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Probably one of the most confusing and challenging things about your first race day is understanding
motos. While I won't begin to try and explain how motos are created we do need to go over the basics
of reading the moto sheets. It is not as confusing as it looks at first once you know what you are
looking for and what some of these areas mean. So let's use the example sheet below and we'll get
our rider ready for their first race. (You can click on the image to get a better view.)
Reading the Moto Sheets
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Okay items 2 and 4 are related and only pertain to national and other large races. Item 2 is the
number of motos for that class and item 4 is the total number of riders in the class. These are
important for figuring the number of qualifying rounds and for computing points for the riders. Usaually
these are not something that you have to check at the local track.
Between those two is another important one Item 3 Qualifiers. This tells you how many riders will be
qualifying for the next round or on to the main. In our example above it says TOTAL POINTS. That
means there are only three riders and all of them will ride both qualifying rounds and in the main. If
there are more than three riders you will see two numbers. (1-2 if there are four riders, 2-2 for five, 2-3
for six and so on.) So if our sheet says 2-2 it tells us the in the first round two riders (1st and 2nd
place) will qualify to the main. Then of the remaining three riders two (1st and 2nd place) in the second
moto. So two riders from each moto will qualify for the main and one rider will not.
Item 5 is probably one of the most important items on the sheet, the moto number. This is how you
know when you need to be in the gate. All motos have a number and usually run sequentially. ALL
RIDERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING THEIR MOTO NUMBER! If you miss your moto you
will be scored in last place for that moto. If you ride in the wrong moto you will be disqualified and
scored last in your moto. So this is very important.
Motos are generally run first in order by proficiency and then by age. The current structure is, Open,
Cruiser, Girls Cruiser, Novice, Girls, Intermediate, and Expert. This order is changed occasionally but
it will give you an idea of where you will be. So if you have 100 motos a 6 Novice will be closer to the
front where a 6 Expert will be closer to the end.
There are two main sections to the moto sheet, the top which contains information about the moto
itself and the bottom which contains the information for each rider. There are usually three motos
printed on a sheet although that may not always be true. Depending on the software used at the track
some of this information may be in slightly different locations, but after this you'll handle it like a pro.
So starting at the top the first area that I have noted (1) is the CLASS. Every rider is classified by
age/age group and proficiency level. In the example above we have an 8 novice, a 6 novice and 5
novice in the moto. The class is created as 8 novice for the moto. Since we only had three riders and
you must have at least three to have a class they were put together. This is a common occurance at
Just a side note, there are many occasions you may have novice riders mixed with expert or
intermediate riders. While this at times may seem to unfair to some newer or younger riders the
software does the best to allow for fair and even competition. The only alternative would be to not allow
riders to race until they could have a class of at least 3.
Item 6 covers a lot but most of it is pretty self-explanitory, rider information. There are boxes that list
plate number, rider name (and nickname if they have one), age/proficiency level, sponsor/home
location along with ID numbers. Make sure that all of your information is correct on every moto sheet,
especially bike number. If you have a State or Gold Cup plate but your district number is listed you
may not be scored, so make sure it is right.
The last item is the one that people have a hard time getting at first, Item 7 is the gate assignments for
the moto. In the column that says 1st is the gate that you are assigned for your first qualifying moto.
The 2nd is the gate assignment for the second qualifying moto, and Main is your gate assignment in
the main moto. (There is a column marked 3rd but most tracks and events do not run 3 qualifying
Now is you will notice your gate position is the second moto is four more than the first moto. So if you
were in gate 2 you will now be in gate 6. If you were is gate 7 you will now be in gate 3 since gate 8 is
the outside of the track you then go to the inside. Now is you take your gate in the second round and
add two that is your gate for the Main. So if you were is gate 6 now you will be in gate 8. If you were in
gate 7 you will be in gate one. Simple, right?
So there you have it, now you know the basics of reading a moto sheet. Like I said, there may be
some differences but you know what to look for. If not, it is always okay to ask.
COOL RACE DAY TIP
Okay, so you are at the races and you check your
moto sheet. No problems now that you know what
you're looking at. But a long day of racing,
especially at nationals, you can forget something.
Tip #1 - use your camera on your phone to take a
picture of your moto sheet. That way you can
check it without having to ride all the way back to
the moto board
Tip #2 - Use a post it note or some blue painters
tape on the back of your number plate. Write your
moto number and gates down with a sharpie. Then
your information is right there with you.