RideSmart Texas Track Day Motorcycle School

Our Staff

     Paul Carter

     Tony Gemmel

Tony was born in Scotland in 1952 and started getting involved in motor racing in 1965 when his father started racing. Tony went to racing school when he was seventeen and began racing Formula Ford when he was 19 years old and won the trophy for the most promising driver of the year in 1982. He raced for 26 years in the UK and passed the test to be a track instructor at Brands Hatch. Tony got involved in motorcycles in 1995 when he retired from motor racing, and has owned 31 sport bikes since then. He emigrated to Texas in 2000, and has been an instructor with Ridesmart since 2007.



     Patt Hagens

Patt started riding at age 15 on a Husky 250CR. He rode a Yamaha 350 enduro in college then a 1977 BMW R100RT. After a break of 20 years, he returned to touring with a string of BMW RT bikes. He started track riding on a Ducati ST4s in 2005 then in 2006 he bought a Triumph 675 and started his track career. He attended several professional riding schools in the next few years. Kevin Schwantz, Jason Pridmores Star school twice, Ty Howards school and Code Superbike school - 16 times!
He has a paint contracting business and enjoys bicycling, hunting, fishing, and his grandkids.

He's a member of the BOHICA team and currently rides a Honda CBR1000, Triumph 675, Ninja 250 and a BMW R1200RT. PawPaw in the house!


     Randy Joy

Randy started riding "real bikes" in 1968, his first bike was a Honda Z-50 (that's excluding the Sears minibike with a lawnmower engine). Randy has had a lot of bikes over the years, from a John Player Norton to one of the first Honda Interceptors in the early 1980's. Randy started going to the track in 1982 and has been on and off the track since. He laid off for a few years, and re-ignited his interest in the track and racing again in 2007. Randy has been teaching with Ride Smart since 2008, and uses a CBR600RR, CBR954RR, and a Ninja EX250. He currently is a CMRA expert and races on a Lightweight Endurance team and is having a blast.



Brian Kelly

Brian was raised up north in the Chicago area where he focused his need for speed on the slopes as a competitive downhill ski racer in the US Ski Team Development system. Following that dream took him to Utah for college and 12 years as a Racer, Instructor and Coach. Brian is a relative new-comer to motorcycles having started riding 5 years ago after moving to TX. Looking for the same thrill from ski racing he quickly found his way to the track with RideSmart and has been fast road riding and track riding since.



     Mike Legato

Born in New Jersey in 1961 Mike started on a homemade mini bike at 9yrs old before moving up to a Yamaha 60cc. Mike had several other second hand dirt bikes up through high school then a '70s Honda 454 street bike to get around at college in the early 80's. Mike took a 24 year hiatus from motorcycles until starting back on street riding in 2007 on a 2001 Triumph Sprint 955. After a couple of trips to roads in Arkansas Mike was introduced to track days by Ray Harrelson who also was an instructor here at RideSmart. With the intention of sharpening his street skills, track days soon changed to become an addiction and it wasn't long after a few classes at Ridesmart taught by the long time instructor Guy Jones that Mike was attending as many track days as could be afforded. A 2007 CBR600 was purchased and is still the track/race bike Mike rides today. With the track addiction in full swing Mike got his CMRA License in 2013 and rode on the Mini Endurance team with Chaos Racing. Mike has attended Ty Howards School as well as Keith Code's California Superbike School which he attends once a year. Mike works full time as an IT Development Manager when not on the track.



Quan Luu

Quan has been riding motorcycles since the early to mid 90's. Mostly street riding, Quan wanted to start attending a trackday at least once a season, which became 2 or 3 times a season, to now 1 to 2 times monthly. Quan now exclusively rides track and loves to share what he's learned and experienced through all his years of riding. You'll see Quan on track with his 13yr old son Caleb who just started riding track in 2013 with the help of Ridesmart. Quan and Caleb are part of a mini endurance team in the CMRA when not riding with Ridesmart. Quan is married to Denise of 16yrs, has a daughter Jeslyn, and a son Caden. On the forums Quan goes by the screen name proasian3. Make sure you say hi!



     Ignacio Pedregon

Ignacio wanted to ride a motorcycle his entire life but always held off due to safety concerns and input from friends and family. At the age of 33 he did some research and found that as in anything, ignorance leads to fear. He decided rider education could open the door to his dreams. Ignacio discovered Track Days and started attending every Ridesmart event at every track possible. Ignacio is also a member of a private track and makes it a point to be on the track at least once a week training and working on his skills. Ignacio is part of the leadership team of Texas Sport Bike Riders www.texassportbikeriders.com which is dedicated to "giving back" to the community. Teaching street riders skills that will help them survive the streets and enjoy their machines is now a passion to which he has dedicated himself. Now several years later at the ripe age of 38 Ignacio is in love with 2 wheels, his wife May rides track, and two of their 4 children have "caught the 2 wheel bug" and are beginning to ride dirt bikes. Ignacio currently rides a CBR600RR as his primary track bike, RSV4 for track and street fun, an FJR1300A for long comfortable performance rides and a CRF100 for falling down in the dirt. IP has been teaching with Ridesmart since 2013.



     James Presley

     Clint Summers

Clint was on his first dirt bike at the ripe old age of 8, and graduated up to sport bikes about 10 years later with a Yamaha R6. He started going to the track in 2008 on a Yamaha R1, and has been there ever since. Clint started teaching with Ridesmart in 2011 and now teaches on a Kawasaki ZX10. Clint also races CMRA on a 250 Ninja.



     "KB" Balakrishna

     Oakley Barber

      Dave Bobbitt

      Mike Buswell

      Art Fonseca

     Jeff Frazier

     Tommy Hendricks

     Jeff Jenkins

     Dave Johnson

     Bruce Jones

     Terence Ladner

     Joe Lopez

     John McKenzie

     Steve Nedd

     Bob Pondrom

     Doug Ross

     Cody Stewart

     Dean Sims

     Dave Sullivan