New Racers

Become a RACER!
2017 Dates: April 27-28, August 24-25
Classroom + On Track School + License = $199

OMRRA NRS is designed for experienced track riders who are looking to make the step to racing. Our school includes a classroom session on OMRRA’s race day procedures, and on-track school on how to ride predictably and safely in a race environment. Each new racer will have an expert racer mentor throughout their novice racing experience to help guide them to expert status. For further details, click the links below.

Sign Up | Rider Preparation | Machine Preparation | Safety Gear | Graduation


Sign Up

Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss out! Mail the following forms to OMRRA PO Box 6388 Portland, Oregon 97228 or fax to 1-(503)868-6000 to secure your spot.

NRS application | OMRRA license application | OMRRA medical form

When your paperwork is processed, the OMRRA office will respond with NRS course materials. Novice racers have numbers 700-799; upon graduation to expert status, racers may choose from any available numbers.

In preparation for NRS, new racers will be expected to:

  • Read the OMRRA Rule Book. New racers will take a written test as part of the NRS graduation requirements. To have a successful racing experience, it is important that new racers have a strong understanding of general race day information, PIR park rules, what classes they should race, requirements for bike and gear inspection, race organization protocol, appropriate response to displayed flags, and novice program rules.
  • Read the content in the NRS welcome packet, with further details about NRS.
  • Riders are encouraged to have their machines prepared to meet OMRRA’s requirements for Machine Preparation and Safety Gear. NRS may be taken if track day-level requirements are met, but OMRRA requirements must be met before riders are allowed to enter any OMRRA races.

Rider Preparation

In general, riders should have at least B/Intermediate Group track day experience prior to signing up for NRS. Alternatively, riders with significant recent supermoto/flat track/motocross/off road racing experience also likely have sufficient experience to be successful in NRS. To further develop your riding skills, we suggest the below resources:

Track day providers/riding schools/rider coaching:
MotoCorsa | 2Fast | Pacific Track Time |MotoFit | Ken Hill Coaching

Supermoto/Flat Track:
Oregon Superbikers | Salem Indoor Flat Track


Machine preparation

Riders are encouraged to have their machines prepared to meet OMRRA’s requirements for Machine Preparation. NRS may be taken if track day-level requirements are met, but OMRRA requirements must be met before riders are allowed to enter any OMRRA races. Refer to Section F of the OMRRA Rule Book for inspection requirements, and well as the OMRRA Safety Wire Guide.

To better understand how your machine fits into the class offerings at OMRRA, refer to the Common OMRRA Race Bikes document. We recommend a Lightweight or Middleweight machine, as they are more affordable to race (consuming tires, fuel, brake pads, chains, etc at a slower rate), and tend to develop rider skills more effectively. The vast majority of OMRRA’s successful 600/Open racers started their racing careers on Lightweight/Middleweight machines. Also, riders on Lightweight/Middleweight machines tend to have greater success in returning to race for multiple years. Of course, new racers on 600/Open machines are welcome in NRS if that is their preference.


Safety gear

Riders are encouraged to have their machines prepared to meet OMRRA’s requirements for Safety Gear as descirbed in the Rule Book. NRS may be taken if track day-level requirements are met, but OMRRA requirements must be met before riders are allowed to enter any OMRRA races. Refer to Section F of the OMRRA Rule Book for inspection requirements.


Graduation

Successful completion of NRS on Thursday and Friday will earn you an OMRRA Novice license, so you can race Saturday and Sunday! Requirements include a passing score on a written test, and mentor approval of your riding during the On Track school.

As an OMRRA Novice, you will have the opportunity to gain experience as a racer, under the tutelage of an expert mentor racing similar machinery. Your goal is to establish a clean track record of safe racing, which you document on your OMRRA Novice Graduation Form. Additionally, as a volunteer-driven organization, new racers are asked to contribute to OMRRA’s volunteer efforts. Successful documentation of both of these requirements, and endorsement by your mentor, will earn you an OMRRA Expert race license.