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Thing is Dave if you want to be competitive, you need a good suspension, the electronics...etc - part of the truth I guess in todays age and that adds up to quite a bit in a hurry. Some of that adds to the frustration and definitely affects the expense factor to club racing motorcycles. if there was more of a financial incentive to race I think we would see larger grids and some younger folks but like all the rest of cycle racing...it's not that great right now. I was suprised to see 8 on the starting grid for Amateur LW SS at BFR with 0 expert SS racers - the arguably most affordable racing class there is.
I'm around to have fun...I like the competition aspect, but a lot of track day riders are there just to have fun and don't care about competing and seven twenty minute session for $165ish beats the hell out of 8 laps for $105 (the rough equivalent CCS track time would run around $435 for 7 events and the gate fee for 2 days). Part of this might just be finding ways to make the entry fees lower for a true novice racer say a rookie year class in some fashion to replace a nearly or dead existing class - might make it affordable for a bit more of hte track day crowd that thinks about racing to at least try it...might get a few of them hooked even....
Another thing is when you have no hopes & dreams of making it to a factory ride because they don't exist anymore, its kind of hard to justify spending a college degree trying to get that factory ride.
So if you want to get racing and everything else in the country rolling again, its time to take a look at our failing government. It's not just racing that I see falling apart, its also the street side of things too. I run a bike shop and I see it daily how people have want but no money. All I know is, "THIS scatS GOTTA CHANGE, IT'S TIME WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!"
Race Tracks & Race Organizations need to run at a non profit for the next few years to bring the interest back into the sport again. If you keep charging more because less people are showing up your going to end up driving everyone away.
So, How much is insurance at BHF for a CCS Weekend? How much more would the insurance premium be to promote to attract spectators?
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