Track Reveiew New Jersey Motorsports Pack

 

New Jersey Motorsports Park Isn’t just a race track, it’s a facility full of entertainment. Here you can find an event list that changes from professional motorcycle racing or NASCAR racing to 24-hours of LeMons or Mini-MotoGP. For those of you unaware of that 24-hours of leMons is. It is a 24-hour race of cars that have to be purchased for $500 or less. MiniGp is a racing series created to teach kids about motorcycle racing techniques. They race 50cc-125cc engine dirt bikes equipped with street tires.

NJMP hosts a large list of events that anyone is bound to enjoy themselves here at least for a few of their events. Some of these attractions include Monster truck rallies, paintball tournaments, clay shooting, go-carting, upscale-villas, WWII planes, exotic car garages and a restaurant and bar.  

 

 These kids may be small and thier motorcycles smaller, but these kids can ride...  This is William Moore Jr. dragging his elbows during a demonstration 

These kids may be small and thier motorcycles smaller, but these kids can ride...

This is William Moore Jr. dragging his elbows during a demonstration 

 Go-karting and Shifter karting  These are not your average Karts   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjhSbuzq18U

Go-karting and Shifter karting

These are not your average Karts 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjhSbuzq18U

 24-hours of LeMons race  (yes that car is not upside down) 

24-hours of LeMons race

(yes that car is not upside down) 

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This race track is one that separates the boys from the men. That's why it is a host to professional racing events such as MotoAmerica, NASCAR, Twilight racing series, AHRMA and more. This track is technical but fast. There is little room for error in any of its 12 corners.

Turn one is a 90-degree right-hander. In this corner, you will use the brakes and your body to guide you to the point of  hanging right over the edge of the inside apex. The chevrons stand 6 inches above the pavement so as you fly over it; your head is about 10 inches from the pavement. While using the throttle and your body you'll stand the bike up and drive wide till your on top of the exit chevrons right about a few inches from the grass.

 Eziah Davis, Turn one Apex

Eziah Davis, Turn one Apex

Turn two is tricky. As you approach the apex, you are climbing a hill and cannot see whats on the other side. As you approach it at around 120 MPH, you'll need to use markers to determine where you are going. Skid marks on the pavement, something off in the distance or anything stationary you can use as a marker. Personally, I like to use the trees on the horizon. As you go through the apex and crest the hill it is likely that the bike is going to wiggle around as it barrels towards turn 3.

Turn three is split into three different sections. It's a quick right left and then right again. It's very important to enter turn three on the right line. Being on the right line allows you to shorten the distance through these quick transitioning corners and allows you to keep up your momentum. As you exit turn three you start to climb up a steep grade also known as wheelie hill. Turn 4 is another 90-degree right-hander. Be careful in this corner because  if you clip the chevrons on the apex it will throw you into the ground. 

 Two bikes coming over Wheelie Hill. It does not matter how you come over the hill, the front end is coming up off the ground. 

Two bikes coming over Wheelie Hill. It does not matter how you come over the hill, the front end is coming up off the ground. 

Turn 5 is a slow left-hander. This is the corner where most people crash due to the amount of braking you have to do on entrance and the amount of throttle you apply on exit. Turn five leads onto a short straight, so it is easy to get a little too eager and grab too much throttle. At the end of the straight is a fast right that is long and wide. There is plenty of space to carry a large amount of speed. This will lead you into turns 7,8 and 9. These are all right-hand turns that combine into a 200-degree increasing radius turn.  Through 7 and 8 you can accelerate all the way till turn 9, but be cautious because all of your braking for turn 9 has to be done while your bike is cranked over on its side.  Turn 10 is an 180-degree left-hander. When you come through this corner you need to hug the inside all the way around. On exit do not accelerate too hard because you'll blow wide and destroy your momentum. If you loose your speed you'll be slow all the way until turn one. The last corner is a slight right that leads onto the front straight. This is a corner that will put your courage to the test. You'll hit the apex around 120 MPH while your body is inches from the pavement. The bike  will bounce around as it struggles to find traction. 

Overall thoughts

At first, I hated this track, and I mean the first two or three times I went here. It was tough to conquer. This track is fast and flows smoothly from corner to corner but if you are off line or don't know where to brake and add throttle in the right spots, you are going dog slow. However, once I learned the lines and became confident with the tracks grip I fell in love with this course. The facilities are clean, power is available everywhere and there are some beautiful trackside villa's up for rent. There is a five-story tower that overlooks the entire track. the paddock is fully paved, garages are state of the art and the bar/restaurant is cheap and high quality. 

 

Track complexity -  9/10
Overall speed -  7/10
Small bike friendly – 6/10
Pavement quality – 7/10

 

 

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