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Matt Wells
02-14-2018, 12:24 AM
After being out of road racing for the last 10-11 years. I raced in CCS Florida region, mid Atlantic region and WERA southeastern region for a few years or so 99-06 and a couple races in 07, now Iím looking at getting back into it.

My thoughts were to get into the modern classic class. Iím 40 now and have kids. I canít be getting crazy and mixing it up with the kids on the 600ís anymore, lol When I raced a years ago the 600 class was stacked 30-50 deep and it definitely got a little crazy at times.

Whatís a good somewhat competitive bike for that class ?

Would a 01 Yamaha R1 be competitive ?

Iím a big guy! 6í3 and around 225lb. So I donít think the small bikes fit me all that well.

Any advice or suggestions are appreciated!!

Thanks
Matt

Carter Rossner
02-14-2018, 12:41 AM
Welcome back to racing! I don't race modern classic, so I can't comment on that aspect of your question, but I'll say that you would fit in just great with our Formula 40 class here. You'd be the "kid" a lot of those guys are mixing it up with - we've got no shortage of racers in their 50s and 60s! That said, F40 frequently winds up being our heaviest grid, so if you're looking for a more "open track" experience, you might want to wait a bit.

With your idea of racing in a less-chaotic environment, have you taken another look at lightweight racing? Grids are more manageable (10-20) and speeds are a bit lower. Racing an 01 R1 is great, but do you really want to come out for only one race per weekend? And the lightweight bikes are often roomier than even the liter bikes, so that should be another reason to consider them. I don't know what your budget is, but I bet a lot of guys would be interested to see what the new SV650s can do when put into full race trim :)

Casey Brown
02-14-2018, 09:29 AM
I can tell you my buddy races a 01 ZX6 all stock and podiums in the modern classic class. So yes I would think a 01 R1 can be competitive depending on the racer.
Just my input

Eric Falt
02-14-2018, 01:16 PM
Hey Matt, welcome to the Family (CMRA) a great place to Race and Have Fun !!! Great People everywhere ! :301:

Jordan Pence
02-14-2018, 02:14 PM
Do you have the r1 already? Your size would exclude you from being competitive on a little bike (r3/ninja 250/300 ect). I think the little bikes are fun some people do not. They are much less $$ to get into and in tires.

Regardless a 01 r1 would be competitive in general. You can race 4 classes on sunday with the r1.

Matt Wells
02-14-2018, 03:48 PM
Do you have the r1 already? Your size would exclude you from being competitive on a little bike (r3/ninja 250/300 ect). I think the little bikes are fun some people do not. They are much less $$ to get into and in tires.

Regardless a 01 r1 would be competitive in general. You can race 4 classes on sunday with the r1.


Thanks for all the great feedback!!! I really appreciate it. I do have the R1, have had it many many years and feel pretty comfortable on it. So my first thought was to do something with it.

Jordan Pence
02-14-2018, 04:05 PM
Thanks for all the great feedback!!! I really appreciate it. I do have the R1, have had it many many years and feel pretty comfortable on it. So my first thought was to do something with it.

I'd just race that then. You will likely have to retake the rider school which is on Fridays. What race are you planning on attending? I'd suggest showing up Thursday night before the race weekend and talking with Danny Dominguez he is the rider school coach and new rider mentor.

Matt Wells
02-14-2018, 04:25 PM
More than likely will be the MSR Houston race weekend in June. Should be plenty of time to get the bike ready and hopefully hit a couple of trackdays.

Jim Self
03-03-2018, 11:28 AM
Best of luck Matt.

Scott McDaniel
03-04-2018, 08:02 PM
Welcome Matt! So I took a 13 year brake from racing, came back last year and it was awesome!!! Got my kids involved and I'm so glad I came back. Let me know if you need anything or have any questions. I haven't been around as long as most, but will help as much as I can.

Matt Wells
03-30-2018, 04:43 PM
Another question for you guys!! I'm pretty aware of the flagging procedures, track safety and overall race craft. I raced in CCS and WERA southeastern and Florida regions from 99-06 and did supermoto with Florida Supermoto for 3 years and dabbled with dirt track in the southern dirt track assn.

Will I have to take the race school to get a novice race license ?

Danny Dominguez
03-30-2018, 05:58 PM
Another question for you guys!! I'm pretty aware of the flagging procedures, track safety and overall race craft. I raced in CCS and WERA southeastern and Florida regions from 99-06 and did supermoto with Florida Supermoto for 3 years and dabbled with dirt track in the southern dirt track assn.

Will I have to take the race school to get a novice race license ?
Hi Matt, Rulebook section 1.2 covers this question...but short answer is due to the 10-11 yrs away you will have to take the school unless you can petition the Director Of Competition Walter Walker to wave parts of it.
Danny Dominguez Cmra rider rep/ school instructor/Bod VP/lovable fat guy! lol

Matt Wells
03-30-2018, 07:09 PM
That's fair enough! Thanks for the info Danny

Brad Boyle
03-30-2018, 09:07 PM
6’ 5” 220lbs endurance ninja 250. Having as much fun as anyone else and they let me stand on the podium when there not using it.