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Old 11-02-2015, 10:33 AM   #1
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Realistic Goals for the Rookie Novice Race Season?

To all the racers out there experts and novices completing their first season; looking back what would be some realistic goals you would encourage next yearís Pro Novís to set for themselves so as to manage their expectations while also stretching themselves to improve. Iím pretty sure going out and scoring a podium every race in your first season is a somewhat unrealistic goal for persons of average talent and intelligence. By the same token I know the top 3 or 4 guys in the novice classes tend to move out of their class via promotion to expert. So would seeking a top ten finish in oneís class be among the realistic goals for the season. Goals akin to:

1. Survive first race weekend without crashing
2. Loose Prov Nov jersey
3 Participate in 75% of the races for my class
4. Score at least one top 10 finish
5. Survive season without crashing (hard enough to sustain serious injury or destroy bike)
Ect ect..

What are realistic are some basic achievable yet stretch goals for your average rookie novice? After this really good article, I am seriously about campaigning the EBR in maybe Formula 40 HW, HW Twins, Superstock, Solo 30 or even Superbike Classes next year and based on my current lap times at various tracks, I am quite confident I would be a seriously legit contender to claim the DL finisher award every race LOL. But that just means I can also contend for the Most Improved Racer award as well. Do you guys even set goals for the season? If so what are they.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:55 AM   #2
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As far as finishing place, I would say doing top 10 will be a good goal. If the class barely has 10 entrants switch to top 5.

If you are going to race your EBR you need to convert it to track only and mount your preferred brand of slicks. Id do it sooner than later and get a few track days on the slicks.
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:27 PM   #3
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The last thing you need to worry about is the yellow shirt. Ride however you feel comfortable. Bashing bars at the front, or simply circulating at the back. Your call. Regardless of your pace, you will always find someone to race with.

Go out and have fun. You will meet loads of new people. Many of them will become lifelong friends.

At the end of the day, it is club racing...
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Some Prov novs come out and win, but it's rare. You just need to focus on the fun, and improving your ability. I don't know your pace at all, and you seem level headed so maybe this won't apply to you.

Buttt...I've seen plenty Prov novs go from level 2 champ, take license course and get the scared out of them in Friday practice bc the pace difference is substantial even from a level 3 pace. Just settle in and learn,
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This was my first season sprint racing. Before this year I had only done track days at msrh and TWS (Texas World Speedway). It's been a blast to experience the different tracks that we race at. I still missed the cresson rounds but there's next year for sure. As far as goals, I set mine going into each weekend. Most of them were lap time based, as I just wanted to get familiar with the tracks and always continue to improve. There's a good group of guys that are mid pack novices that know the tracks and have tons of seat time. Just latch on to them and keep up as best you can.
The rest of your goals are good. Bottom line is to enjoy it and make it home safe to your friends and family.
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:12 PM   #6
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What he said. Same goals from track days apply to your first year of racing. Have fun; don't crash!
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