Novice Program Update

Novice Program

OMRRA typically operates New Racer School immediately before a race round at the start and middle of each season, with a classroom session on Thursday evening and full day on-track on Friday. This two-stage approach gives new racers an opportunity to first focus on and learn the basics, such as flags and safe passing, in a calm classroom environment. Then, the focus can shift to demonstrating good judgement and riding ability in an on-track environment.

Given the uncertainty created by COVID-19, OMRRA has changed this approach to allow additional opportunities for new racers to become licensed members of OMRRA. To provide these additional opportunities, OMRRA will collaborate with local track day providers who already offer New Racer School programs. Why not spend some of the free time you have right now earning your novice race license?

There are currently 3 available options for completing the on-track portion of NRS. Successful completion of one of these will fulfill OMRRA’s requirement for the on-track portion of NRS.

  1. MotoVixens New Racer School on May 19, 2020 at the Ridge.

  2. 2Fast New Racer School on May 28, 2020 at the Ridge.

  3. 2Fast New Racer School on July 10, 2020 at Pacific Raceway

OMRRA will hold an additional classroom session at a later date (TBD) using an online meeting platform. Completing the on-track session and the classroom session will fulfill the requirements for an OMRRA novice race license.

Here’s how to get signed up to become a licensed OMRRA novice racer:

  1. Submit forms to OMRRA

    1. New Racer Registration (sections 1-5 only – do not pay $99 fee)https://www.2-fast.org/istore/July10-NRS-2020.html

    2. Medical Form

  2. Sign up for a New Racer School from the list above

    1. Pay fees directly to track day provider

    2. In the notes at checkout – write “OMRRA NRS”

You’ll notice that OPRT, OMRRA’s track day partner for race weekends, is not listed above. OPRT remains in strong partnership with OMRRA, but does not have an existing New Racer School program, whereas 2Fast and MotoVixens do. There are also no New Racer Schools listed at PIR. The schedule for PIR is still in development, and there is an expectation that the events listed below will be able to occur prior to an event taking place at PIR (PIR is closed until early June). The Ridge is opening up, so OMRRA is taking full advantage of that by offering this opportunity to new racers.

Existing OMRRA racers: remember, you can get free races if you refer a new racer. If they list you on their new racer school registration form, you get one free race for each weekend they race, within the same calendar year they do NRS (up to 3 free races).

COVID-19 Update

OMRRA Membership,

Thanks to those of you that were on the meeting call last night. While there were essentially zero questions or comments brought up, aside from one question asking if we would be discussing our plans for the April round, we appreciate you being there to listen. Because the BoD had not had any real opportunity to discuss the final plans for April as a group, we needed to use last night’s meeting/call to do so. Being that it was a two-part meeting and that the bulk of the 2nd call was with our Attorney (not at all related to April or Coronavirus), we chose to discuss our April round after that portion of the call. Because the environment around this issue is constantly changing, and because we were all looking for every opportunity to make April happen, we took until what we considered to be the last minute to reach our conclusion, though it had just been made for us.

To cut to the chase: We tried hard to save it because we all want to race, but there are some factors out of our control that will keep us from racing in April.

On the brighter side:

  • We will attempt to reschedule our missed round later in the season
  • All remaining race rounds are currently under review (not cancelled). If it’s possible for us to race, we will

The main reasons why we won’t be able to operate the April race event are:

  • The PIR staff is upholding a Portland city ban of gatherings over 10 people, whether indoors or outdoors. Previous understanding of these types of bans suggested that the large and open area at PIR would allow us to spread out adequately, but this city ban now applies to all events regardless of social distancing space
  • Portland Metro hospitals are now operating on a disaster response system, which is similar to what would happen if a large earthquake hit our region. Under this condition, ambulance service providers stop all non-essential ambulance services. OMRRA’s insurance requires the presence of 2 ambulances onsite to operate a race event, but an ambulance parked at a race track is a non-emergent standby service and therefore ambulance services cannot currently be provided.

A few notes for consideration:

  • The balance typically due to PIR at this time to hold an April event will be excused given these extreme circumstances. There is no financial loss to your racing association due to cancelation
  • Knowing a rescheduling or cancellation of Round 1 was possible, we did not bind event insurance coverage at the time that we typically do, and we will not bind it until we know we will have a round happening. This saves us money over insuring all of our rounds
  • Our track day partner, OPRT, is in alignment and understanding of the cancellation of April. If you purchased a season pass, OMRRA will refund $174 (25% the total pass cost) for the cancelled event, at your request
  • Plans for New Racer School are pending, so please expect more communication about this when we know more. We are working on different strategies that will allow our new racers to become licensed
  • Generally speaking, in an effort to preserve our opportunity to race, we are only making decisions as we absolutely need to. While the duration of the economic impact of the Coronavirus is currently unpredictable, we feel that maintaining this strategy allows our best opportunity to stay nimble and run our events when possible

Any questions or comments can be sent directly to [email protected], or you can call or text Mark Wilson directly at 360-907-1792

Sincerely,

Your OMRRA Board

 

OMRRA & COVID-19

Dear OMRRA racers, members, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters:

Please know we at OMRRA are receiving the information on COVID-19 in the same ways you are, and it is quickly changing. At this point are uncertain how OMRRA operating at PIR in April is affected by the Governor’s ban on 250+ person gatherings which is set to run 4 weeks, if it will be extended past that, or if it will become even more restrictive.

OMRRA will continue to monitor the situation over the next week. We’ve begun to compile a list of operational changes we can make to reduce the mandatory person to person contact during our events, and we will share information as soon as possible. We know you may have questions but at this point in time, there is simply nothing to announce except that we are working on it. Fortunately we have 5 weeks until Round 1, not a lot but it is something.

OMRRA is a racing club, it’s what we love to do, and we’ll do our best to assure our future to continue enjoying this passion.

Respectfully yours:

OMRRA Staff