DEPOT HONDA KAWASAKI CAN GET YOU RACING NOW!
From start to finish Depot Honda Kawasaki has the right stuff to get you
to the track in style. Here's a step by step guide to getting started racing!
First you need to pick a bike. New
motocross bike from Honda and Kawasaki
are in stock now!
Gear up! If you don't have adequate protective gear don't attempt racing.
A) Helmet: Must be DOT approved and fit properly. We suggest trying on several
to see what fits best.
B) Goggles: should fit properly so you can see! Buy some tear offs and try them in
C) Long Sleeve Shirts: are required at most tracks. Racing jerseys are best, most
come with light padding in the elbow area and are made of high quality tear resistant
materials. Some jerseys are even designed with high-tech cool max, or come with
vented panels to keep you cool in hot weather.
D) Chest Protector: recommended but not required. Many Pro riders don't wear
them because they feel the chest protector impedes free movement and traps
body heat. Although this may be true, my racing and trail riding experience leads me
to feel a chest protector with shoulder pads is as important as a good helmet and
good boots. Depot stocks several. Check them out.
E) Racing Pants: This is another item that is optional at most tracks but still a very
good idea. Most racing pants have hip pads included and are made of special
materials to resist tearing in a fall. All race pants are designed to install optional
plastic covered kneepads.The kneepad protects your knee from banging on the
bottom of the bars in deep corners and from the ground if you fall.
F) Boots: There is no substitute for high quality motocross boots. Buy the best you
can afford and never look back. I rode for many years with Timberland and Dunham
boots. I wrecked enough of them to easily afford good MX boots. I broke my ankle
once and got a lot of those white spots that don't tan on my shins. Now I wear
Alpinestars Tech8 boots and have never been happier.
G) Gloves:. If you can, get at least two pair of gloves. When gloves get damp with
sweat or rain they tend to cause blisters. Always practice at least once with new
gloves before racing to break them in.
Pick an event.
A) Many of our racers started out at the Canaan Lions Raceway. The Canaan track
has been around since 1971, it is short, approximately a one minute lap. Canaan
has no major elevation changes and the jumps are reasonably sized. In short, the
track is not very intimidating. But the Canaan track is technical; it has eleven tight
turns and ten jumps. The terrain is clay with small rocks. Spectators can see the
entire track from the viewing area. The Lions Club does an excellent job off flagging
when a rider is down. Rider requirements for sign up are minimal. Pick your own
racing number, pick the class you would like to run (NO SAND BAGGERS PLEASE)
B) New Hampshire Challenge Series at Jolly Roger Motorsport Park, E. in Lempster
NH. For the last two years Jolly Roger has put on a series combined with Canaan
called the New Hampshire Challenge. Jolly Roger is much bigger than Canaan, with
Expert lap times running at about 2 minutes and 5 seconds. The track is 1.25 miles
long and combines natural elevation changes with some supercross style jumps. The
terrain varies from loan to hard pack to deep sand, with a couple of rocky sections
thrown in just to make tire selection tough. This track is much more challenging and is
fast making a name in the New England motocross
C) New England Motorcycle Association. NEMA, formerly New England Minicycle
Association, runs a series that uses at least five different tracks. Jolly Roger,
Middleboro MA. Southwick, MA., Claverack, NY., and Derby, VT. NEMA is an
organization known for it's "FAMILY FRIENDLY" atmosphere. Membership is $40.00
per year. AMA membership also required $20.00. Gate fee varies; Registration is
$15.00 per class. Other than the Vermont Motorcycle Association, this is the only
group that I know of, racing at Derby VT. Rumors are that the Derby track may close.
This would be a real loss, as this is one of the most beautiful tracks you will ever visit.
For NEMA Membership, send to: Lauren Yenik, 11 Wayne Drive, E. Lyme, CT 06333.
There is a 20 event schedule .
D) New England Sport Committee. The NESC has been around since the fifties. All
the real fast guys race NESC. If you want to make an impact at the Nationals, you
better be able to win at the NESC Expert level. John Dowd, Tony Larousso, Doug
Henry, Keith Johnson, JoJo Keller, all NESC fast guys. The NESC holds events at
Southwick Ma. Home of the Southwick Motocross National. Middleboro Ma Central
Village CT and Bull Run at Green Maine. AMA membership required, $20.00 yearly
membership to NESC $70.00 Gate fee 10.00 per adult. Registration 15.00 per class.
Numbers are assigned by the NESC. Snell approved helmet required. Long sleeve
shirt with rider number on back, MX boots and pants required. Scheduled events
every weekend from April 4 through Oct. 31. Contact NESC at NESC, P.O. Box 914,
Agawam , MA 01001-0914.