MRA Race School At High Plains Raceway Draws 38 Riders

MRA Race School At High Plains Raceway Draws 38 Riders

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By MRA:

A New Generation of Racers Take the Track at 2024 Race School

Byers, CO – The Motorcycle Roadracing Association (MRA) has concluded its 2024 Race School at High Plains Raceway. Blessed with clear skies and temperatures in the mid to high 70s, the weekend provided ideal conditions for both the educational classroom and the on-track sessions.

The classroom session was hosted by Fay Myers Motorcycle World with instruction kicking off on Friday, April 12th. This foundational instruction set the stage for the next day’s practical experience. On Saturday, 38 students tackled the 2.55-mile Full Course at High Plains Raceway, applying lessons learned from MRA New Rider Director, Dan Spurlock, with their coaches.

“Weather usually isn’t on our side this time of year,” said Spurlock. “We were so fortunate for the conditions and the organization is excited by the strong turnout. I think it’s going to be a great season for the new racers!”

The main focuses of the Race School were safety, predictability, and understanding the track layout to enhance racing lines. Students were specifically coached on corner entry and exit techniques, as well as using their vision effectively to optimize their drive out of corners.

Student, Josh Radcliffe, shared his newfound enthusiasm for racing stating, “I definitely have a new perception of racing after completing the school. It’s even more awesome than I thought it would be! The MRA did a great job putting together a safe environment to learn proper race craft and being better on a motorcycle on and off the track. After the class, I have a new take on what I need to be successful in racing and have a ton to work on.”

Ryan Damian, another student, highlighted a critical learning moment, “My biggest ah-ha moment was realizing that I can be just as fast and work half as hard. For instance, coming out of turn three, I always tried to slam down the back straight to make up time; now that I have a good exit I don’t have to break super hard for turn four and push my body harder than I should.”

To conclude the day’s training, students participated in a mock race, putting their new skills to the test. This final exercise served as a practical assessment of their abilities and a direct introduction to motorcycle racing, marking a successful end to the 2024 School.

Of the participants, 15 have committed to purchasing their racing licenses, indicating a strong influx of new talent into the MRA. The MRA will continue to support these new racers as they prepare for the start of the season, fostering the growth of motorcycle road racing in Colorado and beyond.

Looking ahead, the excitement continues with MRA Round 1 at High Plains Raceway, scheduled for May 11-12. For more information on how to get involved or to sign up for MRA events, visit MRA Racing.

The MRA thanks all participants, coaches, the safety crew, and Dan Spurlock for making this year’s Race School a resounding success. The MRA looks forward to an exciting racing season ahead.

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