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Racing Schools?

Anyone have suggestions on a good school for track-style racing? It could be anywhere in the country as long as it's reputable and worth the $$. Local would be better, of course. I've heard of a few folks doing this in the past but can't remember who or where.

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Thanks Wink. Checking them out now. It doesn't look like they have a lot of dates for the remainder of this year. I probably wouldn't have time until April anyways. I see the two street classes. Can they be taken one-after-the-other or do you recommend spending time honing what I would learn fromt he first class before attending the 2nd?

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Thanks Wink. Checking them out now. It doesn't look like they have a lot of dates for the remainder of this year. I probably wouldn't have time until April anyways. I see the two street classes. Can they be taken one-after-the-other or do you recommend spending time honing what I would learn fromt he first class before attending the 2nd?

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The classes are split into smaller groups that each rotate through working with instructors on drills and track work. Everyone is on the same bike, so that is great to level set the playing field. This really allows for the instruction to be VERY individualized and ensure that everyone gets the most that they can out of it. You will NOT be able to outgrow Freddie. Nicky Hayden still goes there and gets coaching with Freddie every year.

You can go back to back no problem. I did that a couple of years ago and the second event was phenomenal for me (first one I realized how much I suck). Now I, and a lot of NESBA CRs go together every year. We took 16 last year.

I can't speak highly enough about Freddie, Nick and Jeff.

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I went to the california superbike school this summer.

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It looks like they have several dates still left and cost isn't too bad. This is my first year riding so I don't think I was able to take away as much as more experienced riders did. In my class (beginner) there were guys with many years of riding experience and some with around 5-10 track days. It greatly increased my confidence and ability, but I'm still a noob. I would say Keith Code is pretty credible too. Just my
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Very good info. Any tips you can give to best prepare me for this, or wherever I end up going (most likely here). I know they provide the bike. Can I bring my own gear or do they make you use their stuff?

Thanks again Wink. Great info.

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Bring your own gear or rent it there, your choice. I take my own gear.

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Keep the information coming I am looking forward to attending Freddies next year late summer....any info is going to be helpful
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Kevin Schwanz school is the best for the money. I think Freddies is a little on the expensive side for my taste. Not saying it not good just expensive.
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Vicky come on up to one of my socials one of these times, esp over the winter and we can go through everything there is to know about FFHPRS.

In the meantime, read Total Control by Lee Parks (first, and then read Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch, lead riding instructor for Freddie's.

As far as which school is best, the only to know that would be to talk to someone who has been to them all. Get Blarney to post in here, he has done all the big ones. I only went to the one that my research told me was the best. I have no desire to downgrade at this point, so I am sticking with Freddie.

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I plan on going to Freddie Spencer just as soon as I can! Till then, I ride with Nesba. The Nesba CR's are fabulous. We've got tons of super talented racers that CR with us as well. There is no shortage of knowledge in this group. Look what they've done for me! I'm 20x the rider now then I thought I'd ever be. 100x better then the confident and ambitious street rider I was when I started on the track.

I've also considered the Pridmore school as well. His approach to teaching is different then Spencer's from what I hear, but I like diversity.

If your just looking for a race license, just do the Learning Curves School or Team Chicago School in April. I did the Team Chicago School. I wouldn't consider it a school as much as a licensing clinic.

I've read a lot of books on car and motorcycle racing.

For quality, Read in this order. Ending with the best book.
Reg Pridmore's Book (don't recall the title)
Keith Codes books, 1 and 2.
Lee Parks, Total Control
Nick's, High Performance Riding

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+1 been there done dat. Plus it is his bike.

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