Originally Posted by ixlr8nz
No point practicing on an tyres other than the ones you are going to race with. Total waste of time.
Not for a beginner, where simply learning what to do, and when to do it, is more important than speed. Burning through a set of cheap tires will be better than wasting $30 when they can't take advantage of what the good tires can do.
My first set of tires came off ebay, they did their job while I re-learned how to drive an on-road car again.