The local racing scene around here needs a little boost, a chat with a local track owner the other day left me brainstorming…
I don’t know how it is where you live, but local racing around here has been going downhill for a long time now. I first began to notice local race turnouts going downhill around 2004 or 2005… Right when four strokes began to take over and more open practice days began to show up. These isn’t the only problems though.
- People take racing too seriously. Riders take racing too seriously and parents take racing too seriously, making it not as fun as it should be. This, unfortunately will always be a problem – local racing isn’t as serious as you think, it’s supposed to be fun, lighten up a bit (I am guilty of this myself).
- More and more classes keep being added, this makes racing less fun because there are less people in your class battling.
- Four strokes are far superior from a performance perspective than two strokes. This makes the tracks (many around here haven’t changed much in 20 years) easier and not as fun. Many of the tracks that have changed are now freeways with banked turns where people barely need to let off the gas.
- Open practice days are less expensive & you can ride more laps with less waiting around.
All of these things combined have led to what seems to me to be record low turnouts at local races.
An easy thing that could help is a change of class structure, combining existing classes and making it more age based.
Ideas for Classes:
- PW 50 4-8 (or whatever you want to call it)
- 50 4-6
- 50 7-8
- 65 7-11
- 85 C
- 85 7-11
- 85 12-15
- 85 Open (Supermini bikes legal, 9-15)
- Girls (85cc and under)
- 125 12-15 (two strokes only)
- 250 13-16 (125 two strokes, 250f’s)
- 250 14+ (A&B Riders 250f, 250 two strokes)
- Open 16+ (A&B Riders, Any Bike)
- Women (big bikes)
- 25+ 150cc two stroke (Seriously, how fun would this be?)
- 250 C
- Open C
- Vet (30+) C
Going through some local results, the races average 34 classes! Many of these classes have less than 3 people! It’s no fun to go to a race and race against yourself. If we cut back on the classes, there will be more people per class and racing will be more fun, racing being more fun will lead to more people showing up to race. Plus there will be less waiting around for your moto. All wins.
“C” classes and 65cc & under classes will have 5 lap motos, 250 14+ & Open 16+ have 10 lap motos, and all other class are 7 laps. Longer motos will make races less of an all out sprint and give riders more track time. To make track time a little more affordable on race days, how about making second classes half off?
The other thing, how the hell do tracks make money with all the dealer checks & cash payouts? In this new class structure, the only money classes are 250 14+ & Open 16+. If you want to stay a “B” level rider for Loretta’s or whatever, take a dealer check, if not take the cash. All other classes get trophies. Simple.
Do you think this would improve local racing? Have you ever thought of things that could help local racing? Send me a message and there’s a good chance your well thought out ideas will be shared right here on PPS Moto!