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for 200 bucks i can do a track day and do as much riding or more than doing a ccs race weekend, a ccs race weekend is 500 bucks in entries plus tires plus race gas plus hotel if away plus gate fee and so on, what is the result in the end? the same i walk away with nothing for winning races and i walk away with nothing at the end of the day at a track day, at the last track day at blackhawk their was like 150 people and at the last race their was only 85 people or so, i forgot to mention that your trackday guy has a stock bike and i have over 20k ineach of my bikes, i now make nothing back from just about every sponsor, if ccs wants more racers then go to the track days and promote its that easy, track days are cheap risk free easy fun, racing is risky expensive not always fun time, the safty is the same at both as far as i can see
You summed it up pretty well there, that pretty much explains what I'm thinking right now, if I made six figures I wouldn't worry about dropping a grand for a weekend of racing but I don't make that much money and the pay-off doesn't seem worth the costs at this point. But considering what you said, why do you still race as much as you do?
Almost seems like you make the racing a track day and the track day a race.... Less racing, but better payout, and more track riding for those not wanting to race. If you can't beat the track days, join them, but put on show while you are doing it for those who want to race. A track day/racing event where the race is kind of a show for the track day people and regular spectators. I don't know. Just thinking out loud.
the whole price per lap comparison with track days totally misses the point. thats like saying masterbating is cheaper than sex
And I thought I was the only genius. I see this as the plan of the future. Open your business model to bring in this growing community of riders while exposing them to our racing first hand. Their numbers help pay the bills and I'm sure we'll win more converts at the same time. Look at the Gateway CCS rounds. The Saturday trackday sells out, then the paddock turns into a ghost town for Sunday's races. What if we were able to combine the two days, offering trackday riders a weekend trackday, while mixing in races throughout. We could all enjoy that. We would have to cut the number of classes I'm sure and someone will always complain, but I would rather evolve than cease to exist. We don't need 3 classes per bike, especially if we have some trackday riders picking up some of the tab that less classes to enter may affect. Everyone has their opinions but I would happily pay a LITTLE more for less and longer races. The trackday sessions could fill in between the races.
but with as many racers that seem to race on the side and whine as a profession...
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