There are a lot of questions around how to get into racing here in B.C. These are just some basic suggestions from a presentation that I did at the bike show at the Tradex in January 2004. I hope it helps, if you have any questions at all please let me know.
HOW TO GET STARTED
1 - Please feel free to come out to the Westwood Motorcycle Racing Club (WMRC) monthly meetings to meet fellow racers and members of the club. They are held at the Gilnetter pub in the upstairs meeting room the third Monday of every the month, please see map attached below. Meetings start at 8:00 pm but everyone shows up between 7:00 pm & 7:30 pm for some beverages and a bite to eat before hand.
2 - Please check out the WMRC website @ www.westwoodracing.com for general information and the rule book.
3 - You can volunteer with WMRC:
- You are welcome to join various committees with the WMRC as they come up throughout the season
- You can volunteer to help out at Mission Raceway Park (MRP)Mission Raceway Park during track clean up days, or with track set up & take down on practice and race days
- You have the opportunity to volunteer and to be a corner worker during a race day or on a test & tune day at MRP. All volunteers receive free training, get the best seats in the house and are treated to a free lunch.
- You may also help with scoring, pregrid organization, tech inspection, registration etc. on race & test'n'tune Days at MRP.
4 - You can volunteer with one of our race schools that are put on through the West Coast Superbike School (WCSS):
- Please check out their websites @ West Coast Superbike School for more information and schedules
- You can help out at a race school during track set up & take down, corner working etc. at the Tradex in Abbotsford or at MRP. This will give you a taste of what motorcycle road racing is all about.
- You can come on out and watch the races as a spectator at MRP
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1 - Race-prepared motorcycle & your pit crew:
- You can use your street bike but you are not insured by ICBC if you crash it. Minimal race preparation is required to start out on your street bike if you just want to try it out.
- In this case we are not talking about a professional racing pit crew, we are referring to your friends. Trust me you will need help, loading / unloading, fixing stuff etc.
2 - Protective Gear
- This includes: full leathers (either one piece or a two piece zip together will knee, elbow, shoulder armour etc.), boots, gloves, helmet (Snell 2005 is required), back protector
- You do not need top of the line gear to get started, look in the buy & sell and talk to fellow riders & racers for used leathers, gloves & boots.
3 - Racing License & Race School
- At this time you need at least a Novice License to practice or race with the WMRC at MRP
- WMRC recommends taking the WCSS Road Racing Course to obtain your Novice Racing License. Training taken at other schools in the Northwest may be recognized if the course is recognized by our partner clubs but you may be required to demonstrate your ability to one of the senior members that will be tasked to monitor your riding by the executive or race director.
- If you pass this course and receive your Novice Racing License you are welcome to come out and participate in the next Novice Race or Test'n'Tune @ MRP. The WMRC Novice license is also recognized at other tracks, please check out their website for more details @ www.westwoodracing.com.
4 - A Way to get your bike to and from the track:
- You have a number of different options; from a pick-up truck or a van with a ramp to load and unload your bike, a trailer to haul behind your vehicle.
- You can also borrow someone’s vehicle or you can always rent a large truck for the weekend and share the cost with you friends.
- It is not recommended to ride your bike to the track, you will be exhausted at the end of the day and it may be a long ride home.
NICE THINGS TO HAVE AT THE TRACK
- Pit tent, if it's raining or sunny you will some shelter (The E-Z Up tents are on sale @ Costco sometimes)
- Lawn chairs
- Cooler with LOTS OF WATER (trust me you will need it), energizing foods like fruits and veggies, try to stay away from burgers etc.
- Basic tools to work on your bike
HOW MUCH MONEY WILL YOU NEED
- This all depends on your budget, you can use your existing street bike with minimal race prep and your existing full protective gear. Or you can buy a used older race prepped bike for about $3000
- To start off you may want to consider sharing some of the costs, like transportation with a friend
- Race weekends will usually cost you around $300, including gas, entrance fees etc.
- These are just the basic costs to get into racing, you may decide later that you want to invest more money as you go
SUPERBIKE: Our premier class open to all displacement motorcycles
OPEN SUPERSPORT: Unlimited displacement with a maximum 160hp
600 SUPERSPORT: 600cc 4 cylinder and 750cc twin cylinder motorcycles
BATTLE OF THE TWINS: Unlimited displacement twin cylinder motorcycles
SUZUKI SV650 CUP: For all supersport spec. Suzuki SV 650's
OPEN SINGLES: Open to all singles, roadrace and supermotard bikes
FORMULA 2: 250GP, middle weight twins, singles and 10 year old 600's
FORMULA 3: 125GP, 400cc 4 cylinder, 500 twins and 350 two strokes
VINTAGE: For the classic racing motorcycles with a max model year of 1972
SPORTSMAN: A non competitive alternative for track experience only
NOVICE: For the new racer to gain track experience under racing conditions
Edmonton Motorcycle Road Racing Association
Track in Edmonton, AB
Calgary Motorcycle Road Racing Association
Track in Seattle, WA
Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association
Track in Spokane, WA
Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association
Have fun, be safe and I look forward to seeing you all at the track this racing season.