Thanks. Yeah people sometimes mistakenly think Pro Twins is for old lifestylers just because the machinery is not super trick. Very wrong. We’ve got hot shot young dudes out front pushing as hard as the superbike and supersport riders. We’ve got a guy racing this year who rides a 600 at the Isle of Man and even he’s just off podium pace. Great to watch him drag an elbow on an SV though!
Long story short the Winning times were in the 1:39’s and I was doing mid 1.45’s.
My excuse is ‘I’m still learning the track’ lol.
That's really not bad considering you're racing with the best in the country. But it's a similar deal here in the US. The twins class in MotoAmerica (SV650s and FZ-07s) is made up of young up and coming fast guys that are running at the front every race, older fast-ish club racers at the back who are good enough to be there but they have zero chances of being competitive, and various levels in between. For example, at 2 of the local tracks where MotoAmerica races the difference in lap times is about 10 seconds at NJMP (from top guy to the bottom) and at VIR about 7-8 seconds. So 6 seconds off the pace of the top guy here would also put you around 15-18th, but the grids were bigger, usually around 25-30, so you'd be middle of the pack.
As a comparison, my best time on my 400 would put me about 1 second off the pace of the last guy in the Twins cup at NJMP and about 0.5 seconds off the pace of the last guy at VIR If I got a well sorted FZ or similar bike and had some time to get used to it, I could probably scratch the top 20 maybe in a pro Twins race But that's expensive so I'm not even going to attempt it lol