At BMW Motorrad Performance Academy, we understand the challenges riders face and how daunting it can be when choosing which training school or course you should start with.
See below for answers to our most frequently asked questions...
What are the rider requirements for taking part?
To take part in any of our Performance Academy courses, you must be over the age of 21 and hold a valid UK Motorcycle licence issued by the DVLA. We're unable to accept provisional or A1/A2 restricted licences.
All Riders must wear the following, at all times whilst on the circuit:
- A one- or two-piece leather suit that MUST zip together fully i.e., around the whole body
- A helmet that meets BSI 6658 type A, with the ACU gold stamp
- Calf-length Leather motorcycle boots
- Leather motorcycle gloves, with a cuff strap that must go over the cuff of your leathers
- A back protector
- Please note: Titanium sliders and boot edges are prohibited
Can I use my own motorcycle?
All BMW Motorrad Performance Academy courses include the use of our track-ready fleet of high performance BMW Motorrad motorcycles, expertly maintained and specially prepared for you, in order to make the most of our tuition. Sadly, we're unable to allow any rider to use their own machine on these events.
I can't wait to try the S 1000 RR on circuit but what about insurance?
When you arrive, you'll be welcomed by our team for breakfast, sign on and a short briefing. From there, our team will take you into our pit garage and introduce you to your bike for the day. They will give you a thorough introduction to the bike, do a little paperwork (maximum £2500 damage excess form) and make sure you are all ready to get on track.
When booking, you have the option to reduce your excess for a fixed fee of just £120.
Which course should I book?
Our Level One course is best for riders who have no prior experience riding on circuit, or may have attended a track day without tuition.
Rest assured, our tuition is not basic in any way and all riders should start at this level - even experienced road riders. Our small-group teaching style allows us to focus and develop the skills of each rider to the best of their individual ability. Our expert Instructors will be present throughout your course to help overcome challenges you may be facing, to increase your confidence levels and speed.
Our Level Two course is suited to riders who have a reasonable amount of experience riding on circuit, looking to build on the core techniques and take their skills to the next level.
This level benefits a wide range of skill and experience levels, as we're focused on honing your core skills and refining your riding process, in order to prepare you for more advanced techniques. You can expect thorough riding analysis and professional critique of your sessions, in order to target areas for improvement and develop your skills.
Our Level Three course is suited to extremely experienced circuit riders, ready to take on high-level skills frequently used by our race-winning instructor team.
Ideal for those who have confidently completed our Level Two course, riders ready for this level should be familiar with the circuit and competent using higher track speeds. This session introduces real-time feedback via direct comms link with your instructor, fine-tuning your technique in real time to ensure you're benefiting from every moment on track with us.
Please note: Level Three bookings are only open to riders who have completed Level Two with us, for safety reasons.
Our Level Four - M Performance experience is the ultimate in racetrack training.
With one-to-one instruction and detailed video analysis, you'll be utilising the stellar S 1000 RR and the 212 hp track-ready M 1000 RR to test and refine your skills. This course is highly technical, and only suited to those looking to fine-tune their capabilities, chasing down the final tenths of a second to perfect their lap times.
Please note: Level Four - M Performance bookings are only open to riders who have confidently completed Levels Two and Three with us, and been approved for Level Four by our expert instructor team.
What happens if the weather is poor?
Barring extreme weather conditions, it's exceptionally rare that we may have to cancel an event due to adverse weather conditions. Our events do take place if it is wet.
During poor weather, circuit conditions will be closely monitored throughout the day. If the circuit is deemed unsafe by the event team, we will delay circuit activity until it is safe to proceed. In the rare event that the circuit is deemed unsafe to run without any circuit activity taking place, we will transfer your booking to another date or issue you with a full booking value credit note.
Please note, we cannot be responsible for third party costs incurred due to any cancellation.
Unfortunately, we cannot rely on the weather forecast in most cases and the decision not to run is most frequently made on the day of the event.
Is there a waiting list for fully booked course dates?
We do keep a waiting list, in case of late notice cancellations. Please use our 'Contact Us' page above to provide us with your contact details and preferred course Level & date.
In the event that a space becomes available, we'll contact everyone on our reserve list with the space bookable on a first-come-first-served basis.