With no points, I was gridded in the penultimate position: Row 10, Position 40. With the exhaust and massive weight loss, the Ninja is ferociously fast, and I had to hunch forward coming off the turns to keep the front wheel on the ground. Considering I never shifted past fourth, it's safe to say the stock gearing is too tall for racetrack use. Dropping a tooth on the countershaft sprocket and adding a few teeth to the wheel sprocket will improve acceleration, but will also mean more wheelies and shifting. A stronger steering damper is definitely in order, and perhaps a quick-shifter. While I didn't finish worth a damn (19th), the outing proved that the nearly stock Ninja is a capable racer-and a damn good choice for a long-term bike for this aspiring racer.