OCCRA News

Update on Mini Riders and Number Reservations

First, scoring would like us to relay that if you did not receive a response to your number reservation, it may be because your number selection(s) were already reserved or you did not choose the correct number for your class.  Please review this article for the links to see what numbers match your desired class and which numbers are already taken.  If you are unsure of what to pick, please contact scoringdirector@occra.com.  And, please send THREE choices for your number.  Putting the same number three times doesn’t help if that number is already taken by somebody else.

Now on to minis…the scoring team and mini directors analyzed last year’s mini riders compiled a list of class assignments for minis and noted riders who have “aged out” of a division.  Some of you have already registered, but the majority have not.  The riders were analyzed similar to how the adults were analyzed, so a few were placed “backwards” in a division.  A rider does not have to move back, though, and can elect to stay in the class up.  Please review the list below:

FCA MX/Offroad Discount Coupons Available

***UPDATE – BOTH COUPONS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED***

Gene Thomas, director of the FCA Oklahoma program, has informed me that two $100 gift certificates are available to use for the 2017 FCA camp.  He would like to offer them to someone that plans to attend the camp this year.  If you haven’t heard about the FCA MX/Offroad camp, it’s held at Fry Lake over the summer and brings together awesome training from skilled riders with fellowship.

Read more about FCA MX/Offroad on their homepage or Facebook page.

Change of Venue for Round 2

We would like to notify you of a change of venue for Round 2.  Due to a scheduling conflict that arose, we will not be racing at the Ninnekah location this season.  Instead, we are going to head west to a crowd favorite track – Buckhorn Track & Trail in Ada. Jupie’s place is always a great place to ride and has plenty of spectator access and good camping spots.  Stay tuned for updates about track layout, etc.  So revise your calendars and we’ll see you at Ada for Round 2.

Skiatook Track Preview

Who is ready for round 1 at Williams Ranch in Skiatook? Cole Williams took the time to give us a track preview compete with his signature running start. Thanks to Cole, Ty Richardson, Clint Cranford, Brian Knepshield and David Brown fit putting in the work to get us a fresh new look at Skiatook. According […]

Husqvarna Contingency & Ajax Signup

We are very excited to announce that OCCRA has been chosen to be included in the 2017 Husqvarna contingency program!  If you ride one of those awesome Husky machines or are considering a new ride for 2017, you will definitely want to check out Husqvarna as they have put together some amazing 2 and 4 strokes designed exactly for our style of racing.

Pit Bike Racing in 2017

Calling all big kids with little bikes!  Did you know that OCCRA will be adding four pit bike classes to the Saturday Short Course bike race this spring?  That’s right, you can now take that mini dirt bike back away from your kid and ride it yourself!  Just kidding, of course, we don’t want you snatching your young racer’s race machine, but we do have a place for you to bring your own mini moto for some offroad racing action!  Minimum age is 16 to race these classes – these classes are for the big kids!

The pit bike classes will consist of:

  • Outlaw – The craziest of the crazy!  This class is for the highly modded bikes with a maximum 14″ front/12″ rear wheel.
  • Mad Dog – We’re talking air cooled, slightly larger wheels allowed (max 19″ front/16″ rear) and a few normal bike mods.
  • 12 inch – This is the larger-wheel option for the stock bikes.  Think KLX/DRZ/CRF/TTR 110/90 with no mods.
  • 10 inch – If you really like being close to the ground, here’s the class for you.  This class is designed around CRF/Z50, DRZ50, TTR50, and alike bikes with no modification.

So what are you waiting for?  Drag those mini bikes out and sign up on Saturday for 30 minutes of good clean fun.  We’re running this as a 3-round trial series so we’re looking for riders to make sure it “takes” for the whole season.  Get all of the finer details on the classes page.

Possible Tariff on Euro Motorcycles – Action Needed!

Take a look at this American Motorcyclist Association article about bill that may impact your ability to purchase European made motorcycles in the future. This could hurt you as the consumer and also our local brick and mortar dealers like Ajax Motorsports and Honda of Tulsa (and all the others that carry euro brands).  There’s a link in the article to send a message and make your voice heard.

http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/News-Story/whats-the-beef-with-motorcycles

Twilight Team and UTV Mini Series

Did you know that we will be hosting a two-race mini series for evening bike teams, quad teams and UTVs?  Races will be held after practice on Saturday at HOTT and Lone Tree Ranch.  UTVs will run first with the team races held afterward.  The team races may run into the night, so headlights are recommended!  Check out the page below for the details.  If you’re interested in participating (particularly UTV racers), please fill out the form on the details page so we can judge what classes we will need.

More Information

Twilight Team & UTV Mini-Series

OCCRA Race Team Challenge

Ok guys and gals, we’ve decided to add a little extra fun and challenge to the 2017 race season.  For the 2017 season, we’re holding a race team challenge where you assemble a team of ace riders and then try to finish the best you can throughout the season.  At the end of the season, the race teams that end up with the highest points totals will be awarded with special awards and prizes!  There is a cost to enter the challenge and it’s totally for fun (well and the rewards and spoils of winning as a team)!  Your team can have be all kids, all adults, a mix of kids and adults, quads, bikes, a mix of quads and bikes…well you get the idea!  Visit the page linked below for all little details and to sign your team up.

So who has the right strategy to put together a winning race team?

OCCRA Race Team Challenge

Early Membership Sign-Ups

Hello race fans!  We have two early sign-up events scheduled in Oklahoma City and Tulsa!  Ajax Motorsports and Honda of Tulsa have generously allowed us to invade their retail space to get an early start on the 2017 season.  At early sign-up, you can turn in your membership, pick a number, and ask all the questions you would like.  If you have some friends or family that are interested in racing, send them our way and we’ll answer all their questions!

Number Reservations Now Open!

Number reservation for the 2017 season is now open!  Get your number locked in now.  Don’t forget that numbers are held until you either 1) join as a member at an early sign-up or through the mail, or 2) by racing the first race.  After the first race, numbers are release back to the wild!! Visit the membership page, to download the form and review the ways to join up.  We have an exciting season in store and look forward to seeing you all at round 1 at Williams Ranch in Skiatook!

A few articles to help you out…

A and B: http://www.occra.com/2016/12/23/class-reorganization/
X: http://www.occra.com/2017/01/09/quad-division-class-placement/

See OCCRA classes and requirements at http://www.occra.com/classes. There are several new classes including pit bike classes and youth short course quad and, of course, there were changes to A, B and X as outlined in the articles above.  In case you didn’t hear…A, B and X races are now 1 hour and 45 minutes in length.

Finally, check the membership lists from 2016 and 2017 by clicking here and submit THREE unique number choices. We will make every effort to approve your first choice!

Summary of Changes for the 2017 Season

This post will outline some of the notable changes for the 2017 season.

Race Length Increased to 1 Hour and 45 Minutes

The A, B and X races have been increased in length from 90 minutes to 105 minutes (1 hour and 45 minutes).  This was a compromised solution to the request that the A race be extended to 2 hours.  By extending each of these races by 15 minutes, we are effectively allowing our last lines to be able to race closer to 1.5 hours.  Currently, it is often the case that later rows in A, B and X only race 1 hour and 20 minutes or so.  For informational purposes, the timing of the white flag is determined by taking the time of the leader’s first lap and subtracting it from the race length.  The checkered flag is thrown at exactly 1 hour and 45 minutes.

OCCRA Fly Contingency

Sign UP for Fly/WPS Contingency

The 2017 Fly/WPS contingency form is now online in the “Series Info” menu.  This is a great program, that for many riders, will almost pay for your gear for the next race season.  Go to the link below and download the form…it has all the information you need about the program and we highly encourage you to read it all the way through so you know what gear to buy and how to submit the form.  Also, don’t forget that if you make any changes throughout the year (like class, etc.), then you need to update Fly so that your Fly Bucks aren’t affected!

2017 Contingency

Quad Division Class Placement

Hello quad racers.  As you all know, we did a speed evaluation of the bike long course classes and placed riders according to their speed.  Quinton, Drew, and Cole went through the same process for our long course ATV racers.  In this reorganization, the age-based classes were removed to distribute riders between open classes.  The reasoning behind this change is that the number of riders that compete in the quad division simply does not support the number of classes in that division.  However, the officers reserved the 400-499X range of numbers to leave the potential to re-introduce additional classes should the need arise the future for additional open classes or even reintroduction of age based classes.  So the long and short of it is, please bring your friends and let’s build the ATV racer numbers!  In the short term, the classes are designed to meet the same goals as the bike reorganization to increase competition.  If you haven’t read that article yet, please at least read the first part of it so that you know how we approached the realignment and what our reasoning and goals were.

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Rocky Mountain Fantasy Supercross

Attention Supercross Fans!

We have created a group for the 2017 supercross season so we can have a little fun and see who really knows their riders or at least can make some good, educated guesses!

Click the link for fantasy SX and then join the RMFantasySX group: “OCCRA”.  The group is open so everyone is welcome.

It’s free to join and exciting to play! It’s easy to sign up; use this link www.rmfantasysx.com to create an account and start competing!

Good luck everyone!

A and B Class Reorganization for 2017

OCCRA is excited to announce a class realignment affecting pretty much all riders that are racing in the A and B bike races. This was a ground up overhaul that used mathematical methods to rate each riders speed and then rank riders based on their speed to find much more suitable competition for everyone. The classes most affected are the expert level classes and all non-age based classes. We know there will be lots of questions so we have tried to summarize our strategy below. Let it just be known that we did not take this task lightly and we would not be doing it if we did not think it was to benefit of the club as a whole. I urge you to fully read through the details before you throw any harsh judgments.  There is a lot of information here, but please take the time to read through it.

Banquet & End of Season Details

There are just a couple of weeks left until we get together for the 2016 member meeting and banquet.  Congratulations to all of our finishers for the 2016 season – a couple of classes came right down to the wire, and it’s always fun to see those play out.

As for the banquet, we’re going to do our best to keep everything moving at a fast pace!  Awards are important, but people keep reminding us that Anaheim 1 supercross is too!

Don’t forget to show up a little early for the member meeting and early sign-ups.  There are several rule proposals on the table, and you can get a sneak preview of those proposals here.

The details…

Date: January 7, 2016
Member Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchases: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2017 Membership Sign-Up: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
Banquet: 5:45 p.m.

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Welcome 2017 Officers

We are excited to announce the 2017 officer corps.  These individuals have stepped up and volunteered their time and talents so that we can all have a fun place to race our dirt bikes and ATVs.
President: Greg Shepherd
Vice President: Billy Beer
Race Director: Benny Darnell
Track Director: Quinton Cranford
Assistant Track Director: Jason LaHood
Scoring Director: Shane Apple
Scoring Coordinator: Drew Richardson
Work Director: Benny Darnell
Co-Mini Director: Mary Doughty
Co-Mini Director: Russell Doughty
Equipment Manager: Tanner Collins
Webmaster: Lauren Durbin
Assistant Webmaster: K. Erik Hoopes
We would also like to recognize David Brown and Brad Spiva for offering to help with track construction.  Building a track is a huge task and we welcome additional volunteers to help Quinton and Russell with building our main and mini tracks.  If we could get a couple of volunteers for each location, that would really help ease the load on our track builders.  Just let us know if you can help out.

Training Wheels and Headlights at Ada (Round 12)

I am going to skip ahead for just a moment and talk about Round 12…just because you might want to do some preparation. 🙂 We have two fun events returning for Round 12 at Ada.

**Kids Training Wheels Race** – Team Doughty (Mary Doughty and Russell Doughty) are putting on a training wheels race for the youngsters. They will have a super short course laid out near the scoring area and the race will be held after practice.

**Night Race** – Get your headlights and crazy LED lights ready because the night race is back! The race will be a team bike race – 2 riders per team. $15/rider. The race will be held for 1 hour on the short course. Minimum displacement 85cc and minimum age is 12 with guardian permission.

So make your plans now for a little extra fun at our last event of the 2016 season!

Passing and Being Passed Etiquette

So I’ve been reading through race reports from Gruber and I keep running across a recurring theme – passing etiquette. As you all know, unlike other types of racing, we operate on a fairly narrow track and we’re also participating in a race with other folks of a wide range of skill and speed.

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