Who makes a better rider, a Street Rider or a Track Rider?
Who is the better rider, a Track Rider or a Street Rider?
There is an evolutionary theory on Predatorís vs. Prey. In order for a species to survive in its environment it must evolve adaptive strategies to prevent it from becoming a meal to another species. If the prey loses a race its dinner, if a predator loses a race itís only hungry. So there is a stronger selective pressure on a prey species to develop adaptive strategies to survive than a predator species.
If you use this theory to compare Track Riders with Street Riders the answer is obvious. The better rider is the Street Rider because he is the prey item. If a Street Rider makes a mistake there is a significantly higher probability that he will be seriously hurt or killed than if a Track Rider makes a mistake. If a Track Rider makes a mistake he loses a position or a few seconds on a lap. A bad mistake may put him in the run off area or sliding down the track on his well protected face. But the likelihood of him dying is significantly less than a Street Rider.
Therefore Track Days are awesome they will definitely improve your riding skill, no debate there. However, in the real world where there are cars, trucks, pot holes, road debri, gravel, curbs, etc, etc, an experience Street Rider is the prey that must survive to ride another day. The experienced Track Rider is the predator that goes home hungry.