"dedicated to the advancement of motorcycle roadracing"
MARRC Roadracing School
Imagine riding your sportbike on one of your favorite roads with a dozen of your best friends. Now imagine no traffic. Or gravel littering the road. Or for that matter, the need for a cell phone if you break down. Put that all together, triple the speeds, and you've got an idea of why motorcycle roadracers love their sport. The MARRC Roadracing School (MARRC RRS) can let you experience this exciting motorsport first hand. The MARRC RRS is one of the few schools recognized as a qualified licensing school by both WERA and CCS, and is one of the most economical schools available. The school is usually run on Fridays before motorcycle racing weekends at Summit Point Motorsports Park.
2014 RRS Schedule
Racing School ReferencesBike Preparation Chapter from the MARRC-RRS manual
Mid-Atlantic Roadracing Club Roadracing School Application
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In the classroom, you will learn safety rules, flag signals, and riding techniques. You will get several sessions on the track with instructors who will assess your riding and offer advice. After your practice laps with our instructors, we prepare you for racing with a mock race with the other students and instructors. The start of a race is the most stressful and dangerous part of a race, so the MARRC race school lets you setup and practice them in a controlled environment as part of the student race around the race circuit. If you perform well in each aspect of the RRS, including the written test, you're ready to get your racing license.
Other expenses you must consider include the gate fee(about $25) to enter the track. If you pass the course and wish to race, you will be required to purchase a provisional CCS racing license (about $100), and race entry fees average about $60 per race. Electricity at Summit Point also costs $20 plus a $10 deposit for the weekend. Don't forget other items you'll need like racing fuel, food, and especially water.
Once we receive your payment, we will mail a MARRC-RRS information package to you. This will help you prepare your bike for the race track. Safety wiring techniques, street equipment removal, suggested bike improvements, safety gear, and equipment suppliers are covered thoroughly. The student manual also contains much of the information that you will be required to know, such as racing rules, regulations, and safety precautions. A thorough reading of the manual beforehand will help prepare you for the school and get the most out of your time at the track. You can read the chapter on bike preparation from the MARRC-RRS manual on-line to get an idea of what the manual covers.
Please contact our Registar at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about signing up for the school.
While you're at the track, you can also walk around the paddock area to look at race bikes and talk to racers. Go ahead and ask any of the racers about bike preparation and racing. Generally, racers are happy to talk about their bike as long as it's not right before a race! You are welcome to watch some of our training sessions to see how the school is run. Our instructors can also help you along if you have questions away from the track, but there is nothing like seeing it all in person.
Attendance for each section of the RRS is mandatory, so we strongly suggest that students use a motorcycle which is reliable and in good running condition. Motorcycles which are close to stock condition are best suited for the school. Vintage race bikes can also make good starter bikes, but make absolutely certain that you have a reliable machine. You won't have time for wrenching, and if your bike cannot finish the class, you will not finish either, so keep things simple!
Studies have shown that the lap times run by a beginning racer have little to do with the size of the bike's engine. The best thing that you can do to improve your lap times is to get quality track time. This is why we always recommend that new riders use a smaller, lighter, better handling motorcycle in good shape and nearly stock form. You will spend less time wrenching on the bike, and more time on the track. Plus, you can't make up for poor technique by whacking open the throttle.
As a rule of thumb, if you ask yourself if you will need a part or tool, you should bring it with you. It is always better to have it with you at the track than at home. Nearly every racer has a story of leaving a spare part at home that is needed during the weekend.
For more detailed instructions, you can read the bike preparation section from the MARRC-RRS manual on-line.
You may want to get help from a local shop to inspect your bike any changes. Feel free to e-mail or contact any of the MARRC Roadracing School instructors or to answer any specific questions. The Internet
also has a wealth of contacts: see our links page for some area shops, suppliers, or groups
to contact for information.
Racing is run by a sanctioning body and the MARRC-RRS is usually run during CCS weekends. Each sanctioning body classifies its racers as either amateur (also called novice) or expert. Most have some restrictions on new racers. They split the racing into about 20 performance categories based on bike origin (street-based or race-only GP machines), engine size and configuration, and allowed modifications. Let's say you have a stock Yamaha R6. You are eligible to run in middleweight supersport. But you can always "race up a class" so you can also run in middleweight superbike, heavyweight supersport and heavyweight superbike. There are also classes designed for twins like the Suzuki SV650, Honda RC51, Buells and Ducatis.
Browse through the rest of the MARRC site to learn more about our club and the procedures used by the safety crews and officials. The more you learn about racing before you come to a race weekend, the more relaxed you'll be and the more fun you'll have.
Roadracing School Director, Rick Beggs
Classroom Instruction Committee, Stephen Harris
Tech Inspection Committee, Dave Hockenberry
Track Instruction Committee, Rachel Sasse
To receive the special pre-registration price of $250, you must register at least one week prior to the date of the class. To pre-register, send the full tuition (check or credit card) and the school's registration form. You can register at the track only if there are openings available for that school. Call first to check. Walk-in registration at the track costs $275 plus $25 membership fee.
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