If I remember correctly, Mark raced the stock 600 class. Every class has different rules and I'm guessing that one would've been easier to get a license for.
It's all personal preference obviously, but this feels a lot like the initial discussion we had on my other Novice thread about jumping to expert lol. Do I regret bumping to expert mid-season? No. Not at all. I think it has forced me to become a better rider sooner than if I hadn't jumped. BUT, it was much harder than I was expecting and I had a really rough go for a little while there. All that to say I stand by my first statement. I don't think I'll be ready this year. Next year is a definite possibility though.
There ya go
I don't remember for sure but I thought he did Supersport. I know Jody Barry and Jason Farrell did Supersport and they were all on the same team, all bikes built by Farrell. Nevertheless, the stock 600 class is gone now anyway.
Don't get me wrong, when I said you should do it, I never meant that you'd probably get on the podium. Gotta have realistic expectations. I just meant you should do it for the experience. Look at the Daytona 200 race. Top guys were doing 1:49s, but there were 64 riders in that race this year, with some of the guys at the back running around 2:04s. 15 second difference in pace, but they were still out there for the experience, and to say they did the Daytona 200 and raced among some of the best in the country. I think it would be cool to run some MA races even if you only finish like 20th. You get some TV time, probably improve your lap times, gain more experience, lose a bunch of money
, etc...especially if you do it at Laguna Seca!
200 points doesn't seem that much. I don't know how AFM does their scoring, but in CCS, the top guys usually end up with around 1200-1300 points in a season with only 8 rounds. So 200 points can be had pretty quickly if you're fast.