My first track event was in 1975, during my third season of road riding.
I bought an RD350 and got a road racing license.
I entered my first race with zero instruction, very little knowledge, and two seasons of riding on my Norton Commando and then the CB750.
I was not a talented rider but I was decent on the gearbox and at integrating braking with downshifting, but that only goes so far .........
I had a huge stupidity get-off in my very first heat race and mangled my right arm, was stuck out of town in a hospital and missed my Grandma's funeral back home.
My first track day was in 2007.
I did a school at the track, then did a track day.
Did that for some years, then road raced again in 2011.
Haven't been on a track since, due to the loss of our local track at the end of 2011.
I'm going to do some track days this year 3 hours away up in Edmonton, I just can't do without any longer!
I had our son on the track in his second season of riding.
He did a school ahead of getting his license, then a track day school before doing track days.
Where else better to work on technique in a safe controlled way with lots of help and coaching free for the asking?
Looking back, I think a track day newbie should ideally do a track day school first. More important though, in my mind at least, is some level of proficiency on the gearbox and brakes, the combination of those, some throttle finesse, and comfort with hard acceleration and braking. Plus some serious study beforehand and most importantly, buy in of the concept of I'm not here to win, I'm not here to pass, I'm not here to crash, I'm here to learn, I'm here to listen, plus get better at it all while having some serious fun. Crucial is having a plan, even as basic as to not bin it, and having a head that is screwed on straight and kept straight.