Tip #1 for those just starting out: More power will not make you faster. You don't need a literbike. You don't need a built motor. You don't need fancy parts. Hell, you don't even need a young bike. When I started racing WERA in 2008 I had a bone-stock '03 CBR600RR and placed mid-pack in the expert grids. For just starting out, get a clapped-out, ridden-hard-and-put-away-wet, ugly as hell SV or 600 that's a generation or two old. This will do two things for you - #1, your tire bill will go down. Less power to the wheel = less violence to your rubber. #2, you will learn the importance of corner speed much faster than you would on a big bike. #3, when (not if) you crash, parts will be cheaper. Tip #2 is to leave your racebike exactly as it is, aside from maintenance and suspension and rider fit adjustments. Don't build the motor. Don't upgrade the brakes. Don't buy new suspension. Don't burn race gas. Spend your money on two things, and two things only: Trackday/race entry fees, and (used, current-year race) tires. #3: When you think you have found the limitations of your used, old, beat-up stock hardware, and you've taken the time to think about the cost effectiveness of upgrading to fresh, new, aftermarket stuff.... re-read and obey #2. #4: Finally, when you think you have found the limitations of your used, old, beat-up stock hardware, and you are able to explain to the tire and suspension guys exactly what the problem feels like and what steps you have tried to adjust your bike and your riding style to fix the problem, and they agree that you have exhausted the alternatives (they will tell you honestly), have your suspension redone. Still don't even think about building your motor. #5: Seriously, don't build your motor. More power, counterintuitively, is just about the last thing that will help you. These are the things that, if I'd known them a few years ago, would potentially have me sitting about $15k better off right now. I bought a new R6 and immediately dumped $2k into making it race-ready, and another $1400 into building the motor. Suspension I left stock. Instead of something that'd teach me about setting up a bike and taking corners faster, I had built myself something that rewarded bombing into a corner, parking it, and blasting my way out - it took me two years to begin training myself to work on corner speed, and even then the gains of that training didn't truly manifest themselves until I began working on my suspension with Barry at GP Suspension. Make no mistake, racing is an addiction and you will try to spend every dollar you can get your hands on in the pursuit of the guy ahead of you. I've spent my money, the bank's money, my parent's money, and my friends' money. If you are not careful, it will consume you. If you figure out that the absolute fastest way to get faster is to improve your head and connection to the bike (suspension), you'll be a lot better off than most.