Canadian Motorcycle Racing Association returns to Fort St. John after five year absence

Patrick Lambie is the Media and Public Relations coordinator for the CMDRA. He says that there will be a number of different bikes on the track throughout the weekend, ranging from everyday motorcycles you see on the streets, to high performance machines.

“There will be pretty much every kind of bike, starting with basic street bikes; we have a street class,” he explains. “We also have two Harley Davidson classes. We also have super street, like Suzukis, Kawasakis. Then we have our pro classes which includes pro mods. Len Darnell, who is the raining champion in that class, he’s been running in times that likely if he has a good day he’ll break the track record.”

At the top end of the spectrum, racers will have the potential to blaze across the strip in under seven seconds, while reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour.

Local motorcycle enthusiasts who have a need for speed are also in luck this weekend. The CMDRA will be offering drag racing instruction for those want to learn the tricks of the trade. 

“One thing that is very unique to the CMDRA, and we’re expecting a big turnout for it, is at 9:00 we do a free racing school,” Lambie says. “So anybody in attendance, it doesn’t matter what kind of bike it is, there is no restriction, and long time pro drag racers teach the school, and gives people a chance to see what the quarter mile is all about. If you decide you like it and decide you want to race, racing is free your first time.”

After the racing school, tune up runs will begin, and that’s followed by qualifying runs that begin at 12:30 p.m.