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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more commonly asked questions from first time riders or those new to the Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association series.

People of all ages and skill levels race AMRA. The races and courses are designed specifically to allow riders of all ages and skill levels to have a good time. There are kids as young as 4 years old at the beginner level all the way up to 14 year old advanced kids riding 85cc motorcycles. For the mini bikes, the courses are modified so that each skill level has a course appropriate to their riding abilities (i.e. the 50cc riders course is different than the 85cc advanced course)

For the big bike series, you'll find ages as young as 12 years old on full size bikes racing in the C class, to riders over 60 years old riders on a C course that is friendly for riders of the beginner category. In the A and B classes, there are courses that have sections that are more challenging for the higher skill levels and endurance required for these more advanced classes.
The New Rider Info Sheet covers just about everything you need to know, however, here's a summary of what you'll need to get started with AMRA:

  1. Pick a class (skill level) and division (bike displacement or age group)
  2. Purchase an AMRA competition membership and request a race number
  3. Purchase an AMA membership
  4. If under 18, please see the minor requirements on this page and follow instructions for waiver process
  5. Check the bike and rider tech requirements on race flyer or on this page to ensure you have the necessary equipment
  6. Pre-enter or enter a race onsite and have fun! It's best to show up early to the race site so you have time to ask questions and spend some time talking to other racers.
In general, the bike requirements are based on common sense and safety. It's in each rider's best interest to ensure that their bike is safe and well maintained so that the rider can finish the race and not cause harm to the rider and other riders.

Bike items required for tech inspection:
• Kill switch
• No sharp edges or broken levers
• Fuel lines clipped off
• Fully functional brakes (Front and rear)
• Sound test 96db (depending on venue)
• USFS approved spark arrestor (depending on venue)
• Transponder (for Hare Scrambles and GPs)

These items are recommended (but not required):
• Hand guards
• Skid plate
• Disc brake protection
• Tool kit & spare parts
Required:
• DOT approved helmet
• Chest protector
• Hydration system
• Boots and gloves
• Goggles (depending on venue)
• Transponder (for Hare Scrambles and GPs)

These items are recommended (but not required):
• Riding pants and jersey
• Knee & shin guards
• Elbow guards
• Tool kit & spare parts
The AMRA big bike races are grouped into Classes and Divisions. The class is an indication of skill level on the bike as follows:
C class - Beginner or Novice level
B class - Amateur level
A class - Expert level

Divisions are based on either bike displacement or age class as follows:
Youth - 12-14+ years of age, races the full adult course with the C class
Open - Bike with displacement of 251cc or above
200cc - Bike with displacement of 86cc to 200cc
250cc - Bike with displacement of 201cc to 250cc
30+ (Veteran) : Ages 30 and up, no displacement limit
40+ (Senior) - Ages 40 and up, no displacement limit
50+ (Super Senior) - Ages 50 and up, no displacement limit
60+ (Masters) - Ages 60 and up, no displacement limit
Women

The AMRA mini bike races are also grouped into Classes and Divisions as follows:
• 50cc (4-6) Beginner - ages 4-6, 50-90cc 4 stroke, 50cc 2 stroke
• 50cc (7-9) Beginner - ages 7-9, 50-90cc 4 stroke, 50cc 2 stroke
• 50cc (7-9) Advanced - ages 7-9, 50-90cc 4 stroke, 50cc 2 stroke
• 65cc C - 65-111cc 4 stroke, 65cc 2 stroke
• 65cc B
- 65-111cc 4 stroke, 65cc 2 stroke
• 65cc A - 65-111cc 4 stroke, 65cc 2 stroke
• 85cc C - 85-150cc 4 stroke, 85cc 2 stroke
• 85cc B
- 85-150cc 4 stroke, 85cc 2 stroke
• 85cc A - 85-150cc 4 stroke, 85cc 2 stroke
• Women's Beginner - Any cc two wheel motorcycle, Age 15+, rides 85cc Course, no series points awarded for this class
Minors racing the AMRA Big Bike Off Road Series have two options:

Option A:
• Both Parents must be onsite and complete and sign the AMA (not AMRA) Minor waiver at each event. If only one parent will be present this form will need to be completed ahead of time and the parent not attending will need to sign and notarize their signature beforehand. Forms will also be available at registration, no notary will be required if both parents are onsite at race registration.

Option B:
• The AMA manages an annual (calendar year) minor waiver system. You may follow the
process from the AMA in this link, and receive a card from the AMA. Presenting this card at each race will meet your waiver requirement. Note: The AMA system is based on a calendar year, so if you receive a card in time for the October 2011 event you will still need to complete the process again in January 2012.

Note:
• must be printed in color, double-sided
• must be signed by both parents
• must be sent in to AMA per instructions on form
• needed for everyone under 18
Minors racing the AMRA Mini-Series (i.e. 50cc, 65cc and 85cc classes) have the following two options:

Option A:
• Both Parents must be onsite and complete and sign the AMA (not AMRA) Minor waiver at each event. If only one parent will be present this form will need to be completed ahead of time and the parent not attending will need to sign and notarize their signature beforehand. Forms will also be available at registration, no notary will be required if both parents are onsite at race registration.

Option B:
• The AMA manages an annual (calendar year) minor waiver system. You may follow the
process from the AMA in this link, and receive a card from the AMA. Presenting this card at each race will meet your waiver requirement. Note: The AMA system is based on a calendar year, so if you receive a card in time for the October 2011 event you will still need to complete the process again in January 2012.

Note:
• must be printed in color, double-sided
• must be signed by both parents
• must be sent in to AMA per instructions on form
• needed for everyone under 18
Big Bikes:
• AMRA membership - $10
• AMRA transponder - $10
• AMA membership - $49
• Race fees - $50 (if pre-entered online) or $60 (if signing up onsite at race)
• Gate fees - varies from $5 per person to $10 per person (gate fees are usually charged for venues on private land or at tracks)

Mini Bikes:
• AMRA membership - $10
• Race fees - no more than $35
To be eligible for series points and end of year championship awards big bike riders must:
• Compete in and finish at least 50% of the season races (for 2012 this means 4 races)
• Volunteer to work one race of the season. Riders cannot work and race the same event.
• Club bonus points will be added for riders who are a member in good standing with one of the AMRA clubs

For full details of the points schedule and points rules please consult the AMRA rulebook.
The thought of race day can be pretty overwhelming whether it's your first time or your 50th time. The most important thing for your first race is to come with your bike and gear fully prepared. Show up early to make sure you have time to ask questions. You'll find the other riders, the club officials and AMRA officials are very friendly and very helpful as we've all been first time racers before.

The first thing to do is check in with the sign-up desk (whether you've pre-entered or not) where you will sign any necessary waivers, get transponders checked and get any other instructions.

There is also usually a riders meeting where officials will discuss important notes about the course or the race format. This is also a good time to ask questions.

For Hare Scramble and GP races, riders will start lining up at the starting line at least 15-20 minutes before the start of the race. There should be staff there to guide you to your starting row depending on your class and division.

Results are usually posted the same day for Hare Scrambles and GPs, while Enduros may take more time. All results will be posted online and you can sign up for SMS/text message alerts to your phone to be notified when results are posted.
AMRA and the clubs are all volunteer organizations and as such your involvement is crucial to the continuing development of the sport and the series. Getting involved in a club is as simple as contacting one of the clubs and inquire how to become a member and/or get involved.
If you have additional questions you can post on our riders forum at http://amraracing.com/ridersforum/

Additionally you can submit questions via our contact page.
For the 2012 racing season, AMRA is using a new style of transponder based on new UHF RFID technology. All racers for this upcoming season will need to purchase these new transponders as the old, cigar-style transponders from years past will not work. NOTE: Transponders from the 2011 and prior seasons will not work with this new system.

These new transponders and reading system cost less and will be much more accurate in scoring.

The transponders are available to purchase for $10 (without a trade-in) or $5 (with the trade-in of your old cigar-style transponder)