Name: Steve Hardy
Nickname: Hardy or Hardy Boii
Hometown: West Dundee
Bike(s): ’06 Honda CBR 600RR, ’13 Kawasaki ZX10R
Favorite Track(s): Blackhawk Farms, Barber, NCM, Grattan, Jennings GP
On the track since: 2014
I’ve ridden street since I was 16 but nothing compares to the track life now that I’ve found it – partial thanks to my good buddy, Jamie for introducing us. I love the sport and the community of people that surround it. I have met some fantastic and close personal friends due to the track lifestyle. Luckily, I have a wife that enjoys it as well so there are no arguments in my house about track days. Finding out what’s for dinner…that’s a different story. Ha!
I never thought I would be racing, let alone working in this hobby/passion but the addiction really took over after my second time on track. That’s right, I was beat up after the first day and didn’t know what I wanted to do then. I just needed one more time out. Now, I’m a lifer.
As with most in the sport would probably say, “I wish I had started sooner.”
Official photographer for Team Norris Racing – Ben Smith (MotoAmerica)
Track Day Advice:
Ask for help when you need it. Egos should be checked at the track gate(s). Seat time is key!
Most importantly — have fun!!