Get Started in Racing

The first steps to learning the sport

So, you want to be a motorcycle racer? You’ve come to the right place.

AMA-sanctioned motorcycle racing is the most exciting, accessible and affordable motorsport in the world. Every weekend at AMA Racing events across America, thousands of racers of all ages and skill levels, ranging from beginners to experts, face off in a number of disciplines on both modern and non-current, or vintage, motorcycles.

Getting started is quick and easy. Assuming you have the right bike (and a way to get to the track), you’re almost there.

  • First, join the AMA. Participants in AMA-sanctioned competition events must join up. Not only does the AMA provide consistent rules and guidelines that make racing fairer and safer,the AMA Government Relations Departmentfights for motorcyclists rights on the national level and helps organize and support local battles. There is strength in numbers, and we need everybody to be on board.
  • Second, download a copy of the 2019 AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook. In the rule book, you’ll learn which nationally recognized classes you’re eligible to enter and find out how to make your bike legal for competition. Although the vast majority of riders compete in the official AMA classes, AMA-chartered organizers also can advertise and run special classes that have local appeal. Contact the promoters for information about these classes.
  • Third, if you are have a minor racer, review the Competition Annual Minor Liability Release. Submit the electronic version of the form online or print the form, have it notarized, and mail the completed version to the AMA offices. Please note that it is advised that these forms be completed at least three (3) weeks before the minor’s racing event.
  • Fourth, find an event. Look up a race near you by searching our online database of AMA-sanctioned racing events.

For a closer look at the types of motorcycle racing sanctioned by the AMA, check out the sections of this website dedicated to each type of racing. For example, here are some great tips for a new motocross racer, check out this guide for new enduro racers, and learn how to get started in trials.

Motorcycle racing has always been a family sport, and it attracts competitors of all ages. In addition to the fun, kids can learn a lot from getting involved inactivecompetition. Check out this article for more tips on getting your kid started right.

Getting serious? Then maybe it’s time to think about sponsorship and getting exposure in local media outlets, such as your hometown newspaper.

Like any activity, your experience is helped (or hindered) by your attitude. Approach racing with an open mind, a fun mindset and in a safety-conscious manner, and it will be one of the best moves you’ll ever make!

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