunch which was a good sign to me that I should think about calling it a day. Good decision I think as it started to chuck it down as I loaded the bike on the trailer. The day after? A few aches, shoulders and right thigh mainly but Im a man and thats a badge of honour. I am not track fit, that’s for sure (but never expected to be). Also a big bruise on my right upper arm which must be from ill fitting body armour which I will need to have a look at. Oh......one final thing. Never turn your back on an instructor......they will nick your petrol before you know anything about it (Sorry mate! ) I will add any track shots once the photographer has loaded them up if I can.