New Racer School (NRS)
The AFM NRS is for experienced track riders that want to take it to the next level and race. The program includes instruction on AFM race day procedures and an on-course skills evaluation. It does not include any instruction on riding. You need to already be a solid rider in order to pass the class. You will be evaluated on taking predictable lines, comfort level on the track with close passes, consistency, and overall riding skills. You also need to arrive with a race-prepped, tech-ready bike. If your bike does not pass tech, you will not be allowed on the track, and you will fail the AFM NRS.
If you are seeking instruction to bring you up to a level at which you feel comfortable racing, we suggest you seek out a new racer school offered by several partner track day providers (listed below on this page). These schools will work with you on-track to improve your skills so that you can achieve that next level and be prepared for racing. They also include all the same instruction on race day procedures that the AFM NRS does, and once you pass a track day provided NRS you are eligible to race with the AFM.
2018 AFM NRS Program Dates
There will be 3 AFM $99 Special NRS dates scheduled for the coming year:
- Round 1 - March 16, 2019 - Buttonwillow Raceway
- Round 2 - April 13, 2019 - Buttonwillow Raceway
- Round 5 - August 31, 2019 - Sonoma Raceway
AFM Race Licensing and Associate/Worker Membership applications can be submitted via MotorSportReg or using a mailed in application form. Complete information about the licensing/membership process can be found on the Membership Info page.
When racing with the AFM for the first time you will be required to enter a Clubman race on Saturday after passing your NRS evaluation (with AFM or a AFM TrackDay Provider Partner). Full information can be found at the Clubman Racing Program page.
Prior to your first race weekend with AFM you may find it helpful to participate in the AFM Mentor Program which is designed to pair up new racers with seasoned AFM experts to help answer any questions, offer insight into the AFM and set expectations for the upcoming race event.
Please read the entire Competition Rulebook carefully to make sure you are familiar with all requirements for racing and bike preparation.
For more info on getting started as a new racer please read the New Racer Orientation Guide.
Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding racing with the AFM.
Here is a a PDF form that shows the tech requirements your bike will need to meet. Please make sure to arrive at the racetrack with your bike prepared properly to pass tech - AFM Tech List Form - This form will help you understand what will be checked on your motorcycle and equipment on your first day. If you have questions regarding tech prep please contact the AFM Chief Tech Inspector.
Paul Keiffer - AFM Chief Tech Inspector
At the event: Please arrive at registration no later than 7:30am on Saturday to get signed in and receive a tech slip. You will have a NRS orientation lecture at 8am sharp so you must have your checkin done prior to that. The NRS program is a full day culminating in a mandatory Clubman race at the end of the day (if you pass the NRS evaluation). If you successfully complete the day you will be able to participate in Novice Sunday Races.
If you have questions regarding the AFM NRS Program please contact the AFM NRS Director.
Marc Zarra, AFM NRS Director
Remember, all TrackDay Provider NRS graduates get the same $99 deal with the AFM as the AFM NRS program for their first race weekend at any round this year.
- Transponder rental for the weekend
- One weekend race license
- Saturday practice
- Saturday races
AFM NRS Trackday Provider Partners
These trackday providers offer NRS schools that will help you improve your skills and bring you to the next level. Once you pass their New Racer School, you will be eligible to race with the AFM just like if you had taken the AFM NRS.
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