a few reasons for me
1) i dont think im ready to ride at that level yet- theres ameteur adn expert levels but nothing for those just starting out
2)honestly thinkin about going out there is scary
3) meatgrinder- i dont want to get hurt/taken out cause im slower than the guy behind me
4)it seems like its an all or nothing jump up for me
5)equipment was a reason before i got my 600
6)money though its doesnt really count cause i blow shitloads on trackdays
What do you perceive the race pace to be? Novice is exactly that - people just starting out.
How is it any scarier than a track day? First time I hit the track I could have shit diamonds I was so uptight and anxious.
I don't get the all or nothing part. What do you mean there?
If you are doing track days, you have the equipment.
My backstory: Started doing trackdays in 02 or 03 on my SuperHawk. Started getting faster and thought that balling that bike up would suck so I bought a 2002 R6 that was a previous race bike. Rode that for a summer and found a sweet RC-51. Rode that for 4 track days in 2005 and crashed it at Autobahn. The bike and I were repairable, but I found out the following day my wife had leukemia. End of track days.
Fast foreward to last fall. Local club is intorducing a Ninja 250 class. I buy two wrecked Ninja's, fix one and sell it to pay for the race bike. Took the new riders school and built the bike over the winter.
May of this year was the first race weekend. Did my new riders stuff in 34° sleet and snow. New rider race and first real race the following day in better conditions. Going into this weekend I am the class points leader through sheer consistancy.
I agree that some classes are total meatgrinder, but the new rider instructors will not allow anyone who is in thier opinion shady to get their race license. There are standards to be met just like at most track days.
I only ever made it to 'I' with NESBA, so I'm not some motorcycle genius.
If you are even thinking about racing, I'd say DO IT.