If you are anything like me when my son began racing MX, then your probably lost or overwhelmed by the overload of information and advice people give. Everyone would tell me where, when, what, and even how my son should race. All I wanted to know was WHERE do we begin???
Taking my son to a professional trainer before he began racing was a TREMENDOUS benefit. However, I completely understand that this not always practical. (Another reason I started this blog.) And I am not complaining about all the helpful advice I received when we attend the facility. I just know how lost I still felt even with all the help. Everyone was telling me what events we should and should not race. I hadn’t even considered there was a difference in the races. Everyone was telling us which “class” he should register for. Here I thought it was all about the bike size, I didn’t even know there were A,B, and C classes. Since it was my son’t first year racing and even though he was, as I was told, a natural, I was advised to race the C class if we wanted to attend Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National. This is where and what my son wanted to do. So, now WHERE DO WE BEGIN? This is all I wanted to know.
I can tell you on our journey we decided to go to all the area qualifiers. We live in the North East region so we started there. (the US is broken into * Regions and within each 8 region there are several Area Qualifiers that you must attend and qualify at before you can attend an Area Qualifier.) Then friends told us we should do more than 1 region. (If your not sure at all what I am referring to, I will have links at the end and explain.) So, we would truck down to the South East region to do some of those area qualifiers. This was not a bad strategy, as it turned out, because for someone very new to racing motocross, he needed the “seat time” and race experience anyway. He was getting lots of practice with starts and racing skills that he had never experienced doing Harescrambles prior to his transition into MX. The reason for the 2 Regions was so that if you did not qualify in one region, you still had a chance in another region. That is EXACTLY what happened to us. (Again, great advice from friends!).
We only did a few races at our local track. We were traveling so much then that it made it hard to squeeze in the time, not to mention the expense. We had no idea then how much this was going to be, we just knew it would be A LOT! So we went to the South East Regional (this is where all the racers who made it from the South East area qualifiers try to qualify in their Region for LL Amateur National.) Well, as people had predicted, this qualifier did not go so well for us. Luckily, he did qualify at the NE areas so we were able to attend the North East Regional in NY in 2 weeks. Now this was a different story. Had it been his bike, his nerves, weather, etc….it doesn’t matter. My boy had a goal and he achieved it this time around! He qualified in 3 classes (you can only do 2 at LL) and we began planning out trip to the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee for August.
The point of this story isn’t to tell you or advise you to go the same route. There are many levels of racing that I wasn’t even aware of. I had no idea about the Amateur National racing. I had just thought we would race in our state, or maybe a few neighboring states. I had no idea we would eventually be traveling across the country. I had no idea to what extent this adventure would take us. But not everyone goes that route. So where should you begin…. Well I thought I’d share how to find races near you and not so near.
First, the American Motorcycle Association is a great place to start. Most tracks require you to be a member anyway, so become acquainted with what they have to offer. This link will bring you to a page that allows you to dictate where your looking for a race, when, and what type of race.
Link to American Motorcycle Association:
Another great resource is your local motorcycle shop. Let them know what your looking to get into and they can help guide you in the right direction. Or they can direct you to the local track. Most local tracks are involved in a series or district program. This is a great way to get into racing on a smaller scale but with more diversity than staying at 1 track.
If your looking for a bigger event, I would also check the AMA website and look for Premier events. Their they list all the National Championships, Premiere Events, Feature Events, and State Championship series. Also try MXSports and Unlimited Sports websites.
As always, if you have any questions, please leave a comment!! Now let’s get ready for race season!