Table of Contents:
Desert Road Racing (DRO)
Section 1 – MEMBERSHIP:
Section 2 – LICENSING, RIDER
QUALIFICATIONS AND ADVANCEMENT
Section 3 – RACE ENTRIES
Section 4 – FLAGS AND SIGNALS
Section 5 - RACER CONDUCT
Section 6 - RACE PROCEDURES
Section 7 - ON TRACK REGULATIONS
Section 8 – PIT SAFETY STANDARDS
Section 9 - TECHNICAL AND SAFETY
Section 10 - CLASS STRUCTURE
Section 11 - CLASS DEFINITIONS
Section 12 - PROTESTS
Section 13 – DRO OFFICIAL TRACK
In recognition of the need for controls over the sport and to promote safety and fair competition, this 2015 Desert Road Racing Motorcycle Organization LLC Competition Rule Book is being promulgated.
Contained herein are the rules and guidelines that all participants and team members must adhere to during all Desert Road Racing (REFERRED TO HEREAFTER AS “DRO”) events both on and off the track.
NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM THE PUBLICATION OF, OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS. THEY ARE INTENDED AS A GUIDE FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE SPORT AND ARE IN NO WAY A GUARANTEE AGAINST INJURY OR DEATH TO PARTICIPANTS, SPECTATORS, OR OTHERS.
By signing an entry form and license application, or release waiver, every competitor, team member, or person entering the facility during and event agrees to be subject to the rules of this rulebook and any printed supplements.
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH COMPETITOR TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE CONTENTS OF THIS RULEBOOK. SINCE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ANTICIPATE EVERY POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCE, THE OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OPERATION OF EACH EVENT WILL RULE ON ANY AREA OF DISPUTE THAT IS NOT CLEARLY COVERED BY THESE RULES. THIS WILL BE DONE USING COMMON SENSE, SAFETY AND FAIR PLAY AS THE CRITERIA. THE DECISION OF THE STAFF OF DESERT ROAD RACING ON THESE "GRAY AREAS" WILL BE FINAL.
DRO rules are subject to change. Information on rule changes may be conveyed at any or all of these locations: a riders meeting, though an email to the registered email address of all participants, or on the DRO website at: www.desertroadracing.org DRO, having promulgated these regulations, may modify, add to, delete from, or grant exceptions to these regulations at any time as deemed necessary or appropriate.
DRO reserves the right to prevent any entrant or entrants, for any reason, from participating in any activity including, but not limited to, track days, practices, racing schools and actual competition.
Likewise, the Referee or Race Director can prevent an entrant from competing if said participation is deemed to negatively impact the quality or safety of the event.
DRO reserves the right to levy reasonable fines, suspend or revoke (or any combination thereof) a rider’s competition license for engaging in any practice, behavior, or action deemed to be detrimental to the safety of any person or the sport of motorcycling in general, whether or not related to a specific event or competition.
DESERT ROAD RACING
Desert Road Racing Motorcycle
P.O. Box 50906
Mesa, AZ, 85209
Officials: President – Jayson Citron
Section 1: MEMBERSHIP:
Membership in DRO is an annual membership for the time period of January 1 through December 31 of the given year. Membership will be available at all DRO road racing events.
SECTION 2 – LICENSING, RIDER QUALIFICATIONS AND ADVANCEMENT
2.1 RACING LICENSE
- All competitors are required to have a current DRO racing license
- A current racing license
from a DRO recognized organization.
2.2 RIDER QUALIFICATIONS AND ADVANCEMENT
All riders and racers must be at least 16 years of age.
Racers must have completed DRO’s or another recognized race licensing school or class to apply for a DRO racing license. Validated proof of experience will determine classification as an Amateur or Expert. Rider s wishing to participate in the DRO Race School must have completed at least 1 previous track days before being eligible to participate.
Amateur racer classification: Any rider who meets the Rider Requirements and has NOT advanced to Expert based on Section 2.4.
Expert classification: Racers who have met the advancement requirements in Section 2.4.
Applicants must provide proof of prior racing experience or a certificate indicating completion of an approved Riders School within the last three (3) years. Riders Schools are available at predetermined DRO events and will be required at the New Rider Directors discretion.
Current Professional and Expert licenses in good standing from the following organizations, when accompanied by proof of competition in at least one Roadracing event within the last three years, will be honored as DRO expert qualifications:
AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclists) AHRMA (American Hist. Racing M/C Assoc.)
AMA (American Motorcyclist Assoc.) ASMA (Arroyo Seco Motorcyclist Assoc.)
CMRA (Central Motorcycle Roadracing Assoc.) CMRRA (California Motorcycle RR Assoc.)
CRA (Central Roadracing Assoc.) CVMA (Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Assoc.)
FIM (As in FIM World Superbike) GLRRA (Great Lakes Roadracing Assoc.)
HRRC (Hallett Road Racing Assoc.) MARRC (Mid-Atlantic Roadracing Club)
MRA (Motorcycle Roadracing Assoc.) OMRRA (Oregon Motorcycle Roadracing Assoc.)
CCS (Championship Cup Series) SMRI (Sandia Motorcycle Racing Assoc.)
SSA (Southeastern Sportbike Assoc.) THRRA (Team Hawaii Road Racing Assoc.)
USBA (Utah Sport Bike Assoc.) WERA (Western-Eastern Roadracing Assoc.)
WMRRA (Washington Motorcycle Roadracing Assoc.) WSMC (Willow Springs Motorcycle Club)
Amateur and Novice licenses from these organizations will be considered for Amateur classification license experience and rider's school requirements at the discretion of the DRO New Rider Director.
DRO reserves the right to honor or refuse any organization's license(s).
2.4 RIDER ADVANCEMENT:
Advancement from Amateur to Expert can occur when any or all of the following requirements have been met, subject to approval by the New Rider Director:
Demonstration of a working knowledge of DRO safety information, such as race day format, equipment requirements, and the meanings of all corner worker and starter flags.
Demonstrated riding abilities in the areas of accelerating, braking, cornering, passing, and judgment.
Amateur riders that have an average lap time around the course equal to or faster than 113% of the fastest lap in the Expert class Point calculations for the purposes of advancing to expert will be applied prior to application of any penalties.
Denial of advancement may still occur, even if the above requirements have been met, based on the policies set forth in Section 5 or at the discretion of the New Rider Director.
Any appeals to the above criteria may be made to the DRO President and will be handled on an individual basis.
DRO reserves the right to deny advancement or revoke Expert license standing or to deal with unique situations on an individual basis.
Riders having held Expert racing credentials but who have not raced within the last three years must take a Riders School and will be evaluated by the New Rider Director and be classified as Novice or Expert accordingly.
SECTION 3 – ENTRIES:
- Pre-Entry registration must be accomplished online and payment received by DRO before 9pm of the Friday prior to each scheduled event.
- Post Entry registration will be available at the event.
- Onsite registration closes at 9:00pm for all events day before the event.
- All grid positions will be decided by entry sign up date and time for the first event. After the first event, grids will be based on points for the given class. If no points are obtained by the riders, rider will be gridded in order based on date of entry after racers with points.
- Grid sheets will be posted at registration by 1pm indicating row and position of each rider in each race. It is the responsibility of the rider to notify race officials if there is an error in the grid sheets within 30 minutes of posting. Changing of grid positions after 1pm will be only at the discretion of DRO officials. F. The fee schedule for races is as follows:
Track Day Fee Required
First race or a single rate per event - $30, 2nd race fee - $20.
- Refund Policies:
No cash refunds will be given at any DRO race event.
Pre Event credit requests must be received no later than close of registration for the event in question.
If a racer cannot participate in an entered race, he or she may apply for a credit voucher for a future race.
No credit will be granted if a racer enters the racetrack for the warm up lap or enters the racetrack during the race.
Credit vouchers will only be allowed for medical reasons and/or irreparable mechanical problems, unless DRO Officials approve special circumstances.
Credit vouchers may be given at any DRO race event. All credit vouchers require prior approval by the DRO Officials.
Credit Request form may be retrieved at Registration. Bring completed form and completed Race Entry Receipt to either the Race Director or Tech Inspection for notification and approval. They will sign the Credit Request form and that will serve as your credit form to be provided to Registration or online.
Any credit that is not used by the last event of the calendar year will be forfeited, with the exception of credit issued on the last race event of the year. These credits are valid for the first 3 months of the following season.
The racer MUST present the following items at Registration:
DRO Race license (OR one day pass if not a current DRO member)
Completed DRO Race Entry Form
Method of Payment or approved Race Entry Credit
DRO Officials reserve the right to postpone or cancel any race or race event. This decision is not subject to protest.
Section 4 - FLAGS and SIGNALS
Riders are required to comply with all instruction given by a DRO Official or member of the safety crew, regardless if they are verbal instructions or transmitted to the rider by use of flags as listed in this section. Failure to comply constitutes conduct detrimental to the sport and the Race Director/Referee will levy penalties in accordance with Section 11 of this rulebook. Any penalties or fines levied as a result of violating the rule will not be subject to protest or appeal.
- Green Flag: Indicates start of race or clear track conditions. During a race or practice session, the absence of any flag(s) may be construed as a green flag.
- Crossed Green and White Flag: Halfway point in race.
- Yellow Flag
- Stationary - Be alert; be prepared to slow down; be prepared to change your line. There may be a condition ahead that is not normal but there is no immediate hazard. Passing and high speed are allowed, but exercise caution.
- Waving - Danger ahead. Slow down and maintain your line. No passing is allowed from the flag stations displaying the waving yellow flag until the rider is safely beyond the incident. Riders who violate this rule may be assessed a one lap penalty at the discretion of the referee. This penalty is not subject to protest.
- Blue Flag: A blue flag indicates you are about to be overtaken. If you are shown this flag, yield the racing line to the faster rider(s) that are approaching. It’s important to keep an eye out and be cautious as to not cause an accident.
- Black Flag: Unsafe equipment. The black flag is shown when a specific motorcycle presents a serious safety hazard (e.g. smoke, leaking fluids, dangling parts). If you are shown a black flag, get your motorcycle off of the racing surface as soon as you can safely do so. Do not complete your lap. Wait for instructions from a track official. Failure to properly respond to a Black Flag will result in immediate disqualification. Penalties levied as a result of this infraction are not subject to protest or appeal.
- White Flag: One lap remaining.
- Red Flag: Session or race has been stopped. There is immediate danger on the racetrack. All riders must signal (with hand or leg signals) that they are no longer racing, then reduce speed, safely complete their lap and return to the pits. No passing is allowed from the flag stations displaying the red flag to the track exit.
- Checkered Flag: End of session or race. Complete your lap and return to the pits.
Section 5 – RIDER CONDUCT
- All participants must assess for themselves the facility, organization, safety measures, weather conditions, and any other considerations regarding the risk of competition at any given event. Participation indicates an assumption of all risks involved.
- The use of intoxicants or drugs of any nature which could affect the mental or physical abilities of any participant from his/her normal capabilities when in good mental and physical health are strictly prohibited. Failure to comply will result in punitive action up to or including a fine, one-year suspension, and removal from the track. All racers may be subject to drug testing. Failure to submit to testing procedures, or failure to pass the tests, will result in punitive action up to and including a fine and one-year suspension.
- Each rider is responsible for the behavior and action of any personnel, either family or crew, who is attached to his/her racing effort. Any punitive actions required for crew behavior will be levied against the rider.
- It is the responsibility of every competitor to notify race officials of any medical condition, which may be worsened by participation at that particular event. Permission to compete following such notification does not create an assumption of liability on the part of the officials or sanctioning body.
- All riders must sign an official entry form and release for each event, and no rider may practice or compete without such signature. Participation of any kind that results in an unregistered rider participating on the track in either a practice or a race event will result in punitive action against all parties involved including up to a $1000 fine and one-year suspension.
- Physical violence or abuse of any other person within the boundaries of the racetrack facility will result in immediate suspension, a fine, and possible prosecution through local law enforcement agencies.
- Dishonored checks may be cause for a fine and immediate suspension from further competition. Fines will be $35 and suspensions may continue until the dishonored check is redeemed. Check writing privileges will be withdrawn from chronic offenders or those who prove to be reluctant to quickly redeem any outstanding balances.
- No obscene language or images will be displayed on the rider, motorcycle, or equipment while on the track premises. A rider displaying obscene language or images will be required to remove or cover the offending objects before he/she is allowed to participate.
SECTION 6 - RACE
6.1 RACE LENGHT:
DRO reserves the right to introduce heat races or timed sessions as qualifiers for the main events as necessary.
DRO also reserves the right to combine multiple classes into one race as necessary.
DRO officials may, at their discretion and with or without consultation with event entrants, modify the number of laps or length of time for any event when, in their sole opinion, conditions warrant.
The number of laps or lengths of time specified for the events listed below are nominal.
Races are 6-8 laps.
Unlimited is 8 Laps
Middleweight is 6 Laps
- Three calls will be made prior to the start of each race. Each call will identify the upcoming race and either First, Second, or Third/Final Call. (These calls will also be used to announce practice sessions.)
- First Call – approximately 5 minutes until the start of the warm up lap.
- Second Call – Approximately 3 minutes until the start of the warm up lap.
- Third/Final Call – Approximately 1 minutes until the start of the warm up lap.
- One minute after Third/Final call is announced, the Pit Out will signal riders in the staging area onto the track for a warm-up lap. If a rider does not report to the staging area in within one minute after Third/Final call, the rider must report directly to the Track Marshall. The Track Marshall may allow the late rider to enter the track after all bikes have completed the warm up lap and commenced gridding. The late rider may enter the track and be gridded normally, but WILL NOT be allowed a warm-up lap.
- If a rider fails to make the start of their race, they may report to the Track Marshall and be allowed to participate and start from Pit exit. The Track Marshall may allow the late rider to enter the race in progress, but the rider will be docked the number of laps they missed in the final results.
- Riders must check grid positions at the track entrance. Riders who fail to verify their starting position before the Track Marshall signals the riders to enter the track may be required to wait until the field has gridded to enter the track.
- All motorcycles must come to a complete stop in their gridded positions before the starting procedures will begin. Riders who are not properly staged at the green flag will be assessed a stop and go penalty or a one lap penalty. A rider is considered staged if the front axle is behind, but no more than 18" behind, the designated row line and the front wheel is at a complete stop.
- Should an engine stall once the Race Starting Procedures have begun, the rider should wave to get the attention of the starter or a grid marshal. If possible, the rider will be given time to remove the motorcycle from the grid, and will then be given an opportunity to join the race once the field has left the grid.
- It is expressly prohibited for any rider to take a warm up lap for any race in which he/she is not an entrant.
- A jump-start is when a motorcycle’s front tire breaks the plane of the designated row line before the starter has signaled for the race to begin. Riders who are determined to have committed a jump-start will be assessed a stop and go or one lap penalty.
- If a rider jumps the start-before the starter has given the “go” signal, and the starter can halt the start procedure, the offender shall be moved to the back of the grid and the start sequence restarted.
- When a race is stopped (red flagged) it will be re-started using the original grid positions. All laps will be run after the re-start.
- A race lap is considered completed when the leader has crossed the start/finish line.
- A race is considered 50% complete when the leader has completed at least 50% of the race distance in whole laps. 50% of a race with an odd number of laps will be calculated by rounding up to the next whole number. (I.E. 50% of 15 laps is 7.5. Round up to 8).
- In the event that time constraints require shortening race distances no race will be called unless 4 continuous racing laps have been completed.
- Any race stopped with three or more of the laps completed, but before 50% of the race complete, will be re-started to complete the balance of the race distance.
- When more than 80% of the scheduled distance has been completed and the race is stopped, DRO officials may choose to call the race. If called, riders will be scored according to the positions held in the last completed lap that preceded the red flag.
- At the discretion of track officials, a rider or riders involved in an incident leading to or causing the red flag to be displayed may be scored as the last rider or riders to have completed the last lap scored for the purpose of determining finishing order. Also at the discretion of track officials, the rider(s) causing the red flag may not be allowed to compete in a re-started race.
- Any rider who is about to be lapped and appears to be deliberately blocking the lapping bike may be shown the black flag.
- A rider entered in a class may join the race after the race has started after being signaled onto the track by the Track Marshall.
- A rider may not rejoin the race on a different motorcycle if he/she has been on the racetrack during that race at any time after the green flag or green light was first displayed.
- If a motorcycle is unable to start a main event for which it qualified in a heat race, the rider may start the main event on a replacement motorcycle provided the replacement motorcycle meets the same class requirements as the qualifying motorcycle. In this situation, the rider must notify DRO Officials.
- If, for any reason, a rider is forced to stop on the track during a race, the rider is obligated to place the motorcycle on the track in such a manner as to cause NO danger or obstruction to other riders.
- Motorcycles may not be pushed while on the track except to remove them from a hazardous position to one of greater safety.
- If a motorcycle falls and its handlebar touch the pavement or ground it may not re-enter the track until the race is completed and permission to proceed back to the pits is given by a corner marshal or other track official.
- The motorcycle and rider's safety apparel must be re-inspected prior to competing in any further events.
- Any rider who crashes must be cleared by on site EMS personnel to be allowed to continue participation in the day’s events.
- Grid Positions – For each track, “Pole Position” will be placed on the most inside position on the front row.
6.3 Race Completion
A race consists of one or more classes running in a single competition. For purposes of scoring, classes running in a race are treated separately. However, for purposes of determining the end of the race, eligibility to complete a race, and designation as “Did Not Finish” (DNF) all motorcycles in a race, regardless of class, are considered as a single group and subject to the following:
- The race ends when the checkered flag is displayed to the lead motorcycle. This occurs:
- In a fixed lap event, when the lead motorcycle has completed the designated number of laps.
- In a timed event, the first time the lead motorcycle crosses the start/finish line after the designated amount of time has elapsed.
- When the checkered flag is displayed to the lead motorcycle, all motorcycles on the course and under power are allowed to complete their current lap and take the checkered flag. This final lap will be counted towards determining finishing position and number of laps completed. Motorcycles completing this final lap and taking the checkered flag are considered to have finished the race, regardless of the number of laps actually completed.
- When the checkered flag is displayed to the lead motorcycle, all motorcycles not on the course and/or not under power will be scored as DNF (Did Not Finish). Once the checkered flag is displayed to the lead motorcycle, motorcycles not on the course may not re-enter the course; further, motorcycles on the course but not under power may not re-start for the purpose of completing the final lap.
- A motorcycle is considered not “under power” when one or both of the rider’s feet are placed on the ground for the purpose of supporting or moving the motorcycle. 6.3.2 Finish Position
- For motorcycles under power at the end of a race, the finish position is determined by the total number of laps completed by each motorcycle. For motorcycles completing the same number of laps, the finish position is determined by the order in which the motorcycles crossed the start/finish line on their final lap.
- Motorcycles that Did Not Finish (DNF) will be positioned behind all motorcycles that did finish, regardless of the number of laps completed. Among motorcycles scored as DNF, the finish position is determined by the total number of laps completed by each motorcycle. For DNF motorcycles completing the same number of laps, the finish position is determined by the order in which the motorcycles crossed the start/finish line on their last complete lap.
6.4 Point Award Schedule
Points will be awarded according to the following schedule:
Pos: Points (Experts ONLY):
1st – 20 Points
2nd – 15 Points
3rd – 10 points
Riders who Did Not Start (DNS) will not be awarded points.
6.5 Points Classes
- Unlimited Expert points will accrue towards DRO top nine number plates for the following season. Points accrued in Unlimited is the ONLY way to earn to display a Top Nine numbers.
- All Other Classes will count towards the respective class championship.
- In the event that there is a tie for a championship, that tie will be broken based on the number of first place finishes in the class. If the tie is still not broken then 2nd place finishes, then 3rd place finishes etc. until the tie is broken.
Section 7 - ON TRACK REGULATIONS
- Riders must wear helmets on track surface at all times!
(As defined by 5.1.B)
- The responsibility for the decision to pass another rider rests with the overtaking rider, as does the obligation to do so safely.
- Any rider who appears to be deliberately blocking another motorcycle attempting to pass, or is observed to be riding dangerously will be penalized or disqualified. This is a judgment call by DRO officials and is not subject to protest.
- Should a rider leave the course, he/she must re-enter at the next safe location with no attempt to shorten the course or gain any advantage.
- If a motorcycle falls and its handlebar touches the pavement or ground it may not re-enter the track until the race is completed and permission to proceed back to the pits is given by a corner marshal or other track official.
- Upon completion of the event in which the fall occurred the motorcycle and rider's safety apparel must be re-inspected by a Tech inspector prior to continuing or competing in any further events.
- Any rider who crashes must be cleared by on site EMS personnel to be allowed to continue participation in the day’s events.
- Hand/Leg Signals:
- Before entering the pits from the track, the rider should signal by raising their left arm or extending left leg.
- If a rider's encounters a problem and slows significantly, the rider shall signal by raising their left arm or left leg and proceed to a position safely away from the race lines.
- It is expressly prohibited to ride or push a motorcycle against traffic on the track unless directed to do.
- Disrespect or non-compliance with instructions of Corner Workers or DRO Officials will not be tolerated. These officials are responsible for hazardous areas around the racecourse and are in position for racers' safety. VIOLATIONS IN THIS MATTER ARE GROUNDS FOR LEVIED FINES AND/OR SUSPENSION.
- Any racers that ignore waving flag signals will be Black Flagged for a one lap penalty. If a racer consistently ignores waving flag areas, racing privileges will be denied and penalties and/or fines assessed.
- Any rider ignoring standing or waving flags during a practice session may be fined and/or suspended.
Section 8: PIT
- All flammable liquids must be stored in appropriate containers.
- All riders are responsible for the collection of waste fluids in appropriate containers and the disposal of waste fluids at a proper site. Dumping waste oil, gas, or antifreeze at the track is not allowed.
- A fire extinguisher must be readily available at each pit. Failure to comply may result in a $20 fine.
- Each pit area must be policed for debris before leaving for the day. Failure to comply will result in a $20 pit cleanup fee.
- Pets must be leashed and under control at all times. DRO officials reserve the right to remove vicious or uncontrolled pets from the track.
- When riding any machine in the pit area, speed shall not exceed 10 mph. All vehicles must be operated in a safe and controlled manner. Failure to comply may result in a $20 fine.
- All minors (under 16 years of age), including racers, must be under strict adult supervision at all times in the Pit area.
- No intoxicants or drugs, which could affect the mental or physical abilities, may be used in the Pit area during the race event while the track is hot. Violators will be escorted out of the Pit area and pit pass will be revoked. Racers are subject to DRO alcohol and drug policies.
- All persons are required to sign a release waiver before they will be allowed into the Pit area or areas.
Section 9 -
TECHNICAL INSPECTION AND SAFETY
9.1 General Safety Requirements: A. The following is a set of standards that will be in effect at all events for both riders and motorcycles:
- The rider bears the responsibility of presenting a motorcycle to in initial Tech Inspection in conformance with all requirements!
- All motorcycles and rider safety equipment must pass inspection by the DRO Technical Staff before participating in any practice session, race, or school. The primary emphasis of the inspection is race worthiness of the equipment used and that potential failure points are guarded or will fail-safe. Application of a Technical Inspection Approval Sticker does not imply compliance with class requirements.
- The burden of complying with the rules regarding class suitability and technical requirements rests with the entrant. E. It is the rider’s responsibility to seek approval of the Technical Inspector for any areas in question.
- The DRO Technical Staff reserves the right to inspect any race motorcycle or rider apparel or equipment at any time during race day for compliance to DRO technical standards and may revoke the Technical Inspection Approval Sticker of any motorcycle at any time during the race day. The DRO Technical Staff also reserves the right to perform class suitability inspections, including inspection of internal engine and transmission components at any time during the race day. Technical Inspection and passing of Technical Inspection in no way implies motorcycle or entrant has passed a safety inspection. Damage that in any way endangers rider safety must be repaired prior to starting or continuing any further practice or competition.
- Motorcycles with no Technical Inspection Approval Sticker observed on the racetrack will be black-flagged.
- Any motorcycle or rider’s safety apparel involved in a crash will be subject to re-inspection prior to resuming track use.
- Damage that in any way could endanger the rider or any other participants safety must be repaired before the motorcycle will be allowed to re-enter the track.
- Motorcycles with damage or modifications that in any way endanger the Technical Inspector in the performance of his/her duties may automatically fail the inspection. Some examples of this are: Safety wire that has not been tucked under; pegs or levers with sharp edges; sharp edges on windshields or fairings; etc. These conditions may also warrant a fine.
- DRO reserves the right to deny track riding privileges if any motorcycle is deemed unsafe by the DRO Technical Inspector, even if it meets the requirements below.
- IT IS THE RACER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO LOCATE AN AUTHORIZED TECHNICAL INSPECTOR.
Racing is dangerous. The Technical Inspection Staff will not approve any racer whose equipment or apparel is considered hazardous. Racers must bring the following items to Technical Inspection:
- Rider Equipment -
- Leathers - Pants and jacket of leather in good condition with padding on the knees, elbow, and shoulders. Separate pants and jackets must be joined with zipper(s) to create the equivalent of a one-piece suit. Note: Knee sliders must not be made of a material that produces sparks when sliding on the pavement.
- Hard Back protectors - Back protector MUST be worn at all times when on the track.
- Boots - Leather footwear at least 8" in height and in good condition.
- Gloves - Must be designed for motorcycle road racing with full protection for the palms, fingers, and wrists.
- Helmets – Must have a current Snell, DOT, or EU equivalent certification. Must also be free from any structural damage and have eye protection free from visual impairments.
- Helmets SHALL be no more than 5 years old.
- DRO Gate Entry Wristband (Proof of waiver compliance and gate fee)
- Riders will not be allowed to enter the track surface without a tech sticker on their motorcycle. This may be verified by the Track Marshall and entrance to the racetrack denied. Riders observed riding on the track without a tech sticker may be black-flagged.
The following items will be checked at Technical Inspection at the discretion of the DRO Technical Staff. The rider bears the responsibility of presenting a motorcycle in workmanlike condition (aka: clean) and in conformance with all requirements! Fully prepared and reasonably clean race bike. Motorcycles with fairings shall have the lower fairing or belly-pan removed so the Tech Inspector can check the oil filter and plug.
9.3.1 Number Display
- Numbers will be assigned by DRO and remain the property of DRO. Numbers may be reassigned at any time without notice.
- All Expert competitors will use black numbers on a white background. Novices will use black numbers as specified above, but the numbers shall be on a yellow background.
Background and numbers must be as large as possible. Numbers should be easily read 30 meters from the front and 30 meters from either side of the bike.
- Novice class riders or Experts may use up to 3 digit numbers.
- Rider must display his/her DRO assigned racing number during all DRO races and DRO sanctioned or sponsored practices. Exceptions to this rule must be approved prior to Pre-Grid. If you are not awarded approval, and you race, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED and points will be forfeited for that race.
- If a rider’s race license is not renewed before the close of pre-registration for the first race of the following season that rider’s race number will be available for reassignment.
- Race numbers 1-10 are reserved for the top ten in the previous season’s Formula Arizona season championship. Racers who elect to utilize a top ten number will have their regular number held in reserve during the time they use the top-ten number.
- Final approval of number display will rest with the Technical Inspectors
- Fork stops functional. Fork legs and handlebars must not touch the frame or gas tank. Steering Stabilizer cannot be utilized as a Steering limiting device.
- Fork seals in good condition and not leaking.
- Steering dampers are strongly suggested, but not required.
- Levers and pedals must be in good condition. Levers must have a ball end at least ½ inch in diameter. Pedals that have been broken and have sharp edges will not be accepted.
- Center and side stands must be removed.
- Shark Guard must be installed to prevent entry of foot into sprocket chain interface.
- A Lever guard is required for the front brake lever.
9.3.3 Wheels and Tires:
- Spokes tight.
- Rims straight.
- Tread depth must be greater than wear indicator height.
- Sidewalls must not have cracks, cuts, or threads showing.
- Metal valve caps with O-ring seals installed.
- No cracks in wheel castings.
- Axle nuts must be secured by safety wire, or castellated nuts secured with cotter pins or hitch pins. Hitch pin or "hair pin" clips must be safety wired closed. Self-locking nuts alone are acceptable.
- Wheel weights must be covered by duct tape or equivalent.
- Chain must be properly adjusted and in good condition.
- Sprockets must be in good condition and show no abnormal wear or chain slippage.
9.3.4 Brake System:
All motorcycles must have operational front and rear brakes.
- Pads must show wear groove or 1.5mm of pad material.
- Master cylinder must be covered and secured by a secondary retainer. For master cylinder reservoirs with covers attached by screws, the screws must have duct tape over them. Ensure the bladder vents are not obstructed. For remote master cylinder reservoirs, the screw-on cap must have a locking screw or be secured by duct tape.
- Cables and/or hoses in good condition.
- Brake torque arm bolts must be secured by safety wire, cotter pins or other approved means. Self-locking nuts alone are not acceptable.
- All engine, transmission, and final drive unit filler caps, drain plugs and dipsticks must be safety wired. For two-stroke bikes, transmission detents must be safety wired.
- Oil filter or oil filter cover bolts safety wired. Spin-on oil filters may be secured by attaching a metal clamp and safety wiring the clamp.
- Oil, fuel, and coolant lines must be tight and leak-free. All oil, fuel, and coolant carrying hoses or lines must be secured at all connecting points by clips, clamps, safety wire, or other approved means.
- Fuel and heat resistant catch cans or bottles must be fitted to engine crankcase breathers or routed to the air box. If routed to the air box then any air box drains must be sealed.
- All open water vents must be routed into belly pan or approved catch can.
- Motorcycles with gas tank vent hoses must have the hoses routed to the belly pan, an approved catch can, or have an in-line one-way valve that will prevent gas from leaking out of the hose.
- The motorcycle must not show any sign of coolant or oil leaks. Seeping gaskets may be allowed at the Tech Inspector’s discretion, but the engine shall not – under any circumstances - leak any fluid onto the ground.
- Neat and clean. Motorcycles that are excessively dirty or show potentially dangerous bodywork damage or substandard repairs or modifications will not be approved.
- All work, modifications, or maintenance must be secure and not present a hazard to the rider or track officials.
- Fairings must be mounted in at least three locations. Bodywork, windscreens, or streamlining must not enclose the rider from the side and/or above while in a normal riding position.
- Bodywork capable of retaining 4 Liters of fluid should be affixed to all 4 stroke motorcycles. Strongly prefer "Belly Pans".
- Bodywork damaged during a given event need not be replaced during the remainder of that particular race weekend, provided there is no safety compromise. Final approval rests with the Tech Inspector.
- Rear fender or seat must extend to the rear of a line drawn vertically through the rear axle.
- No streamlining may be attached to the rider. (Including Helmet fins, UNLESS OEM).
- Exhaust system tight; mufflers/megaphones secure - removable baffles safety wired.
- Exhaust system must not extend beyond the rear wheel.
- All motorcycles must have a self-closing throttle with smooth operation and no binding.
- All motorcycles must have an operational handlebar-mounted kill switch or button.
- Optional - All lights must be removed.
- License plate must be removed.
- Optional - Brake and taillights must be removed.
- Optional - All turn signals, luggage racks, and mirrors must be removed.
- Case guards or reinforced covers are required on all models with wet cases. (Wet cases will release fluids if cracked or worn away)
- After-market or relocated original equipment oil coolers must be securely mounted in a protected area. All connections must be safety wired or otherwise secured by approved means.
- Cooling system may only contain water and approved additives (Water Wetter, etc.). No ethylene glycol-based additives will be allowed. For the purpose of this rulebook, motorcycles that use engine oil as a primary cooling fluid are considered to be air-cooled.
- A DRO decal must be displayed on both sides of the bike at least axle line high or higher. (Subject to availability)
- Safety wire must be routed and secured in a way that does not present a hazard to others.
- If a bolt is flush mounted, silicone may be used in place of safety wire.
Displacement Breakdown: Maximum allowed displacement listed by engine configuration
- Unlimited for all configurations.
for all 4 cylinder engines.
- 799cm³ for all 3 cylinder engines.
- 900cm³ for all 2 cylinder engines.
- 1000cm³ for all single cylinder engines.
*** NOTE ***
Do not over twist your safety wire! The standard is 8 - 12 twists per inch for .032 diameter safety wire. Any more than that weakens the wire and could cause it to break under stress. Safety wire should always be installed so that tension is in the tightening direction. Proper safety wire installation is critical and one of the most important safety preparations for a race bike. If you are unsure how to properly safety wire your motorcycle, get help from an experienced racer or ask Tech Inspection.
Section 10 – PROTESTS
10.1 The basic types of protests are:
- Scoring and/or Race Operations.
- Class suitability - visual discrepancies
- Class suitability - internal discrepancies
10.2 Inspection Covenants
By entering an event, each rider agrees to make each motorcycle on which he or she starts or joins a race available for inspection by the DRO Technical Inspection staff, whether the inspection is initiated by another rider entered in the class, or initiated by DRO officials. The rider agrees to keep his or her motorcycle available for protests or re-inspection for 45 minutes after leaving the racetrack in each class entered, and if such protest or re-inspection is ordered, for whatever time is necessary to complete the appropriate inspections. The rider further agrees to immediately make his/her motorcycle available for and to submit to inspection procedures involving disassembly of the motorcycle and collection of samples of fluids, materials, and parts at the event when requested by DRO officials or designated officials.
The rider has the right to be present, together with one additional person of his or her choosing, and to perform disassembly in the presence of and as requested by DRO officials, as well as to require that the DRO perform the disassembly.
The DRO has the right to retain samples of fluids, materials and parts for up to 60 days. The rider assumes all responsibility for conserving items disassembled, for all damages occurring during disassembly, and for appropriate re-assembly. With the consent of the rider, DRO officials may impound the motorcycle for later inspection at a mutually agreed on time and place.
Failure to comply with these covenants may result in fines, suspensions, and forfeiture of all class points for the season, as well as the upholding of the protest(s) received. DRO officials may assess more severe penalties for failure to comply with these covenants than would be assessed if a protest were upheld or the motorcycle were found to not be in compliance with the applicable rules, standards and/or limits.
10.3 Procedures and Policies
- Protests will not be accepted regarding safety or procedure violations by another competitor. These violations will only be acted upon at the instigation of officials and when there is confirmation by an official that the violation took place.
- Protests will not be accepted on decisions of officials (Corner Marshals, Starter, Scorekeepers, and Tech personnel, as well as elected officers of the organization) with respect to the interpretation of DRO rules as they pertain to race procedures. Such decisions include, but are not limited to, the line up of the motorcycles, the start of the race, the control of the motorcycles, the election to stop or delay a race, the position of motorcycles on re-starts, and the assessment of lap penalties.
- All protests must be delivered in writing to an official within the time limits outlined below. Protests requiring a fee must be accompanied by the appropriate funding in cash or certified check.
- Protests must be delivered within 30 minutes of the posting of the race results.
Protests will not be considered after the 30-minute period has elapsed and results will be considered final.
- The written protest must specify the rules or procedures that are in question, to include page number and item number from this rulebook. Scoring protests must be in writing, but do not need rulebook references.
- Protests among participants are limited to those entered within the same class.
- Protests regarding equipment, which do not require any mechanical disassembly, as well as protests of race operations, do not require payment of a fee.
- Scoring protests must be made in writing and accompanied by a $25 protest fee.
- Should a scoring protest be upheld, the fee would be returned to the protesting rider.
- Class suitability protests concerning internal discrepancies initiated by a competitor require payment of fees as follows:
- Protests requiring removal of one or more cylinder heads, four cycle engine $200.
- Protests requiring removal of cylinder head(s), two cycle $50/head. Protests requiring removal of one or more cylinder heads and cylinders $275.
- Protests requiring removal of cylinder head(s), cylinder(s), and disassembly of engine cases, or other internal engine components $325.
- Once made, a protest may not be withdrawn without permission of a DRO Official.
- Should the protest be upheld, the protesting rider would be refunded the protest fee.
- Should the protest be denied, the protested rider would be awarded the protest fee.
- Any legitimate expense to which a DRO Official may be put, which includes labor costs incurred for removal of engine components, as a result of the protest must be paid by the protesting party, and a deposit may be demanded in advance. If the protest is upheld, however, the protested party must reimburse such costs.
- It is the responsibility of the protested party to produce documentation regarding specifications of his/her motorcycle for use in determining class suitability. Such documentation must be produced within three days of notification to the protested party or the protest will be upheld.
- Participants in inspections as a result of class suitability protests are limited to the protesting rider, the protested rider, the Technical Inspectors, the DRO Official, and a representative of either of the riders involved.
- The officials receiving the protest must sign it and note the time in writing.
- DRO Officials will make the decision regarding any protest.
- DRO Officials will make a decision regarding the penalty to be levied in the event of an upheld protest.
- Appeals may be made as to the official's decision(s) in a protest as well as the penalties imposed. U. Within a period of 60 minutes following the decision on a protest, either the protesting rider or protested rider must give notice if he/she is exercising his/her right to an appeal.
- Should the option to appeal be exercised, those awards that may be affected will be withheld, pending a final decision on the appeal.
- Appeals must be delivered at the race day, or mailed to DRO with a U.S. Government postal mark no later than 48 hours from the time of decision on the protest. All appeals must be accompanied with cash or certified funds in the amount of $50. Within 10 days of the appeal, the appellant and the DRO officials involved in the protest decision must file statements and documents pertaining to their position on the matter. All filings are to be made to the DRO Board of Directors.
- Within two weeks of the appeal, the DRO Board of Directors shall return a decision on the appeal.
- The decision of the Board is considered the final word on the matter. The decision is binding to all parties.
- If the appeal is turned down, the $50 fee will be forfeited. If the appeal is upheld, the fee will be returned.
DRO Officials reserve the right to subject any rider or motorcycle to any article in Section 11 without fees.
Section 11 - PENALTIES
- Unless penalties are otherwise expressly provided for in this rulebook, DRO Officials may disqualify or suspend any rider for the remainder of the event for any violation of the rules of competition, insubordination, or any other conduct detrimental to the event. In addition, fines ranging from $25 to $1,000 may be levied. Fined riders are barred from further competition pending payment of the fine, unless there is an appeal in process.
- Penalty for license applications, loan of license to another party, participation in fraudulent use of credentials, including loaning of a license or associate membership card(s) for gaining access to an event or for member discounts, shall be cause for suspension of at least one year.
- Violations of class suitability rules will be penalized at the discretion of DRO Officials and may result in fines, suspensions, or disqualifications, but none of those particular penalties should be considered automatic. Minor violations will be dealt with in a different manner than serious violations.
- Upon entering a motorcycle in any DRO class, the rider is responsible for their motorcycle meeting class requirements. If at any time the entered motorcycle is found to be illegal for the entered class, the rider will forfeit points and monies earned in that class for that day, and all points earned previously that year in that same class.
- Violations of technical and safety requirements judged by DRO Officials to gain a performance advantage will result in the rider forfeiting points and monies earned in that class for that day, and all points earned previously that year in that same class. Violations judged to not result in a performance advantage will results in fines and/or suspension.
- Penalties assessed monetarily must be paid prior to participating in any DRO sanctioned event, regardless of when the penalty was assessed.
- All fines must be paid in cash or credit before the fined racer may continue in any present or future events.
4.5 DRO Official Track Lap Records
DRO Track Lap Records are the fastest single lap time at a given venue by any motorcycle in a race.
There will be only one Track Record per venue. The Track Record shall be recorded by transponder assisted lap timers. DRO Officials must verify Track Records and the rider must have another lap time within 1% of the fastest lap in that race.
By signing up for an event - Riders agree to the rules outlined above. It is rider responsibility to be educated on all requirements outlined above.