Q. What is MotoTT/ Playday?
A. MotoTT (Moto Track Time Limited) and or Playday (Playday on Track Limited) is an independent company established in 2006 by a group of experienced motorcycling enthusiasts to provide professionally run trackdays on a regular basis at the new Taupo Motorsport Park. In 2010 MotoTT also began offering trackdays at the Manfeild circuit located in Feilding and also do a south island tour of all the southern tracks.
Q. What types of bikes can be ridden on the track?
A. We welcome all types of road bikes, track bikes, race bikes and supermotards. Not permitted on the track are bikes with off-road/knobbly tyres, miniature bikes, bikes with side-cars, trikes and quads.
How to Book and Pay
Q. How do I book a place at a trackday?
A. Go to the “Bookings” page on this website for information on how to pre-register and reserve a place at a trackday.
Pre-paid riders have a guaranteed place at a trackday. Please note that the prepaid rider fee is non-refundable if the rider does not attend the trackday.
Pay-on-day riders are welcome but Moto TT and or Playday cannot guarantee we will have room to take the booking if the day is sold out. We will then accept riders who are on our waiting list on the day to fill the places of any no-shows.
Q. What happens if I am not pre-registered and turn up on the day?
A. If the trackday is not fully booked we can offer you a spot on the day. If the trackday is fully booked we will take your details at registration and you will then go on the waiting list. At the end of the Rider Registration (around 10.00am) we will then offer vacant spots on the basis of the order of the waiting list.
Q. How can I pay on the day?
A. Cash is required for pay-on-day registrations. We do not accept eftpos or credit cards. Cheques are only accepted with prior agreement.
Q. Can I get a refund if I pre-pay and don’t turn up on the day?
A. No. Refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Q. Will the trackday be held if it rains?
A. Yes unless the track is unrideable and then the trackday will be rescheduled.
Q. How do I purchase a gift voucher.
Registration and Bike check
Q. Am I required to register on the day?
A. Yes all riders (and pillions) are required to complete and sign a registration form before riding on the track.
Q. What happens at bike check time?
A. Your bike and riding gear is checked for safety reasons. Your bike should not have worn tires, worn brake pads, overly loose or too tighter chain or be leaking oil or other fluids. Your steering head and swing arm movement will also be checked. Any glass will be taped. If in doubt we highly recommend to have your motorcycle shop check your bike that your bike is ffit for the intended track day.
Q. What type of riding gear do I need to have?
A. Purpose designed motorcycle textile or leather road riding safety gear with impact protection in good condition (full face helmet, gloves, boots, jacket, pants) is required. Open face helmets, denim jackets, jeans and sneakers are not acceptable as riding gear for riders or pillions riding on the track. Although not mandatory we recommend wearing a purpose designed seperate back protector.
Q. What type of licence do I need to have?
A. A current NZ drivers licence (with category 6 motorcycle class) or MNZ (Motorcycling New Zealand) race licence or their overseas equivalents is required. Restricted (6R) or learners (6L) licence holders maybe restricted to the slower riding group (group 4).
Groups, Sessions and Riding Time
Q. How many groups are there and how fast can I go?
A. There is no speed limit on the track. You may go as fast or as slow as you like. However choose a group to ride in that best suits your riding ability. We normally run 4 riding groups.
Group 1 is for expert/experienced riders who wish to ride at a fast pace.
Group 2 is for experienced/intermediate riders.
Group 3 is for intermediate riders.
Group 4 is for less experienced riders or first timers on the track who wish to ride at a slower pace.
Q. How many riders will there be in a group?
A. Bookings are limited by group maximums. Group 2 & 3 are the most popular and for a fully booked trackday may have around 35 riders for the full track. Group 4 is normally the smallest with around 25 to 30 riders at a fully booked day.
Q. Can I change groups during the day?
A. Yes but subject to space being available in the group. Check at the registration desk if you wish to change groups.
Q. Can I bring more than one bike to ride on the track and does it cost more?
A. You can ride more than one bike (all bikes are required to be attend bike check) and there is no extra rider fee if you ride in one group. If you wish to ride in more than one group an extra rider fee is applicable.
Q. How long is a riding session for a group?
A. Sessions will last around 15 minutes . Each group will normally have 6 sessions in the day. If time remains at day end we may run a few extra shorter sessions with combined groups to complete the day. Riding begins at about 9.30am with group 1 out first. We have prize draws during the marshal’s 30 minute lunch break at around 1.00pm and the day ends at 4.30pm. You may ride in excess of 150 km on the track so you may want to start with a full tank.
Q. What kind of help is available if I haven’t been on the track before?
A. If you are unsure of the track layout we have a maps of the tracks. A MotoTT rider will also lead each group around the track for the first lap of the first session at the beginning of the day. We can also provide help with bike tyre pressures recommended by tyre manufacturers for track riding. Please ask a MotoTT staff member as we have very experienced motorcyle mechanics and track riders helping on the day.
Track Riding Rules
Q. What are the riding rules for the track day?
A. Information and rules for the next upcoming track day are provided on a separate page on this web-site. The rules for the day will also be posted at the trackday. All riders are required to read and be familiar with the riding rules for the day. A rider’s briefing will cover the trackday rules and particular track conditions on the day. A review may be be given at the lunch time break before the first session in the afternoon.
Q. When can I pass a slower rider in front of me?
A. You may pass a rider on the left or on the right except where the rider in front of you is entering and negotiating a corner whereby you may not overtake on the inside line. The most important rule to remember is that a rider in front of you has the right to hold his or her line at all times and particularly on corners. We have a strict 2 meter passing rule, the over taker must give the lead rider 2 meters of room throughout the entire passing manoeuvre. The onus is on the overtaker to pass safely at all times. The overtaker is idenified as the trailing rider prior to the passing manoever.
Q. What happens when a marshal waves a yellow flag?
A. A bike may have stopped or be off the track. Slow down and be aware of the track conditions. Unless a red flag is deployed the session will continue to its end.
Q. What happens when a marshal waves a red flag (and in conjunction with an ambulance flag)?
A. A bike or rider may be lying on the track or the track may have debris or oil on it. Slow down and be aware of the track conditions, give way to the ambulance if on the track and leave the track immediately at the exit to pit lane.
Q. Will a red flag end a session?
A. Not necessarily. The group will be restarted for the remaining time of their session if practicable. Riders should reform in the pit lane area whilst the track is cleared.
Q. What happens if I am black flagged?
A. Exit to pit lane immediately. You may have a problem with your bike that you are not aware of or we may need to discuss with you the track rules. No wheelies or stoppies permitted on the track or in pit lane.
Q. What happens if the mult-striped flag (red,yellow,blue,green striped flag) is waved at me?
A. You maybe too fast or too slow for the riding group you are in. Report to flag control at the end of the session for a possible group change.
Q. Can I take a pillion on the track?
A. Yes but with prior approval by MotoTT/ Playday (Your pillion will be required to sign a registration form and have a riding gear check). You may also be required to ride at a specific time in group 4 (slower riding group) or group 3 (intermediate).
Bike Set-up, Insurance, Emergency Services, Photography, Food and Fuel
Q. What tyre pressure should I have for track riding?
A. Lower tire pressures than those recommended for road riding help to heat your tires up quickly for track riding. Please feel free to ask for advice at bike check or any time during the day about tyre pressures and suspension set-up or any other questions you may have about track riding.
Q. Am I covered by my bike insurance whilst riding on the track?
A. Check your policy or ask the question of your insurance provider.
Several insurance companies provide coverage for their customers attending MotoTT/ Playday trackdays.
Q. What happens if my bike breaks down or is damaged and I can’t ride home?
A. If you are not able to arrange transport for your bike we will temporarily store your bike and gear for you.
Q. Do you have a photographer at the trackday?
A. Yes a MotoTT/ Playday sanctioned photographer will be on the circuit during the day and photos will be available for viewing on our web-site a few days after the trackday. Hi-Res images are free to download.
Q. Will medical help be available at the track?
A. Yes an ambulance and qualified staff will be stationed on-site for the whole day.
Q. Will food and drinks be available at the track?
A. Yes. Hot food and drinks and other snacks will be available all day through on-site vendors. Alcohol is not permitted anywhere within the Taupo and Manfeild Motorsport Circuits.
Q. Where can I purchase fuel?
A. The nearest service station to the Taupo track is BP onTauhara Rd about 5 km along Broadlands Rd just within the 70 kph area as you enter Taupo. A Service station is located opposite the Rata Street entrance to Manfeild Park.