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Motorcycle school at W.Va. track lets riders go full throttle

May 26, 2010|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. -- Motorcyclists who want a safe place to ride at fast speeds can venture to Motorcycle Xcitement Track Days and Road Racing School.

The event is Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Summit Point Raceway at Summit Point Motorsports Park.

"Xcitement Track Days is a venue where you can take a street motorcycle or racing motorcycle and ride it on the racetrack with help from friendly coaches," said Roger Lyle of Hagerstown, owner and president of Motorcycle Xcitement Track Days and Road Racing School.

Riders pay $200 for the opportunity to race on a high-speed asphalt track. Lyle said he has personally reached 163 mph while riding a Bimota Ducati motorcycle on the track.

"You can reach high speeds on the racetrack without a speeding ticket," Lyle said. "If you would do this on the street, you will get an expensive speeding ticket and could lose your license."

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Depending on the weather, Lyle said past events have drawn 75 to 100 riders.

Riders must be 16 years old to participate. Riders must also wear a full-face helmet, leather boots, leather gloves and a leather racing suit. Lyle said suits are available for rent.

"This is the only safe place you can go fast with your motorcycle. And we're prepared for it," Lyle said, noting that track safety personnel and paramedics will be standing by.

Lyle said he wants riders to enjoy themselves.

"I want them to say, 'That was the most fun I've had on my motorcycle. I want to bring my friends back to show them how fun it is,'" he said.

If you go:



What: Motorcycle Xcitement Track Days and Road Racing School

When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 27; Registration from 7 to 8 a.m.; 8:15 a.m. riders meeting; 9 a.m. riders get on the track

Where: Summit Point Raceway at Summit Point Motorsports Park, 201 Motorsports Park Circle, Summit Point, W.Va.

Cost: $200 per rider; free for spectators

Contact: For more information, call Roger Lyle at 301-933-2599 or go to http://www.motorcyclexcitement.com

More: Free camping the night before at Summit Point Raceway

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