New Racers

OMRRA New Racer School consists of Thursday evening classroom and Friday all-day at Portland International Raceway. OMRRA offers 2 New Racer School options each season, in April and typically in July. Schedule TBD, please see the OMRRA race schedule or contact the office at [email protected] Novice school class size is limited, please sign up early. 

Each New Racer School is immediately before an OMRRA race weekend. Graduate on Friday, then race on Saturday and Sunday.

The cost of New Racer School is only $199, and includes your race license, classroom, and on-track riding at Portland International Raceway.

For the price of a track day, you can become a motorcycle racer!

Why race? Many reasons including building your skills well beyond what.s possible on the street, the thrill of 2-wheel competition, and the likeminded people you.ll meet at OMRRA.

But, nothing answers the .Why Race?. question better than OMRRA race videos like these:

Ninja 250 Cup
SV650 Race
600 Supersport

You may also find this video about Novice club racing at Willow Springs inspiring and informative:

Novice Race – Willow Springs

Wondering which bike to race? OMRRA has a wide variety of race classes based on the size and age of the motorcycle. Here are examples and basic information on bikes we see most often at the race track:

Common OMRRA Race Bikes

Race bikes must be safety wired. The OMRRA Rulebook (click) lists the bolts that must be secured with safety wire. This file shows some helpful examples of safety wire. Youtube is also helpful on this topic.

OMRRA Safety Wire Guide

OMRRA Novice Licensing Information

Steps to obtaining an OMRRA Novice racing license are:

1. Fill out and submit three forms to the OMRRA office. OMRRA will then email you a confirmation packet and your assigned Novice race number. All forms are here (click)

  • New Racer School Application
  • OMRRA Membership Application
  • OMRRA Medical Form

2. Attend the OMRRA New Rider School (requires approved riding gear and properly prepared motorcycle). Our school provides one mandatory Thursday evening classroom session, and alternates classroom instruction with on-track instruction during the Friday NRS track day. A written test is required before graduation. If you pass all aspects of the school you receive an OMRRA Novice License, and will be allowed to participate in your first Novice Race.

3. Novice racers may then work toward their Expert license by achieving lap time targets, by not crashing over a specified number of races, and by performing volunteer work for the club. OMRRA relies upon the efforts of many volunteers, and is a non-profit Association.

4. Riders with recent Expert level road racing experience (within the last five years) at a recognized motorcycle race organization may apply to become OMRRA Expert riders without attending the OMRRA New Rider School. Racers with more than a five year lapse may petition the OMRRA Board to be allowed to begin racing at OMRRA as an Expert, but may be required to begin with OMRRA as a Novice.

OMRRA Race Day Information