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If you are just doing a track day, I'd say 95% of crashes are inevitable and are the result of a rider's bad choices.
If you go out there and employ purposeful practice, leave your ego at home and ride in a calculated fashion, you aren't going to crash. If you bail its because you made a stupid choice.
I see it all the time, people go out on track, twist the throttle to the stop and have zero plan of action for each corner. The crash because they are taking shots in the dark with regards to brake markers, turn in points, apexes and exit lines.
You cannot guess when it comes to these things.
If you practice purposefully you will be fine. Go out, start slow. Get a feel for the lines (better yet ask an experienced guy to lead you around at a slow pace for a session). Study the turn in points, apexes, exit targets. Once you are on your own ride a conservative pace on the straights, set your entry speed early, and focus on hitting the lines you studied earlier.
After you find you can ride on the same line consistently you can start making BABY steps. Add a little speed on the straights, but keep your same brake markers. Once you are comfortable with increased entry speeds, you can make BABY steps with your brake markers. Move them back 3 or 4 feet at a time. NEVER GUESS. I see it so often that a guy will brake early, feel he took the corner too slow and then in his head say 'I could have gone way faster through there, next time I'll brake later'. Next lap is the inevitable, too late for his comfort level on the brakes, too fast on entry for his comfort level on entry and then the obvious off track excursion or front end tuck.
In these cases the rider CHOSE to crash because he didn't employ purposeful practice techniques. He had it coming.
Track days are nothing to be scared of, but they certainly require a good amount of self control and the will to learn how to properly control your bike and navigate the track.