It's more serious, more committed, and more rewarding ... and the process of getting a roadracing license filters out a lot of the idiots, and you don't have to deal with the slower riders until lapping them. There is an argument that track days give you more track time ... but racing is better quality track time.You know, a lot of people had said that racing is a million times better than a track day. When do you know that you're at that level? What makes racing that much better than a track day?
Different environment. On track there are no cops, no trees to hit, no utility poles to hit, better control of the pavement surface, etc. I like backroads riding, too, but it's different. For example, in 25+ years of street riding, I've never touched a knee down. There is too much uncertainty to do it with confidence. In the carousel at Grand Bend ... 4th gear (FZR400) knee on the ground all the way around, lap after lap. Street riding is more of a scenic tour by comparison - and there's nothing wrong with that - but it's a different type of riding.For about 4 years I rode with older guys (40-55 yrs old) from North of Philadelphia in Bucks county. They were born and raised in North Bucks county and Pocono area. They rode sport bikes in that area their entire life. Needless to say, if you know the area, there's hundred's of miles of twisties with very few cops. I learned real quick about aggressive street riding. I asked them why they didn't do track days. They all said the same thing. "Why should I go and pay somebody 190 bucks to ride around in circles when we have all these roads up here which or more fun to ride." I'm now out here in AZ (no where near the fun to ride vs. the upper Bucks county/Pocono area). I could see in certain areas it's about the only choice.
There's no trophies given out at trackdays and you won't see these...What makes racing that much better than a track day?
THIS.I've defiantly been to bad track days, But the same can be said for racing events. Really comes down to the organization and the people your riding with or against.
Nope. We do practice days with other racers which is essentially a track day but with other people that we race against. Find a pro or anorher guy/girl who's a bit faster and learn why.Wouldn't it benefit you though as a racer to do track days? Don't you learn that way?
No. There is nothing to be learned by riding with people who are braking too early, following incorrect lines, with low cornering speed. There is plenty to lose by coming up on someone in a braking zone on an incorrect line, who suddenly decides that they ought to change direction right in front of me while I'm coming up on them 50 km/h faster and already at max braking. I just barely got through that.Wouldn't it benefit you though as a racer to do track days? Don't you learn that way?