Motor pacing is getting underway at Marymoor! We’ve waded through more insurance policies and legal reviews than anyone should have to face in a lifetime, but we believe that — however ungainly this whole process is — we can get our riders behind motors and do so in compliance with insurance and regulations. Our first session is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 14, depending on if our drivers can get their USAC paperwork submitted in time. See links below for information needed.
Yes, there are a number of what may seem like bizarre restrictions or steps. Be ready for them. Laugh at them. That’s what our insurance and regulatory issues have been like. But here are the highlights.
First, MVA will sanction, insure, and manage a series of times for motor paced training at Marymoor. We are planning two per week, and will adjust the number up or down based on attendance. We will try to work out that schedule by telephone and email with the coaches and drivers who plan to participate. Those will be the ONLY opportunities to have a moto for training on the track.
Third, MVA does have to manage the USE of the track. It’s in the contract. To do that, we will run it much like a regular race night — You will register and sign releases. You will need to have your paper work and license and wear your race number. You, the rider, will pay a fee for each session. Initially, since we don’t know how many people will attend and because the insurance ends up being very expensive to expedite, we will charge $15 per session per rider. If enough riders attend, we will lower the fee.
That’s about all you as a rider have to do — show up, register, and bring your moto and driver. If we know you and know your racing ability, no problem. If you are unknown to us, or a cat 4 or 5, please contact us ahead of time. We have to be able to demonstrate that we qualify the riders who participate.
To continue. Fourth, your moto and your driver have to go through a more involved process, thanks to USAC, its insurance policy, and red tape. With one exception, that policy is restated below from what Amara posted a few days ago on the MVA website.
The exception is that the owner of record of the moto has to be the driver — that means no borrowed motos and no switching drivers. If you own the bike, you can only ride behind another moto; you can’t rotate drivers. We’re trying to fix that, it makes no sense, but right now that’s not us — that’s the insurance. Updated: There is no longer this restriction!
- Non-owned/hired motorcycle liability insurance application (https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACWeb/forms/non_owned_motorcycle.pdf) - We need all of this information if you plan on driving. (Year, make, model, Vin#, full name, DOB, state, Lic#, auto insurer, insurer limits, policy dates)
- Drivers also need to get MVR checks - https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACWeb/forms/MVR-Check-Instructions.pdf
Moving on. Fifth, We will start each session with a meeting of coaches and drivers to lay out the program for each moto. Hopefully this takes 5 minutes. Each session will be managed by an event manager provided by MVA; she/he will have authority comparable to a chief official — she/he can remove a rider, moto, or driver, can terminate a training session, and can make changes to the session as needed. If we have several motos at a session, we will plan initially to run two moto workouts at a time. We are going to be exceedingly — in fact, excessively — cautious as we start this. We know everyone has experience behind motos and we’ve all motor paced with multiple motos on the track simultaneously at other tracks. Some of us have actually run derny racing before. But we need to get into the groove here. We’ll accommodate everybody, and when you’re taking a break, someone else will go on the track.
Sixth, we’ll adhere to a schedule developed by the drivers, coaches, and the event manager for each session. If you are going to be off the track for five or ten minutes, you might bring rollers to stay warmed up if you feel the need. Initially, only paced riders on the track.
Seventh, we hope, no charge for motos or drivers and also no payment to them. We are not allowed to pay them or to facilitate the motos or drivers except on a volunteer basis — that is why you find and bring the motos and MVA provides and manages the track. Funky, but unless insurance requirements change, that’s how other tracks will probably be doing it soon too. It’s certainly what our own regulations and insurance call for.
Eighth, and last, if a rider shows up who doesn’t have a moto or driver, we will try to accommodate you. We suggest first that you try to join a moto that’s already been organized. If the motos present are doing motor pacing schedules that don’t work for you, we will expect motos and drivers to volunteer some time for those who need to train. We’ll work this out at the planning meeting at the beginning of each session. Drivers have always done this at Marymoor; it’s nothing new.
There are plenty of nits that we will all have to steer through together. We agree — totally — that this is a study in absurdism and bureaucracy. But it gets motor pacing on the track. And we are working to simplify it and to get changes to the limitations we have to deal with. For now, just train and win.
We are drafting a motor pacing session manual and will have it up on this site next week. Right now the biggest limiting factor is getting your motos and drivers through the USAC screening process. Any questions on that issue, contact Amara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions on any other matters, contact Lane at email@example.com or at 206-910-9009.