Here is a step by step guide to getting started with AMRA. Whether you are racing the Big Bike series or you have a little one interested in racing the Mini Bike series, we'll walk you through what you need to get off to a great start with our series!
Here's a couple quiz questions for you to test your rulebook knowledge:
- Do you know how many laps you need to complete in a Hare Scramble to be considered a finisher and get points?
- Is the "Open" class open to any displacement motorcycle? (the answer might surprise you)
- How can you get 50 series bonus points?
- How many events do you have to compete in to be eligible for year end awards?
- How can you get disqualified before even showing up to a race?
- What is used to determine a tie-breaker in points?
NOTE: There are also some helpful suggestions in the New Rider Info Sheet available here.
AMRA Big Bike Classes:
- Sportsmen: White background, black numbers, no letters. Beginner adult racer, non-points paying class. No divisions for this class. May only race 3 times in this class. Will race the full adult C course.
- Novice (C Class): Green backgrounds, white numbers & letters. Will race the full adult C course. Course intended to be fun and less technical to accommodate all skill levels.
- Amateur (B Class): Yellow backgrounds, black numbers & letters. Should have significant racing experience with moderate ability and endurance. Races the full adult A/B course, concurrent with Expert A and AA. Must have skill sets and control such that sharing the race course with Expert A and AA is safe for a B racer.
- Expert (A Class): Red backgrounds, white numbers & letters. Should have extensive desert racing experience, ability and endurance. Races full adult A/B course.
- AA Class: Blue backgrounds, white numbers, no letters. Top 10 from previous year or prior Pro experience. Highest of all skill levels.
AMRA Big Bike Divisions:
- Youth (Y): 12-14+ years of age, races the full adult course with the C class
- Open (P): Bike with displacement of 251cc or above
- Up to 200cc (A): Bike with displacement of 86cc to 200cc
- Up to 250cc (X): Bike with displacement of 201cc to 250cc • 30 + (V): Ages 30 and up, no displacement limit
- 40+ (S): Ages 40 and up, no displacement limit
- 50+ (M): Ages 50 and up, no displacement limit
- 60 + (L): Ages 60 and up, no displacement limit
- Women (W)
AMRA Mini Bike Classes:(all classes require black numbers on stock or white backgrounds)
- 50cc ages 4-6: 50-90cc 4 stroke, 50cc 2 stroke, max 12” rear wheel, bike #0-49
- 50cc Beginner (B) 7-9: 50-90cc 4 stroke, 50cc 2 stroke, max 12” rear wheel, bike #50-99
- 50cc Advanced (A) 7-9: 50-90cc 4 stroke, 50cc 2 stroke, max 12” rear wheel, bike #100-149
- 65cc Beginner (C): 60-111cc 4 stroke, 60-65cc 2 stroke, max 12” rear wheel, bike #400-449
- 65cc Intermediate (B): 65-111cc 4 stroke, 65cc 2 stroke, max 12” rear wheel, bike #150-199
- 65cc Advanced (A): 65-111cc 4 stroke, 65cc 2 stroke, max 12” rear wheel, bike #200-249
- 85cc Beginner (C): 80-150cc 4 stroke, 80-150cc 2 stroke, max 16” wheel, bike #450-499
- 85cc Beginner (B): 85-150cc 4 stroke, 85cc 2 stroke, max 16” rear wheel, bike #250-299
- 85cc Advanced (A): 85-150cc 4 stroke, 85cc 2 stroke, max 16” rear wheel, bike #300-349
- Women’s Beginner: Any cc two wheel motorcycle, Age 15+, rides 85cc Course, no series points awarded for this class
- Bike numbers can only be requested at the time of purchasing an AMRA membership.
- Big Bike numbers are alpha numeric with the letter following earned or assigned number (ie a 30+ bike number may be 24V, or a 250cc bike number may be 65X)
- Mini Bike numbers are numeric only
- AMRA Memberships can be purchased here
NOTE: You will also need to purchase a Transponder for use in the Hare Scramble events (Big Bikes only).
For Big Bike and Mini Bike series minor participants:
- This greatly speeds up on-site check in and gives you one less thing to worry about on race day
- Be sure to bring your photo ID and AMA card
- Be sure to have both parents onsite (minors only)
- Show up to the race site early to get signed in, to run your bike through tech inspection and to ask any other last minute questions
- Don't forget your photo ID, AMA membership (big bike series), bring CASH (checks, credit cards are not accepted onsite)
- Sign in can be overwhelming your first time through, but there are lots of folks on hand to help and answer your questions. We're here to help!
- Attend the riders meeting to get any other questions answered about the race
Still have questions? Email our bike stewards: email@example.com