I've heard this type of thing from a few people: "I want to race but I don't think I'm ready because I'm not fast enough." or "I don't want to be the slowest racer in last place."
My response is:
Everbody that completes a race school is ready to race, it's as simple as that. One of my best racing memories is being lapped by former WMRC Champions Mark "Kramer" Kruger and Steve Dick at the same time on the last lap while they were battling for the lead! We all start from the bottom and with time (and taking lots of on track riding schools) we all get better.
One of the coolest things about our sport is that we can never stop learning & improving. I try learning something every time I'm at the track. I have been fortunate enough to have won a few WMRC championships but I know I have lots of things to improve on with my riding. I have had so many great battles over the years and it never mattered whether it was for a win or for 30th place. Racing has really helped me build consistency in my laptimes as well as my racecraft in terms of making a pass, protecting a position, race strategy, etc.
I never understood why EVERBODY who rides a sportbike and who likes to watch MotoGP, WSBK, etc doesn't actually race. I know that most people say money is the issue but racing can be done on a budget (especially on a 250). People don't need to spend a ton on aftermarket parts! On my last 3 GSX-R 600 racebikes I've run a stock muffler, stock fork internals, stock brake pads and kept my motors stock (other than BMC air filters, velocity stacks on my former bike and a thinner head gasket on my current bike).
The feeling you get lining up on the grid and seeing the flag go up while holding the clutch close to the bite point with the revs up is priceless! Then the flag drops and it...is...ON!... There is absolutely nothing like it! I can hardly wait until next season!