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Hi the new guy again this year i have decided that i am going to start racing maybe just a few weekends here and there im in Michigan and would race in the begginer class, anyone have any info on where i could race at and what class i would be in and little bits and such links would be great as well.
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Re: Racing Question (00996Duke)

http://www.ducsunlimited.com/index.html

Here is a link to a local to you Ducati owners club, great group of guys. They do lots of track days and a few of them race. It would really help you big time to have some experienced guys racing Ducatis to hang with. Nice to be able to bump an oil filter or rearset peg in an emergency


Go to the message board and introduce yourself.
 
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Re: Racing Question (00996Duke)

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http://www.wera.com These guys are pretty serious. I would want to start off with Wera unless I had a few track days under my belt.

http://www.fastone.com These guys are pretty laid back and they have a great atmosphere. You may want to start here.
 
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http://www.wera.com These guys are pretty serious. I would want to start off with Wera unless I had a few track days under my belt.

http://www.fastone.com These guys are pretty laid back and they have a great atmosphere. You may want to start here.</TD></TR></TABLE>

To expand on Jason's comments a bit: WERA has a Novice class, and their big twins classes are usually have pretty small grids, so I wouldn't hesitate to send a novice racer there. This is, of course, assuming you're not racing 600 Novice . . .


FastTrax is definitely laid back -- maybe a bit too much for some folks. It's a very "cliquey" group. Big downside is they only race at Nelson Ledges (as far as I can tell, as their website doesn't seem to be working properly). Nelson is better than it used to be (it would be hard to be worse) but it definitely an acquired taste.

I'd also suggest you consider AHRMA (www.ahrma.org) which includes "alternative" (singles, twins, triples) modern bike classes along with their vintage classes. Generally a bit older crowd than WERA, but often have more bikes on their twins grids than a WERA regional. You have some very serious folks on the grid, but also a good mix of newbies and guys just looking to have fun. They have races scheduled at Grattan, GingerMan, BeaveRun, along with their huge Vintage Days event at Mid-Ohio (Ducati is the featured marque at this year's event, BTW).

All of the organizations are going to require that you've taken an accredited track school prior to granting you a provisional license.

Oh, and don't forget Peter Egan's sage advice that racing makes heroin addiction look like a slight craving for something salty.
 
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FastTrax is definitely laid back -- maybe a bit too much for some folks. It's a very "cliquey" group. Big downside is they only race at Nelson Ledges (as far as I can tell, as their website doesn't seem to be working properly). Nelson is better than it used to be (it would be hard to be worse) but it definitely an acquired taste.


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very tight knit group... They are ok, but racing at one track sucks. I took the school last year and for anyone that is at least a decent/fast rider it is a complete waste of money. I can say I did not learn one thing the entire two days, except maybe how to ride Nelson's a little better. A couple of the instructors were cool, and rode with me some. Others were uppity a-holes that were freakin slow.

I will say though, that for a beginner it is probably a good place to start. From what I've seen, the grids are small and everyone (the racers) are really friendly for the most part. If you need a part you can most likely get it.
 
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Not to change the original posters question, but does anyone have any experience racing with MRA in Colorado? I am going to be moving to CO later this year and want to start racing either late this year or next year.
 
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