WMDRA Motorcycle Drag Racing Association

By: On: June 16th, 20110 Comments »Updated: June 9, 2012

WMDRA motorcycle drag racingWelcome to the world of motorcycle drag racing! The Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (WMDRA) was formed in 2010 by a group of professional drag racers to promote the sport of ALL-MAKE (American and Metric) motorcycle drag racing in the Western United States. A grassroots organization, we are drag racers for drag racing!

Their goal is simple: promote an organized dragbike series on the West Coast to match bikes, mechanical and riding skills with others, and have a good time at the track! They build strong relationships with track owners and managers and will become known throughout the West as a solid, organized association committed to safety, development and enhancement of ALL-MAKE motorcycle drag racing.

Spectators at WMDRA events are always welcome in the pits to talk with the racers and crews. These are family events for kids 8 to 80. You can also participate in our free race school on Saturdays, for those who dare to race against the clock on the track!
Share your passion for motorcycles and motorcycle drag racing with fellow competitors and fans. Join the WMDRA and one of the fastest motorsport events in the country.

The WMDRA offers the following classes of competition designed to run the most popular race motorcycles (Street and Pro).

Reserved for today’s highest horsepower motorcycles, built specifically for all out drag racing. No weight or tire restrictions; normally aspirated with nitrous oxide injection, turbo-charged gasoline with nitrous oxide injection, turbo-charged gasoline only, normally aspirated nitromethane injection, turbo-charged alcohol, normally aspirated alcohol with nitrous oxide injection, large bore normally aspirated with gas.

Reserved for nitro burning dragsters, built specifically for all out drag racing. Carbureted, fuel injected or supercharged single or double engines with 200 cu. inch maximum displacement.

Reserved for nitro burning dragsters, built specifically for all out drag racing. No superchargers or turbochargers allowed. Engines shall be carbureted with transmission or fuel injected with high-gear only with 151.1 cu. inch limit or 122 cu. inch with transmission and fuel injection.

Reserved for nitro burning, carbureted, high gear dragsters, built specifically for all out drag racing. Carbureted single engine with 122 cu. inch maximum displacement.

Reserved for alcohol, gas burning dragsters, built specifically for all out drag racing.

motorcycle drag racingP/S — [PRO STOCK]
Reserved for non-street legal based Buell, XL and FX models.

TG/E — [TOP GAS] Eliminator
Will utilize an 8.20 1/4 Mile Index (5.20 1/8 Mile).

SC/E — [SUPER COMP] Eliminator
Will utilize an 8.90 E.T. 1/4 Mile Index (5.70 1/8 Mile).

SG/E — [SUPER GAS] Eliminator
Will utilize a 9.90 E.T. 1/4 Mile Index (6.20 1/8 Mile).

P/E — [PRO] Eliminator
Will utilize a 10.90 E.T. 1/4 Mile Index (6.70 1/8 Mile).

S/E — [STREET] Eliminator
Will utilize an 11.90 E.T. 1/4 Mile Index (7.30 1/8 Mile).

Wheelie bars required, slicks or DOT approved tires. Handicap Dial-In.

Wheelie bars prohibited, must have DOT approved tires. Handicap Dial-In.

A Day at the Track:
The WMDRA tour passes through multiple cities in the Western United States, bringing its excitement to spectators wherever we go. Our events are spectacles of color and speed, chrome and flash, ingenuity and engineering.

Here’s what you can expect when you head out for a weekend at the drag strip…

In General, unlike a typical three-hour football game or two-hour concert, WMDRA drag racing is an all-day affair. The best advice to fans might well be the same advice given to the race teams you’re coming out to watch: come early, stay late and be prepared.

What to bring: sunglasses, sunscreen, earplugs and a blanket (to sit on or bundle up with during the awesome spectacle of night qualifying).
Okay, you’ve got your tickets and your car is loaded with the essentials – now what? It’s a good idea not to plan your arrival to coincide with the firing of the first pair. Believe it or not, parking lots are full of latecomers streaming toward the main gate even as the first round gets under way.

drag bikeAt the end of the day, don’t make a headlong rush for the gates the instant the last nitro bike runs. When the rest of the crowd heads for the parking lot, it’s a great chance to hit the pits, where the teams are relaxing after a long day and likely to sign autographs and pose for pictures!

In the stands, everyone knows the action on Sunday determines who wins and loses, but if you attend only the final day, you’ll miss the spectacle and variety of qualifying. At most events, Friday night is a test and tune session, and Saturdays are for qualifying.

Qualifying is your chance to see ALL the bikes run, not just the quickest. You’ll get to see some of the local riders that run only once or twice a year; and witness the high drama of final qualifying, where riders have a last chance to fight their way into the number one spot.

Track and weather conditions can change from session to session and affect performance, so to get a good idea of how the players rate, compare runs made within a single round.
When Eliminations begin, try for a little diversity. Try watching the race from different spots in the stands. Seeing a race unfold from a finish-line vantage point is a world apart from watching it from the starting line. The difference in the sights and sounds will amaze you.

Sunday racing is often close and wins and losses are not always decided by horsepower, but by rider reflexes and downtrack strategy. If you’re new to breakout racing, listen to the announcers. They often go into great detail to explain how and why a rider won or lost a race.
In the Pits

Drag racing is unique among motorsports because fans have direct access to the racers and their teams, able to watch from as close as five feet as the highly skilled mechanics “twirl the iron.”

Hot Tip: Some of the most frantic action takes place in the first 30 minutes after a bike returns to the pits. This provides a good chance to snag some autographs and pictures in the pit area.

If you want to get a real feel for the power of a nitro burning dragster, hang out until a team test-fires its engine, generally 45 minutes to an hour before it expects to run (see your event schedule for run times). You’ll get a genuine thrill when the rider hits the throttle.

Every drag strip and every drag race is different. Take the time to scout the track and pit layout, talk to other fans who have attended the race before, and listen to the buzz in the pits. You may well discover your own secrets for taking in a WMDRA national event.

Look for the WMDRA coming to a town near you and always look out for motorcycles!
For more information please contact Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association, 904 S Owyhee Street, Boise ID 83705  Tel.(208) 850-5795 or www.westernmotodrags.com

Note: This contents of this article were submitted as a guest post for Motorcycle Information from Nicklas at M-N-M Racing & Performance .

About John Clay

John Clay is the author of MotorcycleInfo.Org. He and his family reside in North Carolina in the United States. A graduate of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course, he enjoys riding his Moto Guzzi in charity rides and serves as a volunteer motorcycle marshal for an annual bicycle charity event in the Carolinas.

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