MOTOAMERICA 101

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO...

GENERAL EVENT SCHEDULE:

Each round will have specific set times for when on track activities occure. On event weekends, a schedule can be found on the front page. Typicaly the weekend goes as follows:

FRIDAY – Practice and Qualifying for all classes

Saturday – Qualifying and Superpole in the morning followed with the first round of races in the afternoon

Sunday – Morning Warm-Up sessions, an extended lunch break with autograph and open pitlane walk, with an afternoon of Races.

  • Flags
  • Championship and Classes
  • Terminology

In MotoAmerica, as in most forms of motorsports racing, a system of flags and lights is utilized by Race Control to inform the riders of specific situations on the track. There are 10 individual flags used by MotoAmerica, which are described below:

GREEN - Start of race or clear track conditions. End of no overtaking zone after a yellow. Green lights are also used.

CHECKERED - End of race, practice or qualifying session.

WHITE - Final lap of race. Showed at the start line only.

YELLOW - Stationary: Potentially hazardous situation near the race course, proceed with caution, no passing allowed until the next green flag. Yellow lights are also used.
Waving: Serious hazardous situation on track, proceed with caution, passing not allowed until the next green flag. Flashing yellow lights could also be used.

BLUE - Indicates to a rider that they are about to be overtaken or lapped. These riders must allow the overtaking rider(s) to safely pass at the earliest opportunity.

BLACK - With a rider's number on a board. Rider must enter pit lane on the next lap due to a non safety-related technical issue, or a penalty. During a race this indicates disqualification.

BLACK W/ORANGE CIRCLE (MEATBALL) - With a rider's number on a board. Rider needs to exit race track immediately, due to a safety issue, e.g. leaking fluid.

RED - When displayed on track, indicates that the session is ended prematurely and all riders must slow and go to the pits. Also indicates pit-lane exit is closed when displayed at pit out. Red lights could also be used

YELLOW W/RED STRIPES - Indicates a lack of grip on that section of the track caused by debris, fluid or other contamination. When shown together with the rain flag, it indicates that the rain is now affecting surface grip in that section of track.

WHITE W/DIAGONAL RED CROSS  (RAIN FLAG) - Indicates that rain has started to fall in this section of track.

Each class will have a championship with points earned based on finish position of a race. Points are earned by finishing within the top 15 positions. The rider with the most points in their class will be awarded the championship at the end of the season.

HONOS SUPERBIKE - MotoAmerica’s premier race class, HONOS Superbike showcases the top road racers aboard top-of-the-line, highly modified motorcycles capable of speeds approaching 200 miles per hour.

SUPERSPORT - MotoAmerica's middleweight race class, supersport features the series' rising stars competing aboard production-based motorcycles.

LIQUI MOLY JUNIOR CUP MotoAmerica’s entry-level race class, Liqui Moly Junior Cup presents the series’ youngest riders competing aboard small-displacement, production-based motorcycles

STOCK 1000 - A feeder class for Superbike, Stock 1000 gives MotoAmerica riders the opportunity to gain experience aboard 1,000cc motorcycles with an eye toward eventually moving up to Superbike.

TWINS CUP - Putting middleweight, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the spotlight, Twins Cup enables regional and club racers from around the country to step up to the MotoAmerica series and compete on a national level.

Mini Cup by MotulRiders ages 6-14 years of age riding OHVAL GP bikes.  4 classes available:  110cc, 160cc, 190cc Kids & 190cc Adult.

Heritage CupExhibition racing at Road America #2, Indianapolis & Laguna featuring 1986 and older superbikes and other vintage racing motorcycles.

Drag Specialties King of the Baggers InvitationalExhibition racing featuring highly customized V-twin Baggers.

AMA - American Motorcyclist Association.

CC - Cubic centimeters in reference to engine displacement.

CREW - Mechanics and/or team assistants.

CREW CHIEF - The team’s technical leader and the person who communicates directly with the rider.

DISPLACEMENT - The space covered or volume swept out by the engine piston at each stroke.

DISQUALIFICATION  -  Unless otherwise specified, the forfeiture of all points, awards, and prizes earned during a particular race.

CORNERWORKER - Workers stationed at various points around the track to advise riders of track conditions by using various color flags and lights. Also known as “track marshals.”

HIGHSIDE - A crash where the motorcycle generally loses traction on the rear tire and the rider goes over the top of the bike, as opposed to laying it down, or a “lowside.”

HOLESHOT - Having the race lead going into the first turn of a race.

HOMOLOGATION - The process of acquiring eligibility for a motorcycle to be entered in competition. Homologation rules are formulated to create parity among race bikes, and to maintain a level playing field for all competitors.

LAPTOP - The amount of time it takes a rider to circulate one lap of the race course.

LOWSIDE - A crash where the motorcycle generally loses traction on the front tire and lays it down.

OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer.

PADDOCK - Area primarily designated for the preparation and maintenance of race equipment. May also include parking for transporters and other support vehicles.

POLESITTER - The fastest rider in timed qualifying, who starts in first position on the starting grid.

PRIVATEER  - A racer competing without benefit of a factory contract or major sponsor support.

PROGRAM - The predetermined outline of events that make up a race.

RACE LINE - The fastest way around the track, or through a particular part of the track. Can vary with changing course conditions.

Q TIRE - A super-soft, extra-grippy rear tire used by Superbike competitors in Superpole. A Q tire generally yields the fast laptimes, but it only lasts one or two laps before wearing out.

QUALIFY - To advance to the final race event by time trial.

STARTING GRID - The assigned spots where all riders start the race, as determined by their fastest qualifying laptimes.

STOPPIE - Riding on the front wheel only, usually under hard braking.

SUPER POLE - A special, 15-minute final qualifying session for the fastest 12 Superbike riders. A Q Tire is generally eligible to be used during the session.

WHEELIE - Riding on the rear wheel only, usually under hard acceleration.

WRENCH - A slang word for a mechanic.