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Darin Davis
03-03-2018, 01:04 PM
So I am 15 years old and have been riding bikes for 9 years, starting on a CRF50. Dirt has never been my thing, i used to have a CBR300R to ride with my dad cross state and to go fast on the backroads, but i have since upgraded to an FZ-09.

However now me and my dad want to get into CMRA racing. We have decided to want to get into racing in the 300's class aboard a RC390. I am wondering if there is anything advice that more seasoned trackers would like to share.

My experience and progression of bikes has been

XR-50 -> XR100 -> CL350 -> CBR300R -> FZ-09

I also have experience on atleast 10+ other bikes, (Me and my dad like to collect them!) My daily school driver is a Big bore Derbi senda 110, and i rjde my dads CB1100, Thruxton 900, and NightHawk 700SC. I like to think i have more experience than other people in my age group however i always know there is room for improvement.

And I have been riding my dad's sportier CB750 with clipon's and have managed to scrape knee on it.

I did go to a track day on my CBR300R ( And obviously starting to race would warrant more trackdays which we have lined up) But i was too scared to try since there were more powerful bikes, I had been paired up with a 600 for instance, and i was running stock everything on the bike ( I do not think it even had its 1000 mile maintenance yet!) I managed to scrape peg and exhaust on the CBR300R, That is kinda impressive. However I do know that that also means i have to work on my BP which i have been, training on my dads bikes. I have gotten better at "kissing the mirror" like the track day instructor told us to do. And I Believe that had i been with a similar CC group that i would have been more confident, I was the smallest bike there and that made me very scared for being passed in the straights.

But anyways I am very obsessed with the idea of racing, spending all of my free time in school researching the classes, bikes, rules, schedules. I know it is not cheap and that is why I am asking for help on the matter. THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!

After Asking similar questions to other track day people on the internet. They had suggested me many different routes such as MINIGP aboard an XR100 to get a taste for racing, the Typhoon Academy in texas for coaching, and several movies and podcasts to research. But anymore info would help me, Thanks so much!

Ty_Manson
03-04-2018, 09:15 AM
Come out to a race weekend and chat people up! Welcome to the addiction!

Nancy Selleck
03-04-2018, 09:53 AM
So I am 15 years old and have been riding bikes for 9 years, starting on a CRF50. Dirt has never been my thing, i used to have a CBR300R to ride with my dad cross state and to go fast on the backroads, but i have since upgraded to an FZ-09.

However now me and my dad want to get into CMRA racing. We have decided to want to get into racing in the 300's class aboard a RC390. I am wondering if there is anything advice that more seasoned trackers would like to share.

My experience and progression of bikes has been

XR-50 -> XR100 -> CL350 -> CBR300R -> FZ-09

I also have experience on atleast 10+ other bikes, (Me and my dad like to collect them!) My daily school driver is a Big bore Derbi senda 110, and i rjde my dads CB1100, Thruxton 900, and NightHawk 700SC. I like to think i have more experience than other people in my age group however i always know there is room for improvement.

And I have been riding my dad's sportier CB750 with clipon's and have managed to scrape knee on it.

I did go to a track day on my CBR300R ( And obviously starting to race would warrant more trackdays which we have lined up) But i was too scared to try since there were more powerful bikes, I had been paired up with a 600 for instance, and i was running stock everything on the bike ( I do not think it even had its 1000 mile maintenance yet!) I managed to scrape peg and exhaust on the CBR300R, That is kinda impressive. However I do know that that also means i have to work on my BP which i have been, training on my dads bikes. I have gotten better at "kissing the mirror" like the track day instructor told us to do. And I Believe that had i been with a similar CC group that i would have been more confident, I was the smallest bike there and that made me very scared for being passed in the straights.

But anyways I am very obsessed with the idea of racing, spending all of my free time in school researching the classes, bikes, rules, schedules. I know it is not cheap and that is why I am asking for help on the matter. THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!

After Asking similar questions to other track day people on the internet. They had suggested me many different routes such as MINIGP aboard an XR100 to get a taste for racing, the Typhoon Academy in texas for coaching, and several movies and podcasts to research. But anymore info would help me, Thanks so much!

Hi Darin!

I spoke with your dad on the phone, sent him an email with links to some information on the website and gave him the phone number for Walter Walker, our Race Director. Walter also has a 15-year-old son who races. If your dad hasn't contacted Walter yet, it would be a great place to start!

Darin Davis
03-04-2018, 12:30 PM
Hi Darin!

I spoke with your dad on the phone, sent him an email with links to some information on the website and gave him the phone number for Walter Walker, our Race Director. Walter also has a 15-year-old son who races. If your dad hasn't contacted Walter yet, it would be a great place to start!


Yes he told me he had talked to you! And we had sent an email to Walter on the 28th of February, but we havent gotten a response.

Nancy Selleck
03-04-2018, 04:50 PM
Yes he told me he had talked to you! And we had sent an email to Walter on the 28th of February, but we havent gotten a response.

Try giving Walter a call 254-717-6848.

Scott McDaniel
03-04-2018, 06:55 PM
Welcome aboard Darin! I also have a 15 year old son that currently races with CMRA. You or your dad can give me a call anytime you want. My number is 318-518-6812. We will be at NOLA so if your going, let me know. Id love to meet both of you and will help out in anyway we can.

Andrew Forsythe
03-04-2018, 08:53 PM
Welcome Darin! Shoot me a text at(254) 339-4401 if you can’t get ahold of Walter. I’m usually helping him with his son’s bike or my own. I can’t tell you much about racing because I just started myself last round. Hope to meet you at NOLA!

Jordan Pence
03-05-2018, 01:26 PM
TMGP is the cheapest way to get your feet wet in racing. Other than that, your cbr300 would be a good bike. unfortunately you would basically make it unable to ride on the street in order to race it. There is a mini bike race in denton, tx this month. I have some bikes you could ride to get your license and try it out. I'd suggest against going out and buying a new bike before you try it. There are a lot of "start up" expenses to get into racing.

Darin Davis
03-20-2018, 10:19 PM
TMGP is the cheapest way to get your feet wet in racing. Other than that, your cbr300 would be a good bike. unfortunately you would basically make it unable to ride on the street in order to race it. There is a mini bike race in denton, tx this month. I have some bikes you could ride to get your license and try it out. I'd suggest against going out and buying a new bike before you try it. There are a lot of "start up" expenses to get into racing.

I am so sorry for taking so long to reply! I had completely forgotten about this and all of these kind gestures and outreaches to help me have been so amazing! And for the miniGP event we already have our own XR100 going into the May meet, and we have since long sold the CBR300R so i could upgrade to a bigger road bike. thank you for the offer of riding one of your bikes for the licenses though!

Darin Davis
03-20-2018, 10:20 PM
Welcome aboard Darin! I also have a 15 year old son that currently races with CMRA. You or your dad can give me a call anytime you want. My number is 318-518-6812. We will be at NOLA so if your going, let me know. Id love to meet both of you and will help out in anyway we can.
thank you for this! I will ask my dad to contact you!

Darin Davis
03-20-2018, 10:20 PM
Welcome Darin! Shoot me a text at(254) 339-4401 if you can’t get ahold of Walter. I’m usually helping him with his son’s bike or my own. I can’t tell you much about racing because I just started myself last round. Hope to meet you at NOLA!

Nice, We didnt make it to the NOLA race but we will be at one soon to see how things operate! Thank you for the number for advice!

Darin Davis
03-20-2018, 10:21 PM
Try giving Walter a call 254-717-6848.

thank you for the number, we will be in contact with him soon!

Chris Newhouse
03-24-2018, 11:21 AM
darin I have an ex300 that a friend gave to me, ask ty manson , he raced the bike at Houston. the best bang for the buck is mini endurance. my team will be at halett. if you can get the class in before on Friday, then I think you can race on Saturday. we will have everything that you will need.

Darin Davis
03-24-2018, 01:21 PM
darin I have an ex300 that a friend gave to me, ask ty manson , he raced the bike at Houston. the best bang for the buck is mini endurance. my team will be at halett. if you can get the class in before on Friday, then I think you can race on Saturday. we will have everything that you will need.

Is that on May 18-20th? If so sounds like a great opportunity.

Chris Newhouse
03-29-2018, 06:34 PM
yes it is. we should be there for the Friday practice and the race on Saturday. you can pit with us. we will help you with the pit stops. call me at work 7136618189. tell them that it is about motorcycle racing and they will get me. thanks look forward to seeing you there. chris

Chris Newhouse
04-20-2018, 09:01 PM
darin since I did not hear back, the original owner says that he has decided to race again. sorry about that call me and if we have a spot open on the teams I will let you know. chris newhouse. if you make it to halett please stop by our pits. love to welcome you to the cmra.

Cosmo Hertell
05-15-2018, 01:40 PM
Fantastic to hear! welcome aboard Darin, if you need any advice feel free to hit me up. I'm 23 now but i've been racing CMRA since I was 7 and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. My number is 210-557-4035 feel free to shoot me a text any time.