Awesome info SBK. I know most of it is out there on CCS website and rule book, but it's good to see it outlined from someone who's doing it first hand.
I'm planning on doing the race license school with Evolve before the end of the track season, or beginning of next. Not sure if I'd do any CCS next year, would have to decide if I wanna roll up on the 6. Would like to do a couple of the motogladiator races since they added 600's to some events.
I'm assuming little bikes and 600 are the most packed grids typically in CCS?
I would definitely recommend doing the Evolve school and then doing some MotoGladiator races. A lot of the old-school racers kinda shit on this new trend that track day orgs started, where they do a couple of races during a weekend, but I think it's a great way to get started with racing. It gives you an idea for what it's like, but without feeling overwhelmed by all the racers around and the packed schedule of a typical race weekend. Lots of new time racers get all sorts of confused when they first go to a race event, so having another step before that, such as MotoGladiator can help a lot.
Lots of different classes and types of bikes out there, but overall you can pretty much split them up in 4 categories: Little bikes (300-500s), lightweights (SV650, FZ07, and the occasional Ducati Monster, KTM Duke, Kramer, and some other odd bikes), middleweights (600s), and unlimited (1000s). By far the biggest grids are in the middleweight. Amateur middleweight is a shit show. There is a reason that class is called the meat grinder. I'm glad I got bumped to expert this year, but regardless of status, I told myself I will never race a 600 again. They have the most red flags out of everyone. The experts are legit, but many times their races get ruined due to red flags caused by amateurs crashing out.
After that it's probably the unlimited that's the second most popular. Probably close to the lightweights. Not really sure. Unfortunately the little bike classes do not have very large grids, mainly because they have 300 classes and 500 classes. So there are guys on 300s that ONLY do the 300 classes, and then guys on R3s, RC390s or Ninja 400s that can't do the 300 classes so they only do the 500 classes. If those were all combined somehow, or if more people would ditch their 300s for the newer bikes, then we'd have some decent grids. But so far, on a good day we might get like 15 at a time, which is why we almost always get combined with some Lightweight classes and they do a 2-wave start.
The little bikes are a blast though and a perfect way to get started with racing. Plus they're cheap! The bikes are cheap, the parts are cheap, and the tire bill is WAY cheaper.
Yeah but I have a spare room you could use if you did NYST.
I bring my "room" with me so no need, but thanks for the generous offer! All I need is a 30amp outlet, and a bathroom (although the outlet is optional because I have a generator, I just prefer to not use it unless I really have to).