Race Your Mates

Want to check the Rule Book?  Go to the Beginners Guide page.

How does Race Your Mates work? (also known as Bracket Racing)
This Class is used in SA as our entry level event.  It is only open to C and D grade riders (D grade riders have preference when entries are limited).

This concept was borrowed from drag racing and they are essentially handicap races based on your lap times in qualifying. Any rider/bike entered can potentially win their time bracket.

Qualifying sessions are held in the morning where your best lap time is taken and that time determines your row on the starting grid for the whole day. There are 5 rows on the grid… and 4 riders in each row. While there can be up to 20 riders on the track, each row is a separate bracket and you will only be competing against the 3 other bikes in your row, so it doesn’t matter where you finish overall. As there are riders of differing ability on the grid, the fastest riders are at the front and the rows are double spaced to reduce tangling in the first bends. As you gain experience over the year, your times will improve and you will move up the grid into faster groups.

Break Outs: The fastest rider on each row is placed in the ‘pole ‘position (left side of track) and their qualifying time is used for the bracket. If you go under that qualifying time by more than 1.5 seconds during a race you will ‘break out’ of your bracket and will be awarded 0 points for the race. This is to prevent riders going slow during qualifying to get an ‘easier’ bracket then going faster to win. In the event of inconsistent weather conditions, break out times may be waived or varied at the promoter’s discretion.

What kind of bike do I need?
Your lap times will depend on your bike and your ability to ride it. A good rider on a 650 may have lap times equal to a poor rider on a 1000. Because you are only competing against people doing similar lap times, it doesn’t matter what bike you ride, it can be a street bike or a modified racer as long as it meets the Rules (see also P-Plate below). Once your bike is race prepared, there is nothing to stop you also entering the normal class races being held that day. NOTE: No wet weather race tyres allowed. Street tyres or slicks only.

P-Plates:

If you have not raced in the last five years, you may race in Brackets for up to four meetings with exemptions from several preparation rules. This will allow you to try the sport whilst developing your motorcycle. A P-plate must be displayed and these will be supplied at the track.

P-Plate Bike Eligibility:

  • Tyres must be designed for highway use only. No slicks or wet weather race tyres.
  • Front brake caliper bolts to be lock wired in the tightened position.
  • Only water allowed in the cooling system.
  • Bike centre and/or side stands should be removed. If not removed must be securely fixed in the up-position by secure mechanical means. NOTE: wiring, taping or plastic “zip” ties are not considered to be an adequate mechanical method of securing.
  • Sump plugs, caps and filters which, if removed, permit the discharge of any lubricating, cooling or hydraulic fluids must be lock-wired. Where front fork drain plugs are recessed, taping is permitted to prevent loosening.
  • Front brake reservoirs with screw cap closures must be taped to prevent loosening.
  • Mirrors and indicators to be removed.
  • Head and tail lights must be removed or completely taped to prevent light from being seen and to fully contain broken glass in case of accident damage.
  • No gear racks, sacks or panniers.
  • Number/registration plates to be removed.
  • Rider Numbers to be placed on the front fairing, and both sides of the rear tail fairing. (See the Road Race Rules for the minimum requirements for Number Plates)

 The above eligibility rules include temporary exemptions from the following GCR’s:
12.8.4.1 Center and side stands must be removed for all types of competition ……..
15.2.3.3 A chain guard made of a suitable material must be fitted in such a way to prevent trapping between the lower drive chain run and the final drive sprocket at the rear wheel.
15.2.3.4 Engine end case protectors mounted using at least 2 of the original bolt locations, and to protrude no more than 20mm. This will relate to all 4 stroke machines.
15.3.1.8 ……. all machines, including sidecars, must be fitted with an integral lower fairing dam or separate catch tray, which must be constructed to trap and hold engine oil and / or coolant ………