About this event
So you want to Road Race?
Welcome to the exciting introduction to roadracing. For the rare few of us, nothing can replace the exhilaration and challenge roadracing can provide. Roadracing is one of those rare sports that can humble the “fastest street rider” in no time. As well, experience through track time is more important than having the fastest motorcycle, so before you start creating the fastest least reliable motorcycle you can dream up, get your feet wet and sample the classes you would like to run.
Before we begin, the MRA Rulebook is the authority on all things that will or will not be allowed on the racetrack come any given Sunday. It will give you an idea of what needs to be safety wired, what is legal on a “Supersport” motorcycle, and everything else related to our wonderful world of racing with the MRA. If you have not read it front to back, get it now, and read it now. It will save you lots of work in the long run, and can be found here.
To get an MRA race license, all novice riders must take a “Race School” with the MRA, or through an accredited local race instructor.
The school includes an evening classroom session (mandatory) and the on-track session. Dates subject to change due to weather/track conditions.
For the race school, your current bike should be in good working order. Roadracing puts MUCH more stress on your motorcycle compared to “canyon carving” – and you should make sure your bike is in good shape with good tires, tight steering head bearings, etc, etc. For the school, you are not required to “safety wire” any parts but are required to tape up your lights and mirrors.
The MRA Race School is limited to 50 Students. Sign up early! Preference will be given to those students who commit to buy a race license. The cost of the MRA Race School is $250. The cost of committing to buy a race license is an additional $225 (which covers the cost of the race license).
2022 MRA New Rider Director - Jeff Brown "Brownie" - Instructing a class of new racers
Expert MRA Racer Louden David showing a new Racer around High Plains Raceway (Photo by Brandon Wren)
The MRA Race School is great for Street Riders, Track Day Riders, and Racers! (Photo by Brandon Wren)
The MRA Pre-Season Race School for 2023 is:
- Friday, April 7th 7:00 PM – Evening Classroom Session (Location TBD. Doors open at 6:00pm)
- Saturday, April 8th – On-Track Session (High Plains Raceway)
School includes a Friday evening classroom session (mandatory) and the Saturday on-track sessions.
Note that the dates are subject to change due to weather / track conditions. If it needs to be postponed, the MRA will make every effort to contact you, but you should check back on the MotorsportReg event before before leaving home.
To take part in the MRA Race Schools, you must have full protective leather gear. This includes a high quality Snell rated helmet, leather jacket & zip together pants, and high quality gloves and boots. Roadracing is a serious sport and you should always make safety your first concern.
For the race school, your current bike should be in good working order. Road racing puts MUCH more stress on your motorcycle compared to canyon carving – and you should make sure your bike is good shape with good tires, tight steering head bearings, etc. For the school, you are not required to safety wire any parts, but are required to tape up your lights and mirrors.
Quick Pre-School CheckList:
- Mirrors and lights taped up
- Drain all glycol-based anti-freeze/coolant, flush the cooling system with water, and fill with distilled water (adding Red Line “Water Wetter” or Royal Purple “Purple Ice” to the distilled water is optional)
- Functional steering damper (required to race, recommended for the school)
- Tires in good to new condition
- Tire air pressure gauge
- Full-face helmet (Snell2015 or better)
- Leathers (1-piece, or 2-piece that zips all the way around)
- Back protector
- Leather Gloves
- Water or Gatorade
- Friend to help you on the track day
- Shade from the sun
There are a great many details that must be covered when it comes time to set up your motorcycle to race with the MRA outside a school such as a steering damper, case guards, belly pan, and other such items. These items MUST be done before you will be allowed to race with the MRA, and each and every race morning the MRA “tech’s” each motorcycle to ensure your safety.
The expert racers of the MRA are generally willing to answer questions. It’s easy to get in touch – either through the MRA Facebook Group, the New Racers’ Forum, or directly to people such as the MRA New Rider Director or any of the Rider Reps listed on the Contact Page.