2022 GOODBYES AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2023!
In 2022, WERA had two longtime officials say they are going to retire as officials. Rich Graver, who was Chief Tech and Starter for the North Central Region since the late 1970s, gave his notice that 2022 would be his final year as a WERA Official due to personal reasons.
A big thank you goes out to Rich for all the years he helped as a WERA Official. Rich was an institution with the North Central Region. He was always there to help riders out and to keep events running smoothly. To say we will miss him is an understatement, but we wish him a very quiet and happy retirement.
Dann Clark will be stepping up to take on the duties Rich covered for 2023 and we hope for years to come. Dann has taught the WERA Rider’s School, he has done tech inspection, grids, crash truck and is well versed in what it takes to give riders the experience they have been accustomed to at WERA events.
WERA also had Ed Bruner, fondly known as EB2, tell us he has some personal things he needs to attend to and would not be returning full time for 2023. He did leave it open that if we absolutely needed him to call him, which is good!
A big thank you to EB2 for everything he has done for WERA over the years as a WERA official. EB2 has been with WERA since the 1980s and he has always been a staple at our events, whether it was as a competitor, tech inspector, or for the past years as Race Director in the Southeast Region. He always had the safety and wellbeing of riders as his #1 priority.
Longtime WERA rider, teacher, and announcer David Harman will step up into the role of Race Director and we have every belief he will pick up where EB2 left off. David has many years under his belt and knows what it takes to have riders experience a smooth event.
With these two longtime men stepping down, we have some shoes to fill. If you are interested in giving back to a sport that has left you with many good memories or still provides you with them, we need you to put on an official’s shirt and help us make these events the best they can be for the riders.
We need help in all positions from Registration, Tech, Grids, Starters, Announcers, Rider’s School Teachers, and everything I missed. We offer some help with expenses but ask that you let the passion for this sport drive you to step up and be a WERA Official. If you are interested, please email [email protected] and he will let you know where he needs you and at what events he can use your help.
The 2023 season kicks off February 25-26 at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway, in Alabama, and we hope to see you all there!
WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was founded in 1973 and remains the foremost place to develop talent in the sport of motorcycle road racing. The legacy of Pro riders on a National and World level is legendary. All events are run by WERA Motorcycle Roadracing and are co-sanctioned by the AMA. Racing is offered coast to coast with entry-level racing in the WERA Sportsman Series, Pro-Am Series with the Pirelli/WERA National Challenge Series, WERA Vintage Racing, as well as endurance racing with our track day partners N2 and Sportbike Track Time. WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was voted the 2017 AMA Track Organizer of the Year.
There is something for everyone with WERA Motorcycle Roadracing!.
For further information contact WERA Motorcycle Roadracing or check the web site at www.wera.com.