The 2021 OMRRA Season Starts Today
The craziness that was 2020 is nearly at its conclusion, which means all of our race bikes are tucked away for the winter, and the long wait to the first green flag of the 2021 season is underway.
Next year’s season starts today, however, as we have a number of items to get the club ready for racing in 2021. Please take note of these items for racing number selection, rulebook changes, trophy awards, and race footage.
2021 Membership Opens Soon
Membership for 2021 opens on January 2nd, 2021. If you want to keep your race number (or get first dibs on a shiny new number) ensure you submit your application right away. The deadline to keep your number is January 31, 2021.
Membership applications and medical forms are now 100% electronic – no more printing, scanning, mailing, etc. Fill out the forms and pay online! You will be required to physically sign a few forms at the track the first time you race in 2021.
If you are a novice planning to graduate, you must do that prior to submitting your 2021 membership application. Please email your competed graduation form to [email protected] to start the process.
Vote Early, Vote Often – Have You Finished Your 2021 Rules Ballot?
The OMRRA rules committee has proposed, and the OMRRA Board of Directors have approved, a number of changes to the 2021 rulebook that are voting items for the OMRRA membership.
To vote on these items, you should have received a ballot (via Survey Monkey), and if you haven’t seen this email in your inbox, please check your spam/junk mail folders.
If you still can’t find your ballot, email [email protected]. Be sure to go all of the way through the ballot and click “Done” at the end.
Not long after the rules voting is done, we will have the 2021 rulebook available for all racers to see. We encourage everyone to read the rulebook when it becomes available so that there are no surprises come our April round.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes to Gear and Bike Tech
While there are number of housekeeping items in the 2021 OMRRA rulebook, there are two important changes that we want to make you aware of now, as they will affect the gear and bike tech process for next year.
First, as we have been communicating for several seasons now, we are moving on from the SNELL 2010 helmet standard, and adopting the superior SNELL 2015 standard in its place.
Of note, any SNELL 2010 helmet at this point in time is well past is expiration date, and is due for a replacement anyways. It’s okay to say goodbye. It’s time.
In addition to the SNELL 2015 standard, OMRRA will continue to allow any ECE or BSI certified helmet, and we are also adding the FIM helmet standard to our approval list. This should allow for a wide range of good race helmets to be used at OMRRA events.
The second big rule change comes on the tech side. In order to have rules parity with WMRRA’s bike tech, the 2021 rulebook will require any front sprocket nut to have a “mechanical locking device” in order to pass tech.
This means either safety-wiring your front sprocket, or using a locking tab, in order to ensure that the front sprocket is secured to the countershaft.
Many motorcycles have a locking tab from the factory, but safety wire is recommended. Don’t be “that racer” at tech, and get this modification done during the winter downtime, if you haven’t already.
WMRRA Is Welcoming OMRRA Racers to Their Awards Banquet
As we know, the COVID-19 situation in Oregon prevents OMRRA from having an awards banquet for the 2020 season.
However, our friends from WMRRA have planned an awards banquet and have graciously invited any OMRRA racer to attend. Even better, if you are a trophy-winner from the 2020 OMRRA season, you can be presented your trophies at their ceremony.
Bring your friends and family, and celebrate the fact that we survived the 2020 race season (in a physically-distant manner)!
The WMRRA awards banquet is on January 16th at Emerald Downs, in Auburn, Washington. You will need to RSVP your attendance with WMRRA, and purchase dinner tickets – keep an eye on the WMRRA Facebook page for more information on this, and to ensure the event isn’t canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.
If you do plan to attend the WMRRA banquet, and you are also a trophy recipient, we ask that you email [email protected] as well, so we can ensure your award(s) make it up to the banquet.
Thank You for Your Injured Rider Fund Donations
Though the season was short, we had a number of OMRRA racers who injured themselves this year. To help them get back on their feet, and back on the track, $3,500 from the Injured Rider Fund was distributed by OMRRA to these affected members.
A big thank you to everyone who has donated to the Injured Rider Fund this season and also in the past – you are the reason we are able to make this support possible to our racing family.
Send Us Your Highlight Reel from the 2020 Season
Did you get some sweet GoPro footage from this year’s racing? We want to see it and share it with the world.
Send your videos or links to [email protected] (preferably clips, not full races) so we can put together a short promotional video for the club. Please, no OnlyFans content.
The OMRRA Board of Directors