Amateur dirt bike racing is an excellent way for the beginning racer to experience the thrills of competition without having to compete with professional riders on factory supported bikes. As an amateur racer you can compete and win with a motorcycle that is completely stock. Then, as your skill and amateur ranking improves, you can compete at progressively more challenging competitions, ultimately moving into a semi-pro or pro classification.
Visit your local track. Spend some time talking to the other riders. Ask them how they got started and about any conditions that pertain to that particular track. Look at the equipment they are using. This will give you an idea of how competitive it will be when racing against them.
Locate a track official. Talk to the track official after the races are over, not during them. The track official will have information on safety requirements and general track rules that the average racer will not. Ask the track official if there is a pre-race bike inspection. Ask him to provide you with a list of any specific requirements needed to race.
Visit your local motorcycle shop. Ask them about sponsorship programs. Many shops will sponsor local riders. This gives the shop a lot of publicity, especially if you win. Talk to the shop employees about discounts you will receive as a sponsored rider.
Contact local motorcycle racing clubs. Most areas that have a dirt bike track have a local club. Talk to the club members about any requirements such as membership fees. These clubs often own the local dirt bike track, so also ask about access fees and if the track is available for practice sessions.
Tips & Warnings
- Get like-minded friends together and split the cost of fuel and transportation to the track.
- A great way to learn the track is to volunteer for track maintenance. All tracks need constant upkeep, and the track workers know the track better than most racers.
- Do not just show up on race day without following the proper pre-race steps. The track officials will not let you enter the track if you do not pass safety inspections, or if you have failed to pay any entry fees.
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