Thought Id write this as a bit of a download and anyone thats thinking of going racing may get something from it. I been doing ride days mostly at Broadford (about 4 a year for the last 5 years) before moving back to Queensland 9 months ago. Over these years I have mostly rode my old trusty 94 Fireblade, though briefly owned a ZX10 and an Aprilia RSV1000 Mielle and recently replaced my old trusty Fireblade for a CBR600rr. Never having really ridden road bikes before 5 years ago (I rode dirtys when I was younger) I was happy to gain speed and eventually be up the pointy end of the "blue group" (medium fast) at the Champions ride days. Last November I visit Morgan Park for there last ride day of the year. It had all the great aspects of Champions ride days but felt to me like there was better organisation. The day started on time and the riders briefing didn't drag on for 3 hours like a Champions day and even better was timing. First session out everyones fastest lap times were collated and everyone was allocated there group for the day. I was very impressed and followed my times every session. I was getting some tuition from a racer who was very helpful teaching me lines and sorting out some of my most obvious bad riding habits. By the end of the day I had done a 1.32 sec lap (put in perspective Anthony West 3rd session out did a 1.1. It seemed a very friendly environment, and my coach suggested that i should giver there "clubman" racing class a go. The Motorcycle Sportsman of Queensland Club (what a mouthful) run a beginners class for the rookies and slower riders to help riders gain confidence, speed and racecraft. Preparing my bike felt like a big thing. As I was meticulous (didnt want the scrutineers to knock me back) I took my time. Many things had to be done arnt required on a track day. Lock wiring the bike sucked... I gave up drilling holes in my front caliper bolts and spent $100 on ebay to get predrilled ones, likewise I spent way too much time fiberglassing and carbon fibering engine case protection (only to be given some GB race ones a week out from the race). also was lucky enough that someone made me a aluminium shark fin (chain protection) The paperwork to race was pretty straight forward to get involved. First I joined the local Motorcycle sportsman club ($65). Then decided to go all in and get a year MA senior licence which cost $300 as opposed to paying for the day licences that I usually got. Lucky the Club has an incentive for first time racers that you do the track day on Friday and they give you, your first race weekend free (I think its like a drug, first taste is free). Otherwise from now on for me its like everyone else and think it cost about $330 (ouch). As you can see between bike preperation and MA/entry fees it starts to add up...... I put a "new" set of second hand race takeoffs tyres on my bike and I rocked up for Fridays practice. First session I must have been going OK as I just scraped into the cut off for the fast group. This did me a world of good as the following 5 sessions of the day i had every man and his dog passing me, which seemed to drag my pace along nicely. I ended up doing a PB of 1.27 which was a whole 5 seconds quicker than my time last year. Camped in the tent Friday night at the track. I awoke amused at 3 am as my tent had disassembled itself in the wind (mental note putting up a tent in the dark after a big days riding not recommended) Saturday we got 2 qualifying sessions and my first race. I was disappointed with my qualifying as I was a whole second off my PB from the day before. It was good enough for 3rd on the grid which I was happy with. Sat afternoon, Race 1, I was nervous as a Guinea Pig when Richard Gere walks int a pet shop. Lights went out, it was a blur. Was up to second place, choked, ran wide, ended up 4th. I was so happy and filled with excitement. Expectantly when I saw my lap times were consistently into the 1.27s Sunday we got 3 races. Just as frantic as the first one. I was just as nervous and determine to get a good start and jumped the start in Sundays first race (finished 3rd but demoted to 6th for jumping). The next race i lost my mojo a little and had a lonely 3rd place. The last race was the best with a good battle with another 600 and best of all 3 laps in a row of 1.25s (7 seconds quicker than i had done last year and 2 seconds quicker than my Friday practice). It was everything that a track day is but more intense. More fun, more nerves, more cost involved and funny enough my riding seemed to improve overnight.... The people were great and I was so happy that everyone seems to go out of there way to help each other. I think that everyone understands how much time, effort and money it takes to make the event and if someone is in need seemingly plenty of people are there to offer a hand. If you have done a good share of track days and are circulating in the "blue group" with confidence than its something that I would highly recommend.