Hello All, I am new to these forums and looking for some advice/help/suggestions. Background: I am 23 years old, have over 20K miles of street experience on a 2016 ninja 650, 2015 ninja 1000, and 2007 CBR1000RR. I have done a few long trips around the east coast, hitting Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, The Snake, Tail of the Dragon, and all through the wonderful mountains of WV. I am currently living in Northern Alabama, working as a rocket engineer. Plan/Thoughts: I am going to start doing track days this summer, starting with the STT weekend at Barber for the last weekend of June. I am going to try and do 6-10 track days this year if I end up enjoying the first couple (which I believe I will). Then if that all goes well, I would want to start racing in the WERA Southeast Sportsman series (since most of those racing are near me) next year, 2022. Questions: I understand that it is generally better to start on track with a smaller bike (RC390, Ninja 400, SV650...) to get acquainted better with the acceleration and braking techniques that differ from road to track. Would it be hindering my ability to improve as a track rider starting on the CBR1000RR? The CBR is a mostly stock motorcycle (steel-braided brake lines, aftermarket exhaust, stock footpegs, raised clip-ons). If I were to start racing it seems as though using the CBR would not be the best idea and instead buy a smaller motorcycle (CBR600rr, Zx-6r, SV650...) already set up for racing would be smarter. The reasons would be that: - The 2007 CBR is down on power compared to the current cream of the crop 1000cc bikes so it could be harder for me to be competitive in that class - I would have to research (probably a lot because I am not so educated in racing) and buy a fair amount of parts to get the CBR set up for racing - The points above about the big bike being too powerful for me - Tire cost (not as big of a deal, but still a thought) - The smaller classes are not increasing in power as quickly as the 1000cc class, so the bike would be competitive longer So what are your guys' thoughts on that? What would be a good estimate for the yearly cost of racing in WERA? Race fees, tires, motorcycle maintenance. I understand it can differ significantly, but roughly $2500, $5000, $10000, $15000? Should you make it to all of the race weekends or is it normal to miss a few? I am also 6'5", 215 lbs, so quite big. Any suggestions on being that and racing motorcycles? Bike setup and such. Lastly, do you think it is too ambitious to start track riding this year and racing next year?